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posted Jul 13, 2016, 7:33 PM by AZ State Judo
Dave Faulkner Promoted to Shichidan

SWJA congratulates Sensei Dave Faulkner on his promotion by USA Judo to the rank of Shichidan - 7th degree black belt. Sensei's Rich Moss and Dave started Southwest Judo Academy. He stared judo in 1970, at the age of 11, and retired from competition after making the 1993 US World Team.  His many titles, awards and experience include: 3X US Open Judo Champion (1985,1987, 1989), 2X US Olympic Team Alternate (1988, 1992), and 8X US Sr. National place winner, US Olympic Training Center instructor for 8 years.  He is member of USA Judo where he is a certified National Coach and a USA Judo US Coach Clinician.


Yahya "John" Houssni Promoted to Godan

SWJA congratulates Sensei John Houssni on his promotion by USA Judo to the rank of Godan - 5th degree black belt. Sensei John started judo at the age of 7, in Rabat Morocco.  As a junior competitor, he won Gold and numerous places at Morocco Jr. Nationals.  In 1995, he was awarded the "Coupe de Trone Chompion" and invited to compete in the 1998 New York Open.  He was coach of the "Stade Marocain Judo Club for Juniors", was assistant coach (1988-1992), and later coach (1992-1996) of the "Stade Marocain Judo for Seniors", while also being on the Moroccan National Team (1992-1996).  He placed 3rd in the 2014 US Senior Nationals, and was ranked #5 in the US.  He is a partner with Rich Moss and Dave Faulkner at Southwest Judo Academy, a member of USA Judo where he is a certified National Coach and State Referee.
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