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Somerville Physician Wins National Judo Championship

Dr. Anthony Catanese with his medal and his wife, Dr. Betty Catanese Credits: Courtesy RWJUH/Somerset

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Dr. Anthony Catanese, a urologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, recently won his division at the U.S. Judo Senior National Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Catanese trained at RWJUH Somerset’s Performance Fitness at TD Ballpark in Bridgewater to prepare for the competition.

Judo is a martial art that emphasizes the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent. Its techniques are generally intended to turn an opponent's force to one's own advantage rather than to oppose it directly.

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Practicing since he was six years old, Dr. Catanese competed on St. John’s University’s Judo team and rose to the rank of 5th degree black belt. He has competed internationally, served as a physician for the world team and written a book about the sport.

After finishing fourth in his age group in the national championship last year, the 60-year-old Tewksbury resident turned to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Performance Fitness program, located within the Sports Physical Therapy and Performance Center at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, for highly-attentive group fitness coaching to help improve his strength and address his chronic knee and back pain.

Catanese trains two-to-three times a week at a Judo club in Cranford in addition to his workouts at the RWJUH Performance Fitness.

On days when he is performing surgeries at the hospital, he runs five times up and down five flights of stairs in between cases to stay in shape.

“Judo is a physically demanding sport that is high on strategy and brains," Catanese explains. You win by using someone else’s strength against them."

Catanese came in first place in US Judo Senior National Championship in the Master 7 category for males weighing 90 kilograms.


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