Tommy Dyer began his judo career at the age of 8 years old in 1971 in Odessa, Texas under Coach Dale Lehman. Tommy has been with the Fort Worth Judo Club since 1988. He has achieved numerous State, Regional, National, International Titles and a top Elite Athlete for USA Judo for many years. As a judo competitor he has trained all over the world including 2.5 years in Japan to f. Past Director of USA Judo for USA Judo and for the Olympics 2004 IN Athens, Greece. He is a Certified International Coach for USA Judo.
With over 50 years of experience in Judo. He has been involved in the sport as a competitor, instructor and coach. In 1964 as an 8 year old he began his Judo training with Sensei Naguchi at Aiea Judo Club, Hawaii. As Co-Captain of the Aiea High School Judo team, captured the State Team Championship title.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Joel Holloway (20 time National gold medalists, and World title holder), Pat Burris (2 time Olympian) and Dr. Ron Tripp (World Sambo Champion, numerous National Championships), he has won many State, Regional, National Titles, and placed Internationally. In 2008 he was inducted into the USJA National Hall of Fame as Kata Competitor of the year. Runner up - Oklahoma Senior Male Judo Player of the Decade (1986 - 1995). He has coached kata teams to State and National titles. Sent teams to International competition.
A Vietnam era veteran, married for 30 years with 3 grown children. Engaged in the telecommunication field for over 40 years.
I discovered Judo in my early teens watching the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. At the time it was an exotic way to fight reminiscent of the old kung fu movies I used to watch. But this was real life. Two warriors walked willingly onto the fighting area to test themselves. It was pure. It was visceral. The image of the white uniforms and black belts grappling with each other for dominance stuck with me. To this day I still see it as clearly as I did then.
Judo is a practice in all things. It is a holistic discipline. There's no talk of mystical energy, esoteric cliches (snatch the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper), or arcane riddles. We talk physics, balance, and strategy. We teach from a point of practical application, not fictitious misconception. We, as coaches, stay open minded to new ideas. We know we don't have all the answers. We continue to grow as we support growth in our students. After all, their success is our success.
Even though I was first introduced to Judo at 13, I didn't start until later in life. I was 25 years old when I first walked into the Fort Worth Judo Club. I saw all people participating at all skill levels: tall, short, fat, thin, old, young... every type of person one could imagine was there. And they were all practicing Judo. What I learned that first day was something I tell EVERY person that comes into the dojo for the first time: Judo isn't for everyone, but ANYONE can do it.
I went on to compete in local, state and national tournaments. I became State Champion of multiple places through my travels, and I've been fortunate enough to train with some of the best judoka in the world. I have tried to take everything I've learned, and make it my own as a coach. My approach to instruction revolves around fundamental judo. I'm not fancy. My philosophy is direct, simple (or as simple as one can be in Judo). I coach with passion. I yell. I laugh. I compliment. I criticize. I encourage. I have personally worked very hard to make Fort Worth Judo the community it is today. I take pride in the relationships I've made in the club and the lifelong friendships that will endure. The most gratifying part of my role a Sensei isn't seeing my students earn medals (although it sure is awesome when they do). The most gratifying part is when that shy student, full of self-doubt and fear, walks into the dojo and starts to learn Judo, and a short time later, he or she wants to fight in tournament. I will never get tired of that feeling.
Matt Jackson began his judo career in 1977 at the young age of 5. His dad was a sensei so Matt grew up around judo. He earned his black belt in 1992 at the Fort Worth Judo Club. He is a multi-time Texas State Champion as well as a 2 time Masters national champion. He has competed both national and internationally. He has been active in the sport of judo for 40 years as a competitor and a coach.
Sara Jackson began her judo career in 1987 with the Fort Worth Judo Club. She earned her black belt in 1993. She is a multi-time Texas State Champion as well as a former collegiate national champion. She has competed both national and internationally. She has been active in the sport of judo for 30 years as a competitor and a coach.