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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Newly Elected Officers

The Bahamas Judo Federation held its AGM April 18 2012 and the following
officers were elected for a four year term 2013 -2017.


President: D'Arcy Rahming
Vice President North: Michelle Williams
Vice President Central: Kevin Knowles
Vice President South: Oral Hudson
General Secretary: Keith Davies
Treasurer: Philip Kemp II
Technical Sport Director: Chrisnell Cooper
Technical Referee Director: David Rahming

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bahamian Referees Attend International Training

Overview

Four Bahamian Referees including David Rahming, Reno Culmer, Malcolm Rahming and Melanie Lobosky recently attended Referee training in the United States. The goal is to produce international Bahamian Judo Referees as soon as possible. The Referee commission is grateful to the President of the Bahamas judo Federation for obtaining an invitation to attend the event and to the executive officers of the Federation for approving and making available some funds to assist in attending this event. The event was very well organized and at all material times there was very good communication and coordination of information from the Chairman and officers of the USA Judo Referee Commission.

The Seminar

The seminar was well organized and at all times the various portions were both punctual and informative. The Friday session amounted to an ice breaker but it was important to attend to appreciate the history and goal or objectives of the seminar. The participating referees were very hospitable as were the facilitators. In fact it was a typical judo event in which the spirit of judo was very evident and as a result it was a Judo family event rather than just an American referee event.

Mr. Julio Clemente delivered a very informative workshop on Saturday that started with a brief history of the sport of Judo and its evolution and numerous rule changes. He was assisted by Mr. Russell Sherrer(SIC). This presentation was very helpful in explaining how the sport has evolved and in particular how the rules have changed overtime. It was clear to me that the recent rule changes are a step in the right direction to enhancing the experience of the sport for the spectator. It also clearly demonstrated why competent and knowledgeable officials in general and referees in particular are essential to the sport.

The third and final day of the workshop was a wrap up of certain administrative and ethical issues related to officiating. The USA Judo Referee commission is doing a good job of keeping its referees up to date with the most recent aspects of the sport and its website contains a wealth of useful information for referees. It is recommended that a concerted effort be made to continue and enhance the positive relationship between both the Bahamas Judo Federation and the subordinate Referee Commission with the USA Judo Federation and its subordinate Referee Commission.

Observations and Recommendations

The three Bahamian referees that accompanied me on this seminar each found the seminar useful and informative. The exposure will no doubt contribute to their further growth as referees. It is important to note that I had two occasions to speak with Mr. Clemente directly and both times he reminded me that there were continental evaluations later this year and encouraged me to attend.

The steps taken thus far have been effective in preparing the current pool of Bahamian referees and every effort should be made to continue and improve upon this preparation with a view to having as many of these referees as possible qualify as Pan American Continental Referees as soon as possible.

A final recommendation is that the Referee Commission should work with the President and other executives of the Bahamas Judo Federation to bring into existence a circuit for local athletes so that a competent pool of officials can be developed as the international standard seems to be that when teams travel they should be accompanied by a contingent of trained and certified Referees.

Report Submitted by: David Rahming, Acting Referee Director

Thursday, December 9, 2010

11 Medals for Bahamas at Barbados International


The Bahamas National Judo Team finished out the year with
it's strongest performance ever at an international event. The
Barbados International is the premier tournament in the Caribbean
region, and is a two day event that features individual and
team events.

The Bahamas team won a combined medal count of 11 with seven
athletes. "We have clearly crossed a threshold and have become
a respected program at the Juniors Level. Our success is primarily
based on putting in technical and physical standards for athletes
that travel and sending athletes that are more prepared for this level
of competition." said Judo President D'Arcy Rahming.

Medal winners were Nathan Williams 16 (Bronze medal Individual,
Bronze medal Teams), Ashton Forbes 15 (Silver medal Individual),
Tajah Hudson 15 (Bronze medal Teams), Tajaro Hudson 13 (Silver
medal Individual, Bronze Teams), Elaina Cuffy 11 (Bronze medal individual,
Bronze Teams), Artio Mcphee 11 (Silver medal individual), and Ethan
Cuffy 9 (Gold medal Individual, Bronze medal Teams).

The team was coached by Sensei Mickey Munnings and Sensei Albert Lill.
Also of note was that three Bahamian National Referees participated in
the tournament. The referees are David Rahming, Reno Culmer and
Melanie Lobosky. They received high praise from Refereeing Director
Keith Weithers Barbados Highest Certified International Referee. The
Federation's goal is to qualify these three referees as international
continental referees by the end of 2011.

The year will end with a Winter Training Camp December 20th through
the 23rd that will occur at Bahamas Judo Federation Headquarters on
Joe Farrington Road. Interested persons should call Bahamas Judo at
364-6773.

Photos:
Entire delegation
Referees Left to right: Melanie Lobosky, Reno Culmer, David Rahming
Bahamas Team at International Training Camp

Disabled Athlete Leads Bahamas Judo Team




Nathan Williams was born with one arm shorter
than the other. His parents enrolled him in
Judo classes at the age of 4 to make sure that
his shorter arm was being exercised.

Little did they realize that one day he would
be the Captain of a national team of one of the
toughest sports in the world. Or that he would
be fully competitive with athletes that had
no disabilities and would represent his country
internationally.

Nathan is now a 15 year old SAC student. He
recently represented the country at the CAC
games in Puerto Rico. He is a former Under 13
Pan Am Bronze Medalist. He will lead the team
as the athlete Captain at the Barbados
International.

The team consists of Nathan Williams 15, Artio
Mcphee 11, Elaina Cuffy 11, Ethan Cuffy 9,
Tajaro Hudson 13, Ashton Forbes 15 and Tajah
Hudson 15.

National coaches will be Mickey Munning and
Albert Lill and the delegation will be headed by
Federation President D'Arcy Rahming.

The team will be accompanied by Referees
David Rahming, Melanie Lobosky and Reno
Culmer who will be beginning the process
for international referee certification.
Anyone interested in Judo can contact Bahamas
Judo Headquarters on Joe Farrington Road at
364-6773.

Pictured (left to right: Tajaro Hudson, Tajah Hudson,
Coach Mickey Munnings, Elaina Cuffy, Ethan Cuffy,
and Strength Training Coach Father Frank Colebrooke).
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Elaina wins 2 Bronze Medals in Panama


Elaina Cuffy led the Bahamian team to two Bronze medals over the past weekend. One Medal was won in the Pan American Infantile Championships and the other in the Panama Open.

Elaina is 11 years old and fights in the +52 Kg category. She defeated the Panamanian champion with ippon (instant win) throws on the way to both victories. Her other matches were close and she narrowly missed a silver in both tournaments.

"I am very excited to begin training again," said Elaina. " We train a lot and it is fun, and I know that I won because of it." This was Elaina's first international tournament.

Team Captain Tajaro Hudson also turned in an impressive performance throwing the Puerto Rican Champion for ippon in seconds in the 56 Kg under 13 Category. He lost in the medal round to the United States ending up with 5th place.

" I am disappointed," said Tajaro. " I made a gripping error and my opponent, who was very good got me." This was Tajaro's second time at the Panamerican Juveniles and first as Team Captain. "Being Team Captain is great, I got to warm up the team and give them advise on their strategies against their opponents."

Artio McPhee (-31 Kg) and Andrew Munnings (-34 Kg) performed well in all of their matches but lost to more experienced opponents.

"The program has definitely improved," said Coach D'Arcy Rahming, who accompanied the team. "We concentrated on movement and footsweeps for preparation. The summer was grips and groundwork. Now I can see that we really need to concentrate on improving core strength."

For more information on Bahamas Judo you can contact the Headquarters at 242-364-6773.