Are you ready for Judo?

February 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Judo, Matmeticians

Take a look behind the scenes with the Moanalua Judo team as they battle through injuries, rule changes, and a young nucleus as they quest for their first ever HHSAA team title, and Brady Lafortune competes for his 4th individual state title


93 Responses to “Are you ready for Judo?”
  1. Anonymous says:

    Judo has been neutered. No leg attacks make it very boring to watch and participate in. Which is too bad. Especially for those who have trained prior to the rule change.

    • eFamous says:

      I agree judo has become less exciting to watch without leg attacks, but the rule was meant for judo to be more of a martial art instead of evolving into a wrestling variant. You can always debate evolution of the sport vs being old school technique. Fact is, current rules are a bit sad, but it does support the use of good technique. No longer can you charge a person with a 'shot', you now have to use waza in order to win, which is something i can always respect. In the end champs will adapt and dominate while the barbarians will get a first class seat as they go flying into the mat.

      • Anonymous says:

        now judo going be more boring

        • Da Bear says:

          Rule change was make to make people throw and it has if you watch international judo there a lot more IPPONs. If want to shoot for the legs, wrestle. Wrestles going have to learn to throw. I would rather see judo throws all day long than watching wrestler shoot for the legs. And when someone is throw IPPON that not boring. and if read the rules you can go for the legs after you do an upper body attach.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well put Efamous!

  3. Anonymous says:

    YES! lets move on to the best sport JUDO, Tired of wrestling.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is there any Judo in college at the competitive level

  5. Anonymous says:

    It's great to see coverage on a team like Moanalua. I can't wait for the next video…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Only at the club level.

  7. spectator says:

    good video. the coaching seems very good and they can communicate well with the kids.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Do you think moanalua will be on the top for a while?

  9. Leslie Foster says:

    When is the 2011 Hawaii High School Athletic Association Judo State Championships this year? Thanks.

  10. spectator says:

    they lost brady lafortune and robert ostovich along with alex kozuma. 3 finalist and with those 3 gone it will be tough.

    • Anonymous says:

      They didn’t loose those guys, they graduated. If you are a good coach you should be constantly rebuilding the underclassmen to fill in for the graduates. That is just the norm, just ask the Punahou wrestling coaches. They have scrubs every year and some how turned them into state champs and that totally comes from great coaching.

      • Pun dad says:

        Let’s give credit where it is due. Moanalua has had good teams the past several years, they were the best last year, and I would rank them the favorite this year. Coaching play a part in those results. Of course I’ll be routing for the Puns.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do I hear excuses, that doesn’t sound like Branden Maki.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t every state championship team for the most part lose a lot to graduation? Although, you’re right 3 finalists does seem like a lot.

  12. . says:

    well they still have that 108 kelson who took 2nd, jacob who took 2nd and tsuda who took 5th. moanalua was always up there with punahou the past 4 years, i guess they are consistent 😉

  13. Anonymous says:

    Brittany balanay from mckinley is gonna be a 4x state champ

  14. Grappling Fan says:

    Hats off to LJ Remulard who really manned up for his team by going to 198. With the Punahou lineup so stacked at the middle weights, it\’s great to see LJ as the consummate team player. There\’s not too many athletes who would put personal accomplishments aside for the betterment of their team. I look forward to seeing LJ continue at 198.

    Terrific Job!

    • Anonymous says:

      In truth, many players from all teams “played up.” I believe Punahou’s varsity 45 pound wrestler played 178 at the Mililani tournament in a couple of matches. Not saying its not commendable, just that many players played up. And I believe Remulard will likely play judo at 178 when it counts.

      • Anonymous says:

        I saw LJ bump to 198. He went undefeated and looked sharp. With the 145 bumping to 178 I don\’t think LJ is the kind of guy who\’s going to take that spot away. I believe he\’s gonna stay at 198 to make more team points.

        I gotta respect these Punahou kids for sacrificing personal gains so that there fellow teammates can get spots to play.

      • Anonymous says:

        who else at 198 for Punahou?

    • Anonymous says:

      Grappling Fan, are YOU LJ Remulard?? I only ask because you seem very passionate about repeating your same comments in numerous forums. (ie: You must be a relative or something? I've seen MANY players get "bumped up", and make sacrafices for the betterment of the team all the time……….

      • Grappling Fan says:

        Sorry, I'm not LJ. Just a fan of the sport 🙂

        • eFamous says:

          lol, no one is THAT passionate about judo, his Judo technique is at the same level as his wrestling (his wrestling is remedial, not hating, just my observations). It's nice of him to move up for the team, but he'll be lucky to place, he's lucky he has his wrestling skills to get him by. He may get lucky again to have a weak weight class like wrestling too, keeping it real.

  15. Anonymous says:

    At Mililani 145 for Punahou was Todd Murakawa who I didn't see fight at 178 at all. Two unknowns at 160 and 178 who did alright. Remillard going to 198 fills Punahou lineup and puts them in contention for state title. Punahou has to fill the upper weights to contend. Smart play by Chow.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Really?….contention for a state title????….

    • Anonymous says:

      "puts them in contention for state title"

      "contention for a state title????"

      Great point!! Punahou is always in contention for state titles.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Just out of curiousity. What makes them in title contention? Just because Punahou wins state titles in other sports? Or because of what they did in the past with judo? Last time I checked, it doesn't matter what you did in the past. What counts, is the here and now. In the here and now, they'll have their work cut out for them just trying to win the ILH. We'll see if they even can do that. Then, we can talk about state contention.

    • Pun Dad says:

      Punahou has won state Championships in 3 of the last 6 years. They have a good number of wrestlers from their State Championship wrestling team playing Judo. They had close matches with other contenders at Mililani. So yes I would say they are in contention.

      While they will be in contention for a ILH title, winning the ILH is not a prerequisite for being State Champion. The favorite in the ILH, Pac-Five does not play as a team at the State Championship.

    • Anonymous says:

      Boy, the words "Punahou" and "contention" really hit a nerve, huh?

      What is "contention"? Top 1? Top 2? Top 5?

      I think Punahou is in "contention" for a State title on the boys side.

      Same for Kamehameha, Moanalua, Mililani, Kapolei, Pear City, and Castle. All have large programs, and the getting "caught" aspect of Judo means anything can happen in a tourney.

      I think the best "team" in the State is Pac-5, but they are not in contention for a State Title due to the multi-school Pac-5 system.

      Punahou is in contention, is contending, and will contend for a State Boys Title.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The LW boys showed some speed. The Terao brothers looked on fire. Brendan Chang looked aweseom too. I didn't see Cassidy Oshiro though. Is he playing this year? Tsuda from Moanalua looked sharp too. What weight was that match between David Terao and Tyler Kono. Kono looked really lean walking around that day. Looked like some serious weight cutting.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The match between David Terao and Tyler Kono was at 132lbs. Although I believe David weighed in at 121lbs.

  20. Anonymous says:

    At about 1:18 of the video posted on the Matside Mililani tourney coverage, Kono picks up Terao as Terao is in a four point, carries Terao from the center of the mat to the out of bounds, and throws Terao out of bounds. Is that legal?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. Terao went cross guard and so Kono could attack his legs for the pick up. If Kono grabbed Teraos right sleeve while performing the te guruma, it could've went for a big score. Why Terao went cross guard with a lapel grip is beyond me…it could've cost him the match.

      • Anonymous says:

        "it could have cost him the match" but Terao didn't get scored on (with a defensive-counter). "Tyler should have done this, Tyler should have done that"…..but he didn't. End of story! Tyler Kono got scored on (by an offensive attack sumi-gaeshi). David Terao won. That pick up was meaningless because Tyler could not score. In a longer match a move like a big pickup will drain you and what did he get…zero.

        Tyler and David have played each other many times. Both are exceptional judoka but they will not be in the same weight class at states. The advantage should go to Tyler on paper. Tyler wrestled at 137 this year David Terao wrestled at 125 this year and I believe David Terao weighed in at 121 and Tyler at 132. That match could have gone either way in my opinion. Great job David you were entertaining to watch, you played 11 matches in a single day (I think) no substitutes. Wow, very impressive.

        • Anonymous says:

          Chillax buu it's just a game focker. David still won and you getting all butt-hurt. Geez.

          • Anonymous says:

            Chillax buu? Try spell check in the english language, idiot. This forum is for anyone to post their comments and opinions. You are certainly welcome to yours. So, as you would say "it's just an opinion focker…don't get all butt-hurt. geez" hahahah

            Here's another opinion of mine for you "Buu"…Tyler Kono will win his 1st state judo title this year, you can bank on that.

            • Anonymous says:

              "Chillax buu" is actually a phrase consisting of two words found in the "ebrahnics" dictionary, which may be found, or actually located, in the heads of miscreants who congregate on or around sidewalks near or abutting 7-11's throughout Oahu.

              When seeking a definition of the phrase, common responses include:


              ". . . "


              "you get cigret?"

              Hope this clarifies things for you.

              • Anonymous says:

                Ah…Thank you for the clarification. I apologize if I offended any miscreants, ESL or those out there fluent in “ebrahnics”. I am humbled.

  21. Anonymous says:

    It kind of looked like kono could not teguruma terao because something was stuck like a leg or something….instead of just running with him in the air he should of stayed in place and cleared the leg or whatever was blocking terao from rotating over….he also could throw his hip in while terao was in the air and execute an ogoshi like motion…

  22. Anonymous says:

    What are your thoughts of the teams that played at Millilani…power? Speed? Technique? Timing?conditioning? Coaching? Depth? Etc for each team? Does anyone have a break down?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Can't each team/school enter 2 judokas for each weight class at their league championships and if they qualify on to the state championships?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Meaningless pick up?…I believe it's called a kinsa and believe me that's not meaningless. No score…yes but, meaningless…hardly.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Meaningless" in the sense that all the "kinsa's" you get cannot overcome a single yuko or score. But a kinsa like what Kono did shows me that he was still trying to legitimately score, not look busy. The rules favor offense attacks, Kono's kinsa resulted from a defensive counter, that being said, if Tyler had scored we would not be dicussing this issue. I personally think that if the match was 5 min long thing might have be en different. So, ok "meaningless" I agree it is not, in regards to that particular match it become a matter of perspective. I'd like to see them play again in longer match. Both David and Tyler are good friends and as far as I can tell respect each other as they should.

      • Anonymous says:

        Looked like Kono's intent wasn't to throw, but to run Terao out of bounds and drive him face first into the ground. Didn't seem like there was an attempt to throw Terao to his back, but instead onto his face.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Wo-Wo-Wo….no need to get all "defensive" people! LOL! I saw so many great judoka ou tthere that day. So much talent. So, is David Terao going to play 121 or 132 for States? And is there anyone else besides Kono that can give David a "run for his money." From the looks of it, David pretty much DOMINATES everyone. I don't think anyone lasted longer than a minute with him.

    • :) says:

      You’ve got that wrong, because he has won matches, but gone over 1 minute. I know you probably didn’t mean it seriously, but there are other people out there that are good contenders against David. He almost always wins his matches, and if he loses, it’s a legit loss. He doesn’t act sour or pissed off. He may feel that way sometimes, but from the looks of it, it looks like it just pushes him to train harder. He usually does win though.

  26. SALT says:

    WTF? Just left Aiea from watching the NOVICE tournament. Emphasis on NOVICE. Why were there CLub Judo Black Belts competing against first year judoka???? What is the purpose of a Black Belt coming on the mat and throwing a novice kid in 2 seconds??? I saw a boy (I think from Farrington) tossing kids. I later found out that the boy is a dam black belt! Come on coach, WTF!? Let the new kids have an Honest and Fair chance at competition! It's hard enough to try to encourage kids to join Judo, and even harder to keep them. DEFEATING them Unfairly will not help promote the art/sport.

    • Mr.Palimo'o says:

      @ SALT It was both a novice and a open tournament..da kid from Farrington was competing against other experience players in da open division so it was perfectly fine..if da kids he played was a novice, its da coaches fault for putting their players in da advance division. I hope dis sheds some light.

      • SALT says:

        Thank you Mr. Palimoo. I appreciate the information.

        • Mr.Palimo'o says:

          @SALT…no problem…I totally agree with you as far as promoting judo and retaining da interest of da kids although I was disappointed to see some judokas playing in da advance division dat shouldn't have been this case, the fault falls on da coach for putting his players safety in jeopardy..

          • Anonymous says:

            Mr. Palimo'o,

            Why didn't your son or any of the top Moanalua players fight at the Aiea tournament?

            • Mr.Palimo'o says:

              Jacob and da other experience players were given an option to play or not and dey all decided to sit out inorder to give da rest of team a chance to compete..once dey decided on not playing since it was still a pre-season, da sensei's could direct their attention & practices in preparing da younger, less experience players. Since Moanalua has such a big team, dis allowed da younger players to be da focal point at practice while da experience players were their helping to prepare them…I hope dis answered your question..

            • Anonymous says:

              True none of the key Moanalua players fought. Why?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Palimo'o,
    That's cool of the more experienced players to give the other novice ones a chance to shine. Do you believe that less mat time will effect Moanalua?

    • Mr.Palimo'o says:

      As far as not playing da experience players and if it will do more harm than good for moanalua is debatable and honestly, we probably won't know until da end of da my opinion, moanalua is fortunate enough to do this because of da amount of players dey have, da number of seasoned competitors and most important da quality of da coaches dey have which makes practices very competitive…as a result of dis competitive practices, da players gain as much mat time as if dey have entered a a sense, you could say everyday is like a mini tournament for dem at practices..I hope dis makes sense..

  28. Anonymous says:

    Well i guess then good luck punahou???

  29. Anonymous says:

    Best team PAC 5?…you could be right but remember that's what everyone thought last year and what happenned? In the state championship they scored less than moanalua with their schools put together. So again, we'll see at the end of the year if you are right. Everyone thought punahou was contenders last year and what happenned?…they turned out to be pretenders…

    • Anonymous says:

      Moanalua had a dominant year last year. No question. Seems like their losses to graduation this year bring them back down into the top of the pack, rather than outside and on top of it.

      Pac-5 last year? People who thought they were the best team last year were simply wrong. Moanalua proved that at States. But, that doesn't mean the act of thinking Pac-5 was the best lacked merit. That's why there are things like State Tournaments.

      Punahou last year? A down year (compared to prior three). It's better this year than last.

      What will be interesting from a team standpoint is the extent to which "Team" contenders may be playing for second and even third in at least three brackets at States. 2 Teraos and Tsuda could take the 1st place points in their weights for Pac-5 teams. Cassidy Oshiro also has yet to start his judo season. The States Team winner could be determined by who gets the most 2nd or 3rd place finishers.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't Tsuda play for moanalua? And are you thinking that terao beats out current PAC 5 state champ Brendan?

  31. Pun Dad says:

    Moanalua performed well in the State Tournament to win the championship. Pac-5, which probably had the better players, was a mere two points behind if you add the scores. Punahou which was considered more of a dark horse last year, had 3 returning State placers whom didn't place last year, they still came in fourth.

    Turbo101 posted some ratings of the top teams in In my opinion, Pac-5 is best in the State, if they were to play as a team. Even though Oshiro isn't playing, the addition of Josh Terao gives them the most Championship contenders. I think Moanalua, even though not as talented as last years team, is the favorite for the State Championship. Punahou has potential placers in most weight classes, but they lack the big names, such as Ng,Oshiro,Chow which thet had in the past.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts and observations of this weekend's tournaments (both OIA and ILH)?

  33. spectator says:

    hahaha david did play 11 matches and won all 11 but he played 10 white belts hahaha and tyler

    • Anonymous says:

      Cody Uejo, Darren Leiman, and Bryson Castro are not white belts and I believe Terao played uejo and leiman twice each. So actually Terao played at least 5 matches with colored belts (brown belts I think?) and one with kono who is a black belt. It could've been more because I never got to see all of his matches.

  34. Anonymous says:

    bryson castro darren leiman are nobodies…. i never heard of them so he basically played white belts and won hahaha

    • Anonymous says:

      leiman placed in states 2 years ago. he's also been a club player at times for tenri. nobody? i don't think so. these are good kids who train hard and who have had some judo success over the years.

    • Anonymous says:

      So are you saying tyler kono is a nobody? Thats definitely not true. Also, bryson castro was one of tenri's top younger players a few years back and leiman placed 2nd at states 2 years ago losing to only to brady lafortune. Just because you are uninformed of hawaii's high school judoka doesn't give you any right to bash them.

      • Anonymous says:

        that dumbass doesnt know what he's talking about. kono is a badass judoka. leiman is a great player too. castro was national champ at california last year. that dumbass dont know shit. it's probably one of terao's girlfriends writing that crap.

        • David Terao says:

          Just to let you guys know, I definitely respect all the judoka named above. I've competed with Tyler for years and he's been a really tough competitor. He's thrown me for ippon before so I always respect his judo. As for Bryson, I've known him from way back when he was competing with my brother Josh. Darren and Cody are also great competitors as well and both have placed at states in the past. These guys are all awesome judoka and they definitely don't deserve to be called nobodys because without them high school judo wouldn't be as fun and competitive as it is now. Any one of these guys could have beaten me on any given day, but I'm lucky it just happened to go my way. Also, I don't think that I have any girlfriends that would write that haha.

  35. Mana says:

    Anonymous says:

    March 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

    bryson castro darren leiman are nobodies…. i never heard of them so he basically played white belts and won hahaha

    Response to above:

    What's really funny is that YOU ARE THE NOBODY. Hahaha YOU, who sit behind your computer and insulting players, coaches, and clubs "Anonymously." I don't know who Darren Leiman and Brysen Castro, are but we know who YOU are. YOU are the coward that hides. At least the judoka whoever they are, are out there doing their best. You are an immature, weak coward. YOU are the type that used to get your ass kicked, and were probably taken advantage of when you were younger. So go back and play your video games and leave the athletes alone. Coward.

  36. brady lafortune says:

    i played darren leiman in finals so hes obviously a state finalist :p just saying 😉

  37. Pun dad says:

    Those who we recognize as talented Judoka, post with dignity, and respect there worthy opponents such as Tyler, Bryson, Cody and Darren. Those who are merely spectators, think they elevate themselves by cutting down others.

    Thank you David and Brady for being great judoka on the mat, and maintaining the spirit of Judo in the blogs.

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