FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 27th & 28th, 2018 – 2018 US Open Judo Championships
SBG Montana’s Stella Davison competed in the 2018 US Open Judo Championships held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th.
For Davison, this was a tournament of firsts: first time at the US Open International; first time competing as a brown belt; and first time competing in a higher weight class. Davison won silver in her division, competing against the top US athletes in Judo.
Head Coach Sean Saadi said of the event, “This event included over 800 competitors representing 23 different countries. It was a great event for Stella on many levels and getting a Silver medal here is impressive. We tested the waters in a higher weight division against unfamiliar competitors.”
Davison said of the experience, “This competition brought a set of different challenges. There were a number of obstacles in my path to the podium, and I did everything in my power to hurdle them! I didn’t come home with the gold that I had been a striving for, but any place on the podium at this high level of competition is nothing to be ashamed of. When I look at my medal I see proof of all of hours I spent on the mats, the drops of sweat and tears that slide down my cheeks.”
Davison will finish the 2018 season at the upcoming President’s Cup in November and then start planning and preparing for the 2019 season.
KENT, WA, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 – Washington State Judo Championships
Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Stella Davison is one step closer to making the USA Olympic Judo Team.
Davison placed 1st in the International Judo Federation Junior Division at the Washington State Judo Championships.
The 16-year-old athlete and green belt in Judo is reaching for the USA Olympic Judo team. The tournament in Washington is one of many that Davison will compete in this year to rise to the level of Olympic athlete.
Davison said of the experience, “What a great way to start this year’s competitions, and this is only the beginning. I’m looking forward to many more successful tournaments. I will continue to train hard and make the improvements needed to be the best! As always, thank you so much to everyone who continues to support me and goals.”
Davison trains with SBG’s Coach Sean Saadi, a black belt in Judo. Saadi said of the results, “We’ve been preparing since July last year for the 2018 season. Becoming the WA State Champion was a good warm-up to the 7 national tournaments we have planned for 2018. Stella is poised to make Team USA and start climbing the international ranking ladder very soon.”
Davison will leave March 2nd for Pennsylvania, where she will try to earn a spot on the national team.
SPOKANE, WA – 2017 USA Junior Olympic National Championships
Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Stella Davison competed in the 2017 USA Junior Olympic National Championships for the first time, displaying her skill and training at this highly competitive event.
Davison, age 15, spent three days rigorously competing in the competition’s events, which included: the USA Junior Olympic National Championships Cadets; the International Judo Federation World Team USA Trials, and the International Junior Olympics in both Cadet and Junior Divisions.
She won two bronze medals in the International IJF Junior and Cadet Olympics after a total of 13 matches over the course of 3 days. Her competitors were the country’s most experienced brown belts and ranked top in the Junior Black Belt divisions.
Head Judo Coach Sean Saadi said:
“It’s like a dream in some ways, especially for a coach. People should understand that Stella at 15 has only been training Judo since November 2014. Since her first tournament in May 2015 she has competed in close to 7 tournaments including this one. Her competitors have many years of training and tournaments under their belts. Now in addition to two silver medals at Senior Nationals in April, she’s a two-division bronze medalist at the Junior Olympics. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in the next two years!”
Davison said of the experience:
“Over three days I competed in the USA Judo National & International Judo Olympics. I was in four divisions and had 13 matches! Overall, I’m happy with my performance.”
SPOKANE, WA, MAY 27, 2017 – Inland Empire Judo Tournament
Straight Blast Gym Judo Team’s impressive skills were on display at Spokane’s Inland Empire Judo Tournament on Saturday, May 27th. This was the third year in a row that the team sent its most experienced athletes to the regional tournament with Ryan Asay and Stella Davison placed 2nd in the Novice brown/black belt divisions.
The team’s impressive performance reflects the continued growth of SBG’s growing Judo program. Coach Sean Saadi said of his athletes:
“This is the third year in a row SBG was represented at the Inland Empire Judo Tournament. There was definitely a buzz around the venue this time, with lots of nervous eyes on us before we even got started. Ryan Asay and Stella Davison did not disappoint, again fighting in two divisions. This competition was on another level. Everyone’s Judo was awesome, but our team was incredible. Both athletes displayed very technical Judo in very hard fought battles in all divisions.”
Salt Lake City, UT, April 29, 2017 – US Judo Nationals
Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Judo Team competed at US Judo Nationals in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 29th with each of their competitors collecting medals for their divisions.
Keith Treece had two tough fights in a round robin against a 35-year black belt veteran of the sport, winning his second silver medal at his second US Nationals championships.
Ryan Asay won bronze at his first US Nationals in both the novice and brown belt divisions. All of his matches were tough battles with the added strain of competing in two divisions literally at the same time, running between two mats for the novice and brown belt brackets.
Stella Davison was the youngest competitor at her first Senior US Nationals championships. She competed in novice and brown belt divisions with outstanding performances in very tough matches taking home two silver medals. Davison said,
“I’m incredibly happy with my results at Nationals, it was my first senior level tournament. My performance was inspired by many high level athletes on the USA judo team, including Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison whom I also met on this trip. I was nervous, but I did my absolute best and am very proud to bring home 2 silver medals.”
This was Coach Sean Saadi first showing at the nation’s biggest Judo tournament. “I was really nervous. I caught myself swaying and pacing several times. But the athletes made it easy for me and came through big. Yet again, I received many complements about our athletes and their performances, this time from coaches from all over the country. I’m a very proud coach. Can’t wait until next time!”
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