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4th November 2012 – Area Low Grade Championship

Well done to all those from the club that competed at the Area Low Grade Open Event on Sunday 4th November 2012.

Cedars took 17 of its players to this Championship. For the vast majority of them it was the first Championship they had been in but it didn’t show. All of the players gave it their best which resulted in some excellent fights and some great results:

Golds:  Blake Wass, Ethan Wass and Niamh Higgins.

Silvers: Austin Bettoney and Keelan Putnam

Bronzes: Alana Richardson, Evan Richardson, Conner Higgins, Jazmine Crawford, Tyler Fray, Ryan Lord, Evan Mead, Joshua Mead, Riley Fluke, Leon Bettoney, Luke Dexter, Callum Higgins, George Heath and Kizzy Moore.

A busy October reaps rewards for club

A busy few weekends for the Club resulted in some great results.

The first was at the Area Open Invitation event held on the 23-10-12 at Earl Shilton.

Gold Medals were won by: Keane Coape-Arnold and Luke Dexter

Silver Medals were won by Harry Jones and Mini Coape-Arnold and Katy-Rae Darcy

with Bronze medal being won by Christian Hart.

The following week Asha Lad took part in her second senior grading held in Birmingham and gained her Orange belt.

And then to finish of the run of events Christian Hart won a gold medal and Luke Dexter a silver at the Bushi JC open championship held in Birmingham.

Well done to all.

14th October 2012 – Amateur Judo Association – National Open Championships

Congratulations to players form the club that took part in the Amateur Judo Association – National Open Championships :

Gold: Harry Jones – Boys U60kg

Silvers: Riley Fluke – Boys U22kg, Luke Dexter – Boys U 50kg, Christian Hart – Boys U60kg and Katy-Rae Darcy – Girls O65kg

Bronzes: Finn Lydon – Boys U45kg and Reed Lydon – Girls U40kg

6th October 2012 – DEREK RICHARDSON MEMORIAL EVENT

A great day in honour of a great man.

The Cedars Judo Club held a Memorial training day and get together in memory of Derek Richardson who unfortunately passed way, recently, at the age of 68.

Derek was one of the founder members of the club which will be celebrating its 50th Birthday next year and was the coach there until he had to retire in 1998 due to ill health.

The event was attended by Derek’s family plus over 200 judo players and friends of the club from both the past and present with 60 of them putting on their judo suits and taking part in a 3 hour training session.

The large turnout combined with hundreds of messages of support showed what a great influence this one man had on so many people. Derek not only selflessly gave up his time to run the club 3 times a week but he also became a very active member of the Area committee and held the position of Area coach for many years.  He also refereed at Area and National level to the very highest of standards.

He instilled into all of his pupils that they should work hard, show respect to each other at all times and most of all, that they should enjoyt their Judo.

Derek’s winning formula turned out some outstanding judo players who went on to win many trophies at both national and international levels. But, to Derek it also was just as important to concentrate on those who were never going to be the next superstars but just loved doing judo for the enjoyment of it.

As well as the training session on the mat, Derek’s wife Joan rallied round family and friends and organised various fund raising activities for the day, such as a tombola stall, raffle, cakes stall, games etc.  This combined with donations made at Derek’s funeral (which the family kindly decided to donate towards the club) raised £890.00 towards club funds.

The Cedars Judo Club is still going as strong as ever under coach Tony Jones who started Judo as one of Derek’s pupils back in 1976.  Tony has always been a great believer in how Derek ran the club and has tried to keep the same methodology in practice since taking over.

Sunday 17th June 2012 – Success for Christian at Area Grading

Congratulations to Christian Hart on a great performance at the area gradings held on the 17th June in Digby, Lincolnshire.


After successfully winning against a line up of 6 opponents and completing his syllabus to a high standard he was awarded a full brown belt, the maximum grade he could get for his age.

7th June 2012 – Derek Richardson – Eulogy given by Tony Jones at Derek’s Funeral

Derek Richardson – Eulogy given by Tony Jones at Derek’s Funeral

For those that don’t know me I’m Antony Jones. I was both a pupil and a friend of Derek’s and I’ve been the coach at the Cedars Judo Club since he retired.

When Joan asked me if I could say a few words about Derek and his Judo  I was honoured but also somewhat apprehensive.

Apparently to prepare a Eulogy you need to do your research, ask questions and ensure that what you say is a balanced and true reflection of the person.

With that in mind I asked Judo players that Derek taught and trained with over the years what things that they could remember about him – I have tried to bring all of these together along with my own memories to try and tell you a little bit about Derek the Judo Coach.

There was so much he did for the sport and so many memories that if I went through everything we would be here all day, so this is the condensed version.

I have tried to keep this in some form of chronological order.

In November 1963 a new Judo club had been started by Jock Milne in Barwell as an adult evening class at the Cedars house.

In 1964 at the age of 20 a young Derek Richardson decided to join the club and have a go.

Purely by coincidence my now father-in-law started judo at the Cedars at the same time as Derek. He recalls a little skinny bloke with a tash that was awkward to throw and impossible to hold down, so nothing changed there over the years. He also recalled he’d got girlfriend with a bit of a mouth on her, I’m not sure who that could have been.

Derek rapidly progressed through the grades and gained his brown belt in 1966.

Derek took on more and more of the coaching at the club and when Jock retired Derek with the help of Pete Sephton took the club on.

Under Derek the club went from strength to strength and soon stopped becoming an evening class and became a standalone club in its own rights.

The club quickly outgrew the room in the Cedars house and moved around several venues in Earl Shilton and Barwell, but on Derek’s insistence it always kept the original name of The Cedars Judo Club.

Jumping a few years forward to 1976.  At the age of 12 I went to watch my cousin fighting at his first judo championships.  I was hooked, I loved sport especially Rugby and Gymnastics and Judo looked like both of these rolled into one. At the end of the evening I plucked up courage to go and ask Derek if I could come to his club and try Judo. He couldn’t have made me feel more at ease, he spoke about the sport with such enthusiasm I wanted to start there and then, unfortunately they had put the mat away and the chairs were just being stacked up. I went home and pestered my mum and dad to let me start the following week.

From day one I loved judo and that was down to one very special coach. I vividly remember at the end of each session we would have the opportunity to  fight against the coaches, everyone would rush to want to have a go with Derek. He would throw himself about as if we were the best judo players in the world. Each time he landed he would let out a groan and pretend he couldn’t get his breath. Although thinking about later that may have been the 40 a day he smoked.

He would pick us up and spin us around above his head to the cries of Heardy Gurdy. For quite a time I thought this was the Japanese word for ‘spinning around’.

Out of interest Heardy Gurdy caught on and is still regularly practiced at many clubs throughout the area.

Moving forward to the October of 1979, Pete decided to move on and start his own Club in Leicester.

Derek with the help of the higher grades, such as Vicky and later myself continued to run the club which continued to grow in numbers and strength.

One thing I clearly remember was that Derek was never about what grade he was. In fact I had to push him quite hard to go for his black belt. His view was that he’d only had his brown belt for 15 years,   what was the rush to grade again. Eventually on the 7th June 1981 in Skegness, after demonstrating his theory, performing a perfect set of Katas, winning nine grueling fights, crawling off the edge of the mat shattered and recovering with two cigarettes and a coffee he was awarded his black belt.

Derek not only continued to give up his time to run the club 3 times a week but he also became a very active member of the Area committee and held the position of Area coach for many years.  He also refereed at Area and National level to the very highest of standards.

Unfortunately this all changed in 1998 when Derek suffered a heart attack which forced him into retirement.  He asked me If I would continue to run the club now that he couldn’t, to which I of course agreed.

That was a brief history, but what did all of those hundreds of people that Derek taught or knew through Judo remember about him, obviously a few thing I’ve already mentioned but there a few I haven’t.

Many people recalled he had the ability to make hard work seem fun and enjoyable. When he shouted come on keep working only 30 seconds left, we all knew this really meant about 10 minutes.

Several people remembered that he was very keen to maintain the traditions and etiquette that go hand in hand with Judo.  He insisted we all bowed when entering or leaving the dojo, we had to wear the correct footwear when off the mat, clean white suits must be worn, none of these new fancy blue ones. Eyeliner and lipstick were a definite no no, and he insisted that this was the same for the girls as well.

When it came to Derek’s Judo we all remembered and we all got to learn the hard way that he loved to throw using Tome-nage. Everyone remembered what a fantastic ground work player he was, in fact I would say when he was at his best he was almost unbeatable.

If any of you noticed when I got up I said a few words to Derek as I passed his coffin, it wasn’t the usually thing such as rest in peace.    I told him – I bet I could hold you down now.

One thing that everybody without fail recalled was how Derek timed the breaks at Judo. Most of our sessions were two hours long with a break in the middle.  Break was always 1 cup of coffee and 1 cigarette long.

You probably think this is a bit odd, why did everyone remembered this and not some super technique that he showed us.

To be honest this doesn’t surprise me at all. Derek never tried to impress by showing flashy judo he was about making sure we got the basics right and then developing on what you found to be the most natural for you.

He instilled in us all that we should show respect to each other at all times,  and that most of all we should enjoy our Judo.

Derek’s winning formula turned out some outstanding judo players that went on to win many trophies at both national and international levels.   But to Derek It also was just as important to concentrate on those that were never going to be the next superstars but just loved doing judo for the enjoyment of it.

Derek was a true inspiration to me and to so many he taught Judo to. I honestly believe what he  taught on the mat also made us better people and this reflected in part on how we went on to live our lives.

I’m not one for reciting quotes but I think this one is appropriate to end on:

Albert Einstein once said:

Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation.

Derek you live on not only through your children Phillip, Paul and Stacey but through all of the younger generation that are doing Judo today, through clubs within our area that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the time and devotion you put into the sport that you loved.

Rest in peace Sensei.

2nd – 3rd June 2012 – Matt Wins International Gold

Congratulations to Matt Bratton on another Great International Victory

Matt competed in the +100Kg at the Venray  International Judo Tournament held in the Netherlands on the 2nd and 3rd June 2012.

Matt once again put everything into this competition, and after 5 extremely tough competitive fights managed to secure the necessary wins to gain the gold medal.

Well done – A great victory and it shows hard work really does pay off.

Derek Richardson (The Greatest Coach) unfortunately passed away on 22nd May 2012

Derek Richardson was one of the Founder members of the Club and was the Coach until illness forced his retirement in 1998. Derek’s dedication to the Club and it’s members created one of the strongest and most successful clubs in the country.  He always knew how to get the best out of everyone and had a way  of making our training sessions both hard work and fun.  Derek was a true inspiration to so many that he taught judo to, and we honestly believe that the lessons he taught on the mat had a great influence on how people went on to live their lives.   Derek you will be missed by so many – Rest in Peace.

A few comments from past players:

Derek, I cannot thank you enough for all of your time, patience, knowledge, love and support over the many years that I knew you. As a visitor to your club you treated me with the care and respect of one of your own pupils and then after I joined the Cedars family, as if I was your own daughter. You taught me so much and not just on the judo mat, without you taking me under your wing I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do what I’m do today. Your smile and kind heart will never be forgotten as you will remain in the hearts and memories of the many people whose lives you’ve touched and changed for the better. Derek you were a true inspiration, a legend! Rest in peace x.     Julie Burton

Derek was my first proper Judo coach, an inspiration beyond his years, he allowed students to grow even if it meant outgrowing the club and himself as a coach, this is the remark of a true selfless coach and a great man. I enjoyed as did others the times spent at Cedars Judo Club to which Derek put in countless hours of voluntary service, if its any consolation I try and run my own club as Cedars ran. Derek a true coach a true gent here’s to your final matte x   Wayne Lakin

I will always remember Derek as my coach, a mentor, a father figure, and a true inspiration to hundreds in the judo community. Derek first came into my life when I was a very young teenager, and the impact he made on it will stay in my heart forever. He taught me how to be gracious in defeat, and also honourable in victory. When the time was right he showed me how to coach others, a skill that would have a major impact in my working career. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone so selfless as Derek, and I will always remember countless times the proudness he felt of seeing so many of his students achieve such greatness. My thoughts are with his direct family during this difficult time. Marc Evans

I can’t really add anything else to what Marc has put here. From the day I had to leave the tots mat, through learning to coach myself and until I moved to pastures new, Derek was always massively supportive and I owe an awful lot to the hard work that he selflessly put in for the benefit of others. RIP Derek, you will be sorely missed    Mark Hoggins

22 years since I finished at Cedars to join the Army and I remember it like yesterday. Derek was an inspiration who encouraged self discipline in a young man who could so easily have strayed down the wrong path, I will always be thankful for your patience with an unruly and cocky boy. RIP Derek!    Billy Owen

Derek’s daughter set up a facebook page in his memory – If anyone would like to post a comment the site is:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/184088075050124/

Derek will be cremated at Great Yarmouth Crematorium, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth at 3.20pm on Thursday 7th June. Derek’s wife as asked if we would on her behalf invite anyone who knew Derek along to his funeral and then afterwards at The Edge, Lowestoft.

Derek didn’t want any flowers and wanted Donations to be made instead – The donations should be made to The Co-op funeral directors, Police Station Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1NY.  His family have kindly decided that all donations will be passed onto the Cedars Judo Club as this formed such an important part of his life.

In Honour of Derek the club will be organising a memorial event (Training day or Championship) after the summer holidays.  Details will be posted on the website in due course.

May 2012 – 17th International Houvast Judo Tournament held in Mierlo, Holland.

Congratulations to all those club members who recently went to the 17th International Houvast Judo Tournament held in Mierlo, Holland.

The players went as part of the AJA National team after winning medals at the recent National Championships.

The Players from our club were: Christian Hart, Harry Jones and Catherine Goodge photographed below with other members from our Area that went: Keanna Peet, Callum Law, Earl Starbuck and Elrik Starbuck.

All players fought extremely well and were a credit to the club, unfortunately non managed to win trophies but all gained a huge amount of experience.

Photo left – Catherine, Christian and Harry with the other members from our Area that went to Holland.

Photo left – All players that went as part of the AJA National Team

Sunday 6th May 2012 – AJA Low Grade Championship

Congratulations to all those members who took part in the AJA Open Low Grade Event on Sunday 6th May.

Gold medals were won by Leon Bettoney, Luke Dexter, James Ellis and Finn Liddon

A Silver medal was won by Riley Fluke

Bronze medals were won by Evan Mead, Lewis Gardner, Ethan Burchell and Reed Liddon

Sunday 25th March 2012 – Area Closed Championship Results

Congratulations to all those players from the club who won medals at the recent Area Closed event.

Gold medals were won by: Leon Bettoney (x2), Lewis Palmer, Luke Dexter, Catherine Goodge (x2), Mini Coape-Arnold, Harry Jones (x2), Callum McDonald and Matt Bratton.

Silver medals were won by: Maddie Palmer, Eva-Rose Iddon, Evan Mead, Austin Bettoney, Riley Fluke and Luke Dexter.

Bronze medals were won by: Emila Burchell, Charlie Allen, Moses Iddon, Maddie Palmer, William Wood (x2), Ethan Burchell (x2), Lewis Palmer, Riley Fluke, Joshua Mead and Katy-Rae Darcy.

Sunday 18th March 2012

18th March 2012 – Congratulations to all those that Competed in the National Championships.

Congratulations to all those members that took part in the AJA National Championships held in Birmingham.

The Club took 8 of its players and we returned with an impressive haul of 10 medals and  places in the National Squad.

The results were as follows:

Gold medals and title of National Champions went to went to Keane Coape-Arnold (Boys u22kg) and Mini Coape-Arnold (Girls u36kg).

Silver Medals to Harry Jones (Boys u60kg) and Matt Bratton Winning 3 (Espoirs Event, Dan Grade u100kg and the Dan grade open).

Bronze Medals to Christian Hart (Boys U55k), Luke Dexter (Boys u50kg) and Bryn Jones winning 2 (Espoirs event and Mens Kyu U81kg)

All the medal winners will now be part of the British team with some going on to represent the UK in Holland later in the Year.

March 2012 – Congratulations to all those that recently graded.

The results of the Area Grading held at Ashby de la Zouch were as Follows:

Juniors

Katie-Rae Darcy – Yellow belt with 2 orange tabs

Christian Hart – Blue belt with 1 brown tab

Harry Jones – Full brown belt

Seniors

Asha Lad – Yellow Belt

Matt Bratton – Black belt 1st dan – Congratulations on reaching this special milestone


The results of the recent club gradings were as follows:

White belt plus 2 red tabs

William Wood, Riley Fluke, Maddie Palmer, Leon Bettoney, Ethan Burchell, Emilia Burchell, Charlie Allen, Joshua Mead, Evan Mead and Moses Iddon.

White belt plus 1 yellow tab

Eva-Rose Iddon and Kizzy Moore

White belt plus 2 yellow tabs

Tyler Fray, Maddox Swift and Logan Morley

Full Yellow Belt

James Ellis, John Henry Weston, Austin Bettoney and Lewis Palmer

Sunday 28th January 2012 – Matt wins Silver at Midland Area Open

BJA Midland Area Open.

Congratulations to Matt Bratton who won the silver medal in the Mens over 100kg category at the British Judo Associations Midland Area Open Championship on Saturday 28th January 2012.  Matt is currently in Training for his Black Belt which he will be attempting in March.

4th December 2011 – Area Invitation Championship results

Congratulations to those players form Cedars Judo Club that competed in the AJA Area Invitation Championships.  The event was supported by Clubs from all over the country with the standard of competition being as high as ever.

The club had an excellent day with its players coming away with 8 medals. The results were as follows:

Golds:  Mini Coape-Arnold, Christian Hart, Finn Lydon and Luke Dexter.

Silvers: Keane Coape-Arnold and Nathon Priddon.

Bronzes: Harry Jones, Leon Bettoney and Jason Mercurio.

WELL DONE TO ALL

Sunday 16th October 2011 – Open Nationals

Congratulations to those players form Cedars Judo Club that competed in the AJA Open National Championships.  The event was supported by Clubs from all over the country with the standard of competition being as high as ever.

The club had an excellent day with its players coming away with 8 medals. The results were as follows:

Golds:  Mini Coape-Arnold, Harry Jones, Katy Rae-Darcy and Matt Bratton

Bronzes: Keane Coape-Arnold, Finn Lydon, Luke Dexter and Sam Marston

WELL DONE TO ALL.

Sunday 25th September 2011- Area Open Championship.

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Open Championship held at William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton.

Players from all of the country attended the event and as usually the level of competition was extremely high.

The Club was represented by 10 of its players ranging from raw novices to experienced internationals.  All players performed exceptionally well with them  winning an impressive total of 16 medals.

Gold medals were won by Michael Causon, Sam Marston, Mini Coape-Arnold , Bryn Jones  and Matt Bratton.

Silver medals were won by Luke Dexter, Christian Hart, Sam Marston  and Bryn Jones.

Bronze medals were won by Austin Bettany, Harry Jones (x2), Michael Causon, Christian Hart, Tyler Fray and Luke Dexter.

Well done to all 10 on a wonderful result.

11th September 2011 – Heart of England Championship

Congratulations to Matt Bratton (2nd from right) on another medal winning performance  at the Heart of England Open Championships in the Over 100Kg category. Matt is usually one of the bigger players in his event, but this time he was the lightest.  Despite the weight disadvantage Matt managed to battle his way through to win the 3rd place Bronze

Sunday 8th May 2011 – Area Low Grade Championship results

Congratulations to Luke Dexter on winning a Silver medal in the AJA East Midlands Area under orange belt Championship held at William Bradford Community College in Earl Shilton.  Luke had a great competition once again putting everything in to each fight winning his way through to a well deserved silver medal in the U45kg class.  Well done Luke another great performance.

Sunday 26th March 2011

Another great month for the club was rounded off with Matt Bratton winning the gold medal in the over 81kg category at the B.J.A. National Schools Championships.

The event is the largest in the BSJA calendar attracting 450 of the best competitors from all over the UK. This year the event was held on the 26th March at the impressive ICE stadium in Sheffield

Matt truly dominated his event with a string of impressive wins, all won by the maximum score possible (Ippon) with either a submission or some very impressive text book throws. Photo left showing Matt being presented with  the gold medal.

The club also had Bryn Jones competing in the under 73kg category, without doubt the toughest category of the event. Bryn won through the first few rounds with some great fights getting all the way through to the quarter finals, where unfortunately he lost to the eventual winner of the event. Photo left showing Bryn holding his opponent down to gain a win.

Sunday 20th March 2011 – Success at Nationals

Results:

Matt Bratton won Gold and became National Champion in the Heavy weight 16/17 year old event, and then went on to take a silver in the mens 100k division.   Bryn Jones took the bronze medal in the mens under 73kg category with Harry Jones taking the bronze medal in the juniors Under 50kg category.

WELL DONE TO ALL.

March 2011 – Grading Results

Congratulations to all those members that took part in the recent gradings held at Ashby de la Zouch and Earl Shilton. All those that were grading from the club performed to the highest of standards with all gaining the full grade possible. Members had to demonstrate a series of throws and groundwork moves (Syllabus/Theory) and take contesting line ups (fights).

Sunday 6th February 2011 – Area Closed Championship results

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Closed Championship held in Ashby de la Zouch.

Players from all of the East Midlands Area attended the event and as we have usually come to expect the level of competition was extremely high.

The Club was represented by three of its players. All players performed exceptionally well with them winning 5 trophies between them.

Harry Jones won gold in the boys under 50kg open graded event winning in impressive style with a quick succession of perfect throws and strong pinning techniques.

Katy Rae Darcy followed this with an outstanding series of fights winning her the gold in the Girls H/W novice class, spurred on by the win she also entered the girls open graded event where after a hard fought battle against heavier and more experienced players she managed to win through to take a bronze medal.

Luke Dexter fighting in his first competition carried the success on by winning the silver medal in the boy’s 45kg Novice class. Luke then made the decision that he would also fight in the open graded event.  Luke spirit and determination coupled with some excellent throws earned him a well deserved silver medal against these more experienced players.

Well done to all 3 on starting the year off so successfully.

Sunday 5th December 2010 – Area Open Championship results

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Open Championship held at William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton.

Players from all of the country attended the event and as usually the level of competition was extremely high.

The Club was represented by three of its players. All players performed exceptionally well with all of them winning trophies.

Matt Bratton won gold in the men’s kyu grade heavy weight event. Bronze Medals were won by Ben Kyte in the Men’s Kyu grade middle weight event and Christian Hart in the boys under 55kg class.

Well done to all 3 on finishing the year off with more success for the club.

An extremely Successful November for the Club

Firstly two of the Clubs newest members Ben Kyte and Alan Jones entered the IBC National Championships held in High Wycombe, with the idea of gaining some valuable experience.

On the day both players had to fight in an event against players that were bigger and more experienced. But despite this disadvantage Ben and Alan fought to an exceptional standard for players that were relatively new to the sport. Both had impressive wins in the early rounds winning with both standing and groundwork techniques.  Both made it out of the first round pools to the knockout stage with Ben winning through to the Bronze medal position and Alan finishing just 1 place behind.  An excellent result for both players.

The month carried on with more success for the club with a number of players attending both the junior and senior gradings. They all performed to the highest of standards gaining the full grades possible. Members had to demonstrate a series of throws and groundwork moves (Syllabus/Theory) and take contesting line ups (fights).

The results were as follows:  Seniors (adults) – Matt Bratton – Brown; Ben Kyte – Green; Alan Jones – Orange and Anthony Smith – Yellow. Juniors: Christian Hart and Sam Marston – Green; Ronan Jones and Jake Wilson – Orange + 2 Green; Johnny West, William Hopkins and Curtis Hewins – Yellow; Luke Dexter White + 3 Red and Toby Mason – White + 2 Red.

To round the month off after 12 months of training Bryn Jones was awarded his county timekeeping and recording award.

Sunday 26th September 2010 – Area Open Championship results.

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Open Championship held at William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton.

Players from all of the country attended the event and as usually the level of competition was extremely high.

The Club was represented by six of its players ranging from raw novices to experienced international. All players performed exceptionally well with all of them winning trophies.

Gold medals were won by Bryn Jones in the boys open weight and Matt Bratton in the men’s kyu grade open.  Silver medals were won by Christian Hart in the boys under 50kg and Athena Swift in the girls under 25kg. A Bronze medal was won by Alan Jones in the lightweight men’s kyu grade event; and finally a competition medal was awarded to Maddox Swift.

Well done to all 6 on a wonderful result.

26th June 2010 – Matt wins his second International Medal

26th June 2010 – BJA Kent International Championship – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

3 players from the Club travelled down to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace to compete in the BJA Kent International Championship.

The event had over 1000 competitors taking part and they included players from all over Europe.

Matt Bratton was competing in the +73 kg category and impressively won through the earlier rounds. As the event went on the opponents got tougher and in the semi-finals Matt had to give everything to win his way through to the final. The final between Matt and another player of equal size and stature from Bristol proved to be exhausting for both players.  As time ticked away the heat and humidity in the sports hall was draining both the player’s strength and when the fight went to the ground Matt’s opponent ended up with the upper hand getting Matt in a hold down. As usual Matt did not give up and on several occasions nearly managed to escape the hold, but unfortunately he just hadn’t got enough strength left.

The fight finished with the usual shaking of hands with both players leaving the mat area with no energy left.

Matt’s silver medal was an impressive result for a player that’s been doing the sport for less than two years.  The Club coaches put Matt’s success down to his natural sporting ability, coupled with all the hard work he puts in at the Club and a brilliant attitude.  Well done.

The other competitors from the club that went were Bryn Jones and Callum McDonald who both fought exceptional well but unfortunately didn’t get through to the medals. Both players gained from the experience with Bryn moving up a weight category fighting much bigger players than he’s normally used to and Callum throwing a couple of text book throws on his way to eventually losing in the semi-finals.

June 2010 – Junior Grading

Congratulations to all those members that took part in the recent gradings held at Digby, Lincolnshire and Earl Shilton. All those that were grading from the club performed to the highest of standards with all gaining the full grade possible. Members had to demonstrate a series of throws and groundwork moves (Syllabus/Theory) and take contesting line ups (fights).

The results were as follows:  William Smith, Alex Smith, Richard Smith and Luke Marston were awarded Yellow belts with Matt Bratton being awarded his Green belt with 1 blue tab.

15th – 16th May 2010 – 3 from club represent GB in International Championship – Mierlo – Holland

3 players from the Club had been selected to represent  the National Squad at a Major International Event held in Mierlo, Holland held on the 15th and 16th May 2010.  For all 3 this was the first time they had competed in an international event and none of them went with any illusion that it would be easy. They had already done extremely well to get selected. The event had circa 1000 competitors from throughout Europe and represented the best players from each Country.

Matt Bratton was competing in the +73 kg category.  Matt was a rank outsider in his event being the lowest grade, the least experienced and the smallest player in the group.  However the rest of the field were soon to realise that he was there to win.  Matt’s shear determination, strength and fitness levels coupled with his technical ability shocked his opponents has he battled his way through a series of extremely tough fights which he won impressively.   Matt found himself in the final against an opponent who had decimated the rest of the field. The final was an impressive display of grit and determination from Matt against a much more experience and technical opponent.  Matt was leading the fight for most of the way when his opponent just managed to catch him with a high speed text book throw to secure the win. Matt therefore won the silver, an impressive feat by such a new player to the sport.

Bryn Jones competed in the -66kg class and as always fought to an exceptionally high standard to get him through the first and second rounds of the competition. The 3rd round saw Bryn face someone of equal size, strength and ability which lead to a very exiting fight to watch in which Bryn started off with a superb scoring throw to give him the lead. Bryn shortly followed this up with a move to groundwork where he secured a strangle technique on his opponent which would have usually lead to a submission. Unfortunately this was started near the edge of the contest area and the referee stopped the contest and bought them back to the centre of the mat. A series of fast attacks from both players then ended with Bryn’s opponent catching him with a well executed technique and taking the win.

Callum McDonald was competing in the -60kg class and was one of the lowest grades in the category. Despite this he fought extremely well managing to match his much higher graded opposition. Unfortunately in the second round he strained his back which hindered his ability to use his exceptional speed. This handicap proved too much to enable him to progress past his opponent who was of an exceptional standard and actually went on to win the event.

All 3 are now off to Crystal Place on the 26th June to compete at another Major International Competition.   Watch this space to see how they do.

Sunday 9th May 2010 – Area Low Grade Championship Results

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Open Low Grade Invitation Championship held at William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton.

The Club was represented by four of its players and for two of them it was the first Championship that had entered.

The standard of competition was extreamly high for a low grade event and all 4 of our players showed grit and determination which resulted in trophies for them all.

Jake Wilson took a silver medal with bronze medals going to Ronan Jones, Michael West and Jacob Baines.

Well done to all four.

Sunday 25th April 2010 – Area Open Results

Congratulations to all those that took part in the Area Invitation Championship held at William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton.

The Club was represented by three of its players and they came back with 4 trophies between them.

Katy-Rae Darcy won the gold in the over 50kg class and then went on to take a bronze in the girls open weight category; Innes Droomer took the silver in the boys heavyweight event and Christian Hart took the silver in the boys under 45kg category.

Well done to all three.

Sunday 28th March 2010 – Success for Club at National Championships

Congratulations to all those members that took part in the AJA National Championships held in Birmingham.

The Club took 5 of its players and impressively all 5 players returned with medals and a place in the National Squad.

The results were as follows: Gold medals went to Matt Bratton (Boys over 65kg) and Rob Hastings (Dan Grade under 100kg); Bronze medals went to Harry Jones (Boys under 50Kg), Callum McDonald (Boys U60Kg) and Bryn Jones (Boys under 65Kg).

Matt, Callum and Bryn will all be going to Holland in May of this year to represent the National Squad in an International tournament so watch this space to see how they do.