Olympic Champ Kayla Harrison Leads Field at New York Open Judo Team Championship, Sunday, March 20, 2016

03.17.2016

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Olympic Champ Kayla Harrison Leads Field at New York Open Judo Team Championship, Sunday, March 20

See Olympic and World Champions on the Road to Rio compete here in New York!

New York, NY – Come see flips, body slams and arm bars at the New York Open Judo Team Championship on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the New York Athletic Club. The New York Open is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the New York Athletic Club (NYAC), Dr. Arthur Canario, BitLanders, Suez North America, and Adidas. This “Sunday Slam” will feature teams from France, Germany, Israel, Georgia, and USA with both men and women competitors.

The event features Kayla Harrison, the first and only American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Judo. This competition is her only United States appearance in 2016. Also featured at this event will be Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and Travis Stevens, two-time Olympian.

This is an opportunity to cheer for USA’s top Olympic medal contenders before Rio this summer.

Kayla Harrison said, “The NYAC is a special place for judo, and I look forward to returning for the 2016 New York Open. As we gear up for Rio, the NYAC event gives us a chance to be close to the fans and show them where we are in our preparation for the Olympics.”

Music during the event will be provided by DJ Larush.

You can see highlights from last year in this video: http://youtu.be/rxlO43LYo3M

Last year, the New York Open was SOLD OUT so get your tickets early.
Advanced tickets are on sale now at www.newyorkopenjudo.com.
General Admission: $25 online, $30 at the door
VIP tickets: $70 online, $100 at the door

Watching a Judo Competition:
After a ceremonial bow, each judo match begins with each opponent grabbing each other by collars and sleeve of the judo uniform, the judogi. The objective of the match is to score an “ippon,” which wins the match – this is akin to a knockout in boxing or a pin in wrestling. Scoring an ippon can occur from a) throwing the opponent to the ground so he lands on his shoulder or back; b) pinning him to the ground on his back for a length of time; or c) subduing him in a choke, strangle hold or armlock. Any of these score ippon and win the match. Although an ippon is the objective, there are also partial points scored during the match. Points can be awarded when a variety of throws or blocks are successfully accomplished. At the end of the match, the highest quality score wins.

Team Judo competitions are very popular in Europe and Asia, drawing thousands of fans and displaying colorful Judogi’s. Team Judo competition encourages audience cheering and offers cash prizes to the winning team.

About Judo:
Judo debuted as an official Olympic sport in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. The discipline of Judo is a Japanese martial art and combat sport that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Best known for stunning throws, Judo also involves much grappling on the ground like wrestling, using controlled holds, pins and arm locks.

Judo, translated as “gentle way,” teaches balance, leverage and flexibility in performing throws and other skills, and helps to develop complete body control and fast reflexive action. Skill, technique and timing, rather than brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in this sport. A unique aspect to judo is that it is a sport that all age groups, all genders, and all disabled persons can participate in learning and practicing.

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others, and helps teach self-confidence, concentration and leadership skills. It’s no coincidence that several world leaders have also studied Judo, including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, former Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau, former U.S. Senator of Colorado Olympian Ben Campbell, and former President Theodore Roosevelt. There have been many celebrity judo practitioners, including director Guy Ritchie, actors Chuck Norris, James Cagney and Peter Sellers, and 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist Ronda Rousey, current MMA star and actress.
About the New York Athletic Club:
Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club is among the world’s foremost athletic clubs, boasting a unique history. The Club’s founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. Quickly, the NYAC organized the first US championships in boxing, swimming, wrestling and track & field. Today, the NYAC stands in tribute to an unmatched athletic history and an ongoing commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence, while also providing unmatched social opportunities to its members. The New York Athletic Club is located at 180 Central Park South.
The USA Team lineup is announced:

Coach – Jimmy Pedro, 2012 & 2016 Olympic Coach, two- time Olympic Medalist

Women
-48kg – Katelyn Bouyssou
-52kg – Angelica Delgado
-57kg – Marti Malloy
-63kg – Hannah Martin
-78kg – Kayla Harrison

Men, Team 1
-66 kg Aaron Kunihiro
-73 kg Anthony Vennitti
-81 kg Travis Stevens
-90 kg Frazier Chamberlain
+90 kg Andrew Jacobs/Akbar Iminov

Men, Team 2
-66 kg Quentin Cook
-73 kg Brad Bolen
-81 kg Jack Hatton
-90 kg Shintaro Higashi
+90 kg Andrew Jacobs