USJF Development Grant Funds Support Athletes at International Training Camp

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USJF Development Grant Funds Support Athletes at International Training Camp


Proper coaching is critical to an
athlete’s development. “The Olympics- it’s not every four
years, it’s every day,” is a clich?, but true nonetheless. The
United States Judo Federation endeavors to support our athletes in the pursuit
of their Olympic dreams. The senior development subcommittee recently approved
a $500 grant for travel expenses to allow Jimmy Pedro, Jr, and three athletes
traveling from the East Coast to attend the International Training Camp in Montreal,
Canada. Four other USJF members from throughout the country are also attending
the camp. Coach Pedro will be available to assist all of these athletes
throughout the week.

The grant is from the senior development subcommittee’s discretionary
funds, to be used for projects that are outside the scope of the USJF-funded
regional centers. The subcommittee approved this grant based on the outstanding
qualifications of the coach, number of athletes to be served and the
cost-effectiveness. Coach Pedro will be available daily on the mat to provide
our athletes assistance with technical and conditioning aspects of judo, and
outside of the practices for any additional mentoring they might require.



Athletes in attendance:

  • Sayaka Matsumoto – California, East Bay Judo Institute Ranked #1 at 48 kg, Daiheigen Yudanshakai
  • Molly O’Rourke – California, East Bay Judo Institute Ranked #2 at 78 kg, Daiheigen Yudanshakai
  • Taraje Williams-Murray – New York, Jamie Towers, Ranked #1 at 60 kg
  • Rick Hawn – Colorado, Olympic Training Center, Ranked #2 at 81 kg, originally from Northwest Yudanshakai
  • Carrie Chandler – New York, Jason Morris Judo Club, Ranked #1 at 52 kg, Shufu Yudanshakai
  • Liz Burns – New York, Jason Morris Judo Club, Ranked #2 at 57 kg, Shufu Yudanshakai
  • Ronda Rousey – California/ Massachusetts, Venice/ Pedros’ #1 at 63 kg for both juniors and seniors, from Nanka Yudanshakai



Coach Pedro was the 1999 World Champion and is the only American in history to
win two Olympic medals (bronze in 1996 and 2004). In 2004, he accomplished the
incredible feat at the Panamerican championships of coaching one of his
athletes in a gold medal match, then turning around the next day and winning a
gold medal himself. He is a member of Pedro’s Judo and Daiheigen
Yudanshakai.

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