Last month, the Florida School of Judo, led by Ed Maley, had 10 students attend the Rattle Round Up XII in Boca Raton, with nine placing in their respective divisions.
Participants included: Maxwell Alaynick, 5-6-year-olds 30 kg, first place; Hugh Hickman, 7-8-year-olds 35 kg, first place; Christopher Alaynick, 11-12-year-olds 48 kg, second place; Jason Huertas, 11-12-year-olds 48 kg, third place; Tylor Ferry, 15-16-year-olds 66 kg, second place and senior 66kg second place; Alexander Alaynick, 11-12-year-olds 53 kg, first place; Merry Alaynick, senior, third place; David Carreras, masters, third place.
At the Middle/High School National Championships March 23-24 in Miami, two attended from Maley's school. Richard Santacruz, middle school 64 kg took third place, while Tylor Ferry, high school 60 kg took fourth place.
Upcoming tournaments include the Joint Florida State Judo Championship May 5 in Boca Raton and the Sunshine State Games June 15-17 in Lakeland.
Maley is in the Black Belt Hall of Fame and has been a Sensei for more than half a century. He provides Judo lessons throughout Hillsborough County, including at the Brandon Family YMCA, 3097 S. Kingsway Road, 685-5402, and the Brandon Civic Center, 502 E. Sadie Street, 635-8179.
Established in Tampa in 1963, the Florida School of Judo is a martial arts school that works with people to develop their self-defense, massage and Judo skills.