Worldjudo.org- What is your name?
Hi, My name is Shawn Wright.
WJO- What is your age and weight group and how old are you?
Shawn- One of my biggest problems is that
I am only 14. This coming up year will be very difficult because I am at the bottom of my
age division. I am 6"0 ft and weigh about 175. I am used to playing people smaller
than me but I am getting better competition now that I am older. It is realy great because
I love playing and also play in the open division.
WJO- At what age did you start training?
Shawn- I started at five years old.
WJO- What is your Club?
Shawn- My club is Leon County Judo Club
WJO- How often do you train?
Shawn- I train in Tallahassee fl and at
the club three days a week and at home three other days.
WJO- Who are your coaches?
Shawn- My coaches are Boby Fukashima and
WJO- What are your past judo achievements?
Shawn- I had a placing in the Junior
Olympic Nationals. It is run by USJI. I placed gold in that last year and two silvers
before that. I also got a placing in the Maruchan Youth Invitational Internationals. I
just took a silver in that and a bronze a couple of years ago. Right now I am trying to
get on the junior world team. My Goal is the Olympics.
WJO- What's your favourite exercise or training methods?
Shawn- My favorite exercise is either
conditioning exercises or just playing.
WJO- What advice would you give to others?
Shawn- My advise would be, when you feel
like quitting, that may be the best time to play.
WJO- What is your favourite technique?
Shawn- My favorite technique is standing
or even more specific, foot sweeps.
WJO- Who do you admire in Judo?
Shawn- I admire Brian Olson. I am also
interested in learning about others that enjoy this great sport. They are few and far
between in the part of the US I live in.
WJO- Thanks for your time and may I take this opportunity to wish you
the very best in your future Judo career and hopefully look forward to seeing you on the
World scene and taking your photo along side other world judoka in a few years from now.
Don't forget to keep us posted on your progress.