Jack Hatton Judo Biography
Hatton is from Manhattan and teaches judo Greenfield close to New York. “Judo Jack” was multiple American senior champions and he won two Pan American Opens in San Salvador in 2016 and Santiago in 2017. 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.
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Jack Hatton Judo Education, School
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.
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Jack Hatton Judo Career
Originally from Massachusetts, he reached the second round at the World Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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.
Hatton American fighter captured a bronze medal at the Grand Prix in Zagreb in 2017 and silver at the Grand Prix in Antalya last year which was his best international performance.
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Hatton fought many of the world’s top athletes such as Sagi Muki, Matthias Casse, Saeid Mollaei, Khasan Khalmurzaev and many more to mention.
Hatton said that his judo icon was Rich Moss.
Jack Hatton Judo Death & Jack Hatton Judo Cause of Death (Suicide)
American top judoka Jack Hatton passed away, just after his 24th birthday. A devastating message in the world of judo that again mourns about the passing of a young athlete in a tragic year. Jack was pursuing his dream of becoming a member of the 2020 Olympic Team of the USA for the first time.
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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Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him and he will not be forgotten,” read a statement on the USA Judo website.
It is with extremely heavy hearts that USA Judo announces the unexpected passing of USA Judo national team member, Jack Hatton. We extend our sincere condolences to the Hatton Family, and Jack’s teammates, coaches and friends. Jack was one of America’s top judo players and was a multi-time medalist for USA Judo in various competitions across the globe. Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will not be forgotten. We grieve with the entire USA Judo and international judo community during this tough time. USA Judo is in the process of providing grief counseling services for those in need and will share information on services for Jack as they become available.
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Jack Hatton Tributes
Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), added on Twitter: “I’m deeply moved by the sudden death of USA Judo international Jack Hatton. On behalf of the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and wishes to USA Judo and Jack’s family and friends.”
— Marius Vizer (@MariusVizer) September 25, 2019
World Champion Sagi Muki is devastated by the sad news: “I am so sad to hear. Jack is one of the best USA Judoka and top athlete at the U81kg division. I’m so sad top hear this and I hope he is in a better place. I had a tough fight with him. My heart is broken.”
World finalist Matthias Casse reacts: “This is shocking and sad news! I knew Jack as a strong and promising young man who was always friendly and respectful.”
Olympic Champion Khasan Khalmurzaev: “I am in shock. Of course, I remember Jack and my match against him. He was a very promising athlete and I think he had a great future. It’s a pity. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.”
Former World Champion and USA coach Jimmy Pedro react: “It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the untimely passing of one of our students, teammates, brothers, and friends, Jack Hatton. Jack has been a member of Pedro’s Judo Center since 2015 and pursuing his dream of becoming a member of the 2020 Olympic Team. 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. He will be deeply missed by all of us at Pedro’s Judo Center and the rest of the judo world.”
World Bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier: “Jack came often to Canada to train with us. He was an amazing guy that everyone loved. I heard about the news and I am very shocked and extremely sad. I still have a hard time believing it. I considered him to be a great friend. He will be missed by everyone. My sincere condolences to his friends and family.”
Former Olympic Champion U81kg Ilias Iliadis trained with Hatton in the United States. “OMG. First, he was a good human being, a good man and a very good fighter. I knew him personally of course. I trained with him. I feel terrible after this