Yonah Melnik Sensei (7th Dan)
Today's Main Activities
Head Coach and Director of the "Budokan Judo School" Head Coach of the Israeli National Team until 2004 Founder of the Judo Section at the Wingate special program for gifted athletes and Head Coach from 1994 until 2005 Founder of the Budokan Martial Arts Center at the "Hadassa Neurim Youth Village" European Continental Referee Senior Examiner at the Israel Judo Association
Sensei Yonah Melnik was born in 1949. Yonah Melnik has been practicing Judo since the age of 15. During the years 1971 to 1973 he practiced in Philadelphia and during 1976 in Tokyo, under the guidance of Takahiko Ishikawa and Isao Okano. First Dan at 1969 and Seventh Dan since 2002. Yonah Melnik has a rich teaching and coaching history as a National Master Coach. He also coached the Israeli judo team for the Los Angeles Olympics. His students have always been prominent in their achievements. Many of them were and are National Champions,, and some had impressive success in international competitions. National Champion for Teams. His club team holds the title of National Champion for Teams. Yonah Melnik is also active as master rank examiner for the Israeli Judo Association and as member of its Refereeing Commission as IJF Referee - B since 1994.
Yonah Melnik won 14 National Championships and participated in 10 European and 2 World Championships. He took part in the Olympic Games in Montreal and was a member of the Olympic team to Moscow Olympics, in which Israel did not compete following the boycott. He was champion of the Maccabiah Games in 1973 and 1977. His achievements include winning several medals in international competitions.