It was an undefeated weekend for ‘Judo Jeff’ Allen at the Eastern Canadian Judo Championships.
He competed in seven different fights n the Masters +100kg and Senior Plus 100kg Heavyweight Divisions at the Edmonston, New Brunswick competition on the Thanksgiving weekend, and brought two Gold medals home to Ontario.
“It was a great weekend of fighting, winning all the fights by Ippon,” said Allen. Winning by Ippon means the fighter wins a match with one big throw, submission or hold down to finish the fight in less time than the fight was given.
“One was a drop seonagi, two with ura nage, one with hair o-goshi, one fight by hold down ushiro kesa gatame and two by hold down submissions,” said Allen.
This tournament is one of three open national tournaments that Allen has been training for. They are open to any fighter from another country or Judo organization, and Allen has fought against other fighters from Europe, United States, and Brazil.
Allen has been training at his local Judo club in Huntsville as well as travelling to Southern Ontario to prepare for these tournaments. On his off days, he lifts weights and uses conditioning training to strengthen his physical ability.
One of Allen’s biggest highlights from this last tournament was the pleasure of having his family by his side. For years, Allen has had his son Lucas and his wife on the sidelines cheering him along. “I can hear them while I’m fighting on the mats,” Allen said. “Now my one-year-old baby girl Ayla was being very vocal during my fights as well. It was so cool to see all three of them cheering me on and able to look over and see how happy they were when I won the Golds.”
Judo Jeff will be competing in the Quebec Open tournament in Montreal on November 2-3 and then the following weekend in the Hatashita Ontario Open tournament in Toronto. Allen said he is really looking forward to these tournaments as they are solely in his backyard so he will get to see fighters that he knows who will bring interesting fights.
Team Judo Jeff always wants to pass on thanks to all who have sponsored and helped him along the way.
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