U.S. Judo National Champion to be crowned this weekend in Daytona Beach

American Judo | Colorado Springs, CO (May 18, 2022) More than 300 athletes will compete for gold at the U.S. Judo Senior National Championships May 21-22 at the Ocean Center Convention Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The pinnacle of Olympic candidates, the senior team will attract athletes from the United States in the first major domestic senior event of the 2022 season.

Top athletes to watch at senior events include:

Maria Laborde (Kenosha, WI / Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center / 48kg), 2014 Cuban Senior World Bronze Medalist and 2022 Pan Am Championship Senior US Team Bronze Medalist

Brad Bolen (North Charleston, SC/Aspire Judo/73kg), six-time National Senior Champion and 2020 Pan Am Senior Champion

Mariah Holguin (San Antonio, TX / Universal Judo / 57kg), 2021 National Senior Champion and 2022 Pan Am Senior Championship bronze medalist

Janet Hong (Fort Lee, NJ/Fort Lee Judo/52kg), 2021 Senior National Champion

Chantal Wright (San Antonio, TX / Semper Fortis Judo / 70kg), two-time National Senior Champion and two-time Pan Am Senior Championship bronze medalist

Christian Konoval (Rockport, Texas / NYAC / Becerra Judo / +100kg), 2022 Pan Am Senior Bronze Medalist and two-time Junior World Team member

Nicole Stout (Schenectady, NY/Jason Morris Judo Center/78kg), 2021 Senior National Champion and 2017 Senior World Team Member

Mackenzie Williams (El Lago, Texas / Westlake Judo Club / +78kg), 2017 Senior National Champion and 2019 Senior World Team member

Nick Yonezuka (West Long Branch, NJ / NYAC / Cranford Judo & Karate Center / 81kg), 2021 Senior National Champion and 2021 Junior World Team member

Melissa Myers (Burnt Hills, NY/Jason Morris Judo Center/70kg), 2021 Senior National Champion and 2015 Junior World Team member

Nick Rodriguez (Lehigh Acres, FL / Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center / 73kg), two-time Pan Am Youth Medalist and 2021 Youth World Team member

Tasha Cancela (Coral Springs, FL/Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center/57kg), two-time Pan Am Youth Medalist and 2021 Youth World Team member

Alexander Knauf (Yorkville, IL/NYAC/Coen Brothers Judo/90kg), two-time Pan Am Junior Medalist and 2021 Junior World Team member

Nicole Cancela (Coral Springs, FL / Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center / 52kg), two-time Junior Pan Am Medalist and 2022 Cadet Pan Am Champion

Harlee Hiller (Evanston, IL / Coen Brothers Judo / 48kg), 2022 Pan Am Junior Silver Medalist and 2022 Junior Pan Am Silver Medalist

Danielle Pekler (Prairie City, IL/Coen Brothers Judo/57kg), 2022 Pan Am Junior Silver Medalist

Shavon Gonzalez (West Palm Beach, FL / Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center / 70kg), 2022 Pan Am Junior bronze medalist and two-time Cadet Pan Am medalist

Jacob Young (Los Angeles, CA/Los Angeles Judo Club/66kg), 2022 Junior Pan Am Bronze Medalist and 2022 Junior Pan Am Bronze Medalist

Jack Yonezuka (West Long Branch, NJ / Cranford Judo and Karate Center / 66kg), 2020 Pan Am Junior Silver Medalist and 2021 Youth World Team Member

Athletes will also compete in Veteran (30-80+ age group) as well as kata (form), Brown Belt, Novice and IJF-Junior competitions, all at Ocean Center Arena.

This year will be the first time that the Senior Nationals will be held in Daytona Beach – the city is known as the host city of the Daytona 500, but it is also home to the Daytona Rolex 24, the National Cheerleading Association of Varsity Spirit and the National The Dance League hosts the College National Championships, College Basketball Invitational, JVC-Nike DB 100 Volleyball and the 2022 US Taekwondo East Regional Grand Prix.

“We are excited to bring the Senior National Championships to a city that is ideally located and has a rich tradition of hosting great sporting events,” said American Judo Member and Tournament Director Corinne Shigemoto. “Our partners at the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ocean Center and Plaza Resort Hotel have all done a great job, and I know they look forward to helping host a top-notch event for the American Judo family and showcasing our sport for the Daytona Beach community .”

All competitions are open to the public. Spectator admission on Saturday is $12 per day for individuals 13 and older, $6 per day for children 9-12, and free for children 8 and younger. Free kata matches are available on Sundays.

“Being able to host top-level events like the 2022 U.S. Judo National Championships has had a positive impact on our local economy,” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With a spectacular venue, high-quality accommodation and a wealth of activities at the Ocean Centre, entrants, their families and friends will have a great experience at our destination.”

For more information or to request a media certificate, please contact Nicole Jomantas, Director of Communications, Marketing and Development, American Judo at [email protected]

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About American Judo
Judo, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, USA, is the national governing body for the sport of judo in the United States. American Judo serves more than 10,000 members each year, including athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers and supporters. As a proud member organization of the International Judo Federation, the US Olympic Committee and the International Association of Blind Sports, USA Judo’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of judo in the United States by enabling all American athletes to achieve sustained excellence in judo competition at home and abroad.

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