I competed in the Hudson Judo Promotional Tournament today.
This promotional tournament is run twice a year and gives a chance to competitors to attain the next rank through fighting. The â€œon-the-mat promotionâ€ is referred to as â€œbatsuganâ€.
This isnâ€™t a standard bracket tournament. Itâ€™s a â€œline tournamentâ€ where you follow the king-of-the-hill model. If you win a match, you stay on the mat and continue fighting. If you win X fights in a row by ippon you get promoted on the spot. X depends on your rank.
Hudson Judo provides the following requirements for X:
- Sankyu to Nikyu â€“ 2 ippons in a row
- Nikyu to Ikkyu – 3 ippons in a row
- Ikkyu to Shodan – 3 ippons in a row
- All Dan Grades – 5 ippons in a row
Iâ€™m Sankyu (1st degree brown), so only needed 2 wins (unfortunately). I got them: two ippons in two quick matches. This was my first line tournament, and so I didnâ€™t know what to expect. However, I was hoping that I could keep fighting after the two wins, but they actually stop you after two. This aspect wasnâ€™t fun, and also the two opponents I got were of the style that I donâ€™t like to face. They actually won their other matches, but they werenâ€™t playing relaxed technical judo. They were just being stiff and strong without purpose. I was patient and just waited for them to relax a bit.
Overall, as usual, the tournament was run very well by Billy Martin. Iâ€™m glad I got to experience this format of competition. I was very proud of myself for getting there on time using public transit (2 transfers, bus to train to bus) and reading over 200 pages of a difficult book while in transit. So I used my time wisely.
Also, I met a cute girl there, that was unmanageably witty. The first thing she did was to make fun of me, which is always a plus. We hit it off right away, but since she is from New Jersey, I probably wonâ€™t be calling her ; â€“ ) Anyway, all that, and a ton of fresh green apples, added up to one hell of a good day.
Hereâ€™s the video of my two short matches: