Welcome to Northern Tier Kodokan Judo
Anthony P Morelli is the current owner and head instructor of Northern Tier Kodokan Judo, Inc. located at 203 South Street Suite F, Athens, Pa. 18810. He received his Shodan in 1990, Nidan in 2000, Sandan in 2003 and Yodan in 2010. Although retired from competition since 2008 his most recent major place finishes to that point were 1st place in the 2005 East Coast Championships, 2nd place in the 2005 Am-Can, 2nd place in the 2006 Senior Nationals, and 2nd place in the 2008 East Coast Championships. (Masters Competition) Mr. Morelli will be the first to tell you that it is not his accomplishments that currently drive him but that of his students. The opportunity to coach and mentor at times is quite challenging but by setting an example and not just telling the student what is expected has provided him with a fulfilling experience and will continue to do so.
He has been practicing judo for over 35 years and has been blessed by the relationships developed both on and off the mat. Although he has had great success competing throughout the years he is currently more interested in giving back to the sport/martial art that has given so much to him. He continues to work with mentally and physically handicapped children as well as obese children who might otherwise slip between the cracks. He has learned through life experience that if you give a child an expectation they will live up to that expectation and therefore you must make sure it is both positive and sincere.
He is currently the chairman of the eastern promotional committee for Pennsylvania Judo, Athlete Delegate, Certified regional referee and certified National coach. He has both a club and individual membership with USA Judo. In addition he is a Series I-V Certified Law Enforcement Instructor through Krav Maga Worldwide.
Finally as a result of his demonstrated expertise in the area of strength, fitness and agility he developed a program which statistically reduced injuries and produced a quicker, faster and stronger athlete which is necessary in any competitive arena.