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Interview with American judokas Jeff Mata and Robert Alcorn competing in the men’s -73kg at 2015 IBSA World Games

American judoka Jeff Mata competing against Italy's judoka in the -73kg at the 2015 IBSA World Games. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

Today, American judoka Jeff Mata competed in the men’s -73kg at the Seoul Student Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea. He was defeated by Italy’s Simone Cannizzaro in the round 32.

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ParaSport News had an opportunity to interview Jeff Mata, after finishing his match.

ParaSport News: How did you find today’s competition?

Jeff Mata: Today, it didn’t really go my way, because I was wining the match, but last minute, I got equalled by Italian judoka.

ParaSport News: What would you like to work on more after this event?

Mata: Mainly, a lot of grip fighting, and strategies are getting down to the ground [ne-waza: ground techniques]. I’ll be just consistently drilling, and getting more experiences on the mat.

ParaSport News: Did you have any challenges, ahead this event?

Mata: Oh well, I had a good camp and a good trainer. But at the same time, I’m also a full-time student, so it was getting difficult to train properly, while studying, when I had final exams.

ParaSport News: How did you feel to compete at the 2015 IBSA World Games, held in Seoul Korea?

Mata: Competing here in Seoul, I felt good. My level of judo could be better. I just need to keep on training and keep on moving forward.

ParaSport News: Isn’t it your biggest event that you’ve competed?

Mata: Yes, it is the biggest event that I’ve competed.

ParaSport News: What are your goal and plan after this event?

Mata: To go back home in San Diego, and continue to train for next international events. Just keep on training is all I can do. For the summer, probably I’ll lift more weights. Other than that, my cardio is good and my technique is also  fine. I was originally a Brazilian jiu jitsu player, and I had a world title. So it will be great, if I get a world title in judo, too.

ParaSport News: So are you aiming for either Rio 2016 or Tokyo 2020 in the future?

Mata: Yes, if I can get a chance to go to Rio de Janeiro, I’ll definitely take it, but honestly, realistically, I’m trying to get ready for Tokyo 2020, because I feel that for that time period, I’ll probably be up there for the best.

ParaSport News: Do you have any role model in judo?

Mata: My sensei [coach] who teaches me in San Diego. He was also a former Brazilian judoka between late 80s and early 90s.

ParaSport News: What does it mean to you to represent your country?

Mata: It is a real big honor. I want to represent US with a full capacity. I’ll keep on training hard, so hopefully get a world championship title in the future.

American judoka Robert Alcorn competing against Algerian judoka in the -73kg at the 2015 IBSA World Games. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

American judoka Robert Alcorn competing against Algerian judoka in the -73kg at the 2015 IBSA World Games. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

Today, American judoka Robert Alcorn competed in the men’s -73kg at the Seoul Student Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea. He lost to Algerian judoka Youcef Radjai in the round 32.

ParaSport News had an opportunity to interview Robert Alcorn, after finishing his match.

ParaSport News: How did you find today’s competition?

Robert Alcorn: I’ve been little disappointed. When I was up there, I felt good, but the result wasn’t the one that I expected.

ParaSport News: What would you like to work on more after this event?

Alcorn: I’m going to work on set-up, throws and grip fighting.

ParaSport News: Did you have any difficulties and challenges, while preparing for the event?

Alcorn: I didn’t have any, particularly.

ParaSport News: How did you feel to compete at the 2015 IBSA World Games, held in Seoul, Korea?

I felt good, and Seoul is a nice city.

ParaSport News: What are your next goal and plan, after this event?

Alcorn: Go back to Cleveland, and keep improving, and put on some muscles.

ParaSport News: Do you have any particular international events that you want to compete in the future?

Alcorn: I’d say Tokyo 2020.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
<p>EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.</p>

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