Golden State Open

May 17 - 19, 2019


The 29th Annual Golden State Open Judo Tournament occurred on Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th in Covina, California. The event had 283 competitors ranging from ages 5 to 70 years old.

The first Golden State Open was held in 1981, outside, on the top of tennis courts. They had approximately 100 competitors. Due to tournament success, over the years. the Golden State Open has grown and during their 10th anniversary, the tournament was free. This resulted in over 600 competitors with eight mat areas. This event was hosted at Cal Poly Pomona University.

The 29th Annual Golden State Open Judo Tournament saw an increase in Seniors and Master divisions this year. The tournament director believes its due to the timing before the USA Judo Senior Nationals and location.

This event was greatly supported by the Frank and Eric Sanchez, and was staffed by the volunteers of parents, grandparents, family and friends of the judo club.

Special Awards were giving throughout the weekend:

  • Top Team Award – Kenam’s Judo Club, Venice Judo, and L.A. Judo