Laila Jarson, 9, an orange belt, is upended at judo practice by Gary Monto
, a seventh-degree black belt.
The competition is expected to attract 750 to 1,000 young competitors to Owens Community College June 30 to July 3, according to Gary Monto, Judan Judo's president.
They will range in age from 8 to 20.
The Toledo club
played host to the championship in 1998, 2001, and 2005, when it was in the SeaGate Centre
, but that downtown facility was unavailable for the necessary dates next year.
"You will have some of your up-and-coming Olympians there," Mr. Monto, a retired Toledo police officer and seventh-degree black belt, said.
"It's a prestigious tournament."
, 63, said he
started in judo when he
founded Judan Judo
as a nonprofit in 1991 at the request of Toledo mayor John McHugh.
At the time, city officials hoped the club would take young people off the street during a spate of youth violence.
The dojo building was purchased for $1 from the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.
About 1,400 youngsters have participated in Judan Judo's
program since, Mr. Monto
Just one student failed to graduate from high school, and only one got pregnant as a teenager.
"A lot of our students have grown up, and we have their kids," he
Six former Judan students are serving in the military, Mr. Monto added, including as an Army Ranger and Green Beret.
said the club will have to raise $70,000 to $80,000 to sponsor next year's tournament.