The BC Youth Provincial Championships Judo kicks off this weekend (March 18-20) as competitors compete for their place at the Canadian Championships this May.
Many competitors in the tournament commit more than 15 hours per week to practice and frequently travel more than 10 weekends a year to compete in tournaments across Canada.
The categories competing at West Shore Parks and Recreation at Colwood over the weekend are U14 to U21 – divisions that reflect age, weight and skill level ranges.
“Judo is a great sport for boys and girls and it’s a fighting sport – there’s something about combat sports that really builds really strong relationships, even between competitors,” said tournament director Jeremy Grant. “It also gives them a frame of reference and they get practical feedback on their skills.”
Judo was developed in Japan around the turn of the century to modernize martial arts training and implement it in the education system for children, Grant added.
“Judo has a moral code, it’s about welfare and mutual benefit to create a better world and it’s also about the principles of efficiency and producing excellent technique.”
This tournament is mandatory for all U16, U18 and U21 athletes who wish to take part in the national competition in Montreal this May.
To see results and statistics visit judobc.ca.
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