October 25, 2012 Oak Brook, IL
On Saturday, October 27th, the Menomonee Judo Club will be the Keynote speakers at the Brain Injury Association of Illinois annual conference. The conference takes place in Oak Brook, IL at the Drury Lane Convention Center. The conference brings together some of the top medical experts in the field of brain injuries from around the country. Menomonee Judo is honored to be a part of the event. ” To be presenting alongside such an esteemed group of professionals is a great honor for our club. It shows that people are taking notice of all the hard work we are putting in at the dojo. ” explained Brett Wolf, the head instructor of Menomonee Judo.
Leading off the Menomonee Judo presentation will be Matt Rittenour. Matt is a former Army Ranger who was injured while serving a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Matt joined Menomonee Judo two years ago and is one of the original members of the groundbreaking Warriors Without Limits program. Warriors Without Limits was the brainchild of Sensei Wolf. It’s a Judo program specifically geared towards wounded and disabled veterans. Last year the program received a grant from USA Paralympics and the VA to help grow it’s number of veteran participants. Matt will share his personal experiences and how Judo has played a role.
Wolf sees the conference as a great opportunity for Menomonee Judo to get more people who have suffered a brain injury involved in Judo. ” I met Philicia Deckard ( Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois ) earlier this year and we clicked instantly. They are a fantastic organization that works tirelessly to help people who have suffered brain injuries. We are looking forward to working with the Brain Injury Association of Illinois for years to come. ” said Sensei Wolf