“Our son, Nick, became a Judoka at the age of five, and we have actively supported his love of the sport for the past fourteen years. About three years ago, at the age of 16, our son received the opportunity of a lifetime — to study Judo full-time, while living at the Jason Morris Judo Club (JMJC) in New York, and finishing high school there.We have been pleased beyond measure with his development as a young man under the supervision of Jason Morris and Teri Takemori, with his tremendous development as a judo athlete, and with his enrollment in college while he continues the full-time pursuit of his Olympic dreams.
The support, nurturance, encouragement and expert judo training that our son has consistently received for the past three years could not possibly have come from any other place in America. That is a fact. Our decision to have our sixteen year-old son move away from home was the most difficult decision we’ve ever had to make as parents, but his pursuit of Olympic dreams required it. We chose the JMJC program after carefully reviewing all of the options for judo training in America.We thank the Jason Morris Judo Club for all of wonderful experiences that our son has had in the past three years, and Jason Morris and Teri Takemori for making all of it possible. Under the direction of four-time Olympic competitor and U.S. Silver medalist in Judo, Jason Morris, the JMJC is the only “apprenticeship” program for the training of judo athletes in America, and deserves wide recognition for its accomplishments — and its tremendous potential.“
Steve & Kathie Kossor, Parents of Nick Kossor