The Judo BC Provincial Youth Championships kicked off this weekend (March 18-20) as participants vied for their spot at the Canadian Championships in May.
Many tournament competitors devote over 15 hours a week to training and often travel over 10 weekends a year to compete in tournaments across Canada.
The categories competing at West Shore Parks and Recreation in Colwood over the weekend were U14 to U21 – divisions that indicate age range, weight and skill level.
“Judo is a great sport for boys and girls and it’s a combat sport – there’s something about combat sport where it actually builds very strong relationships, even between competitors,” said the Tournament Director, Jeremy Grant. “It also gives them a frame of reference and they get practical feedback on their skills.
Judo was developed in Japan around the turn of the century to modernize martial arts training and implement it into an educational system for children, Grant added.
“Judo has a moral code, it is about welfare and mutual benefit to create a better world and it is also about the principle of efficiency and the production of excellent techniques.”
The tournament was mandatory for all U16, U18 and U21 athletes aiming to compete at the national competition in Montreal in May.
To see results and statistics, visit judobc.ca.
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