The Intermountain Yudanshakai is proud to recognize our members who live the core values of Kodokan Judo. Individuals that standout among our 300 plus members can do so in a variety of ways. From stellar competition results or continuous service to the Yudanshakai or art of judo, all members have an opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to the sport and art.
The Intermountain Yudanshakai is proud to announce the following judoka who have exemplified the true meaning of judo in both sport and spirit by awarding them the “Intermountain Yudanshakai Judo Player of the Year Award”:
McKENZIE McDANIEL – KAIZEN JUDO CLUB
McKenzie McDaniel has been chosen as the Intermountain YDK player of the year for 2009. McKenzie’s season ended going four for four in the USJF National Yudanshakai Team competition July 12 at the City College of San Francisco, CA. McKenzie helps teach ukemi to the other students at the dojo and is a delightful person on and off the mat. She comes from a family of judo competitors as Mom was a national competitor back in the day.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the members of the Intermountain Yudanshakai, congratulations toMcKenzie McDaniel from Kaizen Judo Club of Ogden, Utah, on being elected as the Player of the Year for 2008-2009.
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BRAD GILBERT – TREASURE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL JUDO CLUB
Brad Gilbert has been chosen as the Intermountain YDK player of the year for 2004. Brad is 14 and has been playing Judo since he was 6 years old. Brad has quite a list of throws he likes to use but his favorites are morote-seio-nage, kata-garuma and harai-goshi. Besides playing judo Brad also enjoys baseball, football and snowboarding. Brad comes from a long list of judoka in his family. Uncle Faron Gilbert was a national champion, Uncle Bill Gilbert, his dad Bryan Gilbert an instructor at Treasure Valley Judo, plus two younger brothers Daniel and Tyler, all of which play judo on a regular basis. Brad is a great help in the dojo with new students and does not hesitate to lead by example as he understands that the younger judoka look up to him as a role model. Brad says that some of the things he has learned from judo are to treat others with dignity and respect. He also enjoys the fact that it92s just you and your opponent on the mat.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the members of the Intermountain Yudanshakai, congratulations to Brad Gilbert from the Treasure Valley Judo Club on being elected as the Player of the Year for 2004-2005.