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2013 22nd annual lone star judo classic
january 26th 2013
a new year, a new beginning, and a whole lot of action from competitive judo!!! christian konoval has done it again!!! coming back stronger than ever!!! he competed this past weekend in irving, texas at the 2013 22nd annual lone star judo classic 9-10 year old heavy weight division. this is the first judo tournament of the 2013 season. this is an all star event were competitors come from all over to compete, and get points to get awarded prizes and gifts for their dedication and determination. christian’s first match was amazing!!! it was against a green belt (one rank above him). he threw his opponent with an ippon (full point) in five seconds!!!! holy moly!!! that is fast!!! his next match was against a two time national champion and a purple belt (two ranks above him) from a very recognized judo coach. he dominated this competitor! christian controlled the match the whole time. he over powered his competitor with grips, techniques, and speed. christian was all over him! christian scored several times, but was only awarded two of the points. christian was ahead till the very end, until he got caught with a throw he couldn’t get out of. christian had lost to this competitor last year at the junior olympics, but this time he gave him a fight he will never forget! christian ended up take 2nd place, but was very happy with his performance and his father was very proud of him. christian has been training very hard and focusing on what he needs to do. i am very proud of him and he represented the judo institute with great honor! christian will be competing for the state judo championship on february 9th at joshua, texas. wish him luck!