Sensei Kerry Forster

Kerry is married with four children. The whole family has participated in Judo at one time or another, and her husband is also an instructor at Bushido Kai Judo Club. Kerry has many years of Judo and Karate experience. She got her start in Martial Arts with Karate, but after visiting the 2002 Am-Can International Judo tournament as a Medical Recorder, her attitude quickly changed to “where do I sign up for this??” and has been doing Judo ever since. She has been the head female counselor at the Spirit of the Eagle International Judo Training Camp since 2003, and has also been a female counselor at YMCA Huguenot International Judo Camp since 2004. Her personal goals for Judo include competing in Judo Kata on an International Level, eventually leading to the 2012 Olympics, and promoting Judo as a way of physical exercise and self-defense for women.


  • Level 1 Coach Certified (USJA)


  • United States Judo Association (USJA)
  • United States Judo, Inc (USA Judo or USJI)
  • United States Judo Federation (USJF)

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2007 United States Judo Association National Kata Competitor of the Year
  • 2006 United States Judo Association New York State Competitor of the Year, Female Masters category
  • 2006 United States Judo Association New York State Kata Competitor of the Year, Mixed category
  • 2006 New York State Competitor of the Year, Senior Category

Shiai competition highlights

  • 2008 Empire State Games, Silver
  • 2007 Empire State Game Tryouts, Gold
  • 2007 AmCan International Judo Challenge
  • 2006 Empire State Games -63kg, Bronze
  • New York State Championships (Masters Division), Silver
  • USA Senior Nationals (Masters Division), Silver

Kata competition highlights

  • 2009 IJF Kata world cup Nominee ( Malta )
  • 2009 USJA Senior Nationals, 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • 2008 IJF Kata World Cup. Paris, France.
  • 2008 Pan American Judo Championships, 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  • 2008 USA Senior Nationals, 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • 2007 USA Judo Senior Nationals, Miami, FL
  • 2007 Male/Female Division: Nage No Kata, Gold; Katame No Kata, Gold; Goshin Jitsu, Gold; Overall, Gold. Female/Female Division: Goshin Jitsu, Gold; Nage No Kata, Silver; Katame No Kata, Bronze; Overall, Silver
  • 2007 Pennsylvania Open Nage No Kata, Silver
  • 2006 Owed Kata Memorial Nage No Kata, Silver; Goshin Jitsu, Silver; Itsutsu No Kata; Gold
  • 2006 USA Judo Senior Nationals, Houston, TX Male/Female Division: Nage No Kata, Gold
  • 2005 Rock and Roll Tournament, Cleveland OH Nage No Kata, Silver; Katame No Kata, Silver; Itsutsu No Kata, Silver
  • 2005 Flag City Open, OH Nage No Kata, Gold

Other competition highlights