Gracie NEPA Judo is proud to announce that the first EVER Freestyle Judo Tournament on the East Coast, The Electric City Freestyle Judo Championships, will be held Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at Marywood University in Scranton PA. For those of you who may not be familiar with Freestyle Judo, It was developed in 2008 by former US National coach Steve Scott and is governed by The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Freestyle Judo is a "Hybrid"sport which seamlessly blends together classical elements of Judo such as advanced time in newaza, "the Hard ippon" (no rolling ippons) and the ability to perform leg picks and pickups with more modern elements that today's grappler would be familiar with Such as the inclusion of gi and no gi divisions, a numerical points scoring system, and the ability to win by Major decision.(for a more complete set of freestyle judo rules and scoring please feel free to visit http://www.freestyle...rg/contact.html as well as http://www.freestyle...g/REFEREES.html
It is important to note, that is NOT the goal of freestyle Judo to replace or compete with IJF or Traditional Kodokan Judo in anyway but rather to supplement it so that the best and most talented grapplers in all disciplines are able to crosstrain with and compete against each other and further deepen the talent pool of Judo in the United States today.
If you have any questions regarding the event or freestyle judo itself please Do not hesitate to contact Myself or Tom McGuire at the contact information listed in the Entry Packet.
We hope that all of you are able to join us and will help to spread the word as we bring Freestyle Judo to the northeast in this Fun, extremely challenging, and historic event
Yours in Judo,
Co- Director Electric City Freestyle Judo Championships
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This post has been edited by Marcinek: 11 May 2011 - 01:12 PM