Annual Awards Recognition / National Training Seminars
Submitted by Lt. Col. Bruce R. Bethers, President, USJJF & JJNAU
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Fellowship, Outstanding Growth, Great Competition and Many Accomplishments
were all the highlights of this year's "Gathering Weekend" for the United
States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF) and the Ju-Jitsu North American Union (JJNAU)!
Athletes, Officials & Representatives from over 30 states came together in
Akron, Ohio 13 - 15 September to renew old friendship, meet new friends,
celebrate personal & organizational achievements at the USJJF/JJNAU Annual
Awards Recognition Banquet, the US JU-JITSU National Seminars and the 2002
Jr. & Sr. National Championships. This year's Awards Banquet & National
Training Seminars were conducted in the Radisson Hotel in Akron and the US
JU-JITSU National Championships were held in the James A. Rhoads Arena,
Akron University. The USJJF & the USA Karate Federation (USAKF) combined
their efforts & annual activities into one "Great Weekend" which made for
a "Grand Event" with Hundreds of Athletes, Officials and Spectators! This
year, Zebra Mats Company provided the traditional tatami mats for the US
Ju-Jitsu National Championships. We sincerely appreciate Zebra's Support
to this year's major event! As in past years, we have seen growth in the
number of athletes, coaches & officials attending the US JU-JITSU
Nationals. We should note that this year, the number of represented states
from across the USA grew from 21 to 32. There were athletes & officials
from every region of the country!
Every "even numbered" year the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, (as the
USA National Governing Body for Ju-Jitsu with the JJIF) has the
responsibility to build, qualify & select the "USA Ju-Jitsu Team" to
officially represent the United States of America at the WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIPS. The Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) conducts the
Official World Championships. The JJIF is the recognized World Governing
Body for Ju-Jitsu, www.jjifweb.com, by the General Association of
International Sports Federations (GAISF), and the International World
Games Association (IWGA). The Ancient Art of Ju-Jitsu is also a member of
the Olympic Family of Sports through the WORLD GAMES, which is conducted
with the support and under the patronage of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC). Last year's 6th World Games held in Akita, Japan was an
"Awesome Experience" (See USJJF President's Report of the 6th World Games:
http://www.usjjf.org/news/world_games/index.htm) The World Games are
held every four years (same as the Olympic Summer & Winter Games).
The next World Games will be conducted in 2005 in Duisburg, Germany
This year's USA Team qualification & selection culminated with the US
JU-JITSU National Championships. Beginning in 2003, the USJJF Executive
Committee in cooperation with the USJJF Coaching Committee is planning to
expand the USA Team Development & Selection Program by incorporating a
series of events for training, competition and evaluation each year, which
will enhance the Team Selection Process. It is anticipated that the 2003
USA Team qualification & selection process will be a more "comprehensive
system" taking into consideration the results of multiple competitions and
On Friday evening, Sep 13, the USJJF, JJNAU & USAKF hosted their Annual
Awards and Hall of Fame Recognition Banquet at the Radisson Hotel. Among
the many the highlights & achievements of the year were such topics as the
long-standing and active Police Self Defense Institute (PSDI) which goes
back to the early 1970s which brought together both martial arts and law
enforcement leaders from across the USA & the Far East to build alliances
and provide technical knowledge for training effective skills in Law
Enforcement Tactics. Included in the police self-defense skills are the
"arresting techniques", a sub-system of ju-jitsu, which is traditionally
known as Taiho Jutsu. Many National Senior Law Enforcement Officers and
several "PIONEER" Leaders of the Martial Arts were recognized. Four very
noteworthy rank certifications were awarded by the USJJF to Prof. George
E. Anderson, President of USAKF & Chairman - USJJF Central Technical
Committee (CTC), Prof. T.R. McClanahan, Former Police Officer and
Chairman, USJJF National Coaching Committee and Prof. Jim Harrison, Former
Police Officer and Member of the USJJF Central Technical Committee (CTC)
and Prof. Gene LeBell, Former Coast Guard Officer, Author of many books on
Law Enforcement Skills and Member of the USJJF CTC. All four of these Very
Distinguished Instructors of Law Enforcement "Arresting & Self-Defense
Tactics" were recognized as 9th DANS of US TAIHO JUTSU, USJJF's National
System of Taiho Jutsu.
The USJJF "Instructor of the Year" was presented to Sensei Delva R.
Mandrell, Chief Instructor of the Circle of Iron School of Martial Arts in
Ninnekah, Oklahoma. Sensei Mandrell is a long time "State Leader" in
Oklahoma with the USJJF & USMAF. During these past few years she has also
been very active as a "National Leader" working to build US JU-JITSU &
other martial arts across the USA. Sensei Mandrell is a very consistent &
hard working leader on the USJJF Board of Directors. She has the focus,
vision & the strength to accomplish many great achievements. USJJF is very
blessed to have many such LEADERS as Sensei Mandrell. She has over 20
USJJF "Life Members" in her school and one of the largest registered USJJF
member schools in the USA. Thanks to Sensei Mandrell, the Circle of Iron
Martial Arts School has produced many outstanding ju-jitsuka! As the
President of USJJF, I wish to extend my personal recognition and sincere
thanks to Delva for all that she does to help the USJJF and the martial
arts community. (BTW, when she is not teaching in her martial arts school
or working on a State or National Level for USJJF, she is helping to
maintain our National Security working at Tinker Air Force Base,
On Saturday, Sep 14, the day before the Championships, the USJJF & JJNAU
conducted a Competition Orientation & Referee Course. Shihan Michael
Piaser, Chairman, USJJF National Referee Committee conducted an "update"
training session on the JJIF rules of competition for both the "DUO" (JJIF
Self-Defense) as well as the "Kumite" (JJIF Fighting) Systems. The course
was taught at the nearby school, the Center for Martial Arts, owned by
Shihan Patrick Hickey. Our goal is that every state conducts at least one
USJJF Competition Orientation & Referee Course per year. Beginning in
2003, every Regional Ju-Jitsu Organization (RJJO) of the USJJF, will be
requested to send at least two "uniformed" certified USJJF referees to
regional & national competitions.
Many THANKS go out to such Great Leaders as George Anderson, Jack Pyles,
Michael Piaser, Ben DeLeon, Delva Mandrell, Larry Emmons, Rick Dunn and
Ernest McPeek for your special assistance in preparing for & conducting
the 2002 US JU-JITSU Nationals!
The dates & locations of next year's 2003 Jr. & Sr. National
Championships, as well as the 2003 JJNAU Continental North American
Championships will soon be announced. In addition, the USJJF will conduct
the USA JU-JITSU CONGRESS in 2003! Tentative date & location is May 2 - 4
in Las Vegas, NV. Details forth coming!
See photos & results of the USJJF Awards Banquet, National Seminars & the
2002 US JU-JITSU National Championships:
USJJF & JJNAU hereby recognizes the following 2002
1. "Instructor of the Year" - Delva R. Mandrell, Oklahoma
- George E. Anderson, Ohio
- T.R. McClanahan, Ohio
- Jack Pyles, Ohio
- Robert M. Carver, Louisiana
- Donna K. Cosper, Oklahoma
- Benjamin A. DeLeon, Wisconsin
- Jeffrey A. Cook, Florida
- Matthew Bayley, Colorado
- Lawrence A. Emmons, Nevada
- Richard Dunn, Nevada
- Ernest G. McPeek, New York
- Bo Kimly, 2000-2001, Ohio
- Thurl "T.R." McClanahan, 2000-2001, Ohio
4. "JJNAU Referee Award"
5. "Special Rank Recognition"
- Patrick Barton, Canada
- Michael K. Piaser, USA
- Joseph Santocildes, USA
- Bo Kimly. USA
- George E. Anderson, Kudan, US Taiho Jutsu, Police Self Defense Institute
- Thurl "T.R." McClanahan, Kudan, US Taiho Jutsu, Police Self Defense
- Jim Harrison, Kudan, US Taiho Jutsu, Police Self Defense institute (PSDI)
- Gene LeBell, Kudan, US Taiho Jutsu, Police Self Defense institute (PSDI)
"National Championships Awards"
"Outstanding Senior Male Ju-Jitsuka" - Jose Rodriguez, Florida
"Outstanding Senior Female Ju-Jitsuka"
- Jill Matteson, Wisconsin
"Outstanding Male Senior Competitors" - Anthony Brewer, California and Kris Harrison, Colorado
"Outstanding Junior Male Ju-Jitsuka"
- Adam Pyles, Ohio
"Outstanding Junior Female Ju-Jitsuka"
- Noelle Kanaga, Delaware
"Outstanding Female Junior Competitor"
- Shaina Krause, Virginia
"Outstanding Senior Male Best Technique"
- Greg McElroy, Ohio
"Outstanding Senior Female Best Technique"
- Jill Matteson, Wisconsin
"Outstanding Junior Male Best Technique"
- Patrick McJury, New York
"Outstanding Junior Female "Best Technique"
- Cheryl Krause, Virginia
"Outstanding Male Junior Competitors" - Patrick McJury, Arkansas and Jake Zubow, Wisconsin
"Outstanding Female Junior Competitors"
- Cheryl Krause, Virginia and Shaina Krause, Virginia
"Outstanding Male Sportsman"
- Mikel LaChapelle, New Hampshire
"Outstanding Female Sportsman"
- Vanessa Cook, Arkansas
"Outstanding USJJF Championships Referee"
- Mike Piaser, Ohio
"Outstanding USJJF National Championships Coach"
- Ben DeLeon, Wisconsin
2002 US JU-JITSU
Divisions & Champions
Adult "DUO" (JJIF Self Defense) Competition - Open Division
Stephen Gourley, Arkansas
Jose Rodriguez, Florida
and Steve Logue, Florida
Adam Pyles, Ohio
and Noelle Kanaga, Delaware
Jill Matteson, Wisconsin
and Greg McElroy, Ohio
"Kumite" (JJIF Fighting) Competition - Open Division
MEN'S Weight Class <62 kg (0-136 lbs.)
Wayne Schoch, Arkansas
Chris Burdick, Kansas
MEN'S Weight Class 62<69 kg (137-152 lbs.)
Jordon Bowen, Florida
Shumbey Calvin, Virginia
Jeevan Uttamchandani, Arkansas
MEN'S Weight Class 69<77 kg (153-170 lbs.)
Anthony Brewer, California
Name: Kris Harrison, Colorado
Primo Luciano, New York
MEN'S Weight Class 77<85 kg (171-187 lbs.)
Jose Rodriguez, Florida
Richard Warehime, Arkansas
Scott Brenner, Ohio
MEN'S Weight Class 85<94 kg (188-207 lbs.)
Chad White, Ohio
Josh Humphreys, Arkansas
Edward Schultz, Wisconsin
MEN'S Weight Class 94 kg+ (208 lbs.+)
Thomas Deason, Arkansas
Christopher Gant, North Carolina
Mikel LaChapelle, New Hampshire
WOMEN'S Weight Class 62<70 kg (137-154 lbs.)
Jill Matteson, WI
"Kumite" (JJIF Fighting) Competition -
MEN'S Weight Class 69 < 77 kg (137-170 lbs.) NOVICE
William Pegg, New York
Steve Logue, Florida
MEN'S Weight Class 77<85 kg (171-187 lbs.) NOVICE
Jeffrey Denz, New York
Vincent Alberico, North Carolina
Ali Ali, Virginia
WOMEN'S Weight Class 70 kg+ (155 lbs.+) NOVICE
Jennifer Case, Kansas
Vanessa Cook, Arkansas
"Kumite" (JJIF Fighting) Competition -Novice Division.
GIRL'S, (Ages 10-13) NOVICE
Cheryl Krause, Virginia
Shaina Krause, Virginia
BOY'S (Ages 16-17) NOVICE -Light Wt.
Jonathan Yurco, Ohio
Mansour Hasson, Virginia
Andrew Crane, New York
BOY'S (Ages 16-17) NOVICE - Middle Wt.
Patrick McJury, New York
Chance Walkama, New York
Travis DeWolf, Wisconsin
BOY'S (Ages 16-17) NOVICE - Heavy Wt.
Jake Zubow, Wisconsin
Justin Gilbert, Arkansas
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
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