Andrew named to Ryutsu Keizai University Judo Team

Friday, 5 April 2019


John F. Kennedy High School alumni Joshter Nathan Andrew has been named to the Ryutsu Keizai University Judo team.  Andrew was under the program’s tutelage for two years since graduating from JFK in 2017.  Through the program, he learned the Japanese language and passed the University’s entrance exam located in Ryugasaki city in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan where he is officially enrolled majoring in Business Law.    

IMG-20190404-WA0003A student and member of the Marianas Judo Association, Andrew has been attending training camps of the International Judo Federation in Budapest, Hungry; Noumea, New Caledonia; Spain; and Houlgate, France.  Under the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, he also competed in the Prague European Open, Oceania Championships, Zagreb Grand Prix, Budapest Grand Prix, World Championships in Baku, Western Australia Open, Oceania Perth Open, Osaka Grand Slam and the Jeju Cup International where he is gaining international points towards his qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

IMG-20190404-WA0005Andrew is coached at the RKU by Sensei Takashi Iwasaki and 2012/2016 Fiji Judo Olympian Josateki Naulu, alongside his local mentors 2008/2012 Guam Judo Olympian Sensei Ricardo D. Blas Jr., and Sensei Michael Kohn.  The latter two, who hold classes at both the International Sports Center in Anigua and Fudoshin Fitness in Yigo, have invested great effort to develop Andrew to the level he is today, along with the support that comes from his IOC Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, ONOC, and the OSSO/RKU.   He is scheduled to compete in the 2019 Asia-Pacific Judo Championships in UAE later this month, the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa in July and the 2019 Judo World Championships in Tokyo, Japan in August.


Oceania countries set to compete at 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou

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Athletes from countries in Oceania are set to be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, it was announced here today.

The number of athletes allowed to compete and in what sports will be decided at a later date.

it is expected that sports, such as boxing and rowing, where there are joint Asian and Oceania Olympic qualifying events will feature heavily.

The decision was announced here today at the 38th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly.

It follows the successful participation of the Oceania countries at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.

Any athletes from Oceania who compete will be in addition to the quota of 10,000 already agreed by OCA and Hangzhou 2022.

Robin Mitchell, President of the Oceania National Olympic Committees, was in the General Assembly to hear the news.

Also present were representatives from several Oceania countries.

“We are very pleased with the announcement this morning,” Mitchell told delegates.

“Oceania and Asia are very close economically and politically – now we are coming closer together in sport.”

Athletes from 19 Oceania countries, including Fiji, competed at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan - an invitation now set to be extended to Hangzhou 2022 ©Ashgabat 2017
Athletes from 19 Oceania countries, including Fiji, competed at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan – an invitation now set to be extended to Hangzhou 2022 ©Ashgabat 2017

There are expected to be at least 27 Olympic sports on the programme at Hangzhou 2022.

It is unclear, though, at the moment how many will offer Olympic qualifying opportunities.

The idea of athletes from Australia and New Zealand and the Pacific countries taking part in the Asian Games has becoming increasingly discussed in recent years.

The OCA and Oceania National Olympic Committees have been working together to foster more competition and cooperation between the two regions with the initiative now bearing fruit.

Oceania were first invited by the OCA to compete at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, held in Japanese city Sapporo in February, but were ineligible to win medals.

They were allowed to compete for medals at the AIMAG, however, and four countries succeeded in making it on the podium.

Fiji were the strongest performing Oceanian nation at Ashgabat 2017 with one gold and one silver.

Marshall Islands were the next highest-ranked country with one silver, while Australia claimed two bronzes and Samoa secured one bronze.

Oceania athletes will be eligible for medals at Hangzhou 2022.

Australia are already members of the Asian Football Confederation, hosting and winning the Asian Cup in 2015 ©Getty Images
Australia are already members of the Asian Football Confederation, hosting and winning the Asian Cup in 2015 ©Getty Images

There is already a precedent for a country from Oceania competing in Asian competition.

Australia left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2007 to join the Asian Football Confederation.

The Socceroos now compete in the Asian Cup, hosting and winning the tournament in 2015, and qualify for the FIFA World Cup through the AFC.

Getting Ready for the Pacific Games

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There are some exciting things happening in the Oceania sport universe.  ONOC AGM will be happening in a week and the Pacific Games is just over four months away. In the following issue of Oceania Highlights, you will find some articles about some things you can do to assist in the development of athletes and coaches leading to the Pacific Games.

Strength and Conditioning

Short-term adaptations following Complex Training in team-sports: A meta-analysis  The purpose of this meta-analysis was to study the short-term adaptations on sprint and vertical jump (VJ) performance following Complex Training (CT) in team-sports.

The Effect of Short-Term Sport-Specific Strength and Conditioning Training on Physical Fitness of Well-Trained Mixed Martial Arts Athletes  The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of a short-term, high-intensity, low-volume Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) specific strength and conditioning training program on performance in national level MMA athletes.

Validity and Reliability of a Non-invasive Test to Assess Quadriceps and Hamstrings Strength in Athletes Modifiable risk factors for hamstring injury include lack of strength, fatigue and muscle strength asymmetry. Assessing lower body strength in the field is problematic as ⠀œgold standard assessment€ are expensive, non-portable and assessment is time-consuming.


Overuse Physeal Injuries in Youth Athletes Risk Factors, Prevention, and Treatment Strategies  Despite rising awareness of the risks associated with sports participation, overuse injuries continue to increase in youth athlete populations.

Comparing Performance During Morning vs. Afternoon Training Sessions in Intercollegiate Basketball Players  Heishman, AD, Curtis, MA, Saliba, EN, Hornett, RJ, Malin, SK, and Weltman, AL. Comparing performance during morning vs. afternoon training sessions in intercollegiate basketball players. Time of day is a key factor that influences the optimization of athletic performance.


Preparing Mentally for Competition  Learning how to perform optimally for competition can be a challenge.  There are often numerous distractions and unique circumstances surrounding most competition events, many of which, young athletes are unfamiliar with. Coaches and parents can play an important role in helping with mentally preparation, in order to maximize performance.

BIG GAME PREPARATION – 7 TIPS TO STAYING COOL & CALM IN THE CLUTCH  The biggest secret to you playing your best when it counts the most is learning how to keep yourself CALM and COMPOSED. If you allow yourself to get too nervous or too excited right before or during a competition, then your muscles will tighten up, you a™ll lose your confidence and your play will go right down the tubes! This is what it means to CHOKE! The athlete gets so nervous that he/she ends up performing tight and tentatively a mere shadow of his or her normal self!

How to Not Be Over Confident in Competition Do you underestimate your opponents?

Motivation and Coaching – A Misunderstood Mental Matter.  World Cup Final Day.  The team gathers in the locker room.  This is an intense, high pressure environment that few experience and even fewer survive.

Physiological limits to endurance exercise performance: influence of sex This brief review summarizes factors associated with elite endurance performance, trends in distance running training and participation by men and more recently women.

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Certified Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions of the Benefits of Sport Psychology Services  Certified athletic trainers (ATs) are responsible for integrating relevant professionals into the rehabilitation team to assist with the holistic care of injured athletes.

Sleep Quality, Mood and Performance: A Study of Elite Brazilian Volleyball Athletes This investigation analyzed the relationships between sleep quality, mood, and game results in the elite athletes participating in Brazilian volleyball competitions. Participants (n = 277 elite Brazilian volleyball athletes, 214 (77.3%) men and 63 (22.7%) women) completed the Brunel Mood Scale (BRUMS) and reported their subjective sleep perception.

The Effects of Sleep Extension on Sleep, Performance, Immunity and Physical Stress in Rugby Players Background: The purpose of the present study was to examine the efficacy of sleep extension in professional rugby players. The aims were to: (i) characterize sleep quantity in elite rugby players and determine changes in immune function and stress hormone secretion during a pre-season training programme.


Fueling for Performance  Proper nutrition is crucial for an athlete to optimize his or her performance for training and competition. Athletes should be able to meet their dietary needs through eating a wide variety of whole food sources.

Fluid Balance in Team Sport Athletes and the Effect of Hypohydration on Cognitive, Technical, and Physical Performance Sweat losses in team sports can be significant due to repeated bursts of high-intensity activity, as well as the large body size of athletes, equipment and uniform requirements, and environmental heat stress often present during training and competition.

The nutrition for sport knowledge questionnaire (NSKQ): development and validation using classical test theory and Rasch analysis Appropriate dietary intake can have a significant influence on athletic performance. There is a growing consensus on sports nutrition and professionals working with athletes often provide dietary education.

Preparation for Endurance Competitions at Altitude: Physiological, Psychological, Dietary and Coaching Aspects. A Narrative Review It was the Summer Olympic Games 1968 held in Mexico City (2,300 m) that required scientists and coaches to cope with the expected decline of performance in endurance athletes and to establish optimal preparation programs for competing at altitude.