York still getting a kick out of judo

By Skip Leon
Billy York has a passion for judo. He has endured injuries, a period of inactivity and long days to feed that passion.
Three years after returning to the martial arts, York has found success in competition.
The 1988 Mexia High School graduate won gold and bronze medals at the 2018 AAU Freestyle Judo National Championships in Denham Spring, La., on May 5.
York, 48, won the gold medal in the men's masters heavyweight division. The 6-foot, 289-pounder earned the bronze in the men’s advanced rank masters heavyweight division.
York has sacrificed a great deal and overcome obstacles to have his hand raised in victory on the national stage.
He puts in 12-hour days at his job as a construction supervisor for a telecommunications company in Dallas. He goes to work at 5 in the morning and doesn't finish until 5 in the afternoon. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings he attends a judo class after work from 6 to 9 p.m. He also tries to go to other judo classes on weekends.

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