“At age 21 I moved to Glenville with goals of improving and competing in Judo and felt privileged to have the best coaching me. Expectations were high for working hard, staying focused, never giving up and winning with integrity. My hours were filled with training, competing and working part time jobs in two local Glenville businesses.
I have always been impressed by the number of younger athletes from around the country who move to Glenville to be part of the JMJC. These kids live fulltime under the guidance of Jason and attend local schools. I am also struck by the athletes from around the world who seek out the JMJC to spend shorter periods of time training. Given Jason’s success as an athlete and ability to coach, he could have established and grown his program in any city in the country, but chose to return to his roots. Tucked away in Glenville, JMJC is one of the premier judo training programs which despite its reputation of developing world class competitive judo players, also carries on an important judo tradition — giving back.
That is one of the reasons I was so excited to bring my own children to JMJC. For the last three years, my kids have participated in the youth program at JMJC. Every elite athlete training at the JMJC is expected to give back by teaching, coaching and developing new players. Any child living in Glenville and surrounding towns has the opportunity to be part of this great tradition, not only learning judo from top athletes, but being taught values that are part of the sport; self-discipline, hard work, respect for self and others, dedication, persistence, continuous improvement and maintaining a strong body and mind. JMJC also does outreach to schools and preschools in the area. Each October, the JMJC hosts the Morris Cup tournament put on at Burnt Hills High School (Jason’s alma mater) which draws competitors from both the USA and other countries to Glenville, contributing to the local economy.”
Gina (Franzese) Sullivan, US Sr. National Silver Medalist