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D. Eric Spears

Eric started playing judo at age 16 in Fort Wayne, IN. Two months into his training he placed in his first Regional Shiai. In high school, he was a member of the Fort Wayne School of Judo Competition Team. At college Eric was a Member of the Indiana University Judo Competition Team, Vice President of the Judo Club and earned an athletic letter in Judo from this big Ten University. In 1982, as a member of the Washington Judo Club, he received his first Black Belt. Eric has trained at Washington Judo Club, Georgetown Judo Club, and Baltimore Judo Club, has been Assistant Instructor at NIH Judo Club and PG Judo Club, and Chief Instructor of Montgomery College Judo Club. He is a certified instructor, Class B. He is a past Indiana State Champion and Maryland State Champion, Maryland Katame-no-kata Champion and a National Competitor in both the Senior and Masters Divisions. Eric has been Tournament Director for the Washington, DC State Games (The Capital Games) for the past decade. He is currently a third degree Black Belt, a Nationally Certified Referee, and President of Maryland Judo Inc. (the state governing body of the organization which has representation to the Olympics).

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