|For Immediate Release: Chicago, Illinois ( May 9, 2011 )|
|More than 50 novice Menomonee Judo players along with family, friends and supporters packed the dojo this past Monday for our third and final in club tournament of the year. For most of these players it was their first time experiencing a Judo competition. These tournaments are a great resource to learn about competitive Judo in a controlled and comfortable setting. Many of our elite, international players including Junior World Team member Andrew Varga began their competitive careers at similar events. It gave all the players a chance to show off what they’ve been working on in class for months. It turned out to be a great day for the club.
Considering the age and relative lack of experience of the participants, the quality of the Judo was very high. The kids showed a strong grasp of the techniques that they have been learning at practice along with a true fighting spirit. Everyone showed great patience as they waited for their turn to compete. More than 100 matches took place in just over two and a half hours, a remarkable accomplishment.
A group of players from our advanced classes showed up to help run the event. They acted as scorekeepers, coaches, and judges. ” Today showed what we’re all about at the Menomonee Judo Club. Our younger, players had a fantastic time showing off for their parents. Then we had a group of our experienced players there to mentor and help out in any way they can. ” said Sensei Brett Wolf. The club tournament was the perfect lead in to the 10th Annual Wolf Junior and Paralympic Judo Tournament, which takes place next Saturday ( 5/21 ) at the Drucker Center. . The next Menomonee in club tournament is tentatively scheduled to take place in November towards the end of the fall session.