UB judo team set to compete at San Jose competition
The University of The Bahamas’ (UB) Mingoes four-member judo team competes this weekend, taking part in the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club’s 27th ‘Sensei Memorial’ Invitational Tournament at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, USA.
The team includes CARIFTA gold medalists Desmondo Bootle in the 81 kilogram (kg.) class, Raven Pennerman and Taryn Butler (52kg.), and U.S. Open bronze medalist and Barbados Open gold medalist Dre’ Hall (73kg.)
“I am looking for them to do much better than last year at Texas A&M’s competition,” said Head Coach D’Arcy Rahming Jr. “We expect to win more than half of our matches. The team is fresh off the world championships, and I expect them to be very hungry for a win.”
Bootle, a senior majoring in engineering, said he is looking to win a medal, and his game plan is simple.
“I plan to go out there and be aggressive in my attacks and put constant pressure on my opponents, so that I can execute my game plan and not allow them a chance to execute their game plan,” he said.
Hall, a freshman majoring in biology/chemistry, said he is looking to improve from his performance at the recent junior world championships.
“I want to take control of the fight immediately and don’t let my opponents get the upper hand on me,” he said. “At world’s, I eased up for a moment and allowed my opponent to take advantage. I am not going to let that happen again. I learned my lesson,” he added.
The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club is one of the oldest judo clubs in the California bay area. It was established in 1947.