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USA Judo Night of Champions 2012

MAAB Instructor David Allen spends a considerable amount of time traveling to USA Judo events around the United States serving as a referee and event announcer.  This year he was in Dallas, Texas to referee the Senior Nationals and also served as emcee for the USA Judo Night of Champions honoring the lifetime achievements of two World renowned judoka, Sensei Noboru Saito and Sensei Shigeyuki "Ace" Sukigara.  Olympian and World Judo Player Brian Olson was also honored with the Champions Award for performance.  There were many Olympians, World Medalists, renowned Coaches, Players and USA Judo Board members in attendance.  Here are a few pictures with captions for your enjoyment.
The Ceremony begins with the introduction
of USA Judo President Lance Nading
 CEO Jose Rodriguez, Board Member Ken Bellmard,
USA Judo President Lance Nading and USJA President Jim Webb 
Olympic Favorite Kayla Harrison 
A Who's Who of USA Judo International Referees
including Olympic Referees Joon Chi, Noboru Saito, Hector Estevez and 2012 London Referee Robert Fukuda! 
Picture with USA Judo CEO Jose Rodriguez
Keynote Speaker Kevin Asano, Olympic Judo
Silver Medalist
Inspecting the tables before the awards ceremony
Saito Sensei takes a moment to pose with David
Give me a microphone and I can talk all night! 
David Allen with USA Judo Board
Member Gale Stoltzenberg 
USA Judo CEO Jose Rodriguez, Award recipient
Noboru Saito and USA Judo President Lance Nading


Standing with Olympian Eddie Liddie the High Performance Director for USA Judo
Olympian Pat Burris, Referee Commission Member Kei Narimatsu, silver Medalist Kevin Asano, and Olympic Coach Eddie Liddie

Going over some last minute introduction information with CEO Jose Rodriguez, Olympian Sherrie Wilson-Phillips, and President Nading 

"Ace" Sukigara gives his acceptance speach