Irwin Cohen
Irwin Cohen

In honor of Irwin Cohen, USA Judo offers the Irwin Cohen Award at championship tournaments.


  • Irwin Cohen
  • 1117 Lockwood Dr.
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
  • (847) 478 – 9440


  • Born: January 21, 1952 / August 27th, 2012
  • Status: Married, three children
  • Degree: Hachidan, 8th degree black belt
  • Employment: President, Cohen’s Judo Club
  • 6 times National Champion.
  • Top Elite Judo Coach in the U.S.


  • 2000: Aaron Cohen Bronze medal Sr. Pan American Championships, Florida
  • 2000: Colleen Rosensteel and Martin Boonzaayer qualify for Olympic Team. Colleen
    Rosensteel 9th Place Olympic Games. Aaron Cohen Bronze Medal Pan American Championships
  • 1999: Colleen Rosensteel, Bronze Medal Austrian Open, Polish Open, Silver Medal in Pan American Games and 7th Place World Championships. Martin Boonzaayer, 9th Place World Championships. Tony Esposito, Gold Medal Tretori Championships, Italy.
  • 1998: Colleen Rosensteel Bronze Medal in Czeck Open and 5th Place in German Masters
  • 1997: Hillary Wolf Gold Medal & Colleen Rosensteel Silver Medal at Austrian Open
  • 1996: Hillary Wolf to birth on the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1995: Hillary Wolf to 5th place finish at the World Championships, Japan
  • 1995: Hillary Wolf became the first U.S. Judo player to win the Jr. World Championships in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1988: Steve Cohen and Robert Berland to births on the 1988 Olympic Team in Seoul, Korea
  • 1986: Steve Cohen to a Silver Medal at the Goodwill Games in Moscow, USSR.
  • 1984: Robert Berland to the first Silver Medal in Judo the U.S. ever won!
    Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983: Robert Berland to a third place at the world championships in Moscow, USSR
  • 1982: Robert Berland to a third place at the Kano Cup in Tokyo, Japan.


  • 2000: Asst. Coach Olympic Team Sydney, Australia
  • 1999: Asst. Coach World Championships Birmingham, England
  • 1998: Head Coach European Tour France, Hungary & Czech
  • 1998: Asst. Coach Pan Am Championships Santa Domingo, Dom. Rep
  • 1997: Asst. Coach World Championships Paris, France
  • 1997 Head Coach World Championships Hungary & Czech Rep.
  • 1993: Men’s Coach World Championships Hamilton, Canada
  • 1993: Men’s Coach European Tour France, Germany
  • 1992: Asst. Men’s Coach Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
  • 1991: Men’s Coach World Championships Barcelona, Spain
  • 1991: Men’s Coach European Tour Germany, Hungry
  • 1989: Men’s Coach World Championships Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1989: Men’s Coach Pacific Rim Championships Beijing, China
  • 1988: Manager Guido Seini Trophy Sardinia
  • 1988: Men’s Coach Dutch Open Utrich, Holland
  • 1988: Men’s Coach British Open London, England
  • 1988: Men’s Coach Shoriki Cup Tokyo, Japan
  • 1987: Asst. Men’s Coach World Championships Essen, West Germany
  • 1987: Manager & Coach Tblissi International Tblissi, USSR.
  • 1986: Men’s Coach Pan Am Judo Championships Havana, Cuba
  • 1986: Men’s Coach Austrian Open Vienna, Austria
  • 1986: Men’s Coach West German Open Essen, West Germany
  • 1985: Asst. Men’s Coach World Championships Seoul, Korea
  • 1985: Men’s Coach Pan Am Judo Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1984: Ass. Coach European Training Tour Europe
  • 1984: Men’s Coach Austrian Open Vienna, Austria
  • 1984: Asst. Coach Canada Cup Montreal, Canada
    For the 1984 and 1988 Olympics Irwin, a National Coach, was part of the staff sent to the games so he could personally coach his athletes.


  • 1978: U.S. Senior Nationals, Chicago, 95kg Gold Medal
  • 1977: Maccabiah Games, Israel, 86kg Gold Medal
  • 1977: U.S. Senior Nationals St. Louis, 86kg Gold Medal
  • 1976: Olympic Team Alt. Montreal, 93kg
  • 1976: U.S. Senior Nationals Baltimore, 93kg Gold Medal
  • 1975: World Championships Vienna, Austria 93kg
  • 1975: Pan Am Games Mexico City 93kg Silver Medal
  • 1975: Pre-Olympics Montreal 93kg Silver Medal
  • 1975: World & Pan Am Trials Arkansas 93kg Gold Medal
  • 1975: U.S. Senior Nationals Los Angeles 93kg Bronze Medal
  • 1974: U.S. Senior Nationals Phoenix 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1973: Maccabiah Games Israel 93kg Gold Medal
  • 1973: Maccabiah Games Israel open Gold Medal
  • 1973: World Championships Switzerland 80kg
  • 1972: Olympic Games Munich, 80kg
  • 1972: U.S. Senior Nationals Philadelphia 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1972: Olympic Trials Washington DC 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1971: World Championships West Germany 80kg
  • 1971: U.S. Senior Nationals St. Louis 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1971: Collegiate Championships Berkeley 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1970: U.S. Senior Nationals Los Angeles 80kg Silver Medal
  • 1970: U.S. High School Champ. Alexandria, VA 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1969: World Championships Mexico City 80kg
  • 1969: U.S. Senior Nationals Chicago 80kg Bronze Medal
  • 1969: U.S. High School Champ. San Jose 80kg Gold Medal
  • 1968: U.S. Junior Nationals Spokane 16yr. Gold Medal
  • 1965: U.S. Junior Nationals Chicago 13yr. Gold Medal
Irwin is the only U.S. Judo player to become the overall champion at the
High School, Collegiate, and Senior Nationals.


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