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Citadel News Service
7 Dec 2016

Judo instructor competes in international event

As seen in The Goose Creek Gazette

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Contributed by Don Ort; Judo instructors Robert Gouthro and Dr. Lisa Capriotti competed in an international event in Malta and placed seventh

Local educators Robert Gouthro and Dr. Lisa Capriotti recently represented the United States in the World Judo Kata Championships in Malta, a small island nation in the Mediterranean off Africa.

Thirty nations sent their premier judo teams to compete and Gouthro and Capriotti placed seventh.

Gouthro teaches English at Fort Dorchester Elementary School.

The pair has practiced kata, which requires two people performing together, for the past five years and train throughout the year. Their goal is to win gold at the International Judo Federation World Kata Championships. Kata is a technical and exacting demonstration of precise skills, judged by experts.

“No United States team has ever won at the IJF World Kata tournament so it’s a very tough nut to crack,” Gouthro said. As with any international competition, financing is a huge challenge, and we fundraise year round. Most European and Asian teams are fully funded by their governments or sports federations, so we’re at a big disadvantage. Even so, I’m sure this is something we can do.”

In addition to competition training, Gouthro and Capriotti volunteer as instructors at the Samurai Judo Association on the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. That club offers free judo and jujitsu (self-defense) instruction with five classes each week to active duty military personnel, retirees, and adult dependents and Department of Defense contractors.

They also volunteer at the American Judo and Jujitsu Academy on Highway 78 in Summerville.

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