Judo Team Championship, Showdown with six teams from Brazil, Canada,France, Germany, Russia, USA - New York Open Team Judo ChampionshipSunday, March 3, 2013NEW YORK, NY, January 13, 2013 – Film Annex is proud to be sponsoring The New York Open TeamJudo Championship, a showdown of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Russia and USA, on Sunday,March 3, 2013, in NYC at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York, New York.The teams in the Judo tournament include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring WorldChampions and London 2012 Olympians. The tournament is sponsored by Film Annex, United Water andthe New York Athletic Club.The event begins at 10 am, followed by a Sambo demonstration by top Russian Sambo masters and a judorules demonstration by two-time Olympian Taraje Murray.At the event, US Olympian Kayla Harrison, London Gold medalist; US Olympian Travis Stevens; andfour-time Olympian Jimmy Pedro, Bronze medalist and 2012 Olympic coach will be honored.Each team consists of five athletes in the following weight divisions: 66 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 90 kg and over 90kg. Total prize money of $10,000 and a coveted champions plaque is at stake: the winning team willreceive $7,000 and the champion’s plaque to proudly bring back to their native country. Second place teamwill win $3,000. Germany, the New York Open Team Champion for 2011 and 2012, is returning to defend its hard fought title. Team USA will be fighting to take revenge over their narrow loss in the final against Germany. Team France, the 2012 New York Open Bronze medal winner, is competing for the second time in the team event. Team Canada is always a tough challenger, and Team Brazil and Team Russia are power-packed and strong contenders in the quest for the championship plaque. The five-man team competition will utilize a round robin format.The coach of Team USA is Jimmy Pedro, two-time Olympic medalist and 2012 US Olympic Judo teamcoach, and the coach of Team Canada is Nico Gill, four-time Olympian and 2012 Canada Olympic Judoteam coach. The coach of team Brazil is Ney Wilson Pereira da Silva, 2012 Brazil Olympic Judo teamcoach, and the coach of Team Germany is international champion Toni Lettner. The coach of Team Franceis international coach Maxime Nouchy, and the coach of Team Russia is Olympic medalist AlexseiBudõlin.
Team Judo is the most exciting Judo competition in the world to watch, and cheering for your favoritecountry is encouraged. Fans wave country flags and root for players, rocking the room with energy andgood-natured rivalry, and at this event a live commentator calling the action on the mat and a DJ all add tothe spirited atmosphere.The judo tournament will be held at the New York Athletic Club, located at 180 Central Park South on the6th floor. All spectators are welcome, and tickets can be purchased for $25 at the door for general seating,$85 for VIP seating. The tournament action will begin at 10 am, semi-finals at 2 pm and the finals after 4pm.For more information about the New York Open Team Judo Championship, visithttp://www.newyorkopenjudo.com or facebook.com/NewYorkOpenJudo.About JudoJudo debuted as an official Olympic sport in 1964 andis practiced by millions of people throughout the worldtoday. Kayla Harrison won the first gold medal in judofor the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games. Thediscipline of Judo is a Japanese martial art and combatsport that originated in Japan in the late nineteenthcentury. Best known for stunning throws, Judo alsoinvolves much grappling on the ground like wrestling,but adds submission chokes and arm locks to the mix.Judo, translated as "gentle way," teaches balance,leverage and flexibility in performing throws and otherskills, and helps to develop complete body control andfast reflexive action. Skill, technique and timing, rather than brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success inthis sport. Worldwide, over 20 million people practice judo, with all age groups, both sexes and disabled persons allable to participate in learning and practicing in the sport.Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others, and helps teach self-confidence, concentration andleadership skills. Its no coincidence that several world leaders have also studied Judo, including Russian PrimeMinister Vladimir Putin, former Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau, former U.S. Senator of Colorado,Olympian Ben Campbell, and former President Theodore Roosevelt, as well as many celebrity judo practitioners,including director Guy Ritchie, actors Chuck Norris, James Cagney and Peter Sellers.Watching a Judo CompetitionAfter a ceremonial bow, each judo match begins with each opponent grabbing each other by collars and sleeve of thejudo uniform, the judogi. The object of the match is to score an "ippon," which wins the match – this is akin to aknockout in boxing or a pin in wrestling. Scoring an ippon can occur from a) throwing the opponent to the ground sohe lands on his shoulder or back; b) pinning him to the ground on his back for a length of time; or c) forcing him tosubmit to a choke or armlock. Any of these score ippon and wins the match. Although an ippon is the objective, thereare also partial points scored during the match. Points can be awarded when a variety of throws or blocks aresuccessfully accomplished. At the end of the match, the highest quality score wins.
About Film AnnexFilm Annex, an official sponsor of the event, is an online film distribution platform and Web TV Network with over40 million monthly unique visitors and 220,000+ registered users. The company creates free Web TV channels forcontent providers and supports them financially through an ad-revenue sharing model. A meeting point forfilmmakers, film festivals, film enthusiasts, companies, and organizations, Film Annex educates and entertainsaudiences by making meaningful, diverse, and high-quality films available to a global audience. Film Annex alsosupports athletes and Olympic sports like Judo and Fencing. For more information about Film Annex, visithttp://www.filmannex.com.About the New York Athletic ClubFounded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club boasts a unique history. The NYAC organized the first USchampionships in boxing, wrestling and outdoor track and field and has supported amateur athletics since its founding.From a silver medal won by a NYAC member in the first modern Olympics (1896) to Kayla Harrisons gold medal inLondon, NYAC members have won over 250 Olympic medals.About United WaterUnited water is a division of Suez Environment. The company focuses on protecting our environment and servingthe community, Today and tomorrow. We know the two go hand in hand. That’s why everything we do is focusedon what you need today while we plan and prepare for what the world might need tomorrow. Clean water. A healthyEarth. For your small corner of the world and for the global community. Every day we’re your vital resource,providing stewardship of our most vital natural resources. For more information, visit www.unitedwater.com.ContactCarrie GrayNew York Open Judo(516) firstname.lastname@example.orgContactEren GulfidanFilm Annexeg@filmannex.com ###