After a two-year absence due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Morris Cup Judo Championships return on Sunday.
Former four-time Olympian Jason Morris admits he didn’t miss the challenge of embarking on such an endeavor, but added: “It’s necessary for our sport to have events like this.
The event will take place at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running until approximately 7 p.m. It will feature over 500 competitors, including some of the best from across the North East and Canada, including two-time Olympian Nick Delpopolo, Kyle Tran, Randi and Dani Morris.
Jason Morris stated that judokas in the province of Quebec are always looking for high level competition and that the Morris cup “sells easily because we are well located”.
The day starts with the elite senior judo players and goes down to the beginners.
“It covers all aspects of our sport,” Morris said. “We will be using six mats, and each competitor in all the different categories can expect to spend around two hours.”
Medals will be awarded to the first three in each category. Senior Elite Men’s and Women’s Champions will earn $250 as long as at least five competitors are in the class.
According to Morris, interest in judo in the Capital District peaked at 1,200 registered players in the mid-1970s. Understandably, the pandemic kept some people away from the sport, especially children.
“Some didn’t come back,” said Morris, a 1992 silver medalist and 2008 United States judo coach in Beijing. “Unfortunately, that’s the nature of all things with kids during the pandemic. If you have a kid who drops something at 8, you probably won’t get it back at 12.
That said, however, Morris said he has welcomed new children and families to his judo center in Glenville.
Judo is the most practiced martial art in the world. In its competitive form, judo involves throws, pins, chokes, and arm locks, but no kicks or punches.
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