“In March 21- 23, 2014, I will join Team Canada to participate in the Judo International Masters Bremen in Germany for U18. I was invited as one of 8 judokas to represent Canada in the U18 division. I believe that I was selected because I won Gold Medal in the U-18 division at the Quebec Open.
I am really excited to finally be competing on an international level. I went to my first international senior’s tournament in February in San Jose. This was an opportunity to fight many great judokas who I have never seen or heard of before. I fought 5 that tested my limits in this tournament. I lost my very first fight against the person who ultimately won the division. After 3 subsequent wins, I had the experience of fighting a strong opponent who came 5th at the Pan American Judo Confederation (PJC) world cup in Miami. After 2 minutes of intense fighting, I scored a waza-ari with drop seoi. One minute later, I was able to throw him with o-goshi for ippon to win the bronze medal.
I had the opportunity go to a few practices at San Jose State University and found that they train very hard with much passion. I realized that in order to get to the next level, I have to train just as hard in order to win gold at Bremen. So, I pushed my limits further at practices and found that my judo is improving. Overall, I attribute my success to the strong judo fundamentals learnt at Ishikawa Judo Club (my old judo club) and to people like Masayuki, Blake and Curtis, at the Burnaby Judo Club (my new judo club), who take the time to help me develop higher-level judo skills. I would like to especially thank those who are making a financial contribution on makeachamp.com/dantestprix for my Bremen trip.
I strive to fight the best I possibly can in each match. My goal is to put everything I learnt into practice and win gold in Bremen. My recent experience in Canada and San Jose gives me confidence going into Bremen.”
– Dante St. Prix