LATEST NEWS FROM
JUDO CLUB OSAKA
(Updated Monday 3rd May 2021)
We are pleased to announce our partial return to judo in line with Government guidance along with the British Judo Association (BJA) and Sport England.
With effect from Tuesday 13th April, we will be running sessions for judoka under 18 years.
Tuesday 13th April - 7.30-9.00pm for 6th Mon and above
Thursday 15th April - 6.30-7.30pm for Novice and 1st to 5th Mon
Thursday 15th April - 7.30-9.00pm for 6th Mon and above
Saturday 17th April - 9.00-10.00am for Novice, and 1st to 5th Mon
We look forward to welcoming back all of our players and their families, it will be wonderful to see you all again.
If you are looking to take up our sport, please get in touch with our club secretary via our contact page on this website and she will provide you with all of the details necessary for your child or yourself to come and join us.
We look forward to being able to welcome back our senior and veteran players as soon as possible.
Return to Judo...
Our latest news and photos of our judoka
Our new club t-shirts for children, women and men are in stock
and available to purchase.
They can be purchased on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and
can be pre-ordered via our club secretary ().
Saturday morning players, please pre-order and we can pass these to
Sensei Dan for collection on Saturday.
Thank you to our 2 players who modelled for us...
Judo Club Osaka - Zoom sessions for all members
All Judo Club Osaka members are invited to join our Zoom sessions. These are being held on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm for our players 6th Mon and upwards. There is also a session on a Sunday morning at 10am for our players from novice to 6th Mon.
Sensei Adrian will lead the sessions on Tuesday & Thursday evening and Sensei Dan will lead the Sunday morning session.
If you would like to join in any of these sessions, please email , giving the name and grade of the player along with a contact phone number. Dawn (club secretary) will email the details for the zoom meeting to you along with any instructions from Sensei Adrian. Should your player be unsure of which session they could take part in, please contact Dawn and she will get back to you with the time/session.
New social media platform
We are proud to announce that Judo Club Osaka now have an Instagram account, you can find us
at: judo_club_osaka This is a new platform for the club and the account is being built up slowly.
In the near future, it will hold up to date information similar to our facebook account.
East Hampshire - Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2020
Congratulations.......... Lucy Williams - Winner of the Senior Sportsperson of the Year.
Judo Club Osaka receive funding to assist with return to Judo
Sport England Community Emergency Fund helps Judo Club Osaka
during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Judo Club Osaka based in Aldershot has been awarded National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency
Fund towards their return to judo for elite, competitive and recreational players of all ages during the on-going COVID-19
The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of 23rd March has left the sport and physical activity
sector facing a period of uncertainty.
In response, on 31st March Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through
covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to
those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short term financial hardship or ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.
The grant will allow Judo Club Osaka to prepare for their return to the dojo whilst meeting all of the Government recommendations (current at the date of return) and allowing them to welcome back their players; Elite, Competitive and Recreational along with their parents/carers.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:
“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that
make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency Fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and
We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Judo Club Osaka to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
Female Sports person of the Year - Anglia Ruskin University 2020
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Lucy, one of our female judoka currently studying at Anglia Ruskin University had been nominated for the Female Sports Person of the Year.
We are very pleased to announce that Lucy is the winner of the award - Congratulations Lucy from All at Judo Club Osaka.
Here is the announcement made by her University:
Female Sports Person of the Year
The winner of this award has demonstrated outstanding achievements over the past year. This person has integrated themselves into the sporting culture, inspires others through their performances and is a positive role model for sport at ARU.
Shortlist: Madeline Homoly - Basketball
Jodie Turl - Rugby
Lucy Williams - Judo
Winner: Lucy Williams - BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Therapy
Lucy only started at ARU in September 2019 and has had a very successful first year, both in competition and in assisting the development of the Judo Club.
Lucy has consistently achieved success whilst competing at several major competitions throughout the year. This included: bronze at the British Junior Championships, which secured her a place on the GB junior squad; bronze in the Scottish Senior Open, one of her first medals in senior competition at a home nations event and a Commonwealth Championship bronze.
At BUCS Nationals in February Lucy achieved a bronze medal in her individual category and played a key role helping the women’s team to a bronze. Her performances at BUCS Nationals qualified her for selection to the European University Games, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On top of regular competition, Lucy’s drive to excel and develop as an athlete is illustrated by her relentless search for additional training and competition opportunities. Along with our two other female athletes Jade Warr and Jasmine Stringer, Lucy competed on behalf of Cambridge City Women’s team in the Cambridge-Oxford Varsity and won a pivotal fight to secure Cambridge a 3-2 win overall.
In addition to developing her own performance levels, Lucy has also channelled her passion for judo into assisting the ARU Judo Club by taking on a committee role to improve the club’s profile and increase their membership base.
Lucy has exhibited truly commendable character and is a great advocate for female sport at ARU. She is a truly talented prospect who shows exciting potential as she enters onto the senior competition stage.
New fitness video by Sensei Danny @ Judo Club Osaka
Sensei Danny has put together a short video showing 3 core exercises which relate to judo and can be done at home and also 1 exercise which he doesn't recommend ... as always you can find the video on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/judoclubosaka dated 11th May.
Practice videos by Sensei Adrian @ Judo Club Osaka
Sensei Adrian and his family have compiled 2 short videos this week for our judoka and their families. They are practical practice videos which will help your muscle memory to keep working.
You can find the 2 videos on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/judoclubosaka dated 30th April.
If you are able to send in any photos of yourselves carrying out either of these drills, please send in a copy so we can add it to our gallery... firstname.lastname@example.org
BJA applaud one of our players and his family as "Judo Heros"
Judo Club Osaka are proud to announce that Harry and his family have been nominated as "Judo Heroes" - you can follow the whole article by clicking on this link: https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/nominate-your-judo-heroes-today/?doing_wp_cron=1588076714.1512200832366943359375
Le Mare Family – Ran 50km each in 24 hours
England Judo athlete Harry, his brother Jack and Father Noah were inspired from watching the Barkley Marathon documentary (The Barkley Marathon is an 100+ mile run in America – available to watch on Amazon Prime) recently and as a last minute decision, decided upon their crazy challenge – with no training – running 50km in 24 hours! There was no prior planning involved!
The plan initially was for Harry and Jack to complete the challenge in memory of Chris Allen and in support of all of the heroes of the NHS. They wanted to do something to help in any way possible. Inspired by his son’s completing the challenge on 16th April, Father Noah then completed his own version of the challenge the following day.
Harry, 17, finished the run with no training, in six and a half hours. He started at midnight, then had a break and slept at 4:00am. He started up again at 9:30am. Once Harry finished his 50km, he also went and helped his brother for the last 8 km of his challenge, who crossed the finish line after eleven and a half hours.
The family have smashed their initial fundraising target of £1,800 but that shouldn’t stop you from supporting their challenge.
You can donate now to support the La Mare family for their challenge at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/50kmin24hours
Lucy Williams - Student at Anglia Ruskin University
We are pleased to share the following from Lucy. "On Monday 27th April, I received an exciting piece of news from my University, I had been nominated for Female Sports Person of the Year and also a nomination for being part of the University Judo Team… I now have to wait until 12th May for the results... but down to last 3 in both categories."
Watch this space for further news in May.