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Stevens Point Judo club hosted Fourth Degree Black

The UWSP and Stevens Point Judo Club hosted Jeff Boyer a fourth degree black belt as guest coach Tuesday evening. Thirty judokas (judo students) participated in the two hour clinic.

Sensei Boyer started judo in 1968 in Long Beach CA. From there following his Father (Navy) traveled to Rota Spain, there Jeff practiced Judo with the Rota Judo Club. Highlight of his judo career consist of winning the Spanish National Junior Champion, three times Wisconsin State Junior Championship and AAU Champion. He has also taught police departments and women’s groups in self-defense in Alaska and Wisconsin.

Sensei Boyer joined the Army in 1981; stationed in Osan Korea he studied judo with the Osan Judo and Tae Kwon Do Club. He returned to Wisconsin and is founder of the Wisconsin Heights Judo Club in Mazomanie, WI and was assistant judo instructor in Madison, WI. Currently he is co-instructor with the Reedsburg Judo Club.

Jeff became a Special Agent with the US Department of Defense and worked in Washington, DC and played Judo with Washington Judo Club, Washington, DC. Sensei Boyer (US Army Reserves) has been involved with Global War on Terrorism as a Counterintelligence Instructor at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Jeff used his extensive judo background to author and teach the first US Army Combative Course to be taught at Ft. Huachuca to Counterintelligence Special Agents and Interrogators. Jeff was mobilized for one year to Afghanistan and returned November 2009.

Currently Sensei Boyer has been promoted to Sergeant Major with the 2/86th Operation Brigade in Milwaukee, WI. He works as a Special Agent with the US Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services.

During the clinic Sensei Boyer related a few examples of his judo career. He told the students his philosophy in life and judo is simple. “A man is known forever by the tracks he leaves behind” As we age we adjust are way of living and sports. Judo is a sport you can do for life. You can adjust your technique to something else more favorable. Jeff told the students that he looks at things differently and modified his techniques. He said that performance is “low risk with high rewards.” Some would call it “biggest bang for the buck.”

With that in mind he moved into throwing skills that had low risk involvement. With the first technique he moved into three more skills based off the first one. The only difference was foot or leg placement. These techniques and others are what make Judo stand alone among other martial arts.

Jeff Boyer showing hand placement on son Ben Boyer

Tim Hofer completing throw on Bradley Makuski

Marissa Arndt (visually impaired)attempting to throw Betsy Gauthier-Koth

Jeff Boyer showing leg placement on son Ben Boyer

Greg Hakamaki throwing Nate Boston

Completing the Throw and taking a fall

Tom Gustin
Judo Coach/Instructor
March 14, 2012