Sempai Erin Schneemann, Sankyu, USJA
Sempai Erin Marie Schneemann started her Judo journey in 1996 at
Post/Crew 1882 BSA Judo-Kai under the direction of Sensei Walter Ing
and Sensei Clifford Wolff. She was an all around athlete during her
high school days involved in Track, Volleyball, and Cheerleading. As
an avid dancer, she was trained at Releve' Dance Centre, and she was
even a junior instructor there.
A musician, she was a flautist who received several awards.
Theater was also a big part of her school years and had many parts
on stage and behind the scenes. She was quite involved as a mentor
for the “HUGS” program, a peer leadership program.
Her Judo times were packed with local and state tournaments, Nassau
PAL scrimmages, and tourments, the Nakabayashi Memorial tourments,
Liberty bell, and many more. Often times she would take 2nd or 3rd
place. She excelled in teaching and providing demonstrations to the
younger students. In a summer Judo program with the inner city
children she was an instructor under Sensei George Pasiuk. At the
International YMCA Judo camp for several years she also became a
junior counselor. There she enjoyed world class Judo instruction
from many high-ranking Judo greats. She was tested for advancement
by Olympian Celita Shultz, and promoted by Olympian George Harris.
She progressed through the junior USJA ranks from May 1997, through
December of 1998. Eventually she attainted the Sankyu Senior 3rd
degree brown belt in June of 2002.
Erin left judo to attend college, but during her school
breaks she would often return to play hard with other returning
college students. Work then took a forefront and additional
schooling in the Paralegal field. Currently she works locally as an
administrative assistant. She has recently returned to Judo as a
Sempai with Judo Dojo Yukidaruma.
She hopes to again try to return to competition. However, at
this time NON-JUDO related orthopedic problem has kept her off the
Tatami. She holds a background clearance in child protection and
hopes to be trained in USJA coaching in the spring.
If you would like to contact Sempai Erin she can be reached at
Sempai “C” Thomas Crescenzo,
Sempai Thomas Crescenzo started Judo as an adult in the summer of
2004. He is a longtime resident of Bay Shore, NY and was involved
with Bay Shore/ Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance as an EMT for many
years. In 2004, he joined Post/Crew 1882
BSA Judo-Kai under the direction of Sensei Walter Ing and Sensei
Clifford Wolff. In Sept of 2004, he was promoted to Rokkyu (Yellow
belt), followed by a promotion to Yonkyu (Green Belt) in April 2006.
Two years later in December of 2008, he was promoted to
Sankyu (Brown belt). Sempai Tom joined Judo Dojo Yukidaruma and is
been a vital member since 2011.
Tom has been actively involved in Boy Scout Troop 153, which meets
at United Methodist Church in Bay Shore, along with his son, Kyle
since 2003. He is
a trained adult scout leader who is involved in planning and
supervising troop activities, which include camping, hiking and
community service projects. Tom is currently certified in First Aid
He is employed as a Quality Assurance Manger for a manufacturer of
aviation parts for the aerospace industry