Ju­dokans com­pete against the best

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Two mem­bers of the Swift Cur­rent Judo Club have been test­ing them­selves against some top level com­pe­ti­tion in the early stages of the sea­son.

Toru Iwassa and Ghran­dozz Aguilar re­cently took part in the Que­bec and On­tario Open events.

Aguilar, 15, com­peted in the Que­bec Open in the 66 KG cat­e­gory when he fin­ished with three wins and two losses.

“I did re­ally good un­til that last fight when I had a con­cus­sion,” said the blue belt.

Aguilar has been a part of the Swift Cur­rent Judo Club for the past eight years. He en­joyed com­pet­ing at the Que­bec Open, es­pe­cially be­cause his weight cat­e­gory was chalk full of com­pe­ti­tion.

“I think I was on fire maybe be­cause I was kind of into it un­til the last fight.”

Aguilar was un­able to com­pete at the On­tario Open due to his in­jury. He is hop­ing to qual­ify for Canada Games in the 73 KG cat­e­gory.

Iwaasa, 18, was in ac­tion at both events in the +100 Kilo­gram, U21 and Se­nior cat­e­gories.

“Que­bec went al­right. I def­i­nitely knew I could have done bet­ter. I placed sec­ond in U21. I made it to the fi­nal and I lost to a guy from the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries. I have beat him be­fore, but I guess it wasn’t my day and he ended up beat­ing me.”

Iwaasa also fought the fol­low­ing day in the se­nior divi­sion. “I did al­right, not as good as I thought I would have done. It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I fought a lot of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and I was able to take some­thing out of it.”

He had sim­i­lar re­sults at the On­tario when he placed sec­ond in U21. He won his first two matches and then lost again to Wil­son Elliot in the fi­nal.

In the Se­nior Divi­sion he opened with a win over an ath­lete from Haiti. He added a win over an On­tario op­po­nent be­fore los­ing to On­tario and Que­bec op­po­nents.

“I think right now I know what I have to work on. I’ve beaten him [Elliot] many times in the past and I think it’s just re­ally train­ing and grind­ing on the tech­niques that I do that will give me the bet­ter edge next time I fight him.”

Next up for Iwaasa is the Ed­mon­ton In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment in March. It is an event that he at­tends ev­ery year with op­po­nents from a few dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Later that month he will head to Bri­tish Columbia for the Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship, which last year in­cluded mul­ti­ple coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ja­pan.

He will also be com­pet­ing at Na­tion­als. He won Na­tion­als in 2017 and won bronze in U21 in 2018.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent’s Talon Moen (top) was in con­trol of his match dur­ing the Swift Cur­rent Judo Club’s Be­gin­ner Tour­na­ment ear­lier this sea­son.

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