esident, is fresh off the heels of his second trip to a national competition. He did not come back alone; accompanying him was his second gold medal in a row as the champion of the mens heavyweight division of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Freestyle Judo National competition.

York thanked his sensei Ed Carol and Mike Parker of his dojo Ichi Ni San in Kaufman as well as the other “great instructors and everyone who trains there,” following his victory on June 8 in Dallas.

“It felt great,” York said. “It was an honor to be invited to compete against some of the best Judo players from around the country.”

Though he’s only been a Kaufman resident for the last seven months, following a move from Terrell after his previous home suffered a fire last November, York has been training at the Ichi Ni San Judo and Jiu Jitsu in Kaufman for three years. He was initially attracted to the training at mid-life to test himself.

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