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OUR BLACK BELTS

George is the head coach of West Central Illinois Judo Team.  Known simply as "Coach" to his players, George has over 50 years of judo experience and an unparalleled love for the sport.  

7th Degree 

GEORGE WEERS

Mitch is the coach and founder of our club at the Canton YMCA. Years of judo, Tai Chi and working as a professional magician makes Mitch's teaching style unique and effective. 

4th Degree

MITCH WILLIAMS

With multiple national and international medal wins, Blaine brings his competition experience to aid in coaching the team. Also working in law enforcement, Blaine has been able to see the effectiveness of Judo in real world scenarios. 

4th Degree

BLAINE DUHS

Part of the West Central Illinois Judo Team for nearly 10 years, Stefan helps coach the evening classes and trains competitively in the mornings. Stefan also trains at our club in Canton and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.   

3rd Degree

STEFAN HABSBURG

In the past few years Joe has become a very serious competitor and continues to develop his skills. Joe trains at both our Hollis Park club and  is assistant coach at our club in Canton. 

2nd Degree

JOE TAYLOR

Steve brings his years of Judo experience into assistant  coaching in the evening classes and has recently started training in the morning competitive classes as well. 

2nd Degree

STEVE WRIGHT

National medalist and assistant coach, Alex was originally an accomplished wrestler in high school. He brings a great deal of skill and knowledge into his judo instruction and is known for his cartwheel escapes from throws. 

2nd Degree

ALEX WOLFE

Karyn was the first female black belt from WCI Judo. After several injuries and having a baby kept her off the mat for a few years, Karyn is now back training with the team. 

2nd Degree

KARYN NEILSON

Coming from a Karate background, Aaron is very involved in combat sports. Currently, Aaron trains competitively at our morning classes. 

1st Degree

AARON PROSSER

Ken is a professional artist and has been doing judo at WCI for several years. Ken has a passion for helping new judo students and also for perfectly timed foot sweeps. 

1st Degree

KEN TIESSEN

Natalie started Judo as a self defense class before moving overseas. Now she has begun to focus on the technical and competitive side of the sport. Natalie also trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with her husband Stefan. 

1st Degree

NATALIE HABSBURG

DAVE BLEEKER

4th Degree

 

TROY DRAPER

2nd Degree

GARY BABCOCK

3rd Degree

CHRIS LIND

3rd Degree

MARK T. SHIMA

2nd Degree

HEATH ARMENTROUT

1st Degree

SARAH BLACK 

1st Degree

FEDI DAVIDOVICH

1st Degree

JOE DIETZ

1st Degree

SHANE DONELSON

1st Degree

MATT FOSTER

1st Degree

VINCE FUSCHETTI

1st Degree

JOHN GRAYBEAL

1st Degree

HARRY HODGES 

1st Degree

SCOTT HUSEMANN 

1st Degree

HANNAH KINSEL

1st Degree

JOE VISERING

1st Degree