The Hunter tournaments feature a teams event, a Demonstration Cup for those who can do Kata or other demonstrations, and separate intermediate (Orange-Green) and Advanced (Blue-Brown) as well as Open divisions where numbers permit. Junior Judo Coach Yuki Uemura assisted in refereeing the competition.
All Sydney University Judo Club members came back with one or more medals.
In Judo competitions sometimes you test your limits and adaptability as an athlete.
Dimitri, who has been training in the adult classes, fought first in U55 kg and won, then his coach and parents made the decision to bring him up two categories and play in the U65 kg division. Dimitri fought and won against 24 yr old Hannah Taylor, ten years his senior.
For our junior player Mirei – it was a mixed competition and Mirei fought the boys. In her first match, she won by ippon in 20 seconds against an older, taller and higher belt boy. She worked hard, but lost the next two fights by ippon-seoi-nage (shoulder throw). In the middle of the tournament, Coach Yuki taught her how to counter against a shoulder throw and then, quick as winking, she used it in her 4th match.