Women's Judo at New York Athletic Club

Judo

Founded in 1958, the Judo program has grown from a handful of local competitors to become the driving force in the sport of judo today. By the mid-1970s, New York Athletic Club members were annually competing for the title of national champion in a number of weight divisions, winning many titles. During the 1980s, NYAC athletes were also competing on the international stage and, from 1988 forward, NYAC judo athletes have been part of every US Olympic squad.

In 1992, Jason Morris won the first Olympic medal in judo for the NYAC (silver), followed by Jimmy Pedro in 1996 (bronze). Pedro won another bronze in 2004, followed by our first female Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey in 2008. In fact, from 1988 to 2012 the USA has won six medals in judo – five of those are by NYAC members, including the only gold in the sport won an American: Kayla Harrison in 2012. Over eight Olympic Games, the NYAC has produced 28 competitors, a larger and more successful representation than any other club or organization over that period.

The New York Athletic Club wins multiple national and international titles every year and is clearly the most successful judo program in the country.

  • Practice
    • Monday and Wednesday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 7th floor dojo.
  • Team Schedule
    • European Open
      Men
      Warsaw, Poland
      March 4th - March 5th

      European Open
      Women
      Prague, Czech Republic
      March 4th - March 5th

      Jimmy Pedro's Judo Challenge
      Wakefield, Massachusetts
      March 4th

      Gran Slam
      Baku, Azerbaijan
      March 10th - 12th

      Pan American Open
      Buenos Aires, Argentina
      March 11th- 12th

      Pan American Open
      Lima, Peru
      March 25th - 26th

      New York Open Judo Tournament
      New York, New York
      March 26th

      Grand Prix
      Tbilisi, Georgia
      March 31st - April 2nd
  • Roster
    • Athletes

      Kayla Harrison
      Ronda Rousey
      Marti Malloy
      Hannah Martin
      Hana Carmichael
      Janine Nakao
      Travis Stevens
      Kyle Vashkulat
      Shintaro Highashi
      Garry St. Leger
      Harry St. Leger
      Aaron Kuniharo
      Nick Kossor
      Myles Porter
      Brad Bolen
      Aaron Cohen
      Anthony Vennitti
      Brian Olson
      James Gorman
      Barry Friedberg
      Thomas Capra

      Chairman

      Kevin Earls
      Forty-plus years of participation in judo. Former NYAC competitor. Became Judo chairman in 1990. Former nine-year member of the NYAC Board of Governors, serving as Athletic Chairman and Captain. 5th degree black belt in judo.

      Owen Tunney
      Twenty-plus years of judo participation. Chairman/co-chairman of NYAC Judo since 2001. 2nd degree black belt in judo.

      Coaches

      Yoichiro Matsumura
      Venerated head instructor at the NYAC for five decades. 8th degree black belt

      Jimmy Pedro
      Four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Former world champion. Head coach of the 2012 US Olympic team. Member NYAC Hall of Fame. Sixth degree black belt

      Jason Morris
      Four-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist. Head coach of the 2008 Olympic team. Member of the NYAC Hall of Fame. 7th degree black belt

      Teimoc Johnston Ono
      NYAC’s first judo Olympian. Former head coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 7th degree black belt in judo. Black belt in several other martial arts.
  • Program Highlights
    • In addition to having the country’s most elite competitive program, judo at the NYAC includes:
      • Weekly workouts for Club members, from beginners to advanced students
      • Sponsorship and hosting of the New York Open Judo Championship, an international tournament that has been held at the Club for over 25 years and that attracts some of the best competitors in the world
      • Instruction for the Saturday Morning Program, a program that introduces a multitude of sports - including judo - to the children of NYAC members

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  • Latest News
    • Click here to download the April 2017 Judo Club Newsletter