Between March 9th 2012 and March 11th 2012, John Paccione, the owner of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral, held four major events that attracted people from all over Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Japan.
On March 14, 2012, Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral hosted a Referee Clinic instructed by Pan American Referee, Mindy Bueman. She instructed twelve Judoka who wanted to be certified as either a local or a regional referee. After the two hour course those that passed the written test were able to take their practical evaluation at the Yoichiro Matsumura Championship the next day.
After the Referee clinic, two Judo Students from New York were graded for black belt in front of a board of eight high ranking Judo instructors which included Sensei Yoichiro Matsumura, 8th Dan and an Olympic trainer. Also present was, three-time Olympian, Celita Schutz.
On March 10, 2012, Kodokan Judo hosted the Yoichiro Matsumura Judo Championships at Oasis High School located on Oasis Blvd in Cape Coral. Over 175 competitors and 600 spectators descended on Cape Coral to compete in the Olympic Sport and Martial Art of Judo.
The tournament entry fee was collected and donated to four students who attend Oasis Middle School who are battling cancer. Chansen Savakinus, Angeline Thompson, Kaden Meyers and Ethan Hoover are the real champs!
People competed from ages four to sixty-five with many National raked Judoka testing their skills. The President of the United States Judo Association flew in from California to give out three National awards. Edward Srejter was recognized for his life time commitment to Judo. Mindy Beuman the granddaughter of Mr. Srejter received an award for becoming the 2011 National Kata Champion and representing the USA Internationally. John Paccione, the owner of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and the event organizer, was given the National Coach of the Year award.
On Sunday March 11, 2012, a Competitor’s Clinic was held at Kodokan Judo instructed by Yoichiro Matsumura. Matsumura trained under a student of the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano. Matsumura taught many ground fighting techniques as well as throwing. At age 73 Matsumura moved with speed and accuracy. Assisting Matsumura was three-time Olympian Celita Schutz.
Congratulations Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral!!!
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Gold!
Marcos Johnson, Gencarlo Montane, Dylan More, Jacob More, Mackenzie More x2, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Solon Pinto, Joseph Russo, Alex Sacramento, and Anthony Setzer
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Silver!
Cecila Bernaquer*, Giulio Diracca, Jacob More, Joe More, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Brandon Person, Solon Pinto, Calvin Rangel, Caleb Russo, Joseph Russo, Keegan Russo, Rian Russo, Jack Tellin, and Kaitlin Weigelt.
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Bronze!
Edward Ahlquist, Brenda Bernaquer, Corey Bernaquer, Mackenzie Bonsall, Ian Byington*, Zen Despagni, Paul Keith, Dylan More x2, Addison Piatt, Avery Piatt, Caleb Russo, Rian Russo, and Rodolfo Sosa.
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and participating!
Bryan Acosta, Jordan Bernaquer, Kyle Camara, Carlos Camara Jr., Carlos Camara Sr., Rachaely Gil*, Randy Gil, Zackary Nyce*, Gavin Perry, Mark Tamulionis, and Keegan Weigelt.
*marks 1st tournament experience