Kodokan Judo take 21 medals and the 2nd place team trophy!

KODOKAN JUDO competed in the FJA STATE JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS on March 31, 2012 in Delray Beach, FL taking home 21 medals and the 2nd Place Team Trophy!

1st Place Recipients:  Bryan Acosta, Joseph Russo, Rian Russo, Paul Keith, Christina Paccione, Mackenzie More

2nd Place Recipients:  Mark Tamulionis, Dylan More, Zackary Nyce x2, Solon Pinto, Jack Tellin, Jacob More, Edward Ahlquist, Anthony Setzer, Kaitlin Weigelt

3rd Place Recipients:  Mark Tamulionis, Kathryn Hwang, Erica Paccione, Kaitlin Weigelt, Mackenzie More




Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Holds Major Judo Events

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



Team takes 1st Place Trophy...Seven Undefeated

Kodokan Judo takes 16 Judoka to the Cherry Blossom Open XVIII in Delray Beach this weekend walking away with the 1st Place Team Trophy.

Contributing major points was Erica Paccione who placed first in three divisions and was undefeated.  Mark Tamulionis also fought in three divisions taking one gold and two silver.  Corey and Jordan Bernaquer, Paul Keith, Anthony Setzer, Christina Paccione and Kaitlin Weigelt were also undefeated in their divisions taking home the gold!

PROUD OF YOU ALL for GIVING 100%+!!!!!!!

1st Place Recipients:   Mark Tamulionis, Corey Bernaquer, Jordan Bernaquer, Paul Keith, Anthony Setzer, Erica Paccione x3, Christina Paccione & Kaitlin Weigelt.

2nd Place Recipients:  Mark Tamulionis x2, Edward Ahlquist, Giulio Diracca*, GenCarlo Montane x2, Keegan Weigelt, Mackenzie Bonsall & Brooke Pierson.

3rd Place Recipients:  Brandon Person & Randy Gil.

NEXT STOP is our tournament!  The Yoichiro Matsumura Judo Championships on March 10th in Cape Coral at Oasis High School!!!!!

Novice Team Scores 3rd Place Team Trophy at the Kibo Cup

On February 25, 2012 Kodokan Judo sent seven competitors to compete in The Kibo Cup Open Novice Judo Tournament in Riverview, Florida.  The team walked away with the 3rd Place Team Trophy.

Taking Gold:  Corey Bernaquer, Sloan Pinto and Keegan Russo

Taking Silver: Jordan Bernaquer, Marcos Johnson and Caleb Russo

Taking Bronze:  Edward Ahlquist

Congratulations TEAM KODOKAN!!!!!

Florida Open Champions & 2nd Place Team Trophy Recipient

On February 4, 2012 Kodokan Judo sent 23 competitors to The Florida Open Judo Championships, which is a class "E" Point Tournament.  The tournament was held at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs, FL.

Kodokan Judo proudly took home the 2nd Place Team Trophy.  Many of the judoka fought in multiple divisions.  Christina Paccione, age 9, was undefeated placing first in two divisions.  Gencarlo Montane, age 9, and Kaitlin Weigelt, age 11 also placed first in their two divisions.

Dylan More, age 17, fought in three IJF divisions, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Dylan chocked one of his opponents until he was unconscious and went toe to toe with several national competitors.

* notes 1st tournament experience; x2 means the competitor fought and placed in 2 divisions

Gold Medal Winners:

 Jordan Bernaquer, Kyle Camara, Randy Gil, GenCarlo Montane x2, Dylan More, Jacob More, Christina Paccione x2, Avery Piatt*, Kaitlin Weigelt x2 

Silver Medal Winners:

 Jordan Bernaquer, Marcos Johnson, Dylan More, Mackenzie More x2, Gavin Perry*, Addison Piatt*, Solon Pinto, Jack Tellin, Keegan Weigelt

Bronze Medal Winners:

 Corey Bernaquer, Carlos Camara, Kyle Camara, Marcos Johnson, Dylan More, Jacob More, Mackenzie More, Erica Paccione, Joseph Russo, Rian Russo x2, Rodolfo Sosa


 Alex Sacramento & Mark Tamulionis