Huntsville’s “Judo” Jeff Allen is actively seeking sponsorship in order to help him compete in this year’s World Judo Championship.
Last year Allen competed at the World Judo Championships in Amsterdam, finishing eighth, and this year he is aiming much higher.
“I am hoping to come home with the gold this year,” says Allen. “I have five tournaments before the world’s to prepare me to compete at the highest level.”
Allen, who trains out of Phil Makela’s Huntsville Judo Club, has amassed multiple gold, silver and bronze medals in various competitions since 2013.
Judo is a traditional martial art and it breeds appreciation for one’s fellow competitors, says Allen. He says at competitions fighters will cheer each other on and there is tons of mutual support at competitions.
As judo features throws, hold-downs, arm locks and other submission moves and doesn’t include punching or kicking, this helps with keeping the goodwill at a high level.
“It’s a clean sport, it’s not dirty,” says Allen. “It’s strategic, it’s like a chess game and you’re trying to plan ahead for your next moves.”
With so much success in such a short period of time, including over 20 medals in the past year, Allen has received much media attention across Muskoka and beyond.
But still it’s not cheap traveling from tournament to tournament in a sport not considered among the mainstream events in North America. So Allen is searching for sponsors to help him on the path to gold in Florida.
Those wanting to contact Allen regarding sponsorship can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-783-7699.
“I have been in many newspapers, sports magazines on TV and radio promoting not only our local Judo club but also all of my sponsors that have helped me along my judo career,” he says. “I am looking for sponsorship to help get to this years World Judo Championship in Fort Lauderdale . . . I would be proud to put your company name on my list of sponsors.”