All in the family: Judo excellence for Bouyssou clan

All in the family: Judo excellence for Bouyssou clan

Serge Bouyssou, III, on top of the podium after winning his division of the U.S. Open Judo Championship. To his right, in second place, is Rickson Pimental, of Brazil, and the two bronze medals are Leonardo Subiza, New Jersey, USA, and Abbas Abasov, Russia.
Under father’s coaching, siblings continue to enjoy success in tournaments

SCITUATE – When it comes to wrestling, the Bouyssou family has been leading the way in Scituate, but the family’s first love is Judo.

Serge Bouyssou, Sr. was a national Judo champion, but he now owns a gym in Coventry, Mayo Quanchi Judo & Wrestling, where he coaches not only his four children, but others as well.

Katelyn (Bouyssou) Jarrell, 24, was his first child to start wrestling and practicing Judo. She has won the Youth Olympic Games and placed in the World Cup. She also wrestled during her high school career.

Currently, she trains at a Judo club in Boston – Bouyssou, Sr. said he goes “way back” with the coach up in Boston – and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Bouyssou, Sr. said that he mainly focuses on participants ages 23 and under, and being so busy, Katelyn branched out.

“She’s truly one of the best fighters in the world,” Bouyssou, Sr. said.

In 2013, Serge Bouyssou, Jr. made history at Scituate High by becoming the school’s first state wrestling champion as an independent – Scituate did not have a wrestling program. He actually spent a couple of his school years attending Cranston West, specifically to wrestle, but he decided to return to Scituate for his senior year and the rest is history.

Serge, Sr. said that his namesake tried out college and then got into the construction field. He bought a house in Foster last year and rekindled his love for Judo. Serge, Sr. said that they felt the 2020 Olympics were too close, so Serge, Jr. is going to continue to train in Judo and try to qualify for the 2024 team.

“He has the ability to go pretty far,” Serge, Sr. said.

Then there’s Gabriel, who wrestled last winter at Scituate Middle School and became a RIPCOA state champion. Serge, Sr. said that it seems like Gabriel prefers wrestling, but competes in both wrestling and Judo. Both Serge, Jr. and Gabriel recently captured their respective division titles in the U.S. Open Judo Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It went great,” Serge, Sr. said. “Both boys were very dominant in their divisions. Serge competed at 73 kilos (161 pounds), and that is the most competitive weight class in the tournament. Gabriel was at 53 kilos in the 13-year-old division and he also basically dominated. Nobody scored on either of them.”

Serge, Sr. said that Gabriel is currently ranked fourth in the country in Judo. He took second place at the U.S. Open in wrestling and second place at the Reno World Championships in Judo. He was also third in New Englands and first at the state meet, and he also took first place in the national championships for the U.S. Judo Federation.

“He’s won two national championships, one in Judo and one in wrestling,” Serge, Sr. said about Gabriel.

And this upcoming winter, Scituate High is planning to roll out its first wrestling team. Serge, Sr. is happy about this development, as he said there are so many amazing athletes that reside in Scituate and it’s a great town to stay in and continue wrestling.

While Katelyn trains for the 2020 Olympics and Serge, Jr. goes for 2024, Gabriel will be wrestling in high school and hopes to be a D-I national champion. Serge, Sr. said maybe Gabriel will try for the Olympics in wrestling.

And there is also Celine Bouyssou, Serge, Sr.’s youngest daughter at 14. She’s also into Judo and placed third in her division at Reno.

All four children have grown up practicing Judo and wrestling. Serge, Sr. has been involved in Judo since 1974, and he said it’s a way of life.

He wants his children to have success at these two sports, but he mainly wants them to succeed at life.

“I don’t really push the Olympics,” Serge, Sr. admitted. “I’m big into making sure you get an education and having a well-rounded life. Winning is a by-product. I want my kids to be productive parts of society. They don’t have to win anything for me to be proud.”

Serge Bouyssou, III, walking off the mat with the thumbs up after his win in the finals.
Bouyssou stands atop the podium after winning first place in the U.S. Open Judo Championships. To his right is Kichirian, of California, who took second and the two bronze medalists to his left are Lawson Jackson, of Texas, and Gullem Gonzalez, of Ecuador.
Gabriel Bouyssou attempts a pin on Alexander Kichirian in the finals.