A work ethic for both chemical engineering and judo
Chemical engineering junior trains hard – in the classroom and on the mat
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Growing up in Chicago, UIC chemical engineering junior Sofia Capron tried her hand at ballet and soccer, but neither truly resonated with her.
Instead, Capron gravitated toward playing football with the boys during recess and wrestling with her dad and brother at home. This was all fine until Capron started getting stronger and better at wrestling.
“My dad decided I should beat up someone else, so he brought me to a judo practice,” Capron explained. “My first day on the judo mat, I made a boy cry after he couldn’t escape my hold and I’ve been training ever since!”
Judo, which means the “gentle or yielding way,” is a combat sport like wrestling, but it also includes armbars and chokes like jiu-jitsu. Competitors face off against each other and attempt to score points by throwing opponents, pinning them, or immobilizing them through armbars or strangleholds.
Capron studied judo throughout high school and continues to train while attending UIC. She recently competed at the USA Judo Senior Nationals in Daytona, Florida, and placed third in the women’s senior bracket. Each year, she competes every other month and travels to training camps all around the U.S.