Kids from judo clubs, also called dojos, across the Kootenays descended on Revelstoke on Saturday for an exhibition of their skills and an opportunity to learn from other practitioners.
Called a randori this kind of special sessions drew kids from Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, and as far away as Salmo to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 46 auditorium. Their matches were short and action packed as opponents sought to pin each other to the mat.
“This tournament is aimed at kids six to 16 years of age, and is important because it gives white and yellow belts (newer athletes) a chance to compete in an instructional setting,” said Robert Serrouya. “More experienced judokas, include orange, green, and blue belts, are also competing.”
He said that with over 30 members the Revelsoke dojo has ”grown enormously this year, perhaps because of Canada’s performance in the Olympics last summer, and perhaps our costs are so low compare to other sports ($25/month per kid, for 8-9 practices a month).” There are 20 in the local club who fought in this weekend’s randori.
“We’d like to thank the Revelstoke Legion, Branch 46, and the City of Revelstoke for helping to sponsor the event.”