Judo athlete Ron Hanji (pictured far left) of The Art of Balance Dojo in Etobicoke put the best in the world on notice with his Silver Medal at the Canadian National Championships in Calgary in May of 2018. Cruising into the final, Hanji was matched against Cadet World medalist Keaghan Young, also of Ontario. Up to the task, Hanji drew an enormous gasp from the crowd as he threw the favourite for an emphatic waza-ari (half score) at the 1 minute mark of the match, but was unable to hold onto the lead.
“Although I’m happy with my performance, the end result was a little bittersweet,” said Hanji after the dramatic final.
Solomon Choran, also of the Art of Balance Dojo, looked to be on the same page as Hanji a day earlier, as he headed into the semi-final of the Under-21 division. Unfortunately, the end result was a 5th place for Choran, but at just 18 years of age he also took a 7th in the senior division, and is well on his way to becoming a big part of the Canadian National Judo Team down the road.
The teammates will compete again at the Canada Cup in Montreal at the end of June, where they are expected to take their place on the podium.
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