Michael Heller


Brief info

Dr. Michael Heller (PhD Biochemistry CUNY) started training when he was 37 and has been playing Judo for over 30 years. He is a student of Shiro Oishi and studied in the Oishi Dojo for over 20 years.

"Scientist", the nickname conferred upon him by Oishi Sensei, was an active local competitor while in his 40s and is a former Liberty Bell Gold Medalist. Although he no longer competes he is happy to train and spar with the younger players and teach them some of his wily moves.


  • Kodokan 2nd Degree Judo Black Belt (Japan)
  • USJF 2rd Degree Judo Black Belt