Top 5 Reasons to Compete in a Judo Tournament

Have you or your child ever competed in a judo tournament? There are many great benefits to competing in a judo tournament. Here are our top 5 favorite reasons to try it out:

1. Practice is over and it’s time to compete!

Each class you learn new techniques and you are able to sharpen your skills through drilling, rondori and newaza.  This is done so that you can perform well during competition.

2. To further improve your skills by going against new competitors

Chances are, you’ve spent so much time with your fellow judoka that you already know all their strengths and weaknesses: this person has a powerful grip but a tendency to go half-way in, another person has a great timing but are superior with counters.

You can only improve as much as the best person you compete against and by the knowledge of your instructor and for that in which they expose you to.  That is why competing in a judo tournament is such a powerful experience. It exposes you to other judoka you’ve never worked with before, which forces you to put into action the techniques and combinations that you’ve been practicing.

3. Watch & Learn

One of the most exciting aspects about going to a judo tournament is getting to watch performances from the best judoka from your local area — or in the case of national tournaments, from around the country.

You might also have the opportunity to attend a coaching clinic or a referee clinic or learn techniques from an Olympian or a National Champion. 

4. Individual and Team Sport

Even though judo is an individual sport, there is such a strong sense team.   The entire team encourages their fellow judoka while competing.  The feeling of unity and comrade is very evident by the passion and excitement of the crowd. The sense of accomplishment and victory brings the team together like one big family.

5. Whether you win or lose, it’ll make you a stronger judoka

While you should always go into a tournament with the goal of winning, you should understand that no matter what the eventual outcome, you will learn a great deal from the experience.

We’ve seen talented students lose matches and were so humbled by the experience that they intensified their training and took their skill level even higher. We’ve also seen students full of self-doubt give it 100% and walk away with trophies, which gave them the confidence boost they needed to keep improving.

Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is hosting the next judo tournament in Cape Coral at Oasis High School on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  Come down and test your skills!  We encourage Judoka from all-over to test your skills and show us your abilities!

Contact John Paccione, 5th Dan at (239) 699-2825 or go to for entry forms and information. 



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Cardio Kickbox Team has a fun day in the sun at Beach Palooza

A group of Cardio Kickboxers headed over to St. Pete Beach to participate in Beach Palooza, which is a sandy 5K run with obstacles along the way.   It proved to be a fun day in the sun!  The team plans to recruit others and sign up for future events in Florida.  If you are interested in training and being a part of our team, come down for your FREE class today! 



KJCC attends the 2011 USJA/USJF Winter Nationals

Ten Judoka from Kodokan Judo traveled to California to compete in the 2011 USJA/USJF Winter Nationals hosted by Goltz Judo.

The trip was made possible by donations received by the Athletes Fund and The Kodokan Judo Booster Club. So we extend a HUGE thank you to all those that supported and continue to support our dojo.

Taking first place scoring a full point for each of his 4 matches was Rian Russo (10 year old Orange Belt). Also taking first in two divisions was Christina Paccione (9 year old Green Belt). She fought 7 matches only losing 1 and also fought up one division. Mackenzie More (13 year old Green Belt) took home the Gold in the Senior division winning all of her matches. She also fought in the Junior division taking 2nd Place.

Bob Gleason, a 59 year old black-belt came out of competitive retirement which lasted about 37 years and took 2nd place. Also taking 2nd was Dylan More (16 year old Green Belt) who had some tough matches. Erica Paccione fought in two divisions taking home the Silver and the Bronze and fought up one age/weight division. Alex Sacramento (10 year old orange belt) fought in a 9 man division with Joseph Russo (9 year old orange belt). Alex took the bronze and Joe came in 4th.

Mark Tamulionis and Rodolfo Sosa fought in a 13 man division in the Brown and Black belt senior category.

The team was excited and not only did they compete and medal, they received the club ranking of #13 out of 73 dojos, they also attended a clinic and were welcomed to a dojo workout at Goltz Judo where Rian Russo received his Green Belt and Mackenzie More received her Blue Belt. After all the hard work, the students were able to enjoy the sites in California. A trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway afforded two of our students to see snow for the first time! Hollywood Bouleveard was also a treat.

The Judoka are looking forward to their next competition in February for the Florida Open and then Kodokan Judo will host the 2nd Annual Yoichiro Matsumura Judo Championships in Cape Coral at Oasis High School.

If you need more information, please e-mail us @ or call (239) 699-2825.



Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral attended the Team Championship Judo Tournament in Delray this past weekend taking home the 2nd Place TEAM trophy and $300!  CONGRATULATIONS to ALL!!!


1st Place Victories: Erica Paccione, Christina Paccione, Mackenzie More in 2 divisions, Caleb Russo, Gencarlo Montane, Joseph Russo, and Rian Russo in 2 divisions.


2nd Place Victories: Joe More, Kaitlin Weigelt, Keegan Russo, Randey Gil, Gencarlo Montane, Solon Pinto, Alex Sacramento in 2 divisions, Edward Allquist*, Jesus Lynch*, Anthony Setzer*, Jordan Bernaquer, and Dylan More.


3rd Place Victories: Jack Tellin, Kyle Camara, Paul Keith*, and Jeff Myers*.


Participation: Marcos Johnson, Keegan Weigelt, Carlos Camara*, Corey Bernaquer, Mario DelMazour*, Taylor Newbury*, Markian Hromiak* and Drew Weigelt.  *notes 1st time tournament experience.