Tony, Andy, Simon, Jonty and Azhar have just returned from a trip to Royan, France, where they trained with the local judo club.
The visit was undertaken with Holbrook Judo Club, as part of the official twinning events between Gosport and Royan.
Whilst there, players trained with their French counterparts on the Friday evening and Sunday morning, before taking part in a “friendly” competition, where Andy, Jonty and Azhar all took on players considerably bigger than themselves and higher graded. All three performed with distinction, Jonty and Azhar scoring some good wins.
Andy also took part in the Monday evening fitness and newaza session, so look out for some new exercises and more variations on sangaku and juji gatame!
It wasn’t all Judo however, with trips to Blaye and La Rochelle forming part of the itinerary , we also took advantage of an opportunity to go sailing.
Royan will be visiting Gosport in 2015, with Holbrook hosting Judo activities.