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
Kodokan Judo competes in the 2012 Junior U.S. Open in Fort Lauderdale with over 20 countries and 650 athletes and 190 Golden Score athletes taking home six medals. Corey Bernaquer scored the highest medal for KJCC winning Silver. Jacob More scored Bronze with the best overall nage-waza (throwing technique) winning four and only losing one match. Joseph Russo scored a Bronze fighting great and had one of the best newaza (ground) techniques of the tournament. Christina Paccione scored a Bronze and threw two of her opponents for a full ippon (full point, which is the highest score) while her sister Erica Paccione also scores an ippon and also takes Bronze. Anthony Setzer took third in the Golden Score division. Also participating were: Mackenzie More, Rian Russo, Alex Sacramento, Carlos Camara Jr., Kyle Camara, Jordan Bernaquer and Marcos Johnson.
Six competitors from KODOKAN JUDO travel to Texas for USA Judo's Junior Olympics. This event is designated the national championship for USA Judo. Many of the divisions were 18-30 man. All of Kodokan Judo's students fought hard and four placed. Rian Russo placed second. Christina Paccione, Jacob More and Mackenzie More place third in their prespective divisions.
Five students take a road trip to Texas for the San Antonio Open Judo Tournament bringing home medals and experience.
Taking First: Jacob More, Joseph Russo and Rian Russo
Taking Second: Mackenzie More
Participation: Dylan More
Between March 9th 2012 and March 11th 2012, John Paccione, the owner of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral, held four major events that attracted people from all over Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Japan.
On March 14, 2012, Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral hosted a Referee Clinic instructed by Pan American Referee, Mindy Bueman. She instructed twelve Judoka who wanted to be certified as either a local or a regional referee. After the two hour course those that passed the written test were able to take their practical evaluation at the Yoichiro Matsumura Championship the next day.
After the Referee clinic, two Judo Students from New York were graded for black belt in front of a board of eight high ranking Judo instructors which included Sensei Yoichiro Matsumura, 8th Dan and an Olympic trainer. Also present was, three-time Olympian, Celita Schutz.
On March 10, 2012, Kodokan Judo hosted the Yoichiro Matsumura Judo Championships at Oasis High School located on Oasis Blvd in Cape Coral. Over 175 competitors and 600 spectators descended on Cape Coral to compete in the Olympic Sport and Martial Art of Judo.
The tournament entry fee was collected and donated to four students who attend Oasis Middle School who are battling cancer. Chansen Savakinus, Angeline Thompson, Kaden Meyers and Ethan Hoover are the real champs!
People competed from ages four to sixty-five with many National raked Judoka testing their skills. The President of the United States Judo Association flew in from California to give out three National awards. Edward Srejter was recognized for his life time commitment to Judo. Mindy Beuman the granddaughter of Mr. Srejter received an award for becoming the 2011 National Kata Champion and representing the USA Internationally. John Paccione, the owner of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and the event organizer, was given the National Coach of the Year award.
On Sunday March 11, 2012, a Competitor’s Clinic was held at Kodokan Judo instructed by Yoichiro Matsumura. Matsumura trained under a student of the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano. Matsumura taught many ground fighting techniques as well as throwing. At age 73 Matsumura moved with speed and accuracy. Assisting Matsumura was three-time Olympian Celita Schutz.
Congratulations Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral!!!
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Gold!
Marcos Johnson, Gencarlo Montane, Dylan More, Jacob More, Mackenzie More x2, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Solon Pinto, Joseph Russo, Alex Sacramento, and Anthony Setzer
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Silver!
Cecila Bernaquer*, Giulio Diracca, Jacob More, Joe More, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Brandon Person, Solon Pinto, Calvin Rangel, Caleb Russo, Joseph Russo, Keegan Russo, Rian Russo, Jack Tellin, and Kaitlin Weigelt.
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and taking home the Bronze!
Edward Ahlquist, Brenda Bernaquer, Corey Bernaquer, Mackenzie Bonsall, Ian Byington*, Zen Despagni, Paul Keith, Dylan More x2, Addison Piatt, Avery Piatt, Caleb Russo, Rian Russo, and Rodolfo Sosa.
Representing Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral and participating!
Bryan Acosta, Jordan Bernaquer, Kyle Camara, Carlos Camara Jr., Carlos Camara Sr., Rachaely Gil*, Randy Gil, Zackary Nyce*, Gavin Perry, Mark Tamulionis, and Keegan Weigelt.
*marks 1st tournament experience