Five judokas score across the board

A handful of judokas from two clubs were throwing opponents and correct answers, placing top-three in all three categories, at the Hiroshikai Judo Championships on Saturday at Holy Family Elementary.

A handful of judokas from two clubs were throwing opponents and correct answers, placing top-three in all three categories, at the Hiroshikai Judo Championships on Saturday at Holy Family Elementary.

Melia Hudgin, Paige Poelman and Liam Rollins from Northern Lights Judo Club, and Kaylee Johnson and Emiko Teramura, of the Shiroumakai Club, proved their prowess on the mat and their judo knowledge to place in three categories.

Yellow belt Teramura placed first in female U-11, then took silver in judo knowledge and ukemi (break falls).

“She’s quite a driven judoka, she has a definite goal in mind, she wants to be a black belt by 16,” said Shiroumakai sensei Aaron Jensen. “I believe she has an aunt with a black belt, so I think that’s why she got involved in judo.”

Teammate Johnson, also a yellow belt, came first in mixed U-9, bronze in judo knowledge and ukemi.

“She’s just an all-around hard worker,” said Jensen. “When it comes down to crunch time, she brings it all to the mat.”

Hudgin, who has been training for a little over a year and has earned a white/yellow belt, placed third in mixed U-13, snagged gold in knowledge – scoring 100 per cent – and ukemi.

Rollins, another white/yellow belt, won the male U-11, captured silver in judo knowledge and bronze in ukemi.

“He does quite well and it’s really encouraging,” said Northern Lights sensei Dan Poelman. “This year he’s really starting to shine.”

Paige Poelman, a yellow/orange belt, finished second in female U-11, gold in judo knowledge and ukemi.

“She’s very good at the judo knowledge – she got 100 per cent at the advanced stage,” said Dan Poelman. “She did really well with the break falls – ukemi – she excels at that too.”

The championship, one of four club-hosted tourneys in the season, further secured the top spot in the Champions League – a points competition between the four Whitehorse clubs – for the Northern Light Club. With two tournaments complete, Northern Lights (NLJ) has 67 points, Shiroumakai (SHK) 52, Golden Horn (GHJ) six and Hiroushikai (HRK), two. Hiroushikai didn’t have any competitors on Saturday.

The next tournament will be hosted by Northern Lights at Emilie Tremblay school on Feb. 11.


Division mixed U-9

1st Kaylee Johnson SHK

2nd Cassi Jensen SHK

3rd Anya Bellon GHJ

3rd Eban Basnett SHK

Division male U-11 – novice

1st Liam Rollins NLJ

2nd Kaajineek Neumann NLJ

Division female

U-11 – intermediate

1st Emiko Teramura SHK

2nd Paige Poelman NLJ

3rd Dana Sellars GHJ

Division mixed U-11

1st Alan Johnson SHK

2nd Judy Russell SHK

2nd Mattias Sembsmoen NLJ

3rd Tai McClelland NLJ

3rd Trent Baird NLJ

Division mixed U-13

1st Thomas Dickson SHK

2nd Connor Sibbeston SHK

3rd Melia Hudgin NLJ

Judo knowledge (novice)

Gold – Melia Hudgin NLJ

Silver – Tai McClelland NLJ

Silver – Liam Rollins NLJ

Bronze – Mattias

Sembsmoen NLJ

Judo knowledge (intermediate)

Gold – Paige Poelman NLJ

Silver – Emiko Teramura SHK

Bronze – Kaylee Johnson SHK

Bronze – Cassi Jensen SHK

Ukemi (novice)

Gold – Melia Hudgin NLJ

Silver – Connor Sibbeston SHK

Bronze – Liam Rollins NLJ

Ukemi (intermediate)

Gold – Paige Poelman NLJ

Silver – Emiko Teramura SHK

Bronze – Kaylee Johnson SHK

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