Instructors

Scott Moore began judo in 1988 under Sensei Connie Lavergne in Lafayette, Louisiana

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

and currently holds the rank of godan, or 5th degree black belt. Over the course of his competitive career, Scott had tremendous success, becoming the first American to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games in 2000. He also won bronze medals in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. In addition, he was the IBSA World Judo Champion in 1998 and won a pair of World Championship bronze medals in 1995 and 2002. In 2007 Scott retired from competition and was selected as the assistant coach for the 2008 Paralympic Team. In 2009 he became the head coach for the national visually impaired program and served as the head coach for the US Paralympic Judo team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England,  2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2020ne Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, Scott was selected by the US Olympic Committee as the Paralympic Coach of the Year.

Scott became the head coach of Denver Judo in 1999 and he and Heidi have worked diligently to make the program one of the most successful in Colorado. Expanding the club to include classes for children, beginners and competitive players, and opening classes to the visually impaired on a fully integrated basis, Scott has lead Denver Judo students to multiple medals at the national and international level.

Scott is also a certified coach with USA Judo at the International “A” Level.

 

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Heidi Moore, LAT, ATC started judo in 1986 in Santa Monica, California.
She currently holds the rank of godan, or 5th degree black belt. Heidi has had competitive success at every stage of her career, medaling multiple times at national tournaments at the junior, high school, collegiate, senior, and masters levels. She has won 11 medals at the USA Judo Senior National Championships. She represented the United States at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships and at the 2005, 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships. She finished the 2007 Pan American Championships with a bronze medal.

Heidi moved to Denver in 1999 and took over Denver Judo with her husband Scott. Through Scott, Heidi became involved in the US Paralympic judo program and has served as a coach for the national team many times, including serving as the assistant coach at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2020ne Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. Heidi serves as head instructor and executive director of Denver Judo and enjoys teaching the youth and senior competitive classes.

Heidi is a Certified Athletic Trainer and an International “A” level coach with USA Judo, as well as current President of the Colorado Judo League.

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Morning Judo Instructor:
Keith

Keith Lewis, 4th degree black belt
2008 US Open – Silver Medal
2009 World Police and Fire Games – 4th
2011 World Police and Fire Games – 5th
2015 World Police and Fire Games – 5th
2015 USA Judo Presidents Cup – Silver Medal
2017 USA Judo Senior National Championships – Silver medal
2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships – Silver Medal
USA Judo Continental Level Coach
Colorado Judo League Promotion Board Member
Police Defensive Tactics/Krav Maga Instructor

Beginning and Intermediate Class Instructors: 

Alyssa Zawack, 3rd degree black belt
USA Judo Certified National Level Coach
Competitive Highlights:
2021 USA Judo National Championships – Bronze Medal
2019 USA Judo President’s Cup – Silver Medal
2017 US Open Championship – Gold Medal
2017 USA Judo President’s Cup – Gold Medal
2016 USA Judo President’s Cup – Silver Medal
2015 US Senior National Championship – Gold Medal
2015 USA Judo President’s CUp – Silver Medal
2014 US Senior National Championship – Silver Medal
2014 USA Judo President’s Cup – Silver Medal
2013 US Senior National Championship – Silver Medal
2012 US Senior National Championship – Bronze Medal

Kedge Zawack, 3rd degree black belt
USA Judo Certified National Level Coach
Competitive Highlights:
2021 USA Judo National Championship – Silver Medal
2019 USA Judo President’s Cup – Bronze Medal
2017 US Senior National Championship – Bronze Medal
2017 USA Judo President’s Cup – Gold Medal
2016 USA Judo President’s Cup – Gold Medal
2015 USA Judo President’s Cup – Silver Medal
2014 US Senior National Champioship – Bronze Medal
2012 US Senior National Championhip – Bronze Medal

Youth Instructors:
Tracy
Tracy Crawford, 4th degree black belt
USA Judo Certified National Level Coach
IJF Certified Coach, level II
Competitive Highlights:
Avid kata competitor with partner Jayson Oldfather
2013 US Senior Nationals – Bronze

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Nikki Jones, 2nd degree black belt
USA Judo Certified National Level Coach

Jayson
Jayson Oldfather, 3rd degree black belt
USA Judo Certified Regional Level Coach
IJF Cerified Coach, level II

Sophia
Sophia Teissler, 1st degree black belt
Competitive Highlights:
2019 USA Judo President’s Cup – Bronze Medal
2019 USA Judo Senior National Championship – Bronze Medal
2018 USA Judo President’s Cup – Gold Medal
2017 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and No-Gi Instructors:

Howie Spratte

Howie Spratte 1st degree Black Belt Headed Jiu-Jitsu instructor for A.C.T. Jiu-Jitsu at Denver Judo Howie’s love for Jiu-Jitsu started in the early 2000s and quickly grew to a passion for coaching and helping others find a stronger vision of themselves through the art. Howie has competed in multiple grappling and combat sport up styles as well as competed professionally in Jiu-Jitsu. “Its not the medals or trophies I have that are my greatest rewards from Jiu-Jitsu, but rather the memories, the stories and the friendships I’ve found on the the mat.”

Other Yudansha:
Jim Carmer, 5th degree black belt
Jessica Lockfeld, 4th degree black belt
Tracy Crawford, 4th degree black belt
Megan Post, 3rd degree black belt
Dave Wise, 2nd degree black belt
Ryan Jones, 2nd degree black belt
Jason Falcone, 2nd degree black belt
Steeve Alvaro, 2nd degree black belt
Carlos Rivera, 1st degree black belt
Nobuo Yagai, 1st degree black belt
Garmaa Shinebayar, 1st degree black belt
Robert Takana, 1st degree black belt
Megan Altekruse, 1st degree black belt

2016 Black Belts

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