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The National Judo Championships is an annual event as top competitors from various institutions gather to compete for glory after long periods of hard work, each participating team with a common goal deeply embedded in their minds – to attain the championship trophy. After going through various elimination rounds against fantastic opponents that put up great fights, both our ‘A’ division boys and girls made it to the finals and face off against fellow Judo powerhouse Raffles Institution.
The 46th National Judo Championship Finals was held on the 30th of March. After months of arduous training sessions and physical conditioning, both the ‘A’ division boys and girls have done the school proud, clinching the two Champion trophies in this division. Let us now take a closer look at what happened at Hougang Secondary school’s competition hall!
Shoes off, belts tied, Judo Gi on, our warriors are ready for the last stretch for this season. With the order of ‘Hajime (Begin)!’ from the match officials, the final fight kicked off. (Note that you need 1 full point to win a bout) _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Representing our ‘A’ division girls comprised Chan Yong Qing, Tan Xin Wei, Carrie Tan, Ng Jia Yan and Jezamine Chua. Let us see what happened in each bout:
In the first bout, Yong Qing threw her opponent with a leg throw to score a waza-ari (half a point), then followed up with a scarf hold to win by ippon (one full point) after a successful hold on her opponent for twenty seconds.
In the second bout, after a grueling battle and good attempts from both sides, Xin Wei was held down for twenty five seconds by her opponent and lost the bout.
In the third bout, Carrie showed a great display of skill and attempted two different uchimata throws, obtaining a yuko (less than a waza-ari) and waza-ari score from the two efforts. At the end of the three minutes, she beat her opponent through score accumulation.
In the fourth bout, Jia Yan showed great skill and power as she threw her opponent with a double armed osotogari and won by an ippon within seven seconds.
In the final bout, Jezamine also won by an ippon as she threw her opponent by ouchigari.
The reserves for the team were Zann Yee Yun Tien, Lee Sin Lie, Ng Sai Ying, Liang Ai Jia and Amanda Teo Wei Chien. They were heavily involved in all the bouts as well, shouting out strategies for counters and constantly chanting words of encouragement, pushing their team mates to persevere on till the very last second. The ‘A’ division girls came out convincing winners of the final to beat Raffles Institution by a (4-1) score line to become champions of the ‘A’ division girls category.
The ‘A’ division boys were represented by Gan Sze Kent, Jin Dong Yang, Daniel Ong, Huang Jun Cheng and Du Han Yuan.
In the first bout, Kent put up a great fight despite his injury, but was eventually countered in his offense by an uchimata for a waza-ari score and lost the match.
In the second bout, Dong Yang put up a splendid performance as he executed a swift and skillful osotogari throw and beat his opponent by an ippon score.
Daniel went on to fight in the third bout and after a full three minutes, claimed the bout with a waza-ari score obtained from a kouchi makikomi.
In the fourth bout, Jun Cheng, the captain of the boys’ team faced off against the captain of the opposing team, and eventually came out the victor as he outclassed his RI counterpart in a battle of strength. He won by three penalties to the opposing side, earning him a waza-ari score.
Our last competitor from JC1 level, Han Yuan showed great sportsmanship and perseverance as he faced his opponent, fighting till the end with all his might despite losing the final bout by an ippon.
Reserves for the ‘A’ boys Aster Jiang Xi Tian, Felix Tan Qing Zhe, Chua Deng Quan, Nigel Chua and Marcus Goh did not stop for a single moment in the five bouts to cheer their team mates on and offer any immediate advice during the period of the competition. The ‘A’ division boys eventually beat Raffles Institution with a (3-2) score and claimed the champion trophy for this year!
Once again, congratulation to both the ‘A’ division boys and girls for their splendid performance in the competition and it must surely have been a rewarding journey training and striving so hard for their goal in the past months. We are sure that the upcoming batch for the ‘A’ division will continue to put in just as much effort and continue to do the school proud! Well done Hwa Chong Judo!
Wei Yi Chen
38th ECACO Chairperson
History was made on the 13th of July, with the Hwa Chong Judo Team bringing home a cleansweep of Championship Titles.
Judo consists of 5 bouts in total, with each bout lasting 3 minutes. The team which wins the best of 5 bouts is proclaimed the victor.
Minor Score: Non-accumulative
Moderate Score: Two moderate scores = Major score
Major Score: Get one and it is game over!
1 Foul: Warning
2 Fouls: Minor score for opponent
3 Fouls: Moderate score for opponent
4 Fouls: Major score for opponent; opponent wins.
Judo ‘A’ Girls
Our ‘A’ Girls’ Team was a favourite to win the competition, and they did not disappoint, winning the match within the first three bouts. However, they continued to display excellent sporting spirit and gave it their all for the remaining two bouts, eventually winning the Championship title with a score of 5-0!
In the “Feather Light Category”, Madeline, a senior on the team put up an aggressive fight, battling the Raflles player down and eventually pinning her down for 25 seconds for a major score, winning the bout.
Next up was the “Extra Light Category”. Jing Fong, a senior, Youth Olympic Games player and a representative of Singapore completely dominated her opponent, leaving the crowd in awe as she quickly wrapped up the bout with a 25 second pin for a major score.
For the “Light Weight Category”, Carrie, a junior on the team, had an intense battle with her opponent. After a series of exchanges, she managed to pull two impressive Ouchi-Gari (hook on the inside of the opponent’s leg) to earn a minor score and then a major score, winning the bout with her commendable resilience and determination!
For the “Middle Weight Category”, Amanda, a junior, trashed her opponent in an easy fight, pinning her opponent down for 25 seconds for a major score, emerging victorious.
Lastly, in the “Heavy Weight Category”, Jezamine, a junior also had an easy fight, blazing through the match and sealing it in a victory in 20 seconds flat. She executed a perfect Tai Otoshi (forward hip throw) for a major score, ending our ‘A’ Girls’ Championship title with a perfect 5-0!
Judo ‘A’ Boys
Our ‘A’ Boys’ team was an underdog in this tournament, with quite a few of our school representatives only having picked up the sport in recent years.
One such player is Jun Xiang, a senior on the team who only picked up Judo the previous year. Although an overwhelming underdog in the “Feather Light Category”, he did not let this get the better of him. With outstanding spirit, he displayed a fiery start, almost throwing his opponent in the first 30 seconds. He sustained this effort throughout the bout, ending it with an epic throw (known as the Osoto Gari) for a major score!
Next up was Gan Sze Kent, fighting in the “Extra Light Category”. The odds were stacked up against him and the crowd tensed up, anticipating a very hard fight. Yet, Gan Sze Kent did not let this bother him, defying all odds and executing a Driving Katu Guruma, a high level throw for a major score!
The next bout was fought by Daniel Ong, captain of the HC Judo Team. After two exhilarating bouts, the crowd could finally take a short break as they witnessed Daniel cruise through the bout. He easily wrapped it up with two moderate throws (Ippon Seoinage) which added up to a major score, sealing the Championship title for Hwa Chong!
In the “Middle Weight Category”, Jun Cheng had a tough fight against his opponent. He had an excellent start, throwing his opponent for 3 minor scores. Unfortunately, he committed 3 fouls resulting in the opponent earning 1 moderate score. Nevertheless, he put up a respectable fight (:
For the “Heavy Weight Category”, newcomer Marcus, who only picked up Judo this year went up against the Raffles Captain in what can be said to be a David and Goliath match. Although, he did not emerge victorious, he put up an amazing fight, successfully evading all of the opponent’s attempts at throws and losing only due to the fouls he committed. With such an outstanding performance in his first year, we can only wait in anticipation for the next season!
Hey Hwa Chong!
Because most of us have been so busy involved with competitions and events, and we too have been updating almost everyday (Hot Off the Press, Quick Bites, Season Previews, etc) the posts have been constantly pushed down so you may not have had the chance to read previous posts. So here’s encapsulating the results and posts we’ve had this week, and if you’re interested in the details, do click on your preferred CCA tags below the tagboard on the right hand side on the Home Page to view the posts in greater depth! (:
April 15: Defeated ACJC 69-9
April 13: Defeated MI 76-8
Featured Athlete of the Week: Mervyn Toh from Canoe
April 17: Individual Championships
April 13: Judo Finals (Lost to Raffles Institution for both guys (1-4) and girls( 2-3), obtaining 1st runner-up)
April 13: Judo Semi-Finals, with both A guys and A girls winning NYHC 4-1 and 3-2 respectively
Music and Dance (MAD)
April 13: MAD Moderners winning Best Choreography and Beset Ethnic Dance at the Barcelona Dance Awards Competition
April 13: A Boys Rifle Team reclaimed the title of A Division Men’s Rifle Champions, with a team score of 1737
April 16: Defeated AJC 2-1
April 15: Match Report (HCI vs NJC)
April 15: Match Report (HCI vs MJC)
April 14: Defeated MJC 1-0
April 16: Defeated ACJC 3-2
April 14: Defeated MJC 5-0
April 16: Defeated NJC 5-0
April 14: Defeated MJC 5-0
April 12: A Boys and Girls Team defeated NYJC with a common score of 3-1
Touch Rugby Girls
April 17: Defeated NYJC (4-0) and PJC (8-3)
April 14: Defeated TJC (7-1) and JJC (4-1)
Track and Field
April 14: Track and Field Finals (1st runner-up for both A boys and girls)
April 12: Previews for Finals
April 16: Defeated MI 2-0
April 14: Season Preview
April 15: Defeated CJC 2-0
April 13: Water Polo Finals (Lost to Raffles 2-8, obtained 1st runner-up)
April 13: Wushu Championships Day 5
As a new week approaches, do keep a lookout for more updates and results from our competing teams. In the meantime, sleep more, clear up the homework, and recharge before we see each other again on Monday. (:
Over at Hougang Secondary school, both our Judo Boys and Girls Team met strong rivals Raffles Institution and engaged themselves in a battle of wits and skills.
As our teams put their best foot forward and went all out to fight for the trophy, they were eventually ousted by Raffles Institution, with the guys losing 4-1, including one point conceded in a walkover due to an understrength team. The girls’ team, on the other hand, lost 3-2, with both teams emerging as first runner-ups in the Interschool National Judo Competition. We thank all our Judo members for the hard work they have put in all these months, as well as giving us an excellent display of fighting spirit. (:
The following years, will get better. And furthermore, there’s still the individual championships to look out for this season! Go Judo!
This is an update from the hall of Hougang Secondary School, where our A-Girls and A-Boys have both advanced to the finals of the Judo Nationals after triumphing over NYJC 4-1 and 3-2 respectively! A commendable result considering that the boys team was a four-man team, conceding a walkover for the last point.
Next stop, Raffles. The clash will take place late in the afternoon. While the A Division teams are recuperating amidst the proceedings of the B Division Championships, let’s wish both the guys and the girls all the best! Score that ippon!
P.S. Updating with an IPhone rocks!!!
Hwa Chong has set herself up for a mouthwatering face-off in the finals of the Table Tennis Nationals on the 23rd of April after both the A Division Boys and Girls Teams defeated NYJC in both semi-finals with a common score of 3-1!
Finals galore! The HC Judo and Water Polo teams will be fighting for glory in their respective finals at Hougang Secondary School and CCAB Swimming Pool respectively.
Judo will be up against NYJC and RJC, whereas Water Polo will be challenging long-time rivals RI for the championship title; the teams will need all the support they can get! The polo team last faced RI in the preliminaries, where they were held to a 7-7 draw.
The Inter-school Track & Field finals will take place on the 14th of April, Wednesday at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
Our A-boys are currently tied for first position with rival Raffles Institution at 151 points each, having the same number of gold and silver medals and 3 more bronze.
A shoutout: Calling all supporters for these crucial clashes in the next two days!
But no matter what, teams, falling in as runners-up don’t mean a thing as long as you win our hearts! GO HC!
Mr Wee Pui Seng, 24, who is currently studying at Singapore Management University, is remembered by the Judo Team and many others as a dedicated Hwa Chongian who frequently returns to the Hwa Chong campus to help out at trainings as a senior even after his graduation from HC 6 years ago.
Over the years, Pui Seng has established himself as a prominent figure in the local judo scene with a monumental competitive record, participating in numerous overseas competitions in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and the prestigious SEA Games.
Pui Seng performing a back throw, specifically Uranage.
Photo from sajudo.com
Recently, at the 13th Commonwealth Judo Championships held here in Suntec City, Pui Seng clinched the gold medal in the under-100kg category after beating all his opponents. He was then featured on Channel 5!
Here are the links to a local documentary, 说再见, (3-parts) featuring Mr Wee and his retirement from competitive judo!
Rock on, Pui Seng! We hope to see more of you in the local judo scene in the future!
After the Judo Finals finale in Hougang Sec, HCunite caught up with Chua Kai Jian of 08S6D in an interview to find out more about our worthy athlete and his team.
With a first degree black belt (1st Dan or shodan), Kai Jian has won various awards such as the West Zone Colours Award and National Colours Award. He is an active participant in numerous tournaments, including the recent National Schools Judo Championships, in which he fought alongside his teammates, eventually obtaining the 1st-runners-up position. Kai Jian emerged as Champion in the individual event for last year’s (2008) Championships, and also clinched a silver medal in this year’s individual event.
Kai Jian repesented Hwa Chong in competitions such as the Singapore Kyu Grade Judo Championship and the Singapore Age Group Judo Championship last year, and it was no easy feat that he managed to sweep the title of Champion in both competitions.
Kai Jian has also gone regional before, participating in overseas tournaments such as the 2008 Jikji Cup International Junior Judo Tournament held in Cheongju, Korea and the 14th World Junior Judo Championships 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
With his impressive record, and his previous role as the Judo Captain, he has thus been spotted as our Athlete of the Month!
You may want to catch Kai Jian in action during the recent Judo Finals!
1) When and how did your passion for Judo begin? Do you have someone or something as your inspiration or idol?
My seniors in sec 4, J1 and J2 were the ones who inspired me the most when I first took up the sport in sec 1. Their passion and love for the sport, commitment and prowess were what had inspired me to be like them. This was what drove me to train hard and strive to catch up to their standard, in terms of both skill and strength.
2) Judo trainings look intense but enjoyable! Physical training aside, how do you prepare yourself and the Judo team mentally for competitions?Looks can be deceiving… but if you like pain then judo trainings would definitely be enjoyable for you. Well, I feel that good training is what really gets us prepared for competitions. Hence, training hard is important. Other than that, team spirit and knowledge that we’re wearing the school badge also drives us to do our best.
3) You know what they say, JC life really makes you yearn for more time… Tell us more about how you balance your academic commitments and your pursuits in Judo!
Try to manage your time well and catch up with your school work as much as possible. Travelling time can be put to great use, either for reading some notes or catching a power nap.
4) No pain, no gain. Were they any major setbacks you faced thus far? Like injuries for example? How did you make the comeback?
I have been rather lucky for the past six years in the sense that I haven’t gotten any major injuries that have put me out of action for too long. The worst I got was a twisted knee, but I was able to resume training after a week. Injuries had allowed me to pick up new throws, so sometimes it is a blessing in disguise.
5) Do you practice any other martial arts? Or sports?
I play soccer with my team mates sometimes after trainings.
6) You must have many fond memories of HC Judo throughout all these years. Any shout-out to your fellow athletes and Hwachongians?
Relish the opportunities that you get to do something for the school. Continue to train hard, train smart and cherish the times you spend with your team. These are what make your journey in Hwa Chong a joy to remember. And remember, the school name is yours to defend. (Break the stranglehold that ***f*** has in the sports fraternity. Show them that Hwa Chong can do damage to their title challenges.)
7) Describe your beloved Judo-mates in one sentence!
You are the best team I can have.
|In Judo there are 4 grades of score, ippon, wa-zari, yuko and koka.|
|An ippon is a a full point that is awarded when a throw is made that either lands the opponent largely on their back in a controlled manner with speed and force OR for a mat hold of sufficient duration of 25 seconds. The person who has earned an ippon (literally meaning ONE POINT) will immediately win the match as he has shown sufficient superiority.|
|A wa-zari is a half-point that is awarded for a throw that does not quite have enough power or control to be considered ippon; or for a hold of 20 seconds. Scoring two wa-zaris will give a full point needed for a win.|
|A yuko is a lower grade score awarded for a throw or a 15-second hold down.|
|Lastly, a koka is the lowest grade score awarded for a 10-second hold down.|
|In Judo scoring is lexicographic, meaning a waza-ari will prevail over any number of yuko, but a waza-ari plus a yuko beats a waza-ari with no yuko.|
At 3pm, 28th July 2009, the Hwachong Judo Team once again met traditional rivals RIJC on the mat. As the team bows were made and the first command was given, the battle for glory commenced.
The girls’ match started with Faith (extra light-weight) representing HC in 1st bout. Her counterpart was of equal size and height, leading to a tense minute of tussling. However, after the first restart, and on the dot of 50 seconds since the bout started, Faith executed a clean leg sweep to bring her opponent down on her back, scoring an ippon and winning the bout in spectacular style.
In the 2nd bout, Jia Hui of the Light-weight category started off strongly against her opponent. Jia Hui brought her opponent down numerous times in attempts to execute a mat hold. However, her opponent did come back strongly with a few throws of her own, showing how evenly matched these two were. The two continued trading grapples for the rest of the match, and both defended well. Jia Hui ultimately earned a koka, which resulted in a draw for this bout which lasted for 5 minutes.
In the 3rd bout, Penny (Middle-weight) faced off against an opponent who had a much larger frame. Despite the height disadvantage, she managed to keep her opponent’s offensive moves at bay throughout the match and was tireless in throwing out a variety of moves herself. In the end, Penny pulled off 2 shoulder throws (seoi nage in Japanese), earning a yuko and a waza-ri, securing HC’s 2nd win of the day. The score became 2-0 in our favour.
The 4th bout proved to be just as delectable and even more intense as Melissa (heavy-weight) duelled an opponent as tall as her. The two were swift in their maneuvers, which initially comprised of many leg sweeps. However, both held their ground well and showed no signs of slowing down. The bout ended in a draw.
The final bout (open category), Beatrice displayed solid defense against her opponent’s moves. Although she was at a height disadvantage, she managed to exercise a couple of reversals to her opponent’s attacks. Just as it looked as if the bout was heading towards another stalemate, her Rafflesian counterpart executed an unsuspecting leg sweep which abruptly ended the bout with an ippon, handing RIJC a well-deserved point.
But the day belonged to HC, for the final score line was 2-1, handing our girls the glorious title of CHAMPIONS!
Check out the match videos!!!
Our A Division Boys also took on RIJC right after the girls’ match.
In the 1st bout, David (extra light-weight) captivated the audience with his display of incredible stamina and technique as he engaged his opponent in a fast-paced skirmish. There were good attempts at throwing from both sides. On 3 minutes, David turned his opponent onto his back in a colossal display of strength, subsequently pinning his opponent in a figure-four hold down (sankaku-jime in Japanese), scoring an ippon and a clear-cut win for HC. 1-0.
The 2nd bout was a long drawn-out battle between Kai Jian (light-weight) and an opponent of equal standards. Throughout the match, both athletes looked to out-maneuver each other amidst the strong cheering from the supporters. Kai Jian put in much effort to flip his opponent onto his back to execute a hold down on numerous occasions. Likewise, his opponent showed no intention of giving up. The bout ultimately ended in a draw.
The 3rd bout saw Brian’s (middle-weight) hardworking attempts at performing a hold a down on his opponent throughout the entire match. While Brian looked to have had the upper hand at the earlier stages of the bout, his opponent caught him off guard and managed to do a throw, putting him in the lead. Brian responded with a plethora of attempts to execute hold downs, but his opponent stood his ground well, which resulted in a win for RIJC.
In the 4th bout, Che Jian (Heavy-weight) fought determinedly to secure another win for HC. Both sides sought to out-maneuver the other, tussling and grappling for control. Their efforts were unproductive until Che Jian’s opponent executed a seemingly more superior throw. Che Jian was adamant in bouncing back, but RIJC defended well, which left the score 2-1 in their favour.
In the final, crucial bout, Hiroshi (Open category) found himself facing off against a much larger opponent. A leg sweep by his opponent early on looked to have booked the win for RIJC, but Hiroshi did not yield and continued to fight on, with his determination ever-prominent. The cheering from the crowds were becoming thunderous. Hiroshi expertly fended off all subsequent moves from his opponent, and impressed many with his mentality. Unfortunately, his opponent stayed just as sturdy, which allowed RIJC to clinch the final bout.
The final score was 3-1 to RIJC.
Do check out the video coverage on the match!
Well done, Judo Teams! HC is proud of you all!
At 3pm today, our A Div Judo Girls Team faced off against RIJC, and eventually emerged victorious, beating the worthy defending champions in A scoreline of 2-1. There were two wins, two draws, and one loss.
Our A Div Boys Team fought hard with every desire to clinch a double champion status, but were eventually outclassed by defending champions RIJC 3-1. One wins, one draw, and three losses on HC’s side.
Well done, Judo! And guys (and girls), know that you are all champions in HC’s heart!
Watch out for the match reports!
The Finals will be held in Hougang Secondary school, Tuesday, 28th Jul 2009! C Div will start at 2pm, while A Div Girls will start at 3pm, followed by A Div Boys! You may want to rush down to the venue after lessons to spur our Judo Teams on! At the same time, in the light of the H1N1 situation nowadays, do exercise social responsibility if you are feeling unwell!
From HC to Hougang, take SBS 156 OPP HCJC, alight at Yio Chu Kang Rd OPP BLOCK 953, from there you may choose to walk to Hougang Sec, or take SBS 156.
Let’s all show our support for the Judo Teams!!!
The HC Judo Team sent a clear message to the other championship finalists after sweeping aside their opponents in both the Girls and Boys A Divisions.
The girls’ team, comprising Faith (extra lightweight), Jia Hui (lightweight), Penny (middleweight), Melissa (heavyweight) and Yang Han (open weight), defeated Catholic Junior College with a comfortable margin of 5-0, securing their place in the finals of this tournament.
Similarly, the boys’ team, made up of Kai Jian (extra lightweight), Hiroshi (lightweight), Douglas (middleweight), Che Jian (heavyweight) and Norvin (open weight) beat their opponents 4-1, advancing into the finals.
We urge you to show the Judo Team your fullest support ahead of their titanic clashes with opponent schools in the Finals!
Great job, Judo Teams!
This is an update on the Singapore National Schools Team Judo Championships 2009!
You would be pleased to know that on the 22nd of July, our C Division boys from the High School section are through to their Judo Finals after triumphing over Raffles Instituition with a whopping 5-0 scoreline!
Over the past year, our A Div Boys and Girls Judo Teams have been training and shaping up relentlessly in order to regain the title from worthy defending champions Raffles Institution Junior College in both categories.
The Preliminary Rounds will be held on Friday, 24th July, where our teams will sweat it out to reach the prestigious finals. The matches start at 1pm at Hougang Secondary School. However, due to the current H1N1 situation, the organisers have considered for supporters’ welfare and disallowed supporters’ entry into the venue. Of course, the Judo Team still knows they have your moral support!
The Finals are currently slated for Tuesday, 28th July 2009. Look out for more updates on the Prelim Rounds and subsequent finals!
All the best, Judo Team!
On the last day of blocks, both the A Div Boys & Girls Judo Team took part in the National Schools Judo Championship Individual Events at Hougang Sec Sch.
Our compact team of 13 players battled against tough adversaries, such as RJ, and most of us eventually found ourselves in the finals. With grit and determination, we rose to the occasion and displayed the essence of the Hwa Chong spirit.
For the A Div Boys, we hauled a total of 2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes. The A division Girls swept an impressive 4 golds, 1 silvers and 1 bronze. Such amazing results would not have been possible without the support of those who have helped us along the way.
Our team would be participating in the Team Event in July, which would, hopefully, culminate in the finals to be held on 31st July. We hope you will continue giving the Judo Team your fullest support as they train and fight hard to uphold the name of Hwa Chong!