2009 WA State Judo Championships 2008 Pacific International Junior Invitational 2008 Continental Crown 2008 Judo Nationals vs Serge 2008 Bellingham Tournament 2008 Budokan Tournament 2008 Seattle Judo Championships 2008 Middle School State Championships 2008 Evergreen State Open 2007 Continental Crown 2007 BC Championships 2007 JR US Open National Judo Championships Bellingham Tournament Budokan Tournament Evergreen State Judo Championships
Today I entered my 1st Judo tournament since nationals last summer. While I’ve been training judo twice a week since nationals, football and wrestling tournaments have caused me to miss all the judo tournaments since last summer. I went 3-0 today to win the gold medal scoring an Ippon in my first match with a pick up technique and an Ippon in my second match with a pin. In my finals match I met a new player to the area from Israel who now competes out of Portland, OR. I was able to win this match on a wazzari scored with a tai-otoshi and 4 yukos from various pick-up techniques.
2006 Jr Olympic National Championships
This was my 4th Jr. National Championships. I added the Bronze medal to my Gold and Silver Medals and 4th place finish. I started with a quick victory in my 1st match scoring with a beautiful pick up technique. In round two, I met my main Nationals rival, Serge Bouyssou from RI, who is the 2005 USJF Jr. Nationals Champion and the 2006 USJA Jr. Nationals Champion. In 2003 I defeated Serge in route to my Gold medal win at Nationals and last year, Serge defeated me in the Gold medal match at Nationals. This year’s addition was a war. We battled back and forth with neither of us able to score. Then with less than a min remaining, I pressured hard on the attack and Serge hit me with a nice Tomoe-nage for a Waza-ari. I was in danger of losing with short time remaining. Serge went defensive as I attacked and drove Serge out of bounds, I scored on a Shido. Serge shot in on a double, which I defended well. I again scored on a Shido as Serge held my pant leg. We restarted with 4 seconds remaining. My Dad yelled that I needed to score. I attacked hard driving Serge out of bounds at the buzzer and scoring on another Shido to tie the score taking the match to overtime. In overtime, I attacked immediately with Serge countering with another Tomoe-nage. This time, I was able to cart wheel and round off to avoid giving up a score. At the restart, Serge shot in on a double, I pulled him to his feet and executed a perfect Uchi-mata to score and win the match. It was a great match that totally drained me. 10 min latter I was back on the mat again. I lost the match, to the eventual Champion, in a match that I just didn’t have any energy left. I fought his way through the loser’s bracket where I again met Serge in the Semi finals. Our 2nd meeting on the day and it was just as tough and great as the 1st. I was able to get the win late in the match by hitting a nice pick up technique into a pin to score an Ippon. Again I was completely drained from my match with Serge. To get back into the finals, I had to get one more win. 5 minutes after my match with Serge, I had to fight again. I started strong but after about a min, started to run out of gas. I ended up losing the match by penalty score ending me run at the Bronze Medal.
My main Judo training partner, Jesse Peterson, also had a nice run coming away with the Bronze Medal in his 1st Jr. Nationals. My brother Michael, entering his first Nationals did great by winning the Silver Medal. We are taking about 6 weeks off then will be back at it training for next years Nationals in Indianapolis, IN.
2006 Budokan Championships
I won the 9-10 year old lightweight division in this years tournament. I won round one with a left sided Osoto-Gari for Ippon in the opening seconds of the match. In round two I met one of his wrestling/judo training partners, Chris Villani. I won the match by scoring 2 yukos without giving up any score. Chris is really tough and helps me get better and better. He ended up taking 2nd on the day. In round three I scored an Ippon with a beautiful Morote-Gari in which I lifted me opponent high into the air and drove him into the mat for the Ippon. My brother Michael also won the Gold medal today.
Michael and I now train for Judo Nationals held July 7-8 in San Jose CA