Sensei Paccione Promoted to 6th Dan


After 8 years in rank, the United States Judo Association Promotion Board, promoted Sensei John Paccione to the prestigious rank of 6th degree black belt.  Several instructors and judoka came to congratulate Sensei Paccione on his promotion. 

Team Champs

Kodokan Judo competed in the Team Championship Judo Tournament in Delray, Fl.  taking home the third place team trophy.

1st place:  Charis Garcia, Chaylen Garcia, Erica Paccione, Melissa Herrera, and Alex Sacramento.

2nd place: Kiana Meyer, Roxy Viernes, Andy Koestra, Brandon Person, Dominick Meady, and Christina Paccione.

3rd place: Zen Despagni, Brooke Pierson, Jaiden Meyer, and Mark Tamulionis.

Congrats to ALL! 

Local dojos support athletes to fight abroad

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:

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!


Erica Paccione takes Silver in Harnes, France

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.   



Gold, Silver and Bronze @ US Open

The US Open Junior Judo Championships celebrated it's 25th Anniversary.  Over 600 athletes and 20 countries participated.  The Kodokan Team came home with 8 medals:  3 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze. 

Gold: Melissa Herrera, Zackary Nyce, Erica Paccione. Silver: Christina Paccione. Bronze: Zen Despagni, Anthony Meady, Brooke Pierson, Anthony Setzer. Participation: Dominick Meady, Alex Sacramento.

Way to go Team Kodokan!

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