If you don’t know, Marina Lambert is an extraordinary young woman who recently won both the senior nationals and a spot on the U.S. World Team.
She’s also only fifteen years old. Wow.
It just so happens that she is from Virginia Beach, and after the Sr. Nationals, her father, Melvin Lambert asked about coming out to Charlottesville to work out to prepare for the World Games. Of, course, I said yes, thinking that this was the kind of polite, but inconsequential conversation that happens; “Hey let’s work out sometime!” “Sure, that would be great!”
But, week after Senior Nationals, Melvin calls and asks when would be a good time to come out and train? It turns out that they do not have a club they belong to locally, and have been driving to Washington Judo up at Georgetown University. This would be a great workout; Jimmy Takemori has a very strong population of blackbelts up there, from multiple countries. However, it’s a four a drive one way for them to workout. Coming to Chralottesville is a three hour drive, but it means getting back home before midnight as opposed to 1 a.m.
So Marina came out for her first workout on Saturday, April 28th, and hopefully we will see her on a regular basis to help her prepare for the world championships.
This was the first time I played with either Marina, or her sister Sarah, and I was very pleased to see that their competitive style is also fluid and open. Let’s make sure they have a great time when they return, and that we do all we can to help Marina get ready for the biggest event in Judo!