May 2011 NYAC Judo Club Newsletter
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Results of the 2011 New Jersey State Sr & Jr Judo Championship
Men Advanced – 161 lbs.
1st Place - Salama Salem Tech
2nd Place - Szulinski Wojciech
3rd Place - Chang Tan Polytech
Results of the USA Judo Senior National Championships Orlando, Florida
60Kg Aaron Kunihiro 1st
66kg Brad Bolen 2nd
73kg Nick Delpopolo 1st
81kg Harry St. Leger 1st
Bobby Lee 2nd
90kg Garry St. Leger 2nd
100Kg Shintaro Higashi 1st
Kyle Vashkulat 2nd
48kg Katlyn Bouyssou 3rd
57kg Hana Carmichael 1st
Jeanette Rodriguez 3rd
63Kg Janine Nakao 1st
78kg Kayla Harrison 1st
Open over 50 Arthur Canario 1st
90kg M-8 Frank Imundi 2nd
90Kg M-9 Taki Theodorocopalos 1st
Porter Wins Second Bronze for USA Judo at the IBSA World Games
April 7, 2011 – Heidi Moore USA JUDO
Antalya, Turkey – On the third day of competition at the 2011 IBSA World Games, Myles Porter (Colorado Springs, CO/US Olympic Training Site at Colorado Springs) won his second consecutive bronze medal in the 100kg division, adding a second medal to USA Judo’s team at this premier event.
“Two medals at the World Games is a big deal,” said Eddie Liddie, Director of
Athlete Performance for USA Judo. Jordan Mouton (Houston, TX, Diamondback Judo/US Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs) went 3-1 in the women’s 57kg division yesterday to take the team’s first bronze at the tournament. “Were really happy to see that the hard work of USA Judo’s staff is paying off, that the pipeline in paralympic judo is beginning to produce the victories,” Liddie said.
“I came here to win, so losing to the Korean was a disappointment,” said Porter. “But I am happy that I was able to come back out and dominate the next match and win the bronze.” Porter began the day with a quick win over Oliver Upmann (GER), arm barring the German in the first minute of the match.
In his second match, Myles faced Aramitsu Kitazono (JPN). The Japanese player was much shorter than Myles, who had difficulty countering his tai otoshi (body drop) throws. In the second minute, Myles managed a beautiful tani otoshi (rear counter throw) for ippon. This put Myles in the semifinals against last year’s gold medalist, Gwang Geun Choi (KOR). Although Myles came out strong against the Korean player, Choi caught Myles with o uchi gari (inner reaping throw) for ippon in the second minute of the match. This loss put Myles in the bronze medal match against Zakir Mislimov (AZE). Mislimov, a very physical player, came out strong, but Myles controlled the pace of the match both standing and on the ground, until he threw the Azerbaijani with tomoe nage (circle throw) for ippon and his second world bronze medal.
“I am very proud of the way Myles bounced back after his disappointing loss to the Korean player,” said coach Scott Moore. “I was glad to see that he was able to refocus and defeat the Azerbaijani player, and bring home another medal for the US.”
This medal ranks Myles in the top 4 in the world in the IBSA rankings, virtually guaranteeing him a slot in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England. Myles will compete in three weeks at the US Senior National Championships in the able-bodied division, where last year he became the first visually impaired player to earn a medal, a silver in the 100kg division.
Vladimir Putin Junior Team Championship By Mel Appelbaum I was selected to be the referee member of the USAJudo team delegation to the Vladimir Putin Junior Team Championship held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The competition was held at President Putin’s home dojo, which is the main training center in St Petersburg where he started Judo and Sambo, on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The posters on the walls bear his picture along with Yamashita’s. Yamashita and Putin are frequent visitors. Each of the eight teams had eight players with three foreign teams, USA, Japan, Germany and five domestic teams. Most of the referees were domestic with three from outside Russia; USA, Japan and Lithuania. There was a five day training camp preceding the shiai, which resulted in two US players getting injured and not being able to compete. I attended all the training sessions. The USA team was treated with great respect and given freedom of access to the training center for all training sessions plus regular club practice. I was introduced to the President of the Russian Judo Federation and President Putin’s judo and Sambo coach. Some of the top Russian judokas, past and present practice at this dojo.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our young athletes to see another side of Judo and train with the best. Greg Gutman, one of the US coaches, who comes from St. Petersburg, arranged for pickup at the airport, sightseeing tours of the city and with Mikhail Kozitskiy and Arkady Arinoff provided guidance for Greg Gutman, Mel Appelbaum, Mikhail Kozitskiy the entire trip, especially language and logistics. Greg arranged for a spectacular banquet after the shiai in honor of the US contingent, including all athletes, parents, coaches and referee at a spectacular private club.
Following the banquet, Greg and Mikhail and I boarded an overnight sleeper train to Moscow where we were VIP guests at the First Hand to Hand fighting World Championship. It was a spectacular event. I was asked to evaluate the refereeing methods and make recommendations to the President of the Hand to Hand fighting Federation. A VIP tour was arranged by Greg of the Kremlin, Red square and many parts of this famous city. It was my first trip to the country where my grandparents came from. My next trip is to the World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in September.
Upcoming Tournaments and Special Events
7th Annual New Rochelle Open Judo Championships
Sunday, May 1st, 2011 Location: San Yama Bushi Judo School, 612 Main St. New Rochelle, NY 10801 Tournament Director: Hector Negron,l Tel. 914- 633-1701
Classic Rules Judo Championships
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 Location: Salesian High School, 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Stamford Judo Telephone number: 203-327-6665 Fax: 203-286-2356 Tournament director: 203-253-2008 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2011 MORRIS CUP
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Location: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
88 Lake Hill Rd., Burnt Hills, NY 12027 Tournament Directors: Jason Morris and Teri Takemori
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (518)399-3936 Cell (518)330-7270
CRANFORD JUDO INVITATIONAL
Sunday May 15, 2011 PLACE: Cranford Judo Karate Center, 107 South Ave. West, Cranford, NJ 07016 (908) 276-3544 INFO & ENTRY FORM: http://www.cranfordjkc.com
7TH ANNUAL SUMMER SLAM JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date: Sunday-June 5, 2011 Tournament Director: Anthony Camal Tournament Coordinator: Chris Skelley Technical Advisor: Sensei Yoshiro Matsumura Head Referee: Billy Martin (973)432-9638 or (973)812-6322