Dear fellow US judoka,
I love judo, am proud to be an American, and not happy with the relatively sorry state of our sport here in the USA.
Ours is the greatest country on Earth, so how it is that with a population of 330 million we have the same number judoka as Sweden, a country with a population of under 10 million — of which less than 50 are of Japanese descent?!
This is not the time to ask how the cow got into the ditch — it's time to get it out!
It's time for "Ask not what judo can do for you, but what you can do for judo — and perhaps SHOULD do!" Wrestling didn't have a high profile and is now out of the Olympics...
This is America — and if we can think it, we can do it! And this is where you and I come in — as judo 'masters' we can help make US judo stronger and more competitive.
My USA Judo Masters' agenda is ambitious — it has to be: Judo programs in other nations get millions from sponsors and governments, our judo program seems to be broke.
I will be be going after Deep Pocket sponsors, painfully aware that sponsors and advertisers seek only dynamic, high profile individuals and causes to be affiliated with.
Aside from Kayla and Ronda, and a few other judoka, US judo is not attracting sponsors, advertisers and donors BECAUSE JUDO IS A WELL-KEPT SECRET! When did you last see judo mentioned in your local sport pages?
US judo must have a higher public profile — and as masters we can help make that happen. In the coming weeks I will provide suggestions on how we can help raise US judo's profile so we can improve the financial base needed to make international success more easily achievable for our junior and senior judoka.