Pittsburgh native Devante Tiller, 18, recently returned to home from his trip to the Judo Junior World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, two weeks ago.
Judo (“the gentle way”) is a sport derived from traditional Japanese martial arts. Judoka, its practitioners, learn how to use an opponent’s strength against him. Judo is best known for spectacular throws. It became an Olympic sport in 1964.
|JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPION—Devante Tiller with his gold medal at the USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships in July, the tournament that earned him the spot on the Junior World Championship Team.
Although Tiller didn’t place, he competed very well—a convincing win in the first round by ippon, or instant-win, throw, and a full four-minute match in the second round that he lost by a quarter point.
The general agreement from the Team USA coaches and others is that Tiller is definitely cut out for international competition. On Nov. 18, Tiller won a gold medal in the Senior Men’s Advanced 198-lb Division at the Pa. Open Judo Championship.
Allegheny Youth Development hosted a judo tournament at Oliver High School Oct. 29 in conjunction with the South Hills Judo Club for Devante’s benefit to help raise funds for his trip to the World Championships in South Africa.