Kodokan Judo brought 13 competitors to competed in the Dragon's Challenge Judo Tournament in Delray Beach on August 25th.
The team walked away with the FIRST PLACE TEAM TROPHY!
8 students took home the Gold: Zen Despagni, Melissa Hererra (first tournament), Paul Keith, Zackary Nyce, Mackenzie More, Erica Paccione, Anthony Setzer, and Jack Tellin.
5 students took home the Silver: Corey Bernaquer x2, Leah Getts (first tournament), Christina Paccione, Anthony Setzer, and Jack Tellin.
3 students too home the Bronze: Edward Ahlquist, Jacob More and Jack Tellin.
Congratulations Kodokan Judo!!!!!!
Kodokan Judo competes in the 2012 Junior U.S. Open in Fort Lauderdale with over 20 countries and 650 athletes and 190 Golden Score athletes taking home six medals. Corey Bernaquer scored the highest medal for KJCC winning Silver. Jacob More scored Bronze with the best overall nage-waza (throwing technique) winning four and only losing one match. Joseph Russo scored a Bronze fighting great and had one of the best newaza (ground) techniques of the tournament. Christina Paccione scored a Bronze and threw two of her opponents for a full ippon (full point, which is the highest score) while her sister Erica Paccione also scores an ippon and also takes Bronze. Anthony Setzer took third in the Golden Score division. Also participating were: Mackenzie More, Rian Russo, Alex Sacramento, Carlos Camara Jr., Kyle Camara, Jordan Bernaquer and Marcos Johnson.
Kodokan Judo congratulates their students for placing at the Sunshine State Games in Lakeland Florida. 12 students competed and they brought home 13 medals!!!!
The victories were incredible! The undefeated, first-place champions, winning each match with an ippon (full point) were Christina Paccione, Jacob More and Caleb Russo. Erica Paccione and Bryan Acosta also win the title of first place. Fighting in a second division, Bryan Acosta takes second, along with Eddie Ahlquist, Zackary Nyce, Marcos Johnson, Rian Russo and Mark Tamulionis. Taking third were Mackenzie More and Keegan Russo.
Next stop is the Junior Olympics in Texas.
Six competitors from KODOKAN JUDO travel to Texas for USA Judo's Junior Olympics. This event is designated the national championship for USA Judo. Many of the divisions were 18-30 man. All of Kodokan Judo's students fought hard and four placed. Rian Russo placed second. Christina Paccione, Jacob More and Mackenzie More place third in their prespective divisions.
KJCC attended the Orlando Judo Invitational Tournament this weekend bringing home 23 medals!
Taking First: Zackary Nyce, Cecila Bernaquer, Erica Paccione, Christina Paccione x2, Jordan Bernaquer, Dylan More x2, Paul Keith, Felipe Flores, Bryan Acosta
Taking Second: Alex Sacramento, Marcos Johnson, Ian Byington, Brenda Bernaquer, Anthony Setzer, Mark Tamulionis
Taking Third: Edward Alhquist, Corey Bernaquer, Cecelia Bernaquer, Erica Paccione, Bryan Acosta x3