Joon Chi listened to the 13-year-old plead his case Saturday morning at DeVos Place downtown.


"But Sensei, I put him on his back. How could they not see that?" he told Chi during early-round action of this weekend’s USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships. The youth, who had tears welling up in his eyes, was upset with the score the judges awarded him after an early match, but Chi remained calm.


"You have to train harder," Chi said.


"But I train seven days a week," the youth said. "This is (expletive)."


Steve Kaminski | The Grand Rapids Press



What: USA Judo & Scholastic National Championships, Collegiate Open and Cadet World Team Trials

Where: DeVos Place

When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, doors open at 8 a.m. both days.

Tickets: Adults $12, two-day pass $20. Children 9-12 $8, 8-and-under free


Jim Murray doesn’t take credit for the quote, but he is more than happy to keep spreading the word.


Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 12:40 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 12:43 PM


Steve Kaminski | The Grand Rapids Press


U.S. Open Table Tennis ChampionshipsAdam Bird | The Grand Rapids PressGeorgina Pota, of Hungary, returns the ball during the U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships women's final last summer at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids competition serves as qualifier for the Judo Cadet World Championships  

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 2, 2011 –The USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships will be held April 2-3, 2011 at the DeVos Place (303 Monroe Avenue Northwest Grand Rapids, MI 49503). This year’s event will showcase over 400 of the top U.S. amateurs, ranging from 5-28 years old.