Judo in West Bend is more than just the physical sport. Much more, according to Jon Sanfilippo, who has served as director, coach and instructor of the successful West Bend judo program for the past 50 years. “Judo lays a foundation for a better community, both within the University setting and in the community at large,” according to Jon. With roots in the West Bend Recreation Department, Jon will share more on how the judo program received its local start, some of the people in the program, along with player highlights – including the first U.S. woman judoka to win a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics - and how it has become woven into the community. The one-hour presentation takes place on Wednesday, April 12, at 3:30pm in the library at UW-Washington County.
While judo is an Olympic sport, those attending will also learn how it differs from standard sports. According to Sanfilippo, who holds the rank of 8th degree black belt, “Judo involves moral training and has mind-body components incorporated in it. One of the main mottos of judo is ‘mutual welfare and benefit.’ Another motto is ‘maximum efficiency with minimum effort.’” He will explore how these concepts can be useful in life – not just in the sport of judo.
An alumnus of UW-Washington County, Jon then transferred to UW-Milwaukee, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as a law degree from Marquette University. For the past ten years, he has served as Clerk of Courts for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and is planning to retire from that position at the end of April. His retirement marks the end of a distinguished 40-year career in the law and Courts, including 13 years as Washington County Clerk of Circuit Courts. He and his wife Pam, reside in Slinger. They have three daughters and two grandchildren.
The April “Scholar Sip” monthly community forum offers interesting conversation and great coffee as its two main components. Scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month, the forums feature campus as well as guest scholars who discuss research interests, recent or upcoming publications, pet projects or simply a topic of general interest. No reservations are needed, admission is free and everyone is welcome to the 3:30pm-4:30pm informal forum, held in the library lounge (on 2nd floor).
UW-WC is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend. It is one of 13 two-year campuses in Wisconsin that make up the UW Colleges. The campus provides a quality education to area students and an affordable access point to the UW System. For more information about the campus, visit the website, washington.uwc.edu or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IN A NUTSHELL:
What: Lecture: Judo and its History in West Bend and at UW-WC
Who: Jon Sanfilippo, Judo Director, Coach & Instructor and Clerk of Court for U.S. District Court for Eastern District of WI
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm
Where: UW-Washington County, 400 S. University Drive, West Bend – library (2nd floor)
Free admission and coffee