Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2023. 1:14 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Judo Belize Federation
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Twenty-six Belizean judokas participated in training conducted by Guatemalan 4th degree dan Sensei Oscar Morales over the weekend at the Red Dragon Dojo in Belize City at the invitation of the Judo Federation of Belize.
President of the Judo Belize Federation Remus Betancourt said three training sessions were held; two for senior athletes and one that was open to all judokas.
Morales was accompanied by another judo instructor and three Guatemalan judokas.
Betancourt said this was the first foreign Judo delegation to visit Belize.
“Coach Morales said he saw improvements from his last visit and recommended what to work on for us to improve our competition level,” Betancourt said.
“More training is being planned to include Mexico, Guatemala, and possibly Nicaragua. We want to say thanks to the Guatemalan Judo delegation for their visit and assistance.”
National athletes participated in the training, including seniors Sensei Leon Guild and Sensei Juan Card, Under-21 Ishmael Castro, and cadet Malachi Garcia. The athletes participating were from the the OW Martial Arts Academy, the LI Red Dragon Martial Arts, the ReD Dragon Martial Arts Academy, and the Sensei Juan Card’s Diamond GrappleArts/MMA Academy.
Betancourt said the Belizean athletes benefited greatly with numerous sparring matches (randori) with the Guatemalan team.
The Guatemalan delegation arrived in Belize on Friday morning via the Western border and left on Sunday.
Sensei Morales has been here on training visits several times, but this is the first time he brought a team to train with the Belizean judokas.
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