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.”
WALTER PYRAMID, LONG BEACH, CA, JUNE 1ST-4TH, 2017 – International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s World Championship
Straight Blast Gym athletes and coaches traveled to Long Beach, CA to compete with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors from around the world in the IBJJF’s international tournament.
Leah Taylor took the bronze medal in Women’s Black Belt Medium Heavy Weight. Coach Travis Davison shared, “Coach Leah Taylor led from the front on Jiu Jitsu’s biggest stage. SBG Montana is lucky to have one of the world’s best female black belts as a coach. She placed 3rd in the world at her weight and lost to last year’s champion. I couldn’t be prouder of her performance.”
Ricky Davison competed in the Juvenile 1 Male Blue Belt Featherweight Division, and Stella Davison competed in the Juvenile 1 Female Blue Belt Lightweight Division, taking bronze. This was the first year competing in the tournament for the “wonder twins”, who have trained in SBG’s programs since it first opened in 2008.
Coach Davison said of the experience:
“This year marked the 10th in a row that I’ve attended the World Championships, either as a competitor or a coach. What makes this year unique is that two of my kids competed for the first time. Stella and Ricky Davison were 5 years old the first time I competed at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. They are 17 years younger than I was and are a whole lot more skilled. They joined SBG competitors from all over the World this weekend.”
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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