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_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. §






sensei_savannahSavannah Stacey 1st Dan Black Belt USA Judo
I started Judo in Billings, MT. Under Grand Master Parks, at eleven years old. A few years later, I moved to Salt Lake City, UT. where I began to train under Sensei Adam. I became a Nationally Ranked player, travelled across the country, and fully embraced my love for Judo.
Later on, after High School, I moved to Colorado Springs, CO. in 2013 to train at the Olympic Training Center under Olympian Ed Liddie. I’ve competed Nationally and Internationally.
Now I’m starting my coaching career off regionally.

Dream Big. §

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 webmaster. §