Saturday, February 18th, Virginia Judo Inc, in collaboration with USA Judo and Arlington Judo Club, presented the 2013 Virginia Open Judo Championship.
Competitors of all ages came to compete for the title at the 2013 Virginia Open Judo Championship, including Manassas Judo Club‘s Michelle Welti. Michelle is a green belt in Judo under 2nd Dan Kodokan Black Belt Victor Matamala. For her very first Judo tournament, Michelle participated in the Senior Female Novice Under 78kg division with 4 other girls.
Michelle won all four of her matches by ippon to bring home her first Judo title. Michelle threw her first opponent with a counter Tani O Toshi for her first ippon. She then threw with O soto Gari followed by an Osaekomi ippon for her second win. In her third fight, Michelle hit a quick O Soto Gari. Michelle fought her toughest opponent in her fourth and final match. After battling back and forth for throws and being behind in the score, Michelle hit a perfect Uchi Mata for the win!
For full results, including the Special Awards of Outstanding Jr Competitor, Outstanding Sr Competitor, Outstanding Jr Team, and Outstanding Sr Team, please click here.