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McCade Ho

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McCadeIn McCade Ho's mind, it's football season.

Maybe that's why the seven-year old Ho was so quick to end his matches at the Aiea Hongwanji-hosted monthly tournament at Salt Lake District Park Sunday.

Ho, a second grader at Hongwanji Mission School and member of Salt Lake Judo Club, won by ippon in each of his three matches to win the bantam 2, under 51-pound division.

"I'm happy to win," said Ho, who added the first-place finish gives more reason to work harder at practice.

Ho's division was the largest of the day with eight competitors. A total of 160 judoka entered the tournament with 213 contested matches being held.

In his quarterfinal match, Ho pinned Cade Phillips with kesagatame about a minute in. He needed just three seconds in the semifinal round to dispatch Jordan Keliiaa with a left ouchi-gari for ippon and it was more of the same in the final. Ho used the same technique in a nine-second win over Brock Yashiro for first place.

"I wanted to circle around him and use my ouchi-gari," said Ho, who began judo at age three.

Salt Lake instructor Brandon Maki praised his judoka.

"He practices really hard and he's a real good-natured kid," said Maki, who added Ho's favorite throw is uchimata. "He uses the ouchi-gari well to set-up his uchimata, but the first throw was working today, so he stuck with it."

Ho, who has an older sister who also participates in judo, has not yet entered any national tournaments, but according to Maki, it is within his reach.

"He's definitely of that caliber," Maki said. "He's just a solid all-around player."

Not bad for a kid who claims that judo isn't even his favorite sport.

Ho also participates in football, basketball and baseball.

Said Ho: "But football is my favorite sport."

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