This year’s New York Open Judo Championship will bring a fresh and exciting spectator event to New York as it debuts a new format that promises to bring another level of intensity to the mats of the prestigious New York Athletic Club. On Saturday, March 21, 2020, some of the world’s top judo teams will be sending their men and women athletes to compete for one coveted title. Team USA, Georgia, Israel, Germany, Great Britain and Poland are confirmed for the annual tournament, which is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the NYAC, Querlo, and Dr. Arthur Canario.
Since the New York Open transitioned to a team format in 2011, the level of competition and excitement at the NYAC has increased year after year. This year, the New York Open is taking the team format to another level. Just months before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo the New York Open will debut a mixed men’s and women’s team format, offering fans a unique opportunity to witness elite-level men’s and women’s judo in this format. Each nation will have three male and three female competitors, meaning that teams will need to be well-rounded for a chance to top the podium. This is good news for Team USA, which will be represented by Olympic athletes Colton Brown and Angie Delgado.
Team USA will be coached by New York Open veterans Travis Stevens and Hana Carmichael. Travis Stevens cemented his place as one of the all-time greatest American judo competitors with his 2016 Olympic silver medal, and he returns as a coach for the second consecutive year, having coached the men’s team in 2019. Hana Carmichael is a many time US National Champion and international medalist. As a competitor, she was known to bring a high level of intensity, and she offers a wealth of experience to share with the up-and-coming athletes in her coaching debut. Both coaches were shining examples of the values of the NYAC as athletes and continue their pursuit of excellence in their new roles.
In addition to the updated mixed team format, this year’s event is also debuting head-to-head matches. These “super fights” give fans a chance to see top local competitors and rising stars in action. Confirmed matchups include Isa Friedlander vs Noran Elmahroukey, Garry St. Leger vs Torazo Karagiannis, Anthony Vennitti vs Adam Moyerman, and Nicky Yonezuka vs Salama Salem. These two competition formats, along with special demonstrations and music from DJ Bobby Ishak, create a thrilling environment for fans to enjoy world-class judo.
The New York Open has sold out three of the past four years, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. One regular ticket offers general admission access to a close view of the tournament and VIP options are also available for preferred seating, access to the banquet dinner, and a picture with the winners of the tournament.
Alex Turner (-73 kg)
Colton Brown (-90 kg)
Nate Keeve (-100 kg)
Angelica Delgado (-52 kg)
Katelyn Jarrell (-52kg)
Skylar Hattendorf (-63kg)
Kelita Zupancic (-78 kg)
Tickets are on sale now at www.nyopenjudo.com
New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10019
General Admission: $25 ($30 at the door)
VIP Tickets: $70 ($95 at the door)
VIP Club Ticket: $300 ($400 at the door)
Banquet Dinner: $30
Mixed Team Format:
Judo team competitions are very popular in Europe and Asia and have drawn increased popularity after the creation of mixed gender team tournaments, which will be added in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Teams will consist of three male (-73kg, -90kg, and +90kg) and three female (-57kg, -70kg, and +70kg) judoka. The mixed team format best suits countries with well-rounded men’s and women’s teams, which generate an impetus for teams to invest in both male and female athletes. This format has been introduced at the two most recent World Judo Championships, with Team Japan taking both titles.
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. NYAC athletes have won 271 Olympic medals: 151 gold, 54 silver and 66 bronze. The New York Athletic Club is located at 180 Central Park South in New York City.