Judo stalwart learns ropes in Japan – Konan’s Nick Joseph

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Article from the Oakland County  Observer & Eccentric, about Nick Joseph Macomb Y Judo Club and Saito Dojo:

Judo stalwart learns ropes in Japan

By BRAD EMONS
OBSERVER Staff Writer

For Nicholas Joseph, it wasn’t your typical Christmas school break.

The 12-year-old Livonian wasn’t hanging out at the mall, playing video games or going sledding.

Instead, Joseph spent eight days (Dec. 21-29) honing his skills at the Sanix International Youth Judo Team Tournament in Kyushu, Japan.

The annual event attracted 80 junior high teams, including 72 from the host country along with eight other teams across the globe including Russia, Hong Kong, South Korea, South Africa, Israel and the U.S.

The seventh-grade honor roll student from St. Genevieve Grade School gained an invite to become part of a seven-member Konan Judo Association squad after earning a bronze medal last August in the U.S. Junior Open Judo Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

In that tournament, which is the largest international competition held in the U.S., Joseph lost only one bout in the 48-kilogram class for 11- and 12-year-olds. (His only defeat was to the eventual winner from the Ukraine).


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