| Coaches' Corner
The Maryland Judo Team began in the fall of 1988, when several families attending a summer judo class persuaded Mr. Dantzler to continue teaching lessons during the school year. From that initial group of five children, the club eventually grew to become one of the most competitive youth teams on the east coast. During the next 14 years, boys and girls from the Maryland Judo Team achieved impressive tournament results, medaling more than 100 times on the US national and international stage.
In 2002, the club closed its doors so that Mr. Dantzler could focus on his son's judo training. From 2002-2009, Mr. Dantzler tutored Connor in competitive judo, and acted as an assistant instructor with other judo clubs in Maryland.
Today, the Maryland Judo Team holds weekly practices in Montgomery County, Maryland, and welcomes boys and girls of all ages. You don't need to be an experienced athlete to find success in judo. Come join us and see for yourself how far you can go!
Mark Dantzler is a nationally-certified Master Teacher and a sixth-degree black belt. He began judo over 47 years ago, and competed nationally and internationally. A career elementary school teacher, coach Dantzler combines a nurturing style of instruction with an active and challenging workout!
When in town, Connor Dantzler is a 7-time US junior national champion. He has traveled to half a dozen countries for elite judo competitions and training. Connor is an international gold medalist and 5-time judo All-America honoree. In 2011, he placed in the top-three nationally for the twelfth consecutive year. He is the author of several nationally published articles on the benefits of sports and fitness for youth . In addition, Connor has been honored by the President's council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition with the National community Leadership Award for his volunteerism with young judo athletes.
Ella is the defending AAU Judo National Champion! She holds state titles in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Ella owns the Eastern Open Championship crown, as well other regional titles. She was named "Athlete of the Month" by Sports Illustrated KIDS Magazine, and recently received AAU Junior All-America honors!
Katherine is an international medallist and two-time state champion. She has traveled to numerous states for elite competitions. Katherine is especially supportive of the team's young competitors.