March 2015 NYAC Judo Club Newsletter

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Competition News 

Results of the Grand Prix Duesseldorf 2015 

Kayla Harrison -78kg, Gold 

Travis Stevens – 81kg, 7th 


Kayla Harrison Wins First Big Tournament of the Season For USA Judo 

By Diego Osorio | Feb. 22, 2015, 5:24 p.m. (ET) 


Former judo world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Kayla Harrison (Pedro’s Judo Center), wins the year’s first big tournament from the International Judo Federation in Germany, which took place February 20-22. 

Harrison defeated Anamari Velensek from Slovenia by yuko in the fourth and final round of the Grand Prix Düsseldorf in the -78 kg weight category. Coming from a bitter encounter from last year’s World Judo Championships in Russia, where Harrison also defeated Velensek for the third place among the world’s best judokas, this was a must-see match between two elite athletes. 





Preliminary round: Harrison DEF. Lala Talarn (Spain) 

Preliminary round: Harrison DEF. Guusje Steenhuis (Netherlands) 

Semifinal: Harrison DEF. Ruika Sato (Japan) 

Final: Harrison DEF. Anamari Velensek (Slovenia) 

With this tournament, Kayla resumes preparations to defend her history making moment at the upcoming 2016

Rio Olympics as the first judoka from the United States, man or woman, to win gold at any Olympics Games.  


Results of the Tech Judo Open 

Vennitti, Anthony - 81kg, 1st 

Chelidze, Mishka - 81kg, 2nd 

Jacobs, Andrew - +100kg, 1st 


Ronda Rousey defends her UFC Bantam Weight Title 

NYAC’s Hall of Fame inductee Ronda Rousey defended her UFC title in typical fashion by defeating her opponent, Cat Zingano, in 14 seconds with (what else) an armbar. 


Judo Club Co-Chairman Kevin Earls received a text from Ronda

thanking the NYAC members for all of the support over her career. 






Upcoming Tournaments and Special Events 

Jimmy Pedro's Judo Challenge 

Date: March 8, 2015 

Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts 

Contact: Jimmy Pedro or Riley McIlwain 



New Jersey Judo State Championship 

Date: March 15, 2015 

Location: North Bergen, New Jersey 

Contact: Ramon Hernandez 



Ocean State International Judo tournament 2015 

Date: March 21, 2015 

Location: West Warwick Civic Center 100 Factory Street, West Warwick, RI 02893 

Tournament Director: Serge Bouyssou (401) 647-4678 or Chuck Wall (540) 656-6342 


Liberty Bell Classic 

Date: Saturday, March 28th 2015 


New York Open Team Championship 

Date: March 29, 2015 

Location: NYAC 

Contact: John Walla 


2015 Garden State Judo Classic 

Date: Sunday May 17, 2015 

Location: Boys & Girls Club of NW NJ, 153 Garside Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470 

Contact: Ramon Hernandez, Phone 201-206-2705,


Lynn Goldberg, Editor.  

About the author


Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club can boast of 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, wrestling and outdoor track and…

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