PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Just is one of the most practiced and difficult sports in the world. At the Pensacola Judo Training Center – Sensei Earl Wright is teaching his team that judo goes beyond the physical demands.
"What I like about this sport is that it's great for kids and great for adults, it's great for self defenses," said Wright, "And I say that for all this reasons, it develops discipline, stamina, respect, and the whole goal of this program is to develop great character and a citizen that respects the community and society."
Sensei Wright began the training center in 2008 – and since then has produced multiple state and national champions.
"It's a great feeling," Wright said, "Yet it is hard work and we still have lots of work to do. Judo success comes in bits and pieces – so I myself as a coach must continue to learn and build upon those successes."
Abdul and Ayham Alsewadi are brothers on Wright's team. Ayham is undefeated in his last five tournaments – and his brother Abdul recently won two gold medals at the black belt judo championships.
"It felt good – especially because the team got second. I think people should do it – I like that I can go outside and feel safe," Alsewaldi said.
The team practices a variety of different fundamentals and moves – twice a day. They are headed to the Junior US Open in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
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