Dan Van Hemm
Sandan (Third Degree Black Belt)
John Berra Gary Wood
Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)
Nidan (Second Degree Black Belt)
See Instructor bios at the bottom of the page.
Gary Wood is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been practicing Judo for over 30 years and currently instructs the advanced
youth class for Troy Judo and assists training adult students.
Sensei Wood is a multiple time Michigan State Judo Champion, holds 10 National Masters Championship medals including the
National Masters Gold Medal from 2003 in Las Vegas and Gold Medals from the USJA National Championships in both Senior
and Masters categories. Gary has been named Michigan's Masters Judo Competitor of the Year on two occasions, and was
also USJA Competitor of the year. Gary is a coach and instructor.
Louise Ullman is a 2nd degree black belt and has been practicing Judo since 1987 and has been helping instruct both
juniors and adults almost from the beginning. She is the first female Troy Judo student to be promoted to the black belt ranks.
Louise ha been named to the Great Lakes Judo Hall of Fame for her support and dedication to the Great Lakes Judo
Sensei Ullmann has learned five different Kata disciplines including; nage-no-kata, ju-no, Kata, katame-no-kata,
itsutsu-no-kata, and goshin-jitsu. She also instructs these Kata to interested students.
She is active in the Judo community and assists at many of the local tournaments. She competed in the 7th World Masters
Shiai and took third place. Louise recently took a silver medal at the All Women's Judo Championships in the Juno Kata
division. She accomplished this even though she hadn't practiced with her kata partner until the day of the competition.
Dan Van Hemm is the club's head Sensei and is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been practicing/teaching Judo and
Streetwise Self defense for over 35 years. Dan has been an active competitor and is currently an instructor, Regional
Referee, and coach.
John Berra is a 3rd Degree Black Belt who has been practicing Judo for over 30 years and was an active competitor. He
assists with instruction of the senior students and has recently taken part in Kata competition. Sensei Berra has assisted in
tournaments as head score keeper, assistant tournament director, and pooling.
|Important Information For Parents!
Concussion Awareness and Prevention.
The Michigan Sports Concussion Law has gone into effect and is being enforced by the MDCH. This law requires sport
coaches and instructors to complete a 30 minute certification to assist in recognizing and preventing head concussion
Parents also need to be aware that if their child appears to have a concussion related injury they may be removed from
participation in Judo class until they are evaluated by a health care professional.
A release form, signed by a qualified health care provider, will need to be presented to the head instructor to verify that the
student can SAFELY continue participation in class or related events.
Please take the time to educate yourself about concussion injuries. They should not be taken lightly. Parents are asked to
review and sign the MDCH Parent Guide and return it to the Head Sensei.
If your child is old enough, take the time to review the Athlete's Fact Sheet with them.
The following documents can be printed. They include the release form that you need to take to your family physician.
MDCH Parent Guide
Athlete's Fact Sheet
Parent's Fact Sheet
Medical Release Form