Jeff Allen won big at the Canadian Open Judo Championships.
After intense training, he travelled to Edmonton, Alberta for the the May 16-17 event where he competed in the +100kg Masters Division. There, he earned two gold medals and a gold belt, and was presented with a black belt in recognition of his exceptional success in the sport, a rare and important honour.
Allen’s long-time coach, Sensei Ron Muirhead from the Huntsville Judo Club, was honoured to place the black belt on Allen at his black belt ceremony Monday night in Huntsville with club members in attendance. He is now called Sensei Jeff Allen. “I was very happy to receive it. It’s a huge honor and accomplishment for me,” said Allen.
At the championships, Allen competed against fighters from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec where he was able to win his matches by two hold downs and one Ippon which is when a fighter throws their opponent with force to the ground, flat on their back.
Allen also fought in the +100kg Senior Heavyweight Ne-Waza Division, where the fighters compete in ground submission fighting, and took the gold medal winning by two hold downs and an arm bar.
After winning gold medals in both of his weight categories, Allen was entered into one final pool to find the ‘best of the best’ out of the division winners. “I fought hard and made it to the finals where I met Vincent Marticotte from Quebec, a former multiple weight class National Champion,” said Allen. “It was a long fight that went into Golden score where I was able to score two points to win the Newaza Grand Championship gold belt.”
After the championship tournament, Allen was invited to the Judo Canada banquet where he was presented with a Batsugun black belt. “It’s rare to receive a Batsugun,” said Allen. “You only get one when you’re recognized for being an elite fighter where you bypass the grading.”
Chris Muirhead, owner of the Huntsville Judo Club, said that he was very proud to have Allen join him and his other black belt Sensei in the club. During warm up and ground fighting skills training, one of Allen’s opponents described fighting Allen: “it’s like wrestling a bear!”
Becoming the national Canadian champion has motivated him to keep following and attaining his goals. His next goal is to raise enough money so that he can represent Huntsville, Muskoka and Canada in the World Judo Championships in Marrakech, Morocco this fall. He shared how grateful he is to Hidden Valley Resort for their ongoing financial support to help him follow and fight for his dreams.
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