Jack Hatton Judo Bio, Wiki
Jack Hatton was born on September 19th, 1995 and died on September 24th, 2019, five days after his 24th birthday. He was one of America’s top judo stars. In his career, Hatton went by the nickname “Judo Jack.” Hatton is from Manhattan and teaches judo Greenfield close to New York. “Judo Jack” was multiple American senior champion and he won two Pan American Opens in San Salvador in 2016 and Santiago in 2017.
Jack Hatton Judo Education
According to his Facebook page, Hatton attended Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Senior High School in Burnt Hills, New York. The last publicly viewable post on that page saw Hatton sharing a post which said that Hatton had moved into the Olympic Qualification Zone.
Hatton said on his LinkedIn page that he studied business administration at DeVry University between 2017 and 2019.
Hatton began studying judo at the Jason Morris Judo Center and at San Jose State University. From there, Hatton the junior U.S. Open three years in a row.
Jack Hatton Judo Career
According to his International Judo Federation profile, he competed at the Montreal Grand Prix in July 2019 where he placed fifth. In the same month, Hatton competed in Grand Prix’s in Hungary and Croatia.
In August 2019, Hatton placed in third at the PanAmerican Championships Seniors in Lima, Peru. Hatton competed in the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Japan, on August 2019. Hatton made it to the last 32 in what turned out to be his final competition.
Hatton won two Pan American Opens, in El Salvador in 2016, and in Chile in 2017. Also in 2017, Hatton won a bronze medal at the Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia, which was his first tournament listed on the IJF website. At the same tournament in 2019, which was held in Turkey, Hatton won a commendation for best international performance.
In a 2018 interview with Team USA’s official website, he said that his favorite memory in judo was, “experiencing the 2016 Rio Olympics as a training partner. Seeing my teammates compete and win in Rio is something that inspires me to this day.” Hatton said that he has been competing since the age of four and that the sport of judo has been his greatest teacher.
According to his LinkedIn page, Hatton was an “Olympic contender for Tokyo 2020 and one of five athletes officially receiving a stipend from USA Judo National Team and US Olympic Committee.”
At the time of his death, Hatton had been a teacher at Saratoga Judo Inc. in Greenfield, New York.
Hatton said that his judo icon was Rich Moss.
Jack Hatton Judo Death & Cause (Suicide)
Hatton death was first announced on September 24th, 2019 in an article on Judo Inside’s website. His death came five days after his 24th birthday.
Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, paid tribute to Hatton on their Facebook page in a post that read, “Along with being a top US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, caring and an all-around great person. He was a true role model for students at our dojo and judoka all over the country.”
The post further attributed his cause of death as suicide as it added, “If you or a loved one is struggling with depression or their mental health, please seek help by calling 1-800-273-8255 or speak to someone.”
On his official Team USA profile, Hatton’s coach is listed as Jimmy Pedro of Pedro’s Judo Center. Hatton is also listed as a member of New York Athletic Club. That profile gives Hatton’s hometown as Wakefield, Massachusetts.
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