College Park Judo Club, Inc. was founded by Kurt Tamai, Karl Tamai, Mary Stakem, and Anne Marie Grunberg on October 31, 2000. The founding members were previously members of Hui-O-Judo, in Beltsville, Maryland. During that time the group discovered a similar interest in developing a Judo club defined by a team approach and a goal driven environment.
Judo transformed an ancient art of self-defense into the second most popular sport in the world. Judo offers an opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and socially by practicing and competing as individuals and as part of a team. For junior players, Judo focuses on throws and holds to teach respect, confidence, self defense, teamwork, physical fitness, and discipline. Adult Judo also includes chokes and arm locks.
The Club is a member of USJI, USJF, Maryland Judo Inc., and Shufu Yudanshakai. We are a recognized non-profit organization 501(c)(3). All instructors are volunteers, each with extensive experience in coaching both Judo and wrestling. All money generated is used to support club activites including practice, tournaments, and clinics. The College Park Judo Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible, non-profit organization that also accepts donations directly. Below are the members of the club's Board of Directors:
President: Kurt Tamai
VP: Karl Tamai
VP: Mary Hohenstein
VP: Anne Marie Grunberg
Treasurer: Mimi Lazar
Secretary: William Reardon
Fund Raiser: Wayne Stone
Director of Tournament/Clinic Registration: Annie Valenzuela
Director of National Registration: Mike Grunberg
Web Master: Carlos R. Rodriguez
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
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Follow 495 or 95 to Exit 25 (Route 1 - south towards College Park).
Follow Route 1 approximately 1.5 miles.
Turn Left onto Lakeland Road.
Turn Right onto 51st Avenue.
College Park Community Center is on the corner of Pierce Avenue and 51st.
Practices - beginners and advanced students
PRACTICE TIMES / FEES
Tuesdays and Thursday: 6:00-8:00 beginners/advanced and 6:00-9:00 advanced
Fees: $40 per 8 week session for beginners and advanced
Beginners Class: Beginner judokas learn basic judo skills such as: how to take a fall correctly to prevent injury, how to throw an opponent safely to the mat, immobilizing techniques, and techniques to improve balance and coordination.
Advanced Class: Advanced judokas learn Ne Waza (grappling), Nage Waza (throwing), Kansetsu Waza (arm locks), Shime Waza (chokes) competition skills, and conditioning. A variety of drills are used to reenforce the basic fundamentals of judo and prepare judokas for competition. Chokes and arm locks are restricted to students over the age of 13.
College Park Judo Club
c/o Kurt Tamai
P.O. Box 1791
Greenbelt, MD 20768-1791
cell: 301-537-JUDO (5836)
collegeparkjudoATaol.com (replace AT with @)
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