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Cedars players take part in Judo Master Class

Cedars players attended a Master Class with Paralympic gold medallist Chris Skelly and Olympic Bronze medallist Chelsie Giles, along with National Team Member Emma Reid. It was an excellent few hours of Judo with our players learning some of the latest techniques from those that are at the top of the competitive judo ladder.

26th September 2021 – Club host Training Session.

The first mixed club training session since lockdown was a great success. This East Midlands Area organised event was hosted by Cedars Judo Club at their training venue in Earl Shilton, LE9 7PD.

We had a great turn out with players from both the East Midlands and West Midlands Areas attending.

The players where of all ages and abilities. From the very youngest (3 years old) to the very oldest (pensioner) everyone gave 100%.

A very special thanks to the Coaches, officials and helpers, without whom such event would not be possible.

Congratulations to Chelsie Giles on Olympic Bronze

The 24-year-old from Coventry beat Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher by ippon.

An early scoring waza-ari gave Giles the advantage and she showed the greater composure to secure success.

“It feels so special to do it in Japan. I believed I could do it, my coach has always believed I could and it showed in today’s performance,” she said.

“I felt really good in the warm-up, and I was taking each fight as it came. It’s an amazing arena and the atmosphere was amazing. To do it where Japan started it, it makes it extra special.

“I never underestimate any of my fights, that’s where mistakes are made. I go into the fight knowing what they do, and knowing what I’m capable of doing. With my best performance, I know I can beat some of the top players and today showed that.”

Giles had lost to eventual gold medallist Japan’s Uta Abe in the quarter-finals, but beat Charline van Snick of Belgium in the repechage to give herself a medal chance.

Great training session on first night back for all age groups.

Friday 23rd July 2021

It was good to see the Seniors now back on the mat joining the Juniors after 19 months with no judo.

It was a great session albeit rather warm. The numbers on the mat were good and still a lot on holiday to join back in over the next few weeks.

Friday 23rd July 2021 – Contact Judo opens back up for all age groups. Training times return to normal

Following the publication of Sport England’s FAQs , we are delighted that all current restrictions on our sport are set to expire on Monday 19th July!

This will allow members of all ages to return to their dojos and participate in contact judo sessions with no restrictions on numbers.

While this is excellent news for our sport, the danger of Covid is still prevalent in our communities. With rising numbers across the country, we would like to express caution when returning to the sport – we are sure that everyone can’t wait to feel the tatami under their feet once again!

Here is a brief overview of the Government’s recent announcement:

  • Full contact judo allowed for adults and under 18’s.
  • No legal restrictions indoors or outdoors for participants or spectator numbers
  • No capacity caps for club sessions or events
  • No travel restrictions
  • Facemasks no longer legal requirements, however, consider face masks in confined spaces

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.
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