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Wes holds over four decades of experience in teaching judo. Wes holds the rank of Nidan and serves as one of the instructors for Judo Kids. He is the father of three athletic children. Rachel, his youngest daughter, is an Ikkyu and has won many local and regional tournaments including twice winning the Virginia state championship. Wes taught Beginning Judo at Auburn University in the early 1980s. Wes is trained and certified as a coach by USAJudo.
Chris Round has taught judo for the better part of two decades. A black belt under 2x Olympic Coach and World Champion Jimmy Pedro, he underwent several years of instructor training before branching out to lead several programs. Chris has previously taught for Fenix Fight Club, Sport Judo, and ran the Indiana University Judo Club. After teaching at Pedro’s Judo Center, he went onto apprentice under Dr. Rhadi Ferguson and assisted in developing scouting reports for members of the 2016 US Olympic Team and 2019 US World Team. He has worked with elite athletes in judo, Brazilian jiujitsu, and mixed martial arts. He holds the ranks of Yodan in judo and brown belt in BJJ and is certified as a continental level coach under USA Judo.
As a competitor, Chris was a mainstay on the US Elite national roster for sixteen years. He was ranked as high 4th in the United States as a senior player, 2nd as a junior player, and was the number one ranked veterans player in the 30-35 year old division. He has finished several times in the top 8 at major tournaments like the Senior National Championships, US Open and Presidents Cup. He was a collegiate national finalist, U20 Junior National Champion, and a club level training partner for members of four Olympic teams.
With lots of competitions finally back on schedules across the country, the High Noon coaching staff has developed a new policy regarding training requirements for competition.
Our coaching staff has decades of competition experience and one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is that you MUST prepare properly to achieve consistent success in competition. Even with proper preparation, success is STILL not guaranteed! Failing to prepare, however, does a huge disservice to the team you represent, the coaches and teammates that spend time and energy training with you, and, most importantly, yourself.
Absolute minimum of two training sessions per week. For newer practitioners especially – Coach Leah has been an integral resource in game planning over the course of High Noon’s existence. She is an experienced competitor herself and a resource you should seriously consider consulting if newer to competition.
Absolute minimum of three training sessions per week. Student will also discuss a training plan with Coaches Tim and Matt for approval.
The coaching staff puts forth a lot of effort to ensure that competitively inclined students have an opportunity to succeed. The above requirements assist in giving the student a baseline training load to be successful in competition. Please note, that the above requirements are minimums. Additional training sessions are always encouraged for students who are preparing for competitions.
Last, just so it is clear, we do not expect you to compete under the High Noon flag at any competition unless you have met these standards. You are, of course, ultimately free to do what you please (i.e. compete independently, etc.), but it is important for us to set a baseline standard of readiness for those that want to represent the gym in competition.