The Event

The first annual NYAC Judo Tournament was born thirty-years ago, and has since become
the most competitive international competition held in North America.  Competitors from
over 20 countries, including Olympic and World Champions, regularly travel to New York to
compete, and not always winning.  Past participants have included:

• Team USA including Jimmy Pedro (World Champion 1998), Jason Morris (Olympic Silver Medal
• Team Korea coached by judo legend Ki-Young Jeon – World Champion (1993, 1995, 1997)
• Team Brazil including player Flavio Canto – Olympic Bronze Medalist (2004)
• Team Canada coached by judo legend Nicolas Gill – Olympic Silver Medalist (2000)
• Team Uzbekistan  including player Armen Bagdasarov - Olympic Silver Medalist (1996)
• Team Germany including Ole Bischof - Olympic Gold Medalist (2012)
• Team Great Britain including player  Winston Gordon – British National Champion (2012)
• Team Romania including player Adrian Croitoru – World Championships Bronze Medal (1999)
• Team France including various Olympians
• Team Russian including various Olympians

Due to the raising value as international tournament, The New York Open changed its
format to a team competition 2011, accepting official national representatives from leading
countries as the USA, Russia, Germany, France and Japan to name a few. The change
provided greater flexibility to stage an entertaining event that introduced judo to the youth
and over a million US based and international sport fans through our broad digital

Tournament Directors 

John Walla                                     
Arthur Canario, MD                                    
Alessandro Hamada                                    

New York Athletic Club
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New York, NY 10019