Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral (KJCC) was created to provide traditional training of one of the world’s most popular sports to children and adults of Southwest Florida. Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is currently the only Judo school in Lee County and the 5th largest USJA school in the country.
The goal of KJCC is to train average people as olympic level competitors.
Local dojos came together for an Invitational Judo Tournament hosted by Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral to help support two judo athletes, Erica and Christina Paccione, to compete abroad.
Saturday, September 7th, Sasaki-Judo ATT from Tampa, Real Judo of Naples, and Iron Fighter Judo from Miami had students competing and supporting the local fundraiser with an opportunity to leave with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy.
EA Bicycles of Bonita donated a Jamis Youth bicycle valued at $350. The Holiday Inn and the Marriott Hotels both donated a two-night stay at their Town Center locations for a STAY-CATION. Ceno donated three gift certificates to their restaurant located on Cape Coral Parkway. Raffle tickets were sold and gifts were collected raising over $800 for the trip. Parents of the judo students donated food and drinks which brought in an additional $233.
We are thankful to our community for supporting this event for our athletes.
Erica and Christina have trained hard throughout the year and have earned a spot on the Junior National Judo Team. They will be competing in Harnes, France in December representing the U.S.A.
If you missed the event and wish to donate towards the athletes, please go to the following website: www.GoFundMe.com/3lhrno
Kodokan Judo Tournament Results:
Taking 1st place trophies: Carlos Camara, Zen Despagni x2, Andrew Eaton, Charis Garcia, Chaylen Garcia, Melissa Herrera, Kenneth (KJ) Miller, Zackary Nyce x2, Erica Paccione x2, Brandon Person, Alex Sacramento, Anthony Setzer x2
Taking 2nd place trophies: Eddie Ahlquist, Carlos Camara x2, Charis Garcia, Anthony Meady, Dominick Meady, Jaiden Myer, Kiana Myer, Zackary Nyce, Christina Paccione x2, Tim Person, Ivan Perez, Brandon Person, Emily Yi
Taking 3rd place trophies: Eddie Ahlquist, Kyle Camare, Nico Demalhaes, Chance Henson, Tim Person, Brooke Pierson, Roxy Viernes
Congrats to all and thank you to everyone for your support!
The US Open Junior Judo Championships celebrated it's 25th Anniversary. Over 600 athletes and 20 countries participated. The Kodokan Team came home with 8 medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.
Gold: Melissa Herrera, Zackary Nyce, Erica Paccione. Silver: Christina Paccione. Bronze: Zen Despagni, Anthony Meady, Brooke Pierson, Anthony Setzer. Participation: Dominick Meady, Alex Sacramento.
Way to go Team Kodokan!
Erica and Christina Paccione are ranked #1 in their respective divisions. They have fought in major national and international tournaments throughout the year and now have the opportunity to represent the USA abroad. Please help them achieve their goals!
If you would like to sponsor Erica and Christina to get to the Pan American Games in El Salvador and the European Games in Belgium or France this year, please click below to donate.
THANK YOU for your continued support and encouragement!
Click to donate: http://www.gofundme.com/3lhrno
For other donation alternatives, please contact Sensei John @ (239) 699-2825
Sensei John and Jennifer Paccione led a KODOKAN TEAM of four to the 2013 USJA/USJF Junior Nationals in Pittsburgh. There were over 500 competitors and five former Olympians, including Pat Burris, Jason Morris, Kevin Asano, Lynn Roethke and Celita Schutz.
KODOKAN JUDO OF CAPE CORAL walked away with 3 GOLD and 1 SILVER.
GOLD medal recipients: MELISSA Herrera, ERICA Paccione and CHRISTINA Paccione.
SILVER medalist: ALEX Sacramento.