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Tyler Allen

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Tyler AllenTyler Allen understands the importance of patience. The 11-year old judoka saved his best for last en route to a first-place finish at Sunday's 50th State Judo Association monthly tournament at Salt Lake District Park Gym.

Allen, a green belt at Shobukan Judo Club, went 3-0 to win the Intermediate 2, under 84-pound division, which contained six entrants.

"I'm glad that I won," said Allen, who weighed in at 81 pounds. "It was good to fight early."

Allen's division was among the first played Sunday and wrapped up by 10:30 a.m. He needed overtime to get past Pearl City Hongwanji's Micah Tateyama in his first-round match.

"I'd rather have a quick match and end it quick so that I don't use as much energy," Allen said. "But, I thought that because I was attacking a lot and that I would get the decision if it went to flags."

Allen nearly threw Tateyama with a leg pick about a minute into regulation, but neither judoka could muster any offense and they were forced to go into a golden-score, extra period. It wasn't until the clock showed 10 seconds remaining in overtime that Allen scored a yuko on a left leg pick to advance to the second round.

In his semifinal against Weston Kogachi, of Makiki Seidokan, Allen quickly got on the board with a left seio-nage for yuko 20 seconds in. He added another yuko on a left sore-tsurikomi goshi less than a minute later and just before time ran out, Allen added his third yuko on another sore.

"I practice my right side a lot at practice, but my opponents don't give me my right side (grip), so I have to play left," said Allen, who noted his favorite technique is a kouchi leg pick.

The final was between Allen and Kapolei's Cole Kido and also went to overtime. Neither judoka was able to score in regulation, but Allen scored a waza-ari off a left leg pick just 23 seconds into overtime to end it. Allen started the throw inbounds, but his momentum took him near the safety border, where he finished the throw.

"I was focused on my opponent and not on what the referee would say," Allen said. "I didn't hear matte, so I just kept going."

Allen, a sixth-grader at Mid-Pacific, began judo at age four — two months after his older brother, Trevor, took up the sport.

"I wanted to do what my brother was doing," said Allen, who also plays forward for the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club.

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