Instructors

Sensei Adam Blackburn 6th Dan Black Belt USA Judo 801.889.5319 senseiAdam@SaltLakeCityJudo.org Adam has been practicing judo since 1977 when he started learning in Bremerton Wa. @ Kitsap Judo Club under Al and Jan Graden. After competing nationally and winning many junior national and high school titles, in 1985 he is promoted to 1st degree black belt. Two years later, he is recruited to train at the university of Oklahoma with 2x Olympian Pat Burris. Having moved to Salt Lake City, in 2002 he starts his own club under the affiliation of his coach's foundation: USA STARS. He gets his international certification in 2006 to coach Olympic and Paralympic judo. In 2008 he is promoted to 5th degree black belt. In 2016 he is promoted to 6th degree black belt. §
IMG_2633b-1024x683-sensei_mick_schmidtSensei Meic Schmidt 4th Dan Black Belt USA Judo Meic began Judo at the age of 10 at TSB Ravensburg in Germany in 1975 successfully competing in Germany, Switzerland and Austria during his junior years. After Meic immigrated to the US he trained at the University of Utah Judo Club and later - during his residency in Milwakee - at the Wahadachi Judo Club and the Wisconsin Judo Club winning the Wisconsin State Judo championship and earning Judo Competitor of the Year award. There he also got certified in Nage No Kata, Katame No Kata and Ju No Kata. He trained for 2 years at Cahill’s Judo Club in San Francisco under Willy Cahill before returning to Salt Lake City to work as a Professor at the University of Utah. Meic has been an active participant in Utah Judo and has been an instructor at Lehi Judo Club, Rocky Mountain Judo Club and the USA Stars of Salt Lake City Judo Club. Meic is a member of USA Judo, USJF and USJA. He serves as the neurosurgical and spine consultant on the USA Judo Sports Medicine Committee. He has served as medical director at many Judo tournaments. Meic is also a certified national Coach with USA Judo and has completed USA Judo Safe Sports Program. Meic greatly values the lifelong Judo friendships and the continuous learning of Judo techniques and principles during his 40 years as a Judoka. He enjoys training junior competitors, in particular his son Albert Schmidt, who is a nationally ranked junior judoka since 2011. On permanent leave. He moved to New York. §
IMG_2648b-1024x683-sensei_john_greenSensei John Green 4th Dan Black Belt USA Judo John began studying Judo in 1969 at the Bushido Judo Club under Bruce Fagan.  He also received instruction from Jim Robinson, a student of Jigoro Kano, and from Kevin Allard and Steve White. John was a member of the Brigham Young University Judo Team, served as Assistant Instructor under Dr. Jason Cryan, and was mentored by Coach Ron McDowell. John is an International Judo Coach, Blind and Low Vision Coach, Nage No Kata Instructor, Judo Rank Examiner, and a USA Judo and USJA Life Member.  He referees at tournaments and serves on the Utah Rank Promotion Committee.  John has completed the USA Judo Safe Sports Program and SSCI Youth Sports Background Check.  At 64, he enjoys sharing his resources furthering Judo. §
IMG_2648b-1024x683-sensei_andyAndrew Powell 3rd Dan Black Belt USA Judo I started doing judo in 1998. I have fought locally, regionally and nationally. I have done well and have won several competitions and placed in many others. I go to Japan about 4 times a year. I do some training in Japan. I enjoy Judo and helping others learn the sport I love the most. On temporary leave. §    
Tomás Oyarzún 1st Dan Black Belt USA Judo Tomás started practicing judo in high school in his birth country, Chile. After the 1973 coup all martial art clubs were shut down and banned. A few years later, he emigrated to the USA and in time settled down in Utah. A few years ago, he enrolled his kids at USA Stars of SLC and took them to practice and sat there during their class. Mainly due to the insistence of sensei Adam he got suited up and started practicing again — after 40 years! — primarily as a way of exercising and getting rid of the extra pounds. 🙂 On February 2017, he is promoted to 1st degree black belt. Mainly due to the kind encouragement from sensei Adam and John Green. Tomás uses his judo knowledge and his experience as a former educator to assist at the dojo. And he has taken also the role of the club's website and facebook page webmaster. §