Established in 2016, Kokushi Midwest embraces the sport of judo and works to help build community, strength, co-ordination, and confidence.
We believe that everyone can learn judo. From pre-school age, all the way up to the retiree! Judo is great for kids, teenagers, adults. We welcome people from all walks of life to learn our martial art!
All classes are taught by Sensei Grace Talusan. She has been involved in judo for more than 13 years. She started her martial arts career during undergrad at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. She studied judo with N.Ogasawara at Kokushi Dojo in Westwood, NJ and after relocating to Mahomet, IL in 2006, she travels frequently up to Chicago to train at Tohkon Judo Academy. She has also studied taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Grace is still active as a competitor, winning many state championships, and most recently, a gold medal at the 2017 & 2016 Senior National Championship (F2 Masters U70kg), silver medalist at the 2016-2018 IBJJF World Masters (Masters 2 - Medium Heavy division), and a bronze medal at the 2016 IJF World Veterans.
A certified USA Judo coach, Grace is one of the few instructors in the midwest who have obtained the IJF Academy's Level 1 certification of Instructor.