My approach to teaching Judo is to plant the seeds, nurture them, and then emphasize patience, for quality takes time:
tourist visiting a stately home in England asked the head gardener the
secret of how the English produced such wonderful lawns. "It's simple,"
replied the gardener. "You just plant grass seed, and then cut and roll
it for five hundred years."
"I really love practicing and teaching Judo. Come and visit my classes anytime.
Some of my Judo achievements are listed below, but I am still working on improving
my understanding of Judo by studying and attending classes every week."
"It has been said that a person may have ten years of experience, or one year of experience repeated ten times."
Mr. Ohlenkamp holds a seventh degree black
belt in Judo with over 45 years of continuous training and experience
as a competitor, instructor, team coach, and tournament official.
He has been awarded black belt rank certificates by the United States
Judo Association (USJA), United States Judo Federation (USJF), Southern
California Black Belt Association (Nanka Yudanshakai),
and the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He was promoted to first degree black
belt by the USJF in 1975, and by the Kodokan in 1976. Here's his first Kodokan
black belt certificate and
his first Kodokan membership card.
Mr. Ohlenkamp has been teaching Judo
and jujutsu classes since 1973. He has been the head instructor of the Encino
Judo Club since 1985 responsible for classes in up to five locations teaching
hundreds of students each year. He has developed highly
successful Judo, jujutsu and self defense programs for various health clubs,
churches, schools, community centers, youth centers, and recreation centers throughout
Southern California. He has trained athletes and coaches in national conferences,
training camps, seminars and clinics
at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and other cities in the
United States, Costa Rica, Belize, Korea, Japan, France and England. He has trained an Olympian, Paralympians, national
champions and international medalists, as well as thousands of recreational Judo
players and martial artists. Many of his students have distinguished themselves
as coaches and instructors as well. He is widely recognized as a leader in the
teaching and promotion of Judo for sport and self defense.
Mr. Ohlenkamp was coach and advisor to the Braille
Institute of America Judo Team from 1976 to 2006. He was instrumental in the creation of a national Judo program for blind athletes, and served many years as head coach and coordinator for the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes. He
was the U.S. Team Coach at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, Korea, the
1989 World Championships in Manchester, England, and the 1990 World
Championships and Games for the Disabled in Assen, Netherlands. Coordinator
of numerous elite athlete training camps, national and local tournaments,
and other training opportunities for the visually impaired, he has trained
many blind national and international champions, as well as other coaches
and instructors. He also served as the US Representative to the International
Blind Sports Association Judo Technical Committee from 1988 to 1993 and
was instrumental in creating the international rules for visually impaired
Neil Ohlenkamp at his first judo tournament (1969)
Mr. Ohlenkamp has been certified by the United States Judo Association as an instructor, referee, rank examiner, and coach. He was named United States Judo Coach of the Year for 1999. He has also been designated as a Master Coach by the US Association of Blind Athletes. In 2009, Neil Ohlenkamp was elected and served for four years on the Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association. He has a
Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge.
As a pioneer in promoting martial arts around the world through the
internet, Mr. Ohlenkamp created the first comprehensive web page devoted
to Judo in 1995. The Judo Information
Site at JudoInfo.com and the influential discussion forum at JudoForum.com helped millions of visitors learn about Judo. The Judo Information Site established itself as the most highly
acclaimed and comprehensive source of information
about Judo on the internet, and it has been the most popular judo site online for the past 20 years. Mr. Ohlenkamp is also a featured advisor at ExpertCentral.com,
has contributed to martial arts books, and has had articles published
in many Judo publications.
Neil Ohlenkamp is the author of
a best selling judo instructional book released in Spring 2006. The U.S. edition is Judo
Unleashed, the U.K. hardback edition (and the Russian edition) is Black
Belt: Judo Skills and Techniques, the German version is Meisterliches
Judo, and the Dutch hardback is Handboek Judo.
You can see Neil Ohlenkamp's Judo classes,
teaching in Costa Rica, photos of a
visit to the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan, or photos
of a USJA Grassroots Clinic he conducted. Here
is an audio podcast called The Squeaky Hip -- An Interview with Neil Ohlenkamp.
In Judo, as in life, when something blocks your path, step aside and move around it.
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