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Judo club members, parents and supporters
It is with much sadness, we need to inform you that Sensei Ron Czolek unexpectedly passed away on Friday, 2 September 2016 at the age of 65. Ron was a certified coach and had a Nidan certificate from the Kodokan and a Yondan certificate from USA Judo. He was one of only six nationally ranked referees in North Carolina and has been involved with Judo since 1994. His death is a great lost to our club, the community, and to USA judo. His body will be cremated and returned to his family in Chicago, Illinois. His family has asked his Judo family to conduct a fitting tribute. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Judo Club.
In lieu of our Hometown Heroes Tournament, there will be a memorial service at the Police Academy on 17 September at 1pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Additionally, Sensei Ron Czolek will be honored at the 2016 NC State Championships in Waynesville, NC on 1 October 2016. Our former Sensei, Ron Hansen, will be in attendance to help honor his friend and fellow coach. We encourage all of our Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Judo team members to attend this tournament, not only to complete but to honor a man who gave so much to our club and to the sport of Judo. To help defray the cost of travel, the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg judo club will reimburse $100 of expenses per family. We hope that many from our club will be attendance. Additionally, please send us any pictures you have of Ron, so that they can be included in a slide show.
As for the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Judo club, it is our goal and desire to see it continue. We will continue to honor Ron's passion and spirit every day in the dojo and at our hometown tournament. Arrangements have been updated with Fayetteville Police Department to continue using the Police Academy for training. A number of our club black belts will be attending a coaching certification clinic in Waynesville, NC on 30 September, and we are beginning to search for a new Sensei. Your patience and understanding during this transition is appreciated. Anyone who would like to volunteer their time or talent to the club please reach out to us.
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.