Stars Athletes; Please take a moment to watch the clip linked below featuring Stars Athlete Nate James. Nate trained
with Stars and competed for C-3 Fights before moving to California to pursue his dream of fighting in the "big-leagues".
We are very proud of Nate and continue to wish him the best. This short clip reminds us all of how lucky we are
to be endeavoring to greatness in the sports we love. Take care and train hard. Coach Burris
October 22, 2010
Results of C3Fights October
22, 2010, First Council Casino, Newkirk, Oklahoma
Schambari, Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Jon Bryant, Wichita, Kansas, by submission KO, RSC due
Phoenix, Arizona defeated Brandon Shelton, Norman, Oklahoma by submission tap out, Guillotine choke, 1:42 Round 1
Gary Tapasua, 4-1, Jefferson City, Missouri defeated Ken Jackson,
Norman, Oklahoma by TKO, RSC due to strikes, 2:19 Round 2
Dave Rickles, Wichita, Kansas defeated Charles
Jones, Edmond, Oklahoma by submission KO triangle choke, RSC, 2:19 Round 2
Tim Elliott, 3-2-1, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma defeated Victor
Dominguez, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, by decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 3 Rounds
Mirielle Graves, Granite City, Illinois defeated Trisha Clark, Edmond, Oklahoma
by decision 29-28, 30-37, 30-27, 3 Rounds
Beth Revell, Granite City, Illinois defeated Erica Torres, Victorville,
California by arm bar submission, 2:31 Round 3
Granite City, Illinios defeated Michael Osborn, Ponca City, Oklahoma, RSC due to strikes, 2:29 Round 3
Aoutneil Magny, Granite City, Illinios, defeated Nate Pratt, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by decision, 29-28,
29-28, 29-28, 3 Rounds,
Kansas City, Missouri defeated Chad Carney, Ponca City, Oklahoma by Submission, 1:11 Round 1
October 20, 2010 Three USA Stars Youth Athletes made the 2010 World Judo Team; Kayla Chappell, Jimmy Barnes and Diana Smith.
"It is an honor for athletes to represent the United States of America in the World Championships. And for a small
club out of Moore, Oklahoma to have three athletes on this team is phenomenal" says USA Stars Coach Patrick Burris.
Although Ms. Diana Smith earned a spot on the team, she regrettably forfeited her position. Please read
the article below for more info and follow our team as they complete in Morocco.
Watch Team USA LIVE at Junior Worlds
Springs, Colo.) - Check out live footage of the competition at the Junior World Championships beginning today and continuing
through Sunday in Agadir, Morocco www.ijf.org.
action begins daily at 6 a.m. Eastern with preliminary competition. The finals block, including semifinals, repechage
finals and medal matches, begins at 1 p.m. Eastern.
will be contested on the following days:
Thursday, October 21
Men's 55kg and 60kg
Women's 44kg and 48kg
Friday, October 22
Men's 66kg and 73kg
Women's 52kg and 57kg
Saturday, October 23
Women's 63kg and 70kg
Sunday, October 24
100kg and +100kg
Women's 78kg and +78kg
Be sure to tune in to check out your favorites!
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Nicole Jomantas October 20, 2010
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team
USA arrived in Agadir, Morocco on Tuesday in preparation for competition at the Junior World Championships that will begin
on Thursday and continue through Sunday.
The 29-person team includes six veterans of past Junior and Senior World
One of the U.S. squad’s top medal hopefuls is 16-year-old Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. /
NYAC / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club). Although Bouyssou remains one of the team’s youngest members, she is
the team’s most experienced competitor. A two-time member of both Junior and Senior World Teams, Bouyssou won
gold at the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in August – a feat she followed with a silver medal performance at the USA
World Cup just days later.
One of Bouyssou’s teammates on the 2009 Senior World Team, Kayla Chappell
(Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars) placed fifth at the Senior Pan American Championships as a 52kg player last year.
Although Chappell moved up to 63kg after the 2009 Worlds, she dropped back to 57kg to win the National Junior Olympic Championships
in July. Competing at her first Junior Worlds, Chappell is taking a break from Oklahoma City University where the freshman
recently began her first season as a wrestler.
Eighteen-year-old Kyle Taketa (Torrance, Calif. /
Gardena Judo) went 2-1 at the 2009 Junior Worlds, but has continued to improve this year, winning bronze in the 66kg
division at the Senior Nationals in April and gold at the Pan American U20 Championships last month.
World Team member Colton Brown (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State
University) also medaled at the Senior Nationals where he won a silver in the 90kg division. Brown won gold
at the Pan Am U20 event as well and is aiming to place at the Junior Worlds in his last year of eligibility.
Porras (Hialeah, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at South Florida) is returning to the 73kg division for his
first second Junior World Championship in the 73kg division. Porras has been undefeated in junior competition this year,
sweeping golds at the Youth and Scholastic, Junior Olympic and Junior U.S. Open Championships.
A two-time Junior World
Team member in the 70kg division, 17-year-old Helen Delpopolo (Westfield, N.J.) is competing for the first
time at 78kg – the division in which she won gold at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships.
is coached by 2009 Junior World Team Coach Serge Bouyssou (Hope, R.I.) Bouyssou is assisted by Carrie
Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.), a two-time Senior World Team member who is making her international coaching debut.
Derrick Kerr (Honolulu, Hawaii) is serving as the team manager.
“We are encouraged by the talent
of this very young team and look forward to success here and all the future success that is to come,” Coach Bouyssou
Competition schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 21
55kg and 60kg
Women’s 44kg and 48kg
Friday, October 22
Men’s 66kg and
Women’s 52kg and 57kg
Saturday, October 23
Men’s 81kg and 90kg
Women’s 63kg and 70kg
Sunday, October 24
Men’s 100kg and +100kg
78kg and +78kg
The roster of athletes competing is as follows:
Ibera (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)
Vanessa Calimquim (Torrance,
Calif. / Gardena Judo)
Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / NYAC / Mayo
Quanchi Judo Club)
Nadine Encarnacion (Bothell, Wash. / Budokan Judo)
Fulgentes (Simi Valley, Calif. / Mojica Judo)
Kayla Chappell (Oklahoma
City, Okla. / USA Stars)
Lauren Baez (Coral Gables, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at South Florida)
Lydia Au (Chicago, Ill. / Menomonee Judo)
Samantha Martin (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo
Karina Bach (Largo, Fla. / Del Diaz Mambi Training
Kelsi Bostic (Anderson, Ind. / Judan Judo)
Micaela Enriquez (Burleson, Texas
/ Fort Worth Judo Club)
Robby Schultheis (Gurnee, Ill. / Gurnee Judo)
David Honda (Torrance, Calif. / South Bay Judo)
Ricondo Cole (Providence,
R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club)
George Truong (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Ju Shin Kan)
Kyle Taketa (Torrance, Calif. / Gardena Judo Club)
Anthony Kwon (Kaneohe, Hawaii / Hodokan Judo Club)
Andrew Porras (Hialeah, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at South Florida)
(Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at South Florida)
Golembo (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Cohen’s Judo)
Derek Wojcik (Tyrone, Ga. / Ippon Judo)
Colton Brown (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)
Matthew Koch (West Paterson, N.J. / Camal Judo)
Dane Pestano (Waimanalo,
Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri)
Daniel Palatnik (Rego Park, N.Y. / Spartak Sports Club)
Viktor Pedchenko (Philadelphia, Pa. / Red Square Judo)
Jimmy Barnes (Oklahoma City, Okla. /
Sept 13, 2010
ERIC ANDERSON - 2010 WORLD TEAM MEMBER
USA Stars Eric Anderson competed in the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Japan this month. Eric drew Irans
Mohammad Reza Roudaki first round. Eric attempted two attacks on the enormous Roudaki, but both were seen as “false
attacks” by the referees, resulting in penalties for Eric. Eric later told Coach Burris “Coach - I promise
you that they were not false attacks. I made a huge effort to throw him, but my attacks had no effect on him”.
Eric, normally a 100kg competitor was among the smallest fighters in the Open division. Although the results were not
what we wanted, Coach Burris says he is pleased with Eric’s attempt. “Being a part of the World Team for
USA is very special” Coach Burris said. Eric will remain in Japan to train for 3 weeks after the World Championships.
|Click on the photo for more info on the Worlds
|Stars Eric Anderson vs Irans Mohammad Reza Roudaki 2010 World Championships
2010 World Judo Championship Medal Summary
Nicole Jomantas September
World Champion Kayla Harrison with Head Coach Jimmy Pedro and Director of Athlete Performance Eddie Liddie.
(Tokyo, Japan) – After five days of fighting competitors from 111 countries
at the largest World Championships in the history of judo, one thing was certain – Team USA had gained the
respect of the rest of the world.
“I’m extremely proud of our team. This is probably the most successful World Championships USA Judo
has had since 1993. We had multiple athletes who won multiple matches and showed that they were competitive at the world
level,” said Head Coach Jimmy Pedro (Methuen,Mass.)
While the story of the week was unquestionablyKayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National
Team FORCE) becoming the first U.S. woman to win gold at this event in 26 years, the subheading was that her
U.S. teammates are prepared to make sure there will be multiple Americans with shots at the podium at the London Olympic Games.
“Kayla’s win really set the tone
for the event and, even though I have fought and coached in probably a dozen Worlds, that was easily one of the best moments
I’ve ever had the opportunity to witness,” said USA Judo Director of Athlete Performance Eddie Liddie (Colorado
Springs, Colo.) “But watching everybody else really bring it out there for five straight days
was incredible too. There were multiple players all in the hunt to fight in the medal rounds and seeing the potential
of these young kids is amazing.”
Harrison gives her flowers to a fan after receiving her gold medal. Photo Credit: Chuck Medani.|
The new level of depth of the team did not
go unnoticed by coaches and officials from some of the top teams in the world.
“I cannot tell you how many different coaches from other
countries have commented on the improvement that they’ve seen with the American team,” Coach Pedro said.
“The world has congratulated our staff up and down for the way our team has performed, the improvement that they’ve
seen and it’s just so rewarding as a coach to get those accolades from other countries. It really means a lot.”
Overall, Team USA earned two match
wins with 12 players advancing out of the opening rounds and two players winning the first three matches to place ninth in
80+ player divisions.
outstanding performances were NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE teammates Nick Delpopolo (Wakefield, Mass.) and Travis
Stevens (Wakefield,Mass.) who placed ninth in the 73kg and 81kg divisions, respectively.
Delpopolo throws Ahmed Salmad (IRQ) for ippon in the 73kg division. Photo Credit: Chuck Medani.|
Delpopolo won his first three matches by ippon
(instant win), including an opening round upset over #8 seed Nick Tritton (CAN)– a player who
Delpopolo had not defeated in their last five meetings.
Stevens also earned a key win against 2009 European medalistLevan Tsiklauri (GEO) whom
Stevens threw in the opening round. Like Delpopolo, Stevens fell just one match short of the quarter-finals when he
lost a close match on penalties to 2007 World medalist Euan Burton (GBR).
“Nick and Travis both fought very well in some tough matches
and, although they just missed making the quarters, they both showed that they can compete with the best in the world and
will undoubtedly be podium contenders during the next two years,” Liddie said.
In addition, 20-year-old Kyle Vashkulat (Glenville, N.Y. / NYAC /
USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) earned a win in the 100kg division that was
still being talked about at the end of the tournament when he threw 2007 World Champion Luciano Correa (BRA) for
ippon in his opening round.
Stevens throws Levan Tsiklauri (GEO) in the first round of the 81kg division. Photo Credit: Chuck Medani.|
Although Vashkulat lost a close match to 2007
World medalistOreidys Despaigne (CUB) in the next round, the two-time World Cup medalist showed that
he can compete with the best in the world.
“All of our kids are so young on this team, but particularly Kyle. Hundred kilos is a division where most
of these guys are hitting their prime in their mid- to late-twenties and to be able to have some of the wins Kyle has earned
this season shows just how much long-term potential he has,” Liddie said. “Like most of this crew, Kyle
will be one to watch both in London and inRio.”
Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute) also came within
two matches of being in the medal hunt, winning his first two matches in the 73kg division, before losing a third to 2009
World medalist Mansur Isaev (RUS).
“Michael had a very solid world championship performance pinning the guy fromTurkmenistan in
the first round and winning a gutsy golden score match against Romero from Spain,” Coach Pedro said. “Michael
fought the Russian who was #4 in the world well and was only down by yuko heading into the final minute where I thought he
scored a yuko back with sode which would have evened the match, but the referees didn’t call the score. He was extremely
close to making it through to the quarters.”
Eldred throws Arslan Nurmuhammedov (TKM) in his opening 73kg match. Photo Credit: Chuck Medani.|
Former World Cup ChampionsMarti Malloy
(San Jose, Calif. /USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) andJeanette
Rodriguez (Davie, Fla./ USA Judo National Training Site at South Florida) both received
difficult draws, but also came within seconds of advancing past world class opponents.
After a first-round bye, Malloy faced Nae Udaka (JPN) in
front of Udaka’s hometown crowd and fought for five minutes before losing by a single stalling penalty in the 57kg division.
Rodriguez found herself competing against former World Champion and Olympic medalist Yanet Bermoy (CUB) who
defeated Rodriguez by two penalties.
“Both of those matches really could’ve gone either way,” Coach Pedro said. “We knew going
into this that Marti and Jeanette had rough draws and that they’d need to have great matches to come out, but without
those penalties, either of the girls could have made it into at least the quarters and top-seven finishes.”
With two years of World Cup competitions and
another World Championships before the Olympic Games in 2012, the young U.S. Team will be one to watch in 2012.
“The next two years bodes well for the
country. We’re going to have a shot at a couple of Olympic medals and I think with more experience at this level
I’m confident that we’re going to be able to perform come London,” Coach Pedro said. “The difference
between Kayla last year and Kayla the World Champion is that she got about 20 to 30 really tough matches under her belt between
then and now and we just need to keep working on getting our kids that kind of experience to prepare more of them to move
up to that level.”
With the Worlds
serving as one of the largest qualifiers for the 2012 Games, Team USAis poised to qualify more players than many skeptics
they changed the Olympic qualification system so the slots were awarded by World Rankings over two years, some people in the U.S. started
thinking we’re only going to qualify like two athletes for London,” Coach Pedro said. “I think
our players have shown this week and throughout the World Cup season where they’ve earned more than 40 medals so far
that we’re on track to not just qualify a number of great players for London, but those athletes will be contenders
Although the rankings
have not been completed following the Worlds, USA Judo officials believe that between five and six U.S. athletes
will fall within the range of top-14 women and top-22 men on the Olympic qualifying total list with several more sitting on
got probably 10 or 12 that are either all within striking distance of that top 22 and top 14 and in some divisions like 73s
where we have both Delpopolo and Eldred, there are multiple players who could qualify for London,” said Liddie.
With the World Tour series of Olympic qualifying
events starting back up again in three weeks, Team USA will return to the competition circuit soon.
“There’s really not much time
for a break. It’s time to get back out there for our guys. Eddie and I are working with the top athletes
to strategize who’s going where to maximize qualification points and get in those matches they need to prepare forLondon,”
Coach Pedro said. “This has been a great week, but now the team will be off to Great Britain, Rome, Rotterdam, Uzbekistan, Samoa, Japan, Abu
Dhabi… It’s going to be a long fall, but these athletes had a great first leg of the qualification process
in North and South America and hopefully the momentum continues in Europe and Asia.”
Nicole Jomantas August 17, 2010
Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/CHIA TI YAN
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Competing as the sole weightlifter on the 82-member U.S. Team, 16-year-old
Jessica Beed (Norman, Okla. / USA Stars) placed seventh at the Youth Olympic Games in the 63kg division in
Singapore on Tuesday.
Beed set a new personal record by two kilograms with her final snatch of 75kg. In
the clean and jerk, Beed successfully completed her opening lift of 90kg. She cleaned her next two attempts at 93kg,
but missed the jerks to finish with a total of 165kg – just one kilogram behind sixth-place finisher Michelle
“I set a good total and got a personal record in the snatch. Everyone’s got that
goal for the gold, but I wanted to set personal records and I’m very happy with what I did,” Beed said after the
Although she was the only U.S. weightlifter in the event, Beed didn’t let the pressure of competing
on such a large stage affect her as she went out to lift.
“I was feeling a little nervousness and intimidation,
but once I got out there and had a feel for the platform I just realized ‘I made it!’” she said. “It
was time to go out there and show everyone what I’ve got and just have fun.”
Beed, who helped qualify a
slot for the U.S. women at this event when she competed at the 2009 Youth Worlds, solidified her slot on the Team after the
National School Age Weightlifting Championships in June.
“When I realized I got the slot I was in tears. For me,
it was an extreme battle because it was me head-to-head with another girl, Megan Poole. It was like climbing Mount Everest,”
With less than two years before the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Beed has considered moving up a weight
division as she attempts to become one of the youngest U.S. lifters to compete at the Olympic Games.
been at 63s for such a long time. I’m thinking about maybe gaining some weight and seeing how my lifts go up,”
Beed said. “I’m a person who likes to play it by ear. When opportunities open up, I like to decide it on
the spot. 2012 has always been in the back of my head.”
A 2009 Junior National Champion in judo, Beed says her
status as a multi-sport athlete helps her on the weightlifting platform as well.
“In general, [judo] gives me
that much more mat time, more time out there performing in front of people. I guess in that way, it makes me less nervous,”
Beed said. “It also helps me with flexibility. In weightlifting, I don’t have to worry about my cardio,
because I get that in judo.”
Beed will remain in Singapore through the Closing Ceremony of the Games on Aug. 26.
back home, I’ve earned the title of an Olympian. That right there builds your confidence up and drives you to do more
and try new things," Beed said. "They have these CEP [Culture and Education Programme] activities and there’s
such a variety of things to do here. You’re not just getting awareness of competition out of this and confidence, but
education and awareness of different things going on in the world.”
Complete results for the 63kg division are
1. Zhazira Zhapparkul (KAZ): 90kg, 115kg, 205kg
2. Diana Akhmetova (RUS): 94kg, 110kg, 204kg
Aremi Fuentes (MEX): 88kg, 106kg, 204kg
4. Neslihan Okumus (TUR): 87kg, 106kg, 193kg
5. Patricia Llena (PHI): 83kg,
6. Michelle Kahi (AUS): 74kg, 92kg, 166kg
7. Jessica Beed (Norman, Okla. / USA Stars): 75kg,
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June 26-27, 2010
USA Judo Presidents Cup - Grand Rapids, MI
USA Stars Results
Kyle Dake - 1st Place Mens 90kg division
Kayla Chappell - 3rd Place Womens 63kg division
Eric Anderson - 5th Place Mens 100kg division
Jimmy Barnes - 3rd Place Mens 100+kg division
Richard Lopez - 5th Place Mens 60kg division
June 19, 2010
2010 Oklahoma Sooner State Games
USA Stars Results
Andrew Goad, Robin Goad Nage No Kata
Ronny Gordon Masters Hvy 1st
Rebekah Taylor 57kg 2nd
Kayla Chappell 63kg 1st
Kyle Dake 90kg 1st
Tyler Holt 90kg 2nd
Eric Anderson 100kg 1st
Anna Codner 1st
Chloe Codner 1st
Grace Hirth 3rd
Alexandra Vanderpool 2nd
Katyln Barnes 3rd
Wade Petering 3rd
Bryce Petering 3rd
Robin Goad 1st
Jeff Stout 1st
Alex Peter 1st
Leo Naumann 1st
Justin Anthony 1st
Tristan Mehan 1st
Bella Hirth 1st
Bronte Hirth 2nd
Jessica NewMoon 1st
Gage Root 3rd
Zeke Escalera 2nd
Anthony Root 2nd
Stars Youth Judo Summer Day Camp June 8 – July 15, 2010 The first practice
is on Tuesday, June 8 at 10am Training ScheduleMonday Evening – Regular Practice 6pm –
7pm and *Advanced Class 7pm-8:30pm (*by invitation only)Tuesday Morning – 10am – noonTuesday Evening 6:30pm- 7:30pm
(*by invitation only)Wednesday Morning – 10am-noonWednesday
Evening - Regular Practice 6pm – 7pm and *Advanced Class 7pm-8:30pm (*by
invitation only)Thursday Morning – 10am to noon followed by weigh-insThursday Evening 6:30pm- 7:30pm (*by invitation only)Saturday Morning
10:30am-noon*By invitation only – if you are
uncertain of your child’s eligibility to participate in this class, please ask Coach Burris. Due
to the intense nature of the advanced class, and the fact that the class in intended for older elite athletes, not every child
is ready to participate. If you are unsure – please ask before you attempt to have your child enter
this class. There will be No Camp
on Thursday, June 24 What to bring everyday;A clean judo gi and your beltClean t-shirts for each practiceFlip-flopsShorts or sweatpants for runningRunning shoes and socksWater bottle – make sure your name is on the bottleA great attitude Important Notes
USA Stars Youth Training Camp Application – Due by June 8, 2010 ,
2009 Camp Fee:$325 for the first child, $100.00
for each additional childFees are due on or before
June 8, 2010. Please make checks payable to USA Stars.
- This camp is geared towards preparing our team for the Jr. Olympics to
be held Georgia in July. Our goal is to provide each athlete with the best possible opportunity to prepare
him/herself appropriately for this event. The emphasis is on making the effort to PREPARE.
- This camp will be very challenging. All youth athletes
(even if you are not planning on competing in the Jr. Olympics) are invited to participate, however, please be aware of the
high intensity nature of this camp.
- Athletes are expected
to make their best possible effort in every practice. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from camp
- Full participation is required for athletes expecting
to complete in the Jr. Olympics.
- Permission to compete in the Jr.
Olympics will be based on the quality of participation in this camp.
judo gis must met the guidelines of the IJF. A “dress rehearsal” will be held on June 29 to
ensure that each athlete has the appropriate attire to compete in the Jr. Olympics. Camp photos will also be taken on June
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