Joon Chi listened to the 13-year-old plead his case Saturday morning at DeVos Place downtown.
"But Sensei, I put him on his back. How could they not see that?" he told Chi during early-round action of this weekend’s USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championships. The youth, who had tears welling up in his eyes, was upset with the score the judges awarded him after an early match, but Chi remained calm.
"You have to train harder," Chi said.
"But I train seven days a week," the youth said. "This is (expletive)."