BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Judo Association (CJA) has set August 27, 2017 for the selection of its player representatives to the Philippine National Games (PNG) come December 2017.
According to SEAG veteran and CJA Regional Coach Sensei Ferdinand Cudao, the early staging of a selection will give ample time for the athletes to train for better performance. The longer training they will be having until the staging of the PNG will help the athletes adjust themselves to the new changes of the rules and regulations of sporting Judo now being applied.
He added that new programs for fighting techniques, building of stamina, agility, flexibility, among others, will be introduced to help them surpass the standards of other Judo athletes in a rigorous competition and that a regular training schedule for the athletes will be in place for better development and performance.
On the other hand, Sensei Wilfredo Dino, senior SEAG veteran and CJA Tournament Director, added that the early selection will gather more Judokas in the squared ring for a wider selection of athletes from the different Judo clubs in the locality.
He explained that the tournament will not only be for the PNG selection but will be coordinated with the city government to form part of its sports programs during the Baguio Day Celebration. He added that the tournament will be played in the official divisions namely; Kids division in four age categories, below seven years old, 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old, 13-15 years old for boys and girls, Juniors Division- for 15-20 years old Men and Women’s category, open belt.
All White belt categories for men and women, 15 years old and above. Open Belt categories for men and women, 15 years old and above and the introduction of a team mixed event, to be composed of three players per team as follows; two male players, 65 kgs. and below and 66 kgs. – 89 kgs. respectively and one female player 62 kgs. and below. A team shall not exceed a total weight of 210 kgs.
He added that the tournament mechanics will be sent earlier to the different judo clubs for information and looks forward to the fullest attendance and participation of all clubs. Further, he said that other clubs outside the region will also be invited for better selection and performance of our local Judo athletes.
By: BOBBY VINLUAN