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Help us, and the community, come back stronger

As always, we hope you are keeping well.

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on communities, and it continues to remain uncertain as to when we will be re-able to reopen.

We are keen to come back, and rebuild, as quickly and strongly as we can. To that end, please consider signing up to one of our fundraising initiatives – Easyfundraising or Portsmouth Lottery.

Easyfundraising is ideally placed to help, as it is based on online shopping, which more and more of us are using during the current pandemic. It won’t cost you a penny extra, but the club gets a donation for each purchase you make through the Easyfundraising site.

The Portsmouth Lottery will benefit us directly, with a percentage of each ticket sold coming directly to the club; importantly, some also goes into a grants pot to support other local good causes. Many traditional funding streams have dried up completely during the pandemic, so this may be vital in supporting lots of other local causes.

Thank you for your support.

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Club to remain closed

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced today that UK lockdown measures will continue for at least another three weeks.

Consequently the club remains closed, until at least mid-May.

If like us you are missing your Judo fix, do check out over 300 hours worth of free videos – both coaching and competition – that Fighting Films have made available at

If you are looking for simple interventions to support your physical and mental health, we recommend Feel Better in 5 by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, which you can purchase from Amazon.

Looking forward to seeing you all again,

Tony, Kev, Jill and Craig

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Happy Birthday to us

In amongst everything else that has been happening – we almost forgot that this week marks the 27th birthday of the Club!

Really doesn’t seem possible that it was that long ago that Roger, Jill and Tony set the club up.

Here’s hoping that it won’t be too long until we are back on the mat!

Stay safe everyone.

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A message from British Judo

Good morning everyone, hope you are all keeping well.

The following email was circulated to all members this morning:

British Judo Chairman Ronnie Saez has a message for members during this difficult time:

Good morning all, I hope you are all keeping well during this turbulent and unpredictable period. It is safe to say that none of us has experienced anything like what the country, and the world, is going through at the moment.

British Judo has been working with Sport England and UK Sport to deliver guidance that is aligned across the sports industry and as the situation continuously and rapidly develops, we will be having regular Board meetings to provide greater clarity for the judo family.

Our participation figures saw an increase this year which was fantastic to see before the lockdown, however at the present time, I think we need to accept that judo is very much a secondary option when  compared to saving lives and supporting our fantastic NHS.

We owe the staff and volunteers of the NHS a massive thank you for their unwavering commitment to the health of our nation and I was proud to stand on my doorstep each of the last two Thursdays to show my appreciation of their exceptional work. Two of our own – Dr Jo Banks and John Prescott – are working on the front line as part of the NHS so I hope you will join the rest of the country in saluting their hard work in the future. 

There have been many disruptions to the judo community across Great Britain, most notably the complete closures of all dojos and leisure centres which has ground the sport to a halt. It can be very difficult to keep yourself motivated and active on a daily basis, so it is important that you keep yourself healthy by either working out at home and/or talking a walk or run outside. British Judo are posting some great content regularly throughout the week to help give you some inspiration – whether it is completing your daily planks involving baked bean tins or completing squats with a help of kitchen roll!

These are unprecedented times, but we are witnessing our communities coming together and helping each other out which is great to see. Many clubs are posting workout content on their social media channels to assist each other.

If, like me, you were looking forwards to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this Summer, you will be relieved to hear that the Games will take place in 12 months. The showpiece sporting event is the sport’s most important stage to showcase the sport. I have complete confidence that our current squad is one of our best to date, in particular our female squad, continuing to develop on and off the mat into regular medal contenders in any competition that they enter.

British Judo are working hard behind the scenes to keep the sport moving and it is important that the British Judo family pulls together to support one another during these challenging times. One of the ways you can continue to support the sport is by continuing to renew your membership with them. Although you can’t necessarily train at the moment, there are many ways you can still get involved in the sport such as enrolling in a number of different courses and training programmes to ensure that you are prepared for, when the dojo doors eventually re-open.

Our Chief Executive Andrew Scoular, the Board, the British Judo Head Office team and I will be working tirelessly to get us through this as best we can.

In the meantime, look after yourselves and your families, and remember you have the whole judo community there to support you.

Yours in Judo,

Ronnie Saez 

Chairman, British Judo Association

We totally endorse the above – look after yourself and those around you.

Hopefully you enjoyed (?) some of the training videos we have shared in our Facebook group.

Don’t forget to make sure your membership is up to date – this is vital for your insurance cover when we do get back on the mat, and also gives you access to a range of member benefits.

Stay safe,

Tony, Kev, Craig & Jill

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Hampshire Closed 2020 cancelled

Hampshire Judo made the following announcement this morning concerning this year’s Hampshire Closed, due to be held on 29th March:

Following the announcements by the UK Government and with our duty of care to all of our Hampshire Judo community we are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hampshire Closed event on the 29th of March. We will obviously be refunding entry fees and will communicate those arrangements shortly.

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Judo closed until after Easter

Reluctantly, following the recommendations from the Government today to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact, we have decided to close the club during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Hopefully we will be able to reopen after the planned Easter closure.

It has not been an easy decision to make, especially with the current low incidence rate in the area. The expectation however is that the number of incidents is likely to grow rapidly over the next few days.

The decision was made easier by the example of other clubs such as Gosport, Fort Purbrook and Kendal who have closed their doors, as has the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Ratho. A number of major sporting events have been cancelled.

The decision is supported by Sport England, who are providing information on other ways people can keep fit whilst at home.

Making the decision now will not only protect the health of players and parents, it will also enable us to protect the club finances. Fundraising initiatives through Easyfundraising and Portsmouth Lottery will continue, please support us via these avenues if you can.

Needless to say, the Bring a Parent nights previously advertised are cancelled. We will rearrange these when the club is able to open again.

We will advise of any decisions made regarding the Hampshire Closed on 29th March.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Tony, Kev, Craig & Jill

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Judo and C-19

We are monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus) very carefully.

Latest guidance is that we are still in the early phases of the “containment” stage of the UK’s response to this global pandemic.

There has only been 1 confirmed case in Portsmouth at the time of writing.

Guidance from Sport England on 12th March was still very much that activities should carry on, with due regard to good hand hygiene and self-isolation if you are feeling unwell.

Domestic judo events are still running, although international competitions (Olympic qualification events, European championships etc.) have been cancelled or postponed. Our friends in France have been advised by their governing body to shut down clubs for the foreseeable future. Presumably other European federations are following suit.

If we can source hand sanitiser, we will provide some at the club. As you know, most of the shops have been victim to panic buying so this may not be possible.

However, soap and water is still a more effective barrier. Please make sure you wash your hands before and after sessions.

Guidance issued to schools today (16th March) repeats this message.

It is not feasible for us to disinfect mat surfaces every session. We believe that any transfer to mats will die out in between sessions as the virus has a short lifespan on hard surfaces.

Please make sure judogis are washed after every session.

We understand that many people are making their own decision to withdraw from activities ahead of Government advice, especially if they or members of their household have other underlying health issues, they are carers for people deemed to be vulnerable etc.

If you are planning on withdrawing from club activities, please let us know, so that we can gauge impact on the club, and plan accordingly.

Please make sure you are following us on social media (Facebook – either our Page or private group – and Twitter), subscribe to our email update service or check the website regularly for latest updates. Things are moving rapidly and these will be our primary means of communicating with you.

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Bring a Parent night is back!

By popular demand, Parent’s Night is back!

Yes, that’s right, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – here is your chance to come and join your children on the mat and find out what judo is all about, for free.

Please feel free to join us and your child on the mat at any session on Tuesday 31st March or Thursday 2nd April.

We look forward to welcoming you on the tatami.

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Hampshire Closed still planned to go ahead

Please see below the latest update from Hampshire Judo re the Hampshire Closed on 29th March:

After much consideration, the Hampshire Closed WILL be going ahead as planned. We are following national medical advice and as such there is no restriction on holding public events.

All players should follow the guidance provided. IF you are suffering flu like symptoms AND have been in contact with a person from an affected area then you should self isolate. Otherwise there is no need to seek medical advice.

Hampshire judo will be implementing some preventative measures on the day – such as no shaking of hands and will endeavour to provide hand sanitiser which players will be encouraged to use.

Obviously if the advice changes we shall adhere to it.

Please get those entries in to make the event the success it should be

Entries can be made at

The Hampshire squad session on Sunday 15th March is also scheduled to run as planned.

We will update if there are any changes!

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No Judo over Easter holidays

Please note that there will be no Judo over the Easter holidays. Unfortunately we are unable to access the school buildings.

The dates affected are:

  • Tuesday 7th April
  • Thursday 9th April
  • Tuesday 14th April
  • Thursday 16th April

Classes will recommence on Tuesday 21st April.

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