More than 200 athletes fight at Atlantic Open Judo championships


Published on March 19, 2017

Summerside’s Toshidokan Judo Club member Grace Simmons, 9, attempts to throw opponent Liam Clements, 10, over her shoulder in the Atlantic’s Open Judo Championships u12 category at the Credit Union Place on Sunday. Simmons was awarded gold medal.

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In true fighting spirit athletes from around the Atlantic Provinces hit the mats for the Atlantic Open Judo Championships at the Credit Union Place this weekend.

“This is our second year hosting the Atlantic championships and we hope to keep continuing to do this every year,” said director Chris Brown. “We have teams from Saint Pierre and Miquelon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Last year we had teams from Brazil and France.”

More than 200 athletes, who are categorized in u10, u12, u16, u18, u21 and masters, competed for gold, silver and bronze medals.

We have teams from Saint Pierre and Miquelon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Last year we had teams from Brazil and France. Director Chris Brown

There's no kicking or punching in Judo" explained Brown. "It's a contact sport that involves throws, chokes, submissions, arm bars, depending on age level. If you throw your opponent on their back then that’s one point. If you hold them down for 20 seconds it’s a point. Although certain age levels cannot do arm bars and chokes.”

Three mats were set up, and matches ranged from two to five minutes depending on age levels.

Head Sensei of Summerside’s Toshidokan Judo Club Chris Townsend was on hand coaching his TJC members. Townsend also competed Sunday afternoon fighting in the masters division against six highly-skilled athletes.

“I’ve been hitting the gym almost every day of the week and getting extra training in because I’m warming up for the World Police and Fire Games. I’m putting a team together to go to Los Angeles,” said Sensei Townsend. “Our team will leave on August 7 and fight on August 10.”

Head Sensei of Summerside’s Toshidokan Judo Club Chris Townsend competes in the masters against Amro Boray. Both athletes are highly skilled certified black belts.

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Law enforcement officers Chris Townsend, Pat Daley, Mitchell DesRoches, Joel Robichaud, and Jared Waterman will compete in Judo at the World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles, California this August.

Townsend continued, “We went four years ago to Belfast and it was a good eye-opening experience, but we will do better this time.”  

Athletes from the Toshidokan Judo Club in Summerside, the Lennox Island Judo Club and the Rikidokan Judo Club in Charlottetown competed in the championship event this weekend.