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Judo club Members Meet Olympic Gold Medalist

Every January the Judo Clubs of Wisconsin meet in Milwaukee for Judo clinics and to recognize the newest members inducted into the Wisconsin Judo Hall of Fame.

Kayla Harrison, at the 2012 London, England won the first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Judo, held two clinics for the Judo students Saturday January 26, 2013 at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 97 youth were on the mat with Ms. Harrison. From 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm afternoon session place 116 adult students on the mat. Harrison demonstrated her favorite techniques and field questions from students.

In 1964- Jim Bregman won the Bronze Medal at the Tokyo, Japan Olympics. In 1988 - Lynn Roethke (Fond du Lac, WI) won the first Silver and Margaret Castro-Gomez won the first Bronze Medal at the Seoul, Korea Olympics. These individuals were pioneers.

All of us have seen our own mountain and have attempted to reach the top. Our goals have been met along the way or we took a different path but have not given up on our journey. Kayla Harrison saw the mountain, started the climb, determination and challenges in her path, she kept her eyes on the top. She made the climb and can see the other side. In 2012 We saw the "Harmonious development and eventual perfection of human character," when Kayla Harrison won the first Gold Medal in Judo at the London, England Olympics. She is also a pioneer and our "First Lady" of Judo.

Wisconsin Hall of Fame inductees Jon Sanfilippo and Margret Wood-Taylor were recognized at Alioto's Restaurant for their career and supporting Wisconsin Judo.


Tom Guston (left) and Kayla Harrison (center) posing with Stevens Point Judo Club members.

Tom Gustin
Stevens Point Judo Club
February 4, 2013