The Neighborhood House
29 South Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715
Tel: (608) 772 8309
Location in Google Maps
Tuesdays: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Thursdays: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Adults (and advanced teens)
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Sundays: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
All of our coaches are strongly committed to teach judo using modern methods in a safe and fun environment.
All Madison Judo coaches are USA Judo* certified, volunteer their time and do not receive compensation for their coaching.
Our youth coaching team consists of accomplished judoka including black belts and current State champions.
Our head coach is an international competitor with many years of competition and coaching experience. She is a double World Masters medalist (2016 & 2017) and reigning US Senior Games open champion.
This enables Madison Judo to provide coaching of a high level to players of all abilities for fees that reflect the organization’s essential expenditure.
Lesley Hutchins (Head Coach, Sandan, USA Judo Certified International Coach)
Starting judo just before my 16th birthday, I won the UK National Schools Championship in my weight division while still 16, and gained my shodan at 18 via the traditional ikkyu line-up rank promotion at the London Judo Society. Prior to going to university, I devoted much of my time to training and entering competitions throughout the UK. During that time, I qualified as a British Judo Association coach and began working with junior competitive players. The hard work of training for competitions was repaid with a place in the British Women's Judo squad and I went on to successfully represent Great Britain in several international tournaments. Whilst at university, I won the British Students National Championships at U66kg in my first year but thereafter my judo had to take a back-seat due to academic demands.After University, judo gave way to starting a family and a management career in the medical technologies industry that eventually took the family and I to Copenhagen, Denmark for seven years. In Denmark, I was part of a respected coaching team, working with children and adults at both competitive and recreational levels. Another further career move in 2007 took us all to Madison, Wisconsin and when the founder of Madison Judo moved back to his native Stockholm, I was asked to become head coach. Since that time, I developed a structured coaching program for the club that is designed to support both recreational and competitive player development. Many Madison Judo players have started as novices and now compete locally, regionally and nationally. As a management team member at the club, I am proud to have helped transitioned the club to a non-profit organization, promoting the benefits of judo in the community. Growing the sport of judo is important to me and since 2014, I have served as board secretary to Wisconsin Judo Inc. helping build and develop judo throughout the state. More recently, I have resumed my competitive career winning the US Senior National Games Open in 2015, silver in the 2016 World Veterans Championships U78kg F6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and bronze in the same category in Olbia, Italy in 2017.
James Westgard (Sandan, USA Judo Certified State Coach)
In 1957 I helped found a judo club in Syracuse, NY, the TenShinKan, with instructor Ross (Bud) Running, sandan. After sensei Running left, club members founded the Syracuse Judo Club. We gave judo demonstrations at various venues (Kiwanis, county fair, etc.). Competition (shiai) was largely with Canadian judo clubs and the Syracuse Judo Club senior advisor from Quebec was Bernard Gautier, shidan. Gautier awarded me the rank of shodan in 1960.
From 1962 to 1965 I was a member of three judo clubs in Pittsburgh, PA: I taught judo to students at Carnegie Institute of Technology, was a member of the Crafton Judo Club and the YMHA judo class. The latter clubs had as their instructor Kyu Ha Kim, rokudan. Kim was the Korean national judo champion in 1958 and 1960. He was an instructor to the US Air Force in Korea, and coach for the US team at the Pan-Am games in 1976 and 1977. He was inducted into the US judo instructors Hall of Fame in 1994 by the USJF. He presently holds the ranks of kudan in judo, and hachidan in taeqwondo. While I was in Kim’s judo clubs I received a certificate for promotion to shodan from the Kodokan in 1965.
In 1965 I helped found a judo club in Terre Haute, IN with head instructor Phil Minton. At the time Minton had the rank of ikkyu; he now holds ranks of shidan in judo, hachidan in taeqwondo, and sandan in aikido. I taught judo classes in Minton’s club and participated in statewide shiai as referee until about 1975. I was a member of the IJA (Indiana Judo Association) which I believe was associated with the USJA.
Ian Rowland (Nidan, IJF registered & USA Judo Certified National Coach)
Mike Greendonner (Shodan, USA Judo Certified Regional Coach)
Miguel Lopez (Rokudan, Rank Examiner, USA National Coach)
Anders Angur (Shodan & Sandan (jui jitsu))