High Dans

To achieve a high dan rank in Judo takes decades of commitment to the lifestyle and sport of Judo.

Judo Ontario would like to recognize the Judoka’s listed below for their long-term outstanding effort and dedication.

Judoka with a cherry blossom beside their name are now studying with Professor Kano.

8th

Hatashita, Frank (Minoru)

Nakahara, Genichiro (Gene) 

Takahashi, Masao

Uemura, Goki

Doherty, William

Vignale, Duncan

Kawasaki, Mitchell

7th

Erdman, Wayne

Takahashi, Phillip

Doherty, Kevin

Varga, Robert

Zettl, Bob

Kendrick, James

Sadej, Andrzej

Sheffield, Steven

Weldon, Craig

Kamino, Toky

6th

Fischer, Rainer

Markovic-Siladi, Mara

Haunsberger, Leo

Takahashi, Tina

Kamino, Tamino Tom 

Takahashi, June

Formosa, Charlie

Walker, Samuel (Jim)

Doherty, Albert (James)

Miller, David

Muirhead, Ron

Henning, Harry 

Jokic, Milo

Gosselin, Nathalie

Sheffield, Aartje

Angus, Ron

Desormeaux, Ronald 

Hatashita, John

Kiang, David K

Doherty, Karl

Mitani, Lawrence

Olympians

To become a successful Judoka with Judo Ontario is quite an achievement... but to become a successful Judoka at the Olympics, against competition from around the world requires a special honor.

Tony was a member of the 2012-2016 Paralympic teams. In addition, Tony was a member of the able-bodied Canadian Judo team for 16 years with multiple medals at the Canadian Championships including winning gold at the 2008 Canadian Championships in the Heavy weight Category. He has worked closely with his Paralympic coach Tom Thompson.

Tony Walby

2012, 2016

Kelita was a member of the 2012-16 Olympic Teams. She has had great success at international tournaments with 24 medals in the IJF World Tour and counting. Ranked 1st (July 2019) in Olympic Rankings Kelita hopes to attend her third Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Kelita Zupancic

2012, 2016

Bill Morgan

2004, 2008

Bill has traveled around the world training and competing in World and para-Olympic events. In addition, Bill has also competed in a number of able-bodied competitions. Bill has worked closely with his coach Tom Thompson over several years and has excelled in international competitions. Bill's success in competing allowed him to qualify for the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Beijing 2008

Kimberly was one of Ontario's world-class athletes during the 1990s. She placed in a number of international competitions during her career and represented Canada with distinction. Kimberly is an NCCP certified level 3 coach and continues to coach at various national and international tournaments.

Kimberly Orr (Ribble)

2000

Nathalie was a former Canadian Champion and medalist at various international tournaments. Her career culminated in 1996 with a selection to the Canadian Olympic Team. Nathalie was a very passionate and skilled player who fought with a lot of heart. She currently heads up the ECLIPSE program for Judo Canada.

Nathalie Gosseling

1996

Michelle Buckingham

1992, 1996, 2000

Michelle was Ontario's only female three-time Olympian. She was a mainstay on the National Team and lead a very strong women's team in the '90s. A very powerful competitor who managed a number of top 8 finishes at the world level. Michelle placed in a number of international competitions and was several times Canadian Champion.

Roman was several times Canadian Champion and dominated his division for several years. Romans career came to fruition with a selection to the 1992 Olympic Team. Currently, he owns and operates Hatashita Enterprises who has been a sponsor for Judo Ontario for some time now.

Roman Hatashita

1992

Sandra Greaves

1988, 1992

Sandra was the first and only Canadian female athlete for Judo to qualify for the Olympics as a demonstration sport in 1988. Sandra was many times Canadian Champion and was a mainstay on the National Team for many years. She was a Pan American Games gold medalist as well as placing in a number of international tournaments. Sandra is a certified NCCP level 3 coach.

Craig Weldon

1988

Craig was one of Canada's best athletes during the 1980s. He was a former Canadian Champion who was continually winning medals in international competition. Craig is a member of Who's Who in Canadian Sport. Craig also made time to pursue his university education at Concordia University. He's a level 3 NCCP certified coach who holds the rank of 7th dan.

Glenn Beauchamp

1984, 1998

Glenn competed in two Olympics and was very successful with a 5th place finish in Los Angeles in 1984. Glenn was many times Canadian Champion and did well on the international circuit. Glenn was a two time World University medalist. Glenn is a very successful businessman who owns and operates a number of companies in Toronto.

Kevin Doherty

1984, 1988

Kevin was a member of the 1984-88 Olympic Teams. His greatest achievement came with a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships. Kevin placed in a number of World Class tournaments and was several times Canadian Champion. He has held various positions on the Judo Ontario and Judo Canada Board of Directors. Kevin holds the rank of 7th dan.

Phil was a member of the 1980-84-88 Olympic Teams. His greatest achievement came with a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships. He was many times Canadian Champion and placed in a number of World-class tournaments. Phil teaches a number of martial arts at the Takahashi Judo Club. Phil holds the rank of 7th dan.

Phil Takahashi

1980, 1984, 1988

Rainer Fischer

1976

Rainer was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. One of the highlights of his career was a gold medal in the 1975 Pan American Games. Rainer was many times Canadian Champion and was one of the first Ontario athletes to live and train at the National Training Centre in Montreal. Rainer opened the door for other Ontario athletes to move to the National Training Centre. Rainer holds the rank of 6th dan

Wayne Erdman

1976

Wayne was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. He is a certified Level 3 NCCP coach and a former National Coach. Wayne was a gold medalist at the 1975 Pan-American Games as well as being a Canadian Champion many times. He currently operates the Olympia Judo Club in Kitchener, ON. Wayne has also been a member of the Provincial Grading Board for many years. Wayne holds the rank of 7th dan.

Hall of Fame

Judo Ontario likes to recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond, reaching new heights of achievement and dedication with the prestigious Judo Ontario Hall of Fame award.

This program was initiated in 1996 by the Judo Ontario board of directors to show

the judo community the great people and work being done.

Jim Walker

2015

Jim Walker has been involved and contributing to judo for over 5 decades and currently holds the rank of 6th dan. Jim was the Head Instructor of the Maple Leaf Dojo for over 30 years. In that time Jim produced 10 National level competitors, 30 plus National Championship medals and has developed over 30 black beltsels.

Charlie Formosa

2015

Charlie Formosa started judo in 1962 and has reached the prestigous rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt). Charlie founded the Formokan Judo Club in 1975 and has fostered junior, senior and veteran judo champions at the local, regional, provincial, national, international and olympic levels. Charlie was also the original club coach for 2 time Olympian Glenn Beauchamp and more recently 2 time olympian Kelita Zupancic. 

Nathalie Gosselin

2008

Nathalie was a former Canadian Champion and medalist at various international tournaments. Her career culminated in 1996 with a selection to the Canadian Olympic Team. Nathalie was a very passionate and skilled player who fought with a lot of heart. She currently heads up the ECLIPSE program for Judo Canada.

Craig Weldon

2008

Craig was one of Canada's best athletes during the 1980's. He was a former Canadian Champion who was continually winning medals in international competition. Craig is a member of Who's Who in Canadian Sport. Craig also made time to pursue his university education at Concordia University. He's a level 3 NCCP certified coach who holds the rank of 7th dan.

Rainer Fisher

2000

Rainer was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. One of the highlights of his career was a gold medal in the 1975 Pan American Games. Rainer was many times Canadian Champion and was one of the first Ontario athletes to live an train at the National Training Centre in Montreal. Rainer opened the door for other Ontario athletes to move to the National Training Centre. Rainer holds the rank of 6th dan.

Sandra Greaves

2000

Sandra was the first and only Canadian female athlete for Judo to qualify for the Olympics as a demonstration sport in 1988. Sandra was many times Canadian Champion and was a mainstay on the National Team for many years. She was a Pan American Games gold medalist as well as placing in a number of international tournaments. Sandra is a certified NCCP level 3 coach.

Wayne Erdman

1999

Wayne was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. He is a certified Level 3 NCCP coach and a former National Coach. Wayne was a gold medalist at the 1975 Pan-American Games as well as being a Canadian Champion many times. He currently operates the Olympia Judo Club in Kitchener, ON. Wayne has also been a member of the Provincial Grading Board for many years. Wayne holds the rank of 7th dan.

Tina Takahashi

1998

Tina was many times a Canadian Champion and won a number of international medals. One of her greatest achievements came when she won a gold medal at the World University Games. Tina was the Olympic Coach for Sandra Greaves at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Tina is a member of the National Grading Board and holds the rank of 6th dan.

Kevin Doherty

1996

Kevin was a member of the 1984-88 Olympic Teams. His greatest acheivement came with a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships. Kevin placed in a number of World Class tournaments and was several times Canadian Champion. He has held various positions on the Judo Ontario and Judo Canada Board of Directors. Kevin holds the rank of 7th dan.

Phil Takahashi

1996

Phil was a member of the 1980-84-88 Olympic Teams. His greatest acheivement came with a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships. He was many times Canadian Champion and placed in a number of World class tournaments. Phil teaches a number of martial arts at the Takahashi Judo Club. Phil holds the rank of 7th dan.

John Hatashita

2006

Masao Kawasaki

2005

Mitchell Kawasaki

2005

William Doherty

1999

Mas Takahashi

1998

Special Achievement

Leo Haunsberger

1997

Steve Kamino

1997

Frank Hatashita

1996

Masatoshi Umetsu

1996

Not only does Judo Ontario recognize outstanding achievements... so do others. It’s this kind of hard work,

passion and sweat equity that sets Judo Ontario apart from other sports organizations.

Below we acknowledge some of the individuals who have found themselves in the spotlight

Steven Sheffield

2013

2013 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Jessica KlimKiat

2013

2013 Female Athlete of the Year

The Sport Alliance of Ontario selects a committee of sport experts from various sectors who are tasked to select 3 finalist from various categories from over 60 sports who have distinguished themselves nationally or internationally in the previous year. Jessica was selected as one of three finalist and then moved on to be selected as Female Athlete of the Year.

Pedro Guedes

2013

2013 Coach of the Year Finalist

The Sport Alliance of Ontario selects a committee of sport experts from various sectors who are tasked to select 3 finalist from various categories from over 60 sports who have distinguished themselves nationally or internationally in the previous year. Pedro was selected as one of three finalist as Coach of the Year.

Duncan Vignale

2013

Life Time Member

The Judo Ontario Selection Committee recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving Judo in Ontario on many levels over a span of 10 years or more. Life Time Members are exempt from paying Judo Ontario fees.

Tony Kelly

2012

2012 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Duncan Vignale

2011

2011 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Bill Doherty

2010

2010 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Jack Polonsky

2009

2009 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best on April 15th, 2010 at the Atlantis Pavilion, Ontario Place in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Chuck Lee

2008

2008 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best on March 26th, 2009 at the Weston Bristol Hotel in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Craig Weldon

2007

2007 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Margarett Best on April 18th, 2008 at the prestigious granite club in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Brian Kalsen

2006

2006 Syl Apps Award

Recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement was honoured by the Minister of Health Promotion the honourable Jim Watson on April 26th, 2007 at the prestigious granite club in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport.

Tom Thomson

2006

2006 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award

Recipients of the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award are some of Canada's most outstanding national team coaches. These coaches have dedicated their time and efforts to ensuring that athletes reach their potential on the international stage.

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