Since the inception of the Intermountain Yudanshakai in the late 1960’s, the Intermountain YDK logo has been used to represent the 300+ members that are actively involved in the local judo communities. Though there is speculation who the original artists and authors might be, the message is clear of what they created. The mountain range which is drawn on the emblem represents the two mountain ranges that the Intermountain Region is in between, the Rockies and the Sierras. The Lotus Flower is present in representation of our roots to Japan and the Kodokan, and the Japanese kanji which reads yama-naka-bu and bei-koku, or translated “mountain middle club” and “United States”.
But as the sport of judo continues to adapt to the more modern world, the need for demonstrating a more modern professional presence may emerge. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by remodeling the Intermountain YDK website and logo. President Rocky Lima says “the importance of demonstrating to our youth that judo can be cool while still maintaining the traditional aspects of our sport is so important”.
Due to the overwhelming generosity of Astrata Print & Design, a premier printing and designing firm in Boise, ID who has donated their time and services in creating a redesigned logo, business cards, and website, this modernization of the Intermountain Yudanshakai may become possible. As final proofs of a logo, business card, and website are completed, the final products are scheduled for release and approval at the Strategic Planning meeting on July 29th and 30th.
With any hope the Intermountain Yudanshakai will emerge with a new face but with the same traditional values and goals that it has always promoted.