Tony Jones

8th March 2020 – 3 National Champions and 10 Medals for Cedars Players.

A great day for the Club at the AJA National Championships held in Birmingham on Sunday 8th March 2020. The club took a squad of 12 players to this years event and came back with an impressive 10 medals.

The results were as follows: Gold Medals and National Champions: Scott Elliot, Daisy Hodgkinson and Nim Nicholson. Silver Medals: Marc Evans, William Brooks, Poppy London, Nam Nicholson and Xanda Collis. Bronze Medals: Harrison Collis and Aria Haswell. Also a big well done to Noah Garner and Lola Sayers who put up some great fights just missing out on the medal places in two very tough events. The medalist all now have a chance to go forward to represent the AJA National Team in Holland on the 9th and 10th May 2020.

18th November 2019 – Club Coach wins Unsung Hero of Sport Award.

Tony Jones was presented with the Hinckley and Bosworth Sports and Health Alliance Unsung hero award at this year’s ceremony, held at Hinckley Rugby Club.

“Many thanks to those that nominated me and supported the nomination by voting. It was a great surprise and it was very much appreciated”. I was a lot more thrilled than the photo probably suggest, I’m just not very photogenic.” Tony

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Success for Cedars Trio at Senior Grading

Success for Cedars Trio at the National Senior Grading held in Birmingham.

Julian Collis who demonstrated a high level of technical knowledge passed his syllabus and Kata’s 2 grades higher than he needed was awarded with his technical Blue Belt.

Glyn Hodgkinson who demonstrated a high level of technical knowledge with his syllabus and Katas coupled with some excellent line up wins on the day saw him gaining his brown belt.

Finally Antony Sayers who had to fight a brutal line up of 8 players, winning in style and gaining his black belt 2nd Dan

Sunday 13th October 2019 – More wins for club at Bushi Championship

Congratulations to all those fro the club who competed at the Bushi Open Championship, held in Birmingham.

All players fought extreamely well and did themselves and the club proud.

Gold Medals: William Brooks, Daisy Hodgkinson

Silver Medals: Nim Nicholson, Nam Nicholson, Alfie Sayers

Bronze Medals: Xander Collis, Lola Sayers, Harrison Collis, Glyn Hodgkinson

A very well done to Cameron Collis, Somer Benn, Keen Benn and Shannon Benn who all fought very well just missing out on medals.

Best Boys hairdo of the day goes to Cameron Collis (Styled by Daisy Hodgkinson)

Sunday 15th September 2019 – Dan Powell Masterclass

The East Midland Area of the AJA were very proud to host the 1st Master Class with Dan Powell held at the Cedars Judo Club venue in Earl Shilton.

The day was a great success with a wide variety of grades and ages attending.

Dan was one of the British Judo stars competing in the 2012 London Paralympics and now is busy training with the aim to bring the UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

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Saturday 7th September 2019 – Success for Daisy at the Heart of England Championship.

Congratulations to Daisy Hodgkinson on her medal success at the Heart of England Championship held at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall, West Midlands. Birmingham.

This is one of the toughest events in the UK calendar and Daisy pulled out all the stops at this one culminating in her winning a very hard fought for 3rd Place. Club coach, Tony Jones said that “it was the best he had seen Daisy fight with her totally dominating in her first two fights”.

Sunday 7th July 2019 – Success at Area Championships

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Open Championship on the 7th July. The event was one of the best for a number of years with a good size entry and a very high standard of player attending. The club did exceptionally well taking an impressive haul of 17 medals.

May 2019 – Daisy competes for AJA National Squad at the 24th International Houvast Judo Tournament, Holland.

Congratulations to Daisy Hodgkinson on a competing as part of AJA National Squad at this year International Tournament held in Meirlo, Holland on 11th and 12th May 2019.

The event was over the highest caliber with everyone in the squad having to work and perform at the top of their ability. Over 1000 of the top competitors in Europe took part in the event.

Daisy fought extremely well in this her first first major international but unfortunately didn’t progress into the medal rounds. She showed great grit and determination and did herself and the club proud. She gained a great deal of experience which will only help in her continued progression.

March 2019 – Andy and Katy gain awards

Congratulations to Andy and Katy Darcy on their recent awards.
Andy as qualified as a County Referee and joins the Area Refereeing team.
Katy has qualified as a Judo Instructor and joins the growing team of Coaches at the club.

Sunday 10th March 2019 – Great Result for Club at National Champions

An exceptional day at the AJA National Championships held in Birmingham saw the club gaining 3 National Champions and a handful of well-deserved and hard fought for medals.


Gold Medals for Nam Nicholson in the Boys U22kg Event, Daisy Hodgkinson in the Girls U45kg event and Harry Jones in the Men’s U81kg Mens Dan Grade event

Silver Medals for Elise Bower in the Girls U28kg Event and for Nim Nicholson in the Girls 32kg event.

Bronze Medals went to Harrison Collis in the Boys U32kg event and Luke Dexter in the Men’s Kyu Grade U81kg event.

Xander Collis also took part for the club competing very well in the boys U22kg just missing out on the bronze medal.

Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Results of the EMA Grading

Congratulations from all those at the Club who took part in the grading held at Earl Shilton, Leicestershire. All the players from our club passed with flying colours advancing the maximum grades permissible.

A great many thanks to those players who made the special effort to turn up and take part in the line outs for us.

Sunday 10th February 2019 – EMA Closed Championship Results

Congratulations to all those that fought at the Area Closed Championship.  The championship was very well attended and attracted a high standard of players from judo clubs all over the East Midlands Area.

Every player from the club fought exceptionally well and you made all of the coaches very proud.

11th January 2019 – Coaching Promotions

Congratulations to the following on their Coaching Award promotions:

Marlies Flintham – Senior Judo Instructor
Marc Evans – Judo Instructor
Julian Collis – Judo Instructor

23rd November 2018 – Club Championships

Well done to all of the Junior members of the club that took part in the Club Championships.

Some great fighting, spirit and sportsmanship was displayed by all.   What a great bunch of players, you have made your coaches very proud.  Keep up the hard work.






Sunday 28th October 2018 – Golden girls success at National Championships

Congratulation to the 2 representatives from the club that competed in the AJA National Open Championships held in Birmingham.

Daisy Hodgkinson was competing in the Girls under 40kg category and Elise Bower competed in the Girls under 28kg event.

Both girls fought exceptionally well taking first place and the tile of National Open Champions in their events.


Sunday 7th October 2018 – Success at Bushi Judo Championship

Congratulations to both Daisy and Glyn Hodgkinson on medal wins at the Bushi Open Championship held in Birmingham on the 7th October 2018.

Daisy took gold in the girls under 40kg open grade event.  Not to be outdone by his daughter, Glyn took the Bronze medal in an extremely competitive under 85kg men’s kyu grade event