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Students from Kodokan Judo earn top medals in 2013 USA?Junior Olympics

July 3, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral travelled to Texas representing Southwest Florida at the 2013 USA Junior Olympics with three female athletes, Melissa Herrera, 10, Christina Paccione, 11, and Erica Paccione, 12.

Sensei John Paccione also coached Raffy Marascio, 10, a former student who moved to New Jersey.

South Florida is a hotbed of judo in the nation and arrived in force to collect the bounty with other clubs, like Florida School of Judo, Budokan Dojo in Miami and Somerset Academy-Panther Judo Club in Pembroke Pines.

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From left, Sensei John Paccione, Melissa Herrera, Christina Paccione, Erica Paccione, Sensei Mark Tamulionis and Sensei John Harwood Jr.

National Tournament Day 1 and 2:

Gold Medalists: Erica Paccione

and Christina Paccione

Silver Medalist: Melissa Herrera

Bronze Medalist: Raffy Marascio

International Tournament Day 3:

Gold Medalist: Christina Paccione

Silver Medalist: Erica Paccione

and Melissa Herrera

Bronze Medalist: Raffy Marascio



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