LAKEWOOD, WA — Ippon Judo Dojo, Inc. and the Lakewood Family YMCA will host the 2008 Rainier Cup Judo Championships on Saturday, October 18, followed by a judo clinic led by Olympian Travis Stevens on October 19.
Stevens attended the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and placed ninth, losing only to the current world champion (Brazil) and the soon-to-be-named world champion (Germany). Recently, Stevens was named champion of both the 2008 U.S. Open Championships and the 2008 Rendez-Vous Canada. Other career highlights include a silver medal at the 2008 Pan American Championship, a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 2006 U.S. Open.
“The Beijing Olympics were an amazing experience and a highlight in my Judo career,” Stevens said. “But there’s nothing like teaching the sport I love in the area where I grew up. After traveling the world for several months, I am looking forward to spending time with my family in Auburn and leading a youth clinic in Lakewood.”
The 2008 Rainier Cup Judo Championships is a regional tournament sanctioned by the United States Judo Federation, Inc. The tournament features judo athletes ages 5 and older in light, medium and heavy weight divisions. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. October 18 at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW.
The Northwest Judo Yudanshakai National Training Camp is open to all junior and senior judo athletes. Junior Session (ages 12 and younger) will take place 9-11 a.m. and Senior Session (ages 13 and older) will take place 12-2 p.m. at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW. Cost is $15 to participate. Camp Clinician and 2008 Olympian Travis Stevens will teach skills and tactics of the sport based on his several successful years in the sport. View Stevens’ biography at www.ipponjudodojo.com.Print This Post