Bigger and Bigger Prez Cup Sends Stars to Podium

By Ernest Pund | Nov. 25, 2013, 9 p.m. (ET)

There were more than 400 entries at USA Judo’s National President’s Cup Championships, a huge increase in the size of this fast-growing national tournament, sending top athletes to the podium amid tougher and tougher competition.

“We’re happy and exhausted!” said a smiling Corinne Shigemoto, USA Judo’s Chief Operating Officer and tournament director. “This has been a huge success, drawing more and more competitors. It is a particularly good sign coming after the 2012 Olympics, which means we’ve got lots of momentum.”

Climbing the podium again and again were fighters from Jason Morris Judo in Glenville, NY; USA Judo Training Site at Ki-Itsu-Sai in Coconut Creek, FL; the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Northglenn Judo, Denver Judo and Hyland Hills Judo in Colorado;.Cahill’s Judo Academy and Barstow Judo Club in California. Lots of stars emerged from Texas clubs, including Ruben Martin Judo; Becerra and Universal Judo.

See the complete RESULTS.

USA Judo had a total of 433 entries into the President’s Cup and the National Military & Police Championships combined, far exceeding the 263 last year in Irvine, CA, and the 70 fighters who attended the first President’s Cup in Vail, CO, in 2011. “We think there is still room to grow. We’ll be shooting for an even bigger tournament next year,” said Shigemoto.

Fighters came from all over the nation to the Irving Convention Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth corridor, a proven venue with convenient access from throughout the United States amid a metro area with a high concentration of successful judo clubs and practitioners.

The President’s Cup this year was held as a triple-header with the National Military and Police Championships (both held Sunday) and the Dallas Invitational, held Saturday and sponsored by Eastside Dojo of Plano, TX.

See the National Military and Police Championships RESULTS.