Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral (KJCC) was created to provide traditional training of one of the world’s most popular sports to children and adults of Southwest Florida. Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is currently the only Judo school in Lee County and the 5th largest USJA school in the country.
The goal of KJCC is to train average people as Olympic level competitors
Two local athletes, Erica and Christina Paccione, who train at Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral, flew to France for the Harnes International Judo Competition.
The sisters were among 6 other Americans that competed. Each athlete was number one in their age and weight division in the USA. The tournament divisions were very large ranging from 9 to 50 in one division. On day one our American Team took home a gold, silver and a bronze medal.
Jackson Butler was undefeated in the 50kg division taking home the Gold.
Erica Paccione fought in a 17 person, -52kg division and won multiple matches by ippon (full point) with one win was under 12 seconds. She proudly took home the Silver medal along with a gift of an Adidas sports bag.
Mariah Holguin took home the Bronze.
Christina Paccione (11), fought up in age and weight. Her opponents had a 17 pound advantage and were one to two years older and she still managed to score some great throws but ultimately did not make it to the finals.
A few members of the USA Team traveled the next weekend to Lanester, France to compete and rose to the podium to collect their medals: Misato Sandoval - Gold, Rachel Butler - Silver and Jackson Butler - Bronze.
Local dojos came together for an Invitational Judo Tournament hosted by Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral to help support two judo athletes, Erica and Christina Paccione, to compete abroad.
Saturday, September 7th, Sasaki-Judo ATT from Tampa, Real Judo of Naples, and Iron Fighter Judo from Miami had students competing and supporting the local fundraiser with an opportunity to leave with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy.
EA Bicycles of Bonita donated a Jamis Youth bicycle valued at $350. The Holiday Inn and the Marriott Hotels both donated a two-night stay at their Town Center locations for a STAY-CATION. Ceno donated three gift certificates to their restaurant located on Cape Coral Parkway. Raffle tickets were sold and gifts were collected raising over $800 for the trip. Parents of the judo students donated food and drinks which brought in an additional $233.
We are thankful to our community for supporting this event for our athletes.
Erica and Christina have trained hard throughout the year and have earned a spot on the Junior National Judo Team. They will be competing in Harnes, France in December representing the U.S.A.
If you missed the event and wish to donate towards the athletes, please go to the following website: www.GoFundMe.com/3lhrno
Kodokan Judo Tournament Results:
Taking 1st place trophies: Carlos Camara, Zen Despagni x2, Andrew Eaton, Charis Garcia, Chaylen Garcia, Melissa Herrera, Kenneth (KJ) Miller, Zackary Nyce x2, Erica Paccione x2, Brandon Person, Alex Sacramento, Anthony Setzer x2
Taking 2nd place trophies: Eddie Ahlquist, Carlos Camara x2, Charis Garcia, Anthony Meady, Dominick Meady, Jaiden Myer, Kiana Myer, Zackary Nyce, Christina Paccione x2, Tim Person, Ivan Perez, Brandon Person, Emily Yi
Taking 3rd place trophies: Eddie Ahlquist, Kyle Camare, Nico Demalhaes, Chance Henson, Tim Person, Brooke Pierson, Roxy Viernes
Congrats to all and thank you to everyone for your support!
KODOKAN JUDO travelled to Texas representing SW Florida at the 2013 USA JUNIOR OLYMPICS with three female athletes, Melissa Herrera, age 10, Christina Paccione, age 11 and Erica Paccione, age 12. Sensei Paccione also coached Raffy Marascio age 10, former student who moved to New Jersey and Jason Rodriguez from Real Judo of Naples.
Day 1: National Tournament - ERICA Paccione and CHRISTINA Paccione take GOLD in UNDEFEATED matches. RAFFY Marascio takes BRONZE.
Day 2: National Tournament - MELISSA Herrera takes SILVER!
Day 3: International Tournament - CHRISTINA Paccione takes GOLD, ERICA Paccione and MELISSA Herrera take SILVER and RAFFY Marascio takes BRONZE.
WAY TO REPRESENT!