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The Midwest Center for Movement is proud to host 4-Time Olympic Team USA Judo competitor Brian Olson as a Judo coach!


What is Judo?

Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponent’s down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.

The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means "gentle", and do, which means "the way". Judo, therefore, literally means the way of gentleness.

But beyond the development of physical prowess and athletic ability, judo students learn much more. They learn how to control their feelings, emotions, and impulses though the judo moral code. They learn about values of perseverance, respect, loyalty, and discipline. Through their experience, they learn about politeness, modesty, and many other wonderful values that contribute to their development as successful citizens of society.

THE JUDO MORAL CODE:

The Judo Moral Code is a set of ethics created by the sport’s founder Jigoro Kano. He believed they were vital in the development of judo players and individuals both on and off the mat. The code itself is made up of 8 parts:

Courtesy, Courage, Friendship, Honesty, Honor, Modesty, Respect, Self-Control


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About the Coach

Brian Olson always brings great technique and nuance to his Judo and teaching. Brian started training in judo in 1979 at the age of six, and now has more than 25 years of experience in judo competition and coaching. He was one of the oldest athletes ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic Team for the sport of judo at the age of 35. 


Now, a veteran of four teams (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008), Olson was a seventh-place finisher at the 2000 Games and was a bronze medalist at the World Championships.

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Career Highlights

Olympic Teams: 2008, 2004, 2000 (Seventh), 1996
World Championship Teams: 1995, 1997 (Bronze), 1999, 2001, 2003
Pan American Games Teams: 2003 (Gold), 1999 (Gold), 1995 (Bronze)
Pan American Championship Teams: 2004 (Silver), 2003 (Bronze), 2002 (Silver), 2001 (Gold), 1998 (Gold), 1997 (Silver), 1996 (Silver)


Recent Career Highlights:
2008:
• Gold - U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo
• Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships
2007:
• Gold - U.S. Open


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2004:
• Gold - Olympic Trials
• Silver - Pan American Championships
• Fifth - Rotterdam World Cup
2003:
• Gold - Pan American Games
• Gold - Rendez-Vous Canada
• Gold - Puerto Rico Open
• Gold - New York Open
• Gold - Olympic Qualifier
• Silver - U.S. Open
• Bronze - Pan American Championships
• Bronze - Benito Juarez Championships


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2002:
• Gold - U.S. Open
• Gold - Budapest World Cup
• Silver - Pan American Championships
• Seventh - German Super World Cup
2001:
• Gold - Pan American Championships
• Gold - British Open
• Silver - Rotterdam World Cup
• Silver - European Club Cup Final
• Silver - IMCA America U.S. Open
• Bronze - Budapest World Cup
2000:
• Bronze - Rotterdam World Cup
• Seventh - Olympic Games
1999:
• Gold - Pan American Games
• Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
1998:
• Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
• Gold - Pan American Championships
• Bronze - British Open
• Bronze - Budapest World Cup
• Bronze - Leonding World Cup


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1997:
• Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
• Bronze - World Championships (86kg)
1996:
• Gold - U.S. Open Championships (86kg)
1995:
• Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
• Bronze - Pan American Games (86kg)
1994:
• Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
• Gold - U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)
1993:
• Gold - U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)
• Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
1992:
• Gold - U.S. Open (86kg)
1991:
• Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)