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A message from Sensei Emeritus Ron Hansen
Judo club members, parents and supporters
It is bitter sweet that I write this note for our Judo club web page to tell you all how much I will miss being an active member of our club and the senior instructor. In 1984 we began our journey and development of our club at Fort Bragg and then to the old USO building in Fayetteville and finally arriving at our current address the Fayetteville Police Training Center. Literally thousands of children and adults have came through our club door some staying with the sport others leaving but most having fond memories of the time spent on the training mat and at regional, national and international tournaments. I started teaching judo in the US once I returned from Japan in the early 1960â€™s. My students are all over the world now and I am proud of the positive impact the sport and perhaps my teaching had on their lives.
My wife is retiring and we have purchased a home in Waynesville NC. I plan to continue coaching judo in NC and surrounding States as I see judo as a lifelong sport. Obviously as I age my physical proficiency wanes but through my good coaching and my technical ability I believe I can still help produce solid judo competitors. I strongly believe in Kano Senseiâ€™s early statement; â€œeveryone should make a contribution to the society of their time â€œ. My hope is that I have made that contribution and helped to produce quality judo students.
I hope that the Fayetteville Fort Bragg Judo club will continue to grown and have a positive impact on the lives of adults and children that enter the mat. I hope to return from time to time as a guest instructor. Since I will remain on the USA judo Rank and certification Committee as well as an International Gold Coach I can still assist with senior promotion and coach certification if needed.
Best of luck and please support your club as it is indeed recognized as the strongest club in our region, all your help is needed for tournaments and organizational activities.
- Visit me at the Waynesville NC judo club when you vacation in the mountains.
Ron Hansen, Sensei
8th Dan USA Judo-7th Dan Kodokan, Tokyo, Japan
Our students learn real Olympic judo, they earn certified USA judo rank and are taught by certified USA Judo Coaches, join us at the Fayetteville Police Training Center.
The Fayetteville Ft. Bragg Judo club strives to not only teach students the physical skills of judo, but its philosophy and traditions as well. Judo is a lifetime pursuit with strong cultural roots. The sport teaches respect for others, self control, and self reliance, as well as conditioning and self defense.
Judo is a sport and a martial art. It is a physical and mental discipline that can be practiced and perfected over a lifetime. It was introduced as an Olympic Sport in 1964. Students pursue judo as a recreational sport, for conditioning, for self defense, and to compete. Whatever the reason for participating, our students develop self confidence and skills that are assets in other areas of their lives.
Our club membership includes recreational and competitive students of all ages. Many of our students compete and win in regional, national, and international competitions. Many of our students come to us from other martial arts to learn judo throwing and ground work methods. Our club membership includes an active military group, also.
Our coaches bring a wealth of experience and training to our club. Our Sensei trained in Japan and is an International Judo Coach with over 50 years experience. Many of his students have successfully placed in national and international competitions, and over 60 of his students have attained the rank of black belt. Our senior coach is one of only six nationally ranked referees in North Carolina; allowing our club to be one of the few that also offers students the opportunity to attain local and regional referee certifications. Our military judo instructors bring experiences and training from throughout the world expanding students’ exposure to a variety of techniques.
Membership fees are affordable thanks to the Fayetteville Police Department and our volunteer coaches. The Police Department allows us to use the Police Training Facility for instruction and classes. Our coaches volunteer immeasurable hours teaching and working with students. The only compensation they need is the reward of knowing Fayetteville Ft. Bragg Judo Club members are more knowledgeable, more skilled and more confident.