Chief Instructor / Sensei Mitchell Kawasaki

Sensei Mitchell, began Judo at the age of five.  He is currently ranked Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt). Sensei Mitchell has held numerous positions within Judo's governing bodies including Vice-President of Judo Ontario, Technical Director for Judo Ontario, Ontario Provincial Black Belt Grading Board and National Black Belt Grading Board.  Sensei Mitchell has held the position of head coach for the Ontario Judo Team, he has also been a headline Instructor at Camp Olympia.

 

Sensei Mitchell has held numerous Canadian Championship titles, not only in Judo but also in freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling and gymnastics; all talents which he employs while instructing Judo. Sensei Mitchell also competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Greco-Roman Wrestling.  For the year 2000 he was awarded Coach of The Year (he coached both the female and male Athlete of The Year for the same year).

 

Sensei Kawasaki's educational background includes an Honours B.P.H.E. Degree from Lakehead University and N.C.C.P. Level 3 Coaching Certification.

 

Recognized as one of the leading Canadian Training Centres, Kawasaki Rendokan Dojo was also instrumental in bringing the 1993 World Judo Championships to Hamilton's Copps Coliseum.

 

Kawasaki Rendokan has been developing young athletes for over three generations.  While it is a very competitive club, it also caters to the family.  With several families participating together in both Senior and Junior classes.  We offer instruction for both the Olympic hopeful and the recreational player.

 

Our Senseis

Sensei..."He who has gone before"

Thank you to all of our Senseis who continue to unselfishly donate their time and expertise.

Sensei Al Warburton

 

Sensei Al Warburton started judo in 1966 at a summer school program. Instructor was Masao "Harry" Kawasaki.

Sensei Al joined Rendokan Judo Academy in 1967 at the Ottawa Street Y. He moved with the club thru the Barton St. location, Kenilworth Ave, Onteora, and currently the CJCC.

Sensei Al received rank of Shodan on August 13th 1979, Nidan on May 23rd 1994 and Sandan on August 20th 2009. He is NCCP Level 2 Judo Certified.

Sensei Al married a wonderful girl he met at judo. Chris is a brown belt (retired) and the mother of their two sons. They tried judo but it was not the sport for them.

Sensei Ron Hampson

 

Sensei Ron Hampson started Judo in 1961 under Sensei Mitch's father Harry Kawasaki. Part of a Judo family with his Mom, sister and two brothers. Ron attained his Shodan in 1973, Nidan in 1978 and Sandan in 2013. During his competing days Sensei Ron was a member of Canada's National team, a local and Ontario Champion many times, National Champion in 1976, 1978 and 1979.

 

Sensei Ron followed Sensei Mitch to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. During his time at Lakehead University, he was five time GPAC Champion, Male Athlete of the year in 1977 and Honour Athlete in 1979. After the Olympic boycott in 1980 Sensei Ron took time off to build his business and have a family.

Upon his return to Judo, Sensei Ron felt the need to give back to Kawasaki Rendokan. He enjoys his time instructing and coaching at Kawasaki Rendokan. He spends may weekends refereeing tournaments as a National C referee. Sensei Ron lives in Paris, is a Financial Planner with Freedom 55. Married to Fern and together they have four children and three granddaughters.

Sensei Herman Vermeiren

 

Sensei Herman Vermeiren is the longest member of Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy (56 years). He started Judo at Kawasaki Judo Club in 1960 at the age of 27 after immigrating from Belgium. Sensei Herman obtained rank of Shodan in 1966, Nidan in 1968, Sandan in 1972, Yondan in 1978 and Godan in 2006.

Through his career he was involved in the development of many successful provincial and national (junior/senior) champions - some competed with the national / pan-american teams.

As a Judo Veteran, Sensei Herman participated in the following World Championships in -90kg division: in 2006 in Tours / France (silver medal), in 2008 in Brussels / Belgium (silver medal), in 2009 in Atlanta / USA (silver medal), in 2010 in Montreal / Canada (silver medal), in 2011 in Frankfurt / Germany (gold medal).

In 2009 he won gold at Pan American Championships in M10 -90kg division.

At the age of 82, Sensei Herman competed in the 8th International Judo Federation (IJF) World Veteran Championships in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida USA on November 18, 2016 and won a special GOLD medal competing in the 80+ year old division.

 

He sums his judo career by saying: Judo is my life.

Sensei Kimberly Ribble-Orr

 

Sensei Kimberly Ribble-Orr has been practicing Judo for the past 34 years and currently holds a black belt rank of Godan (5th degree). Sensei Kimberly became a member of Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy at the age of 17 where she truly began her competitive career.

Sensei Kimberly was one of Ontario's world class athletes during the 1990's where she earned over 21 top 7 finishes in international competitions during her career and represented Canada with distinction. Her last competition was the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Sensei Kimberly planned to continue but was in a life changing car accident. The Doctors credit her judo conditioning for saving her live.

Sensei Kimberly is now competing in Kata as part of her life long therapy but as always the competitor she plans on competing at the worlds.

Sensei Kimberly is a NCCP Level 3 Coach Certified, motivational speaker and fitness professional and loves to mentor up and coming young athletes in the club.

Sensei Tom Bricker

Sensei Tom Bricker started judo in 1980 under Nancy Messervey at Burlington YMCA. In 1984 he moved to Sheridan Judo Club in Oakville where he was taught by Sensei Harry Scott. In 1990 he joined Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy.

Sensei Tom obtained rank of Shodan in 1988, Nidan in 1993, Sandan in 1999, Yondan in 2004 and Godan in October 2013.

Sensei Tom was a member of the Ontario Provincial Team in 1988, 1994, 1996, 2001 and 2002.

Highlights of his judo competitive career include winning gold medal at 1987 Ontario Winter Games, defeating British Air Force Judo Team during Shimbukan Tournament in 1996 and winning silver medal in 1999 World Master Championships in Welland, Ontario.

He is a National B Referee and had been an active referee for 20 years.

Sensei Tom lives in Burlington. He works as a welder at National Steel Car.

Sensei David Boyer Waterhouse

 

I started judo as a freshman at Cambridge University in 1956. My first teacher was J.J. Knonsheil (Yondan), a former French Secret Agent who in 1912 had demonstrated judo before the Tsar of Russia, and in World War I narrowly escaped execution by the Germans. "J.J." taught Judo at Cambridge University for 30 years, until his death in 1957: his judo was old-fashioned, but precise and effective, and he taught everything on the left side of the body. His replacement as coach was the celebrated Kenshiro Abbe (Abe Kenshir, hachidan; 1915-85), at that time the highest-ranking judoka in Britain. Abe-sensei, originally from Shikoku, had trained in Kyoto at the Budo Senmon Gakko, and rapidly attained distinction on the mats, not only in judo but also in several other martial arts, including kendo and aikido (in both of which he was rokudan). Abe-sensei, a memorable character and a formidable competitor, had been one of the very few people to defeat the famous Kimura Masahiko; he taught a classical style of judo which was very different from that of J.J., and he had a huge repertoire of techniques. As a novice i became somewhat confused, but I learnt much from his great master, as well as from his leading English disciple Bill Reeve; and was awarded a Cambridge Half-Blue in judo. On leaving Cambridge in 1961 I lived and worked in London, and became a member of the Renshuden, a Judo club founded by Trevor Leggett (1914-2000; rokudan). The principal instructors at that time were George Kerr (b. 1937) and John Newman (1935-93), who had trained together at Tenri University in Nara, and brought back some of the newest refinements in competition technique. By the time I left England at the end of 1964 I had reached brown belt rank (ikkyo).

I was not able to resume judo in earnest until after I had married and settled down in Oakville, Ontario where I joined the small judo club formerly run by Harry Scott (sandan) at Sheridan College. Thanks to Harry I at last attained by black belt (1987); and after transferring subsequently to the Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy eventually rose to yondan (2008: Judo Canada and Kodokan). I also received a license in Nage-no-kata from the Kodokan (1990). Along the way I developed strong interests in the history of judo. I have visited Kodokan many times for study and practice, have attended many clinics, have published a number of articles and reviews on judo, with particular reference to its techniques and cultural impact. In this connexion I have maintained friendship with senior judo scholars and practitioners in England, Europe, the United States and Japan. From 1990 to 2001 I taught a popular 3rd-year credit course at the University of Toronto entitled "Judo in Japanese Culture"; I have frequently given public talks on judo; and I have put together a large personal library of books and other materials on judo and related subjects, especially in Japanese. From 2009 to 2014 I was Secretary of the Judo Ontario Grading Board.

Sensei Gosia Dzierzgowska

 

Sensei Gosia started Judo in the fall of 1995 at the AZS UW Klub Judo (Warsaw, Poland) under Sensei Slawomir Pacholak. She represented the University of Warsaw in the 1999 Polish Universities Championships and the 1999 Polish Academic Championships. She was a member of AZS UW Judo Club until finishing her studies at the Warsaw University in 2001 when she immigrated to Canada.

In the fall of 2004 Sensei Gosia joined Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy where in 2009 she obtained the rank of Shodan and in 2012 the rank of Nidan. Beginning in 2008 she competed in various kata tournaments in Ju No Kata and Kodokan Goshin-Jutsu divisons. Highlights of her kata competitive career include the silver medal in Kodokan Goshin-Jutsu at the 2010 World Masters Competition, a bronze medal at the 2011 Canadian National Kata Championships and participation in the 2011 World Kata Championships in Frankfurt, Germany; all three with partner Sensei Mara Markovic-Siladi. In 2013 Sensei Gosia participated in the Canadian National Kata Championships where with her partner Alana Petszchler she took 5th place in Ju No Kata.

Since 2012 she has been involved in helping judokas in their preparation for their Mudansha and Yudansha examinations as well as instructing Kata.

She has NCCP Level 1 and Provincial Referee Level C Certifications. 

Sensei Gosia lives in Ancaster and works as a Scientist for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Sensei Al Melloh

 

Sensei Al Melloh started judo later in life. It was the turn of the Century 2000.

 

He started off watching his son, Erik, and after a short period of time with Sensei Kawasaki's endorsement began judo himself. His early instruction came under Senseis John Voss and Paul Kerilik. Al continued working with a lot of help from all the instructors trying to learn the spiritual as well as the physical philosophy of judo.

 

Al achived Shodan status in 2009 and is trying to give back by helping to instruct. Sensei Al and his wife, Kym have three children and two grandchildren.

Sensei Ian Bruce

 

Sensei Ian Bruce was introduced to judo by his grade 11 English teacher in Bendigo, Austraila, where he grew up. After moving to Melbourne for university he mainly trained with the University of Melbourne Judo Club. He received a sports award from university in 1989 for his success at that national university championships while still competing as a novice, and the team were runners up in the university championships in both 1989 and 1990.

 

A shoulder reconstruction surgery after university and moving around the world for further studies and work kept him out of regular training for many years, but in 2006 he sought out Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy when his two young boys wanted to wrestle at the time. Ian started training again as well, and while recovering from an injury started helping out with instructing. He also trained and coached with the Western Judo Academy in 2009 and 2010 while back in Melbourne, Australia for a year.

 

In 2011 he received his Shodan and continues to instruct at Kawasaki Rendokan, primarily the kids' groups. He also enjoys training with helping coach his boys who are now blue and green belts. Sensei Ian is a professor in electrical and biomedical engineering at McMaster University.

Sensei Jennifer Mathewson

 

Sensei Jennifer Mathewson was born in Sudbury, Ontario. Sensei Jennifer began Judo in 1982 with Sensei Ron Farrell, YMCA North Bay Judo Club. As Sensei Jennifer's father was her Sensei, they moved judo clubs as they moved cities within Northern Ontario. Eventually she took a break from judo training in Sudbury Ontario in 1990.

In 2008 Sensei Jennifer began training again with Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy under Sensei Mitchell Kawasaki, returning as a green belt, along with her son Connor who also began, with his brother Brody soon to follow. Sensei Jennifer completed her Shodan in 2012. From 2008 - 2016 Sensei Jennifer has been an instructor with the club teaching the children and youth. In 2016 Sensei Jennifer began to train full-time in preparation for Nidan grading. Also, from 2009 - present she has focused on competitions for Goshin-Jutsu Kata and Juno Kata for many years competing in various competitions within the region.

Sensei Jennifer is a Child / Youth Counsellor - Case Manager in the social services sector and resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

Sensei Diego Sanchez

 

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Sensei Dimitri Kim

 

Sensei Dimitri Kim started Judo when he was 16 years old and got his black belt in 2009. Sensei Dimitri placed 2nd in the 2010 Junior National Championship for -60kg and placed 1st in 2013 Senior National Championships for -60kg.

 

Sensei Dimitri trained in Japan in 2010 at Tenri University for 2 months with a team of Olympic and World Champions and Medalist competitors and coaches. In 2011 he trained in Kazakhstan with their National team at their pre World Champions training camp. He came back to Japan in 2012 and stayed their for one and a half years working and training judo.

 

Sensei Dimitri also competed all around the world in places such as Jeju (Korea), Lisbon (Portugal), Miami (USA) and St. Petersburg (Russia).

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Sensei Michael Morgenroth, Ni Dan

 

Sensei Michael Morgenroth started Judo in 1975, Sho Dan 1983; accomplishments

  • 1983/84 member of German U21 National Team, 3rd Alternate for 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

  • 1984 - 1991 on Bundesliga Teams (Heilbronn, Duesseldorf & Karlsruhe)

  • 1990 (last ever) West German University Champion

  • 1999 Welland, 2000 Sydney, 2005 Mississauga & 2010 Montreal: World Masters Champion, 2002 Derry: Vice Champion; also read athlete's oath in 2005

  • 5th at 2014 IJF World Veterans in Malaga, registered for 2016 Fort Lauderdale

  • German Non-Professional coaching license and Coach Canada Dojo Instructor

  • Cross training in multiple sports including handball (2016 on Ontario Team at Nationals), cycling, soccer, volleyball and badminton

Sensei Michael Morgenroth, Ni Dan

 

Sensei Michael Morgenroth started Judo in 1975, Sho Dan 1983; accomplishments

  • 1983/84 member of German U21 National Team, 3rd Alternate for 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

  • 1984 - 1991 on Bundesliga Teams (Heilbronn, Duesseldorf & Karlsruhe)

  • 1990 (last ever) West German University Champion

  • 1999 Welland, 2000 Sydney, 2005 Mississauga & 2010 Montreal: World Masters Champion, 2002 Derry: Vice Champion; also read athlete's oath in 2005

  • 5th at 2014 IJF World Veterans in Malaga, registered for 2016 Fort Lauderdale

  • German Non-Professional coaching license and Coach Canada Dojo Instructor

  • Cross training in multiple sports including handball (2016 on Ontario Team at Nationals), cycling, soccer, volleyball and badminton

Sensei Michael Morgenroth, Ni Dan

 

Sensei Michael Morgenroth started Judo in 1975, Sho Dan 1983; accomplishments

  • 1983/84 member of German U21 National Team, 3rd Alternate for 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

  • 1984 - 1991 on Bundesliga Teams (Heilbronn, Duesseldorf & Karlsruhe)

  • 1990 (last ever) West German University Champion

  • 1999 Welland, 2000 Sydney, 2005 Mississauga & 2010 Montreal: World Masters Champion, 2002 Derry: Vice Champion; also read athlete's oath in 2005

  • 5th at 2014 IJF World Veterans in Malaga, registered for 2016 Fort Lauderdale

  • German Non-Professional coaching license and Coach Canada Dojo Instructor

  • Cross training in multiple sports including handball (2016 on Ontario Team at Nationals), cycling, soccer, volleyball and badminton

Associate Instructors

Sensei Art Tolliver

Sensei Jim Corney

Sensei Paul Kim

Sensei Stephanie Kawasaki

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