British Schools Judo Championships - 14th & 15th March 2020 at EIS, Sheffield
This weekend was the annual British Schools Judo Championships, in Sheffield. 5 Judoka took part on Saturday in the Year 8/9 and
Year 10/11 categories. As usual it was a busy day and luckily for our judoka their weight groups were not too affected by others not attending the event due to circumstances beyond their control. The event still ran with great numbers in attendance.
They all started their contests really well and had to fight hard, one of the group had moved up a weight group too. No easy wins for any of our team with some fights going deep into golden score.
Our medalists were: Victor - Silver and Hope - Bronze. Sadly no medals for Noah, Josh or Matthew this time but they all had a top 10 finish.
Pictures can be seen in our gallery.
Triple Competition Weekend...Sunday 1st March 2020
Southern School Judo Championships & Izegem Open, Belgium & Sussex Judo Festival for Seniors and Veterans
The Southern School Championships held in Basingstoke are designed to introduce players to the format of competition and boost confidence within each player. Sensei Dan took along a group of his Saturday class judoka, aged 5 to 8 years old. This was their first competition. Joining them were some of our beginners from our Thursday evening session with Sensei Simon. A total of 20+ beginner judoka from Judo Club Osaka took part.
Their day began at 09.30 for the weigh in, followed by each category of competition, this continued through until lunchtime. There were
lots of smiles as some took part in their first competition, some amazing throws and amazing judo. Both groups from Osaka gave their all and came away with a mix of medals.
Meanwhile in Belgium, Sensei Adrian took a group of 5 judoka to take part in the Izegem Open championships. This was an International ranking event for the Under 15 age group where 8 different Countries with a total of 280 contestants took part. Three of our judoka made their debut on the international stage along with two seasoned judoka.
The team arrived bright and early ready to weigh in, boys first... William W and Will D were participating in their first European competition, both boys fought well against some good opponents but lost their two fights. The boys came away with lots of experience and knowledge ready for their next European competition. Victor N was up next and although going up a weight group made it through to knockout stage and sadly missed out on a medal place.
The 2 girls weighed in around midday ready to fight later. Ella W was taking part in her first European competition, she gave her all and put in some good attacks but was beaten in golden score. A huge effort from a judoka who was 3 grades below her opponent. Our last fighter, Amelia went out against a group of 12 feisty girls. She gave her all, and beat her opponent with Ippon to come away with a Gold medal.
Luckily for our parents back in the UK there was a live link to the championships where they could follow their children.
Worthing on the Sussex Coast was the last venue where our players took part in a competition this weekend. 2 judoka were taking part in the Sussex Festival for Seniors and Veterans. Aasma took part in the line up and gained more experience in her weight group which was a tough group. Harry G took part in his first Kyu grade senior competition and took a Gold medal he also took part in the Kyu and Dan grade competition and took a Silver medal. These results also gave him 40 points towards his Dan Grade.
Well done to all of our judoka who took part in competitions this weekend.
There are some photos of this weekend on our gallery page.
Judo Club Osaka achieve Clubmark
During 2019, our management team were busy working behind the scenes to put together a folder for the British Judo Association and Sport England to be recognised as a clubmark accredited club. With lots of time, effort and stationary, the team submitted their folder just before Christmas. At the end of January, we received the good news, that we had been awarded our accreditation.
"Clubmark recognises clubs with a commitment to maintain high quality judo provision in a safe environment for young people. This prestigious kitemark highlights to organisations locally that your club takes seriously the welfare of young people. Parents, carers, schools and community organisations can have increased confidence in the way your club runs and how it supervises young people left in its care." (British Judo Association)
British National Championships - November & December 2019
November and December saw 14 judoka's take part in the British Judo Championships at the EIS in Sheffield.
The Cadet Boys and Pre-cadet girls took to the stage on Saturday 30th November, with the Cadet girls and Pre-cadet boys on Sunday 1st December 2019.
Our participants were: Noah G, Harry G, Matthew G, Josh D, Josh L, Amelia A, Hope O and Victor N.
Congratulations to our British Champions - Amelia in the U40kgs category and Josh L in the U81kgs who both took Gold. The rest of our team put in valiant efforts with some making it through to repechage stage but sadly not making it through to the medal stage. All of our players fought well in their weight categories with some categories being 45+ judoka!
Everyone came away with lots of experience and knowledge gained and maybe a few pointers ready for next year or even their next competition.
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2019 saw our Junior and Senior judoka take to the stage.
Our participants were: Lewis L, Archie P, Lucy W, Connor L, Andreas B and Shelley L.
Congratulations to our British Champions -
Juniors - Lewis in the O100kgs category, Archie in the U73kgs category who both took Gold and Lucy took Bronze in the U70kgs category.
Seniors - Shelley in the U78kgs category who took Gold and Archie in the U73kgs category who took Bronze.
Well done to all of our players who took part.
See our gallery for photos from the Championships.
Japan Futures Camp - October 2019
Harry LM and Harry ZP were chosen to be part of the Japanese Futures Tour with 10 other British Judoka and 5 GB coaches heading to Tokyo, Japan from 17th-25th October2019
The identified athletes trained at the Kodokan, Tokai University and Shutoku High School for the duration of their stay in Tokyo.
Throughout the GB Judo Futures Camp the British judoka had the opportunity to work on the fundamentals and technical aspects of their judo.
Sessions at the Kodokan focused on this with the randori sessions at the High Schools and University giving them a chance to put those technical learnings into practice.
The GB Futures Camp is a key part of the GB Cadet Strategy and is aligned to the Technical Development Framework. This focuses on the helping the athletes to fight with effective technique which they can then transfer into Senior competition.
Previous graduates from the GB Futures judoka have gone on to achieve success at Cadet, Junior and Senior international level including at European Opens, European Youth Olympic Festival, Junior European Cups and most recently European Junior Championships.
As with previous GB Futures Camps, the trip also acts as an opportunity for club coaches to develop their skillset so that they can pass this onto developing athletes coming through the Home Nations pathways. This link enables the coaches to learn and develop their skills so that they can teach the next generation of judoka.
Commonwealth Judo Games- September 2019
Back in June several of our judoka received notification that they had been chosen to represent England in the BJA Commonwealth Judo Games.
On Wednesday 25th September the BJA opened the doors to the Commonwealth Judo Games which were being held in Walsall. Other countries which took part were: Wales; Scotland; India; Australia; New Zealand; South Africa; Jersey; Isle of Man; Malta; Jamaica and Cyprus.
Wednesday was also weigh in night for our Junior and Senior players, after which the draw for the competition the following day would be made.
Thursday 26th September
First up to the tatami was Lucy W who took Bronze in the junior women's, she was followed by Archie P who fought in the Junior & Senior sections and gained a silver medal along with a Bronze. Jacob A fought in the Junior section and came away with a Bronze medal. Following on was Connor L who fought in both Junior & Senior sections and took Silver and 7th place.
Friday 27th September Our Pre-cadet players arrived for the weigh in and to see where they would be in their weight group draw.
Saturday 28th September
Today our Precadets took to the tatami... Amelia A was up first and took Bronze in her weight category. Harry G waited until lunch was over, then he took to the tatami and made it through to the finals...….. Harry G takes Gold!
Sunday 29th September
Today our Cadets took to the tatami... and their results are as follows: Lewis L - Gold; Harry ZP - Gold; Josh L - Bronze and Andreas B - Bronze.
A total of 11 medals and a 7th place by our 10 judoka
Congratulations to all of our players.
See our gallery for photos from the Games.