The Heritage Inn would be a poor place to pick a fight Saturday afternoon — that is, unless you’re supposed to.
More than 120 judoka from throughout the province will descend on the local hotel for the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club’s annual tournament this weekend.
The event will feature some of the top judokas in the province, and according to Koseikan club sensei Cliff Wiens, will also have no shortage of competitive matches.
“If anyone wants to see what the sport of judo is about, this is a good chance for them to come out and have a look,” he said. “There will be a lot of good matches and people can see for themselves what it’s like.”
Wiens expects fighters from the local club should fare well against their intra-province rivals — a claim backed by the 31 medals won at last year’s tournament.
“There are a few divisions were should do really well in, especially our cadets, they should just dominate,” he said. “You never know exactly how you’re going to do because you never know what other clubs are going to have, but I imagine we’ll do well.”
Heading the list of Koseikan medal hopes is senior men’s advanced fighter Mark Pivovar, one of the top black belt competitors in the province.
“I don’t think there will be anyone who can touch him here this weekend,” Wiens said. “Just from what we’ve seen in other tournaments and around the club, he’s looking really strong.”
Brian Smith — who was recently named to Team Saskatchewan for the national junior championships — should also finish high in his division, while Mark Kerr and Garth Rivers will be among the favourites in the younger categories.
Stephanie Legault, Kailey Large, Merissa Kurp and Marisa Kerr are among the medal favourites in the women’s division.
The tournament weigh-in goes from 8-10 a.m. Saturday with competition getting underway at 11 a.m. and running throughout the day.
The event remains the only tournament in Saskatchewan to be sponsored, with Kirby Duzan of Merrill Lynch donating all medals.
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Feb 18, 2000