Aaron Cohen

USA Judo

Weight Category: 90kg
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Current Residence: Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Club: New York Athletic Club, USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center
Coach: Irwin Cohen (father) and Steve Cohen (uncle) 
Why he got involved in judo: "Because my father Irwin Cohen (1972) and Uncle Steve Cohen (1988) were Olympians."
Good Luck Charms: Justin Flores' FWC shorts.

Olympic Teams: Alternate in 2008
Senior World Championship Teams: 2009, 2005, 2003
Pan American Championship Teams: 2007 (Bronze), 2006 (Bronze), 2005 (Bronze), 2003 (Silver), 2000 (Bronze) 
Pan American Games Teams: 2007 
Junior World Championship Teams: 2000
Junior Pan American Championship Teams: 1999 (Silver), 1998 (Silver)

Personal: Judo has been a part of Aaron's life for as long as he can remember. Father Irvin competed at the 1972 Olympic Games while his uncle, Steve, was a member of the 1988 Olympic Team. After their competitive careers ended, both went on to become Olympic coaches and are the owners of Cohen's Judo Club, one of the top dojos in the nation. In addition to his father and uncle, Aaron credits his brother RJ as being one of the most influential people in his life. "We have been doing judo together since we were little kids. RJ has always been there to motivate me. We were lucky to have Olympic level coaching from the beginning and quickly developed into the top junior competitors," Aaron says. After serving as an alternate to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Cohen moved up to 90kg in 2009 where he upset the #1 player in the division to earn a berth on the 2009 World Championship Team.

Recent Career Highlights:

2010:

  • Bronze - Venezuela World Cup
  • Bronze - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Fifth - El Salvador World Cup

2009:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Bronze - Maccabiah Games

2008:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)

2007:

  • Gold - New York Open (81kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Open (81kg)
  • Gold - Fall Classic National Championships (81kg)
  • Silver - Swiss Open (81kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)
  • Bronze - Brazil World Cup (81kg)
  • Fifth - Rendez-Vous Canada (81kg)

2006:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)
  • Silver - Rendez-Vous Canada (81g)
  • Silver - U.S. Open Judo Championships (81kg)
  • Bronze - New York Open (81kg)
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (81kg)
  • Fifth - Finnish Open (81kg)

2005:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)
  • Gold - World Team Trials (81kg)
  • Silver - Puerto Rico Open (81kg)
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (81kg)
  • Bronze - Rendez-Vous Canada (81kg)
  • Bronze - U.S. Open (81kg)

2004:

  • Gold - Benito Juarez Championships (81kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)
  • Gold - Fall Classic Nationals (81kg)
  • Bronze - U.S. Open (81kg)
  • Fifth - Rendez Vous Canada (81kg)

2003:

  • Gold - New York Open (81kg)
  • Silver - Benito Juarez Championships (81kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championship (81kg)
  • Silver - Olympic Zone #1 Qualifier (81kg)
  • Silver - Pan American Championships (81kg)

2002:

  • Gold - Fall Classic Nationals (81kg)
  • Bronze - Rendez Vous Canada (81kg) 
  • Bronze - U.S. Open (81kg)

2000:

  • Gold - Miami Youth International (Youth, 81kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (Juvenile C, 81kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (81kg)
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships (81kg)
  • Fifth - British Open (81kg)

1999:

  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (81kg)
  • Silver - Junior Pan American Championships (81kg)
1998:

 

  • Silver - Junior Pan American Championships (81kg)