Support Team USA or Your Favorite Nation at the Country’s Premier Judo Event.

On Saturday, April 6th, 2019, the prestigious New York Athletic Club (NYAC) will play host to some of the world’s best judo talent for the 2019 New York Open Team Judo Tournament. What has already become the United States’ premier judo event will offer fans more excitement with the addition of new teams and a thrilling new storyline behind Team USA. The annual tournament is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the NYAC, Dr. Arthur Canario, and Querlo.

After years of impressive performances at the New York Open, Olympic medalists, NYAC athletes, and fan favorites Marti Malloy and Travis Stevens will take on a new challenge: coaching. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2013 world silver medalist Marti Malloy will be this year’s coach of the American women’s team. In 2015, Malloy cemented herself in New York Open history as a member of the first ever women’s team to compete in and win this tournament. 2016 Olympic silver medalist and three-time Olympian Travis Stevens will tackle the coaching role for the American men’s team. After years of competing internationally at the sport’s elite level, Stevens brings an incredible amount of knowledge and experience into the coach’s chair.

Stevens and Malloy will have to overcome incredibly stiff competition at this year’s tournament to find success in their first attempt at coaching. The women will have to best teams from Great Britain, Israel, and India, while the men will have to overcome Israel, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, and Germany. Stopping Team Israel is likely to be the most difficult task for both. The Israeli women captured gold at the tournament in 2017 and 2018. The Israeli men took gold in 2017, and head coach Oren Smadja promised to send his A-team once again.

"I am so thrilled to be coach for the Women's team at this year's NY Open Team Competition!" explained Marti Malloy. "Not only did I compete as an NYAC athlete on the world stage, I was also a member of the first women's team to ever compete in AND win this event three years ago. It is an absolute honor to have come full circle and be given the opportunity to give back to my club and my incredible NYAC teammates. It's even more special since my Olympics and NYAC teammate and childhood friend Travis Steven's will be joining as the men's coach!"

The New York Open offers the unique opportunity to watch elite judo athletes compete for their countries in the nation’s most spectator-friendly competition. Special demonstrations, rules explanations, music by DJs Mark LaRush and Bobby Ishak, commentary by Ray Huxen and Nick Kossor, and live grappling action create an ideal environment for both passionate judo fans and those looking for an introduction to the sport.

One regular ticket provides both general admission access to a close view of the tournament and a complimentary beer for those over 21 years old. VIP options are also available for preferred seating, continuous complimentary beer, access to the banquet dinner, and a picture with the winners of the tournament. 

 

The New York Open is expected to draw a sellout crowd, so fans are urged to purchase tickets early.

Tickets are on sale now at www.nyopenjudo.com
General Admission: $25 ($30 at the door)
VIP Tickets: $70 ($95 at the door)
VIP Club Ticket: $300 ($400 at the door)

 

Watching a Judo Competition:

After a ceremonial bow, each judo match begins with both opponents fighting to secure a grip on the opponent’s sleeve and collar of the judo uniform, the judogi. The objective of the match is to score an "ippon," or a full point, which wins the match. It 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 they land flat on their back with impact and control, B) pinning them to the ground on their back for 20 seconds, or C) submitting them with a strangle hold or arm lock. Any of these score ippon and win the match. Although an ippon is the objective, half points can also be awarded during the match when a throw or counter is successfully accomplished, but with less impact or control than an ippon. If a match does not end with an ippon, the highest quality score wins.

Team judo competitions are very popular in Europe and Asia, and have drawn increased popularity after the creation of a mixed gender team tournament, which will be added in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

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 or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, using controlling holds, pins chokes, and arm locks.

Judo, translated as the "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, Peter Sellers, and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, MMA star, and actress Ronda Rousey.

 

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.