The final Hampshire squad before the Closed tournament will run on Sunday 15th March, at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre. The session will commence at 10am and run until 12 noon.
Previous sessions this year have seen over 50 players – junior and senior – attend.
This final session will be led by one of Hampshire’s most successful male players of recent year, Sam Potts. Sam has a number of national titles to his credit and always delivers an engaging enjoyable session.
Entry for the Hampshire Closed on Sunday 29th March is now open. Entry can be made online at www.coubertinjudo.com. Last date for entries is 22nd March.
Attendance at squad sessions and results at the Closed will be used to determine the teams to represent Hampshire in the forthcoming Intercounty tournament against Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Maddi Cox has also returned, helping out on the desk and other admin bits for us.
Maddi represented Portsmouth in the 2013 and 2014 Hampshire & Isle of Wight Games, and took part in many of our demonstrations, most memorably at Solent Junior where she got to slap Andy Read… (She’s probably going to slap me for using this old photo).
We are delighted to welcome Maddi back to the club.
We are delighted to welcome Jill Brown back on the mat!
Jill was one of the original founders of the club in 1993, when we moved from Cosham Community Centre to the school. As well as coaching, Jill has also served as secretary and treasurer for the club.
Both her sons – Simon and Ian – represented the club, and we are pleased to now welcome her grandson Oliver onto the mat.
Jill was absolutely crucial to the club’s success during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century. It was always her belief that judo should be beautiful as well as effective.
Jill retired from the club in 2010, after achieving most of her judo goals – including having met Neil Adams a number of times!
Graded to 1st kyu and only a smidgen away from attaining her Dan grade, Jill is also a qualified Club Coach and holds a CCPR Higher Sports Leader award. Jill was shortlisted for The News Sports Coach of the Year.
We are delighted to have Jill back on the mat and look forward to working with her again – and helping her gain that elusive black belt that she so deserves.
There are great prizes to be won on the Portsmouth Lottery!
As well as a chance to win a cash prize of £25,000 you could win 1 of 5 Google Nest mini bundles and a fitbit.
Just visit our page on the Portsmouth Lottery to purchase your weekly ticket! 50p from every ticket sold comes back to the club and helps us to keep our mat fees as low as possible and start to save towards mat replacement.
We have been a little remiss in adding details of the new grades recently, so starting from last summer here are all the latest grade promotions! Some have graded more than once, so we have only listed the most recent grade awarded.
Blake Stirling – 2nd sho
Amy Roberts – 6th kyu (red belt)
Rosalind Hill – 1st sho
Hollie Brumwell – 1st sho
John Luijken – 6th mon
Chloe Lymer – 7th mon (orange belt)
Michael Churcher – 2nd kyu (blue belt)
Well done all players!
Don’t forget, to grade you must have a current membership of the British Judo Association.
We have brought the Purple Belt back to Thursday’s beginners’ class.
The Purple Belt will be awarded weekly to the player who shows the best judo and demonstrates the highest level of behaviour that week. They will get to wear the Purple Belt during the following week’s lesson and take their place at the head of line, regardless of grade.
This way, we hope to motivate the players to follow the precepts of the Judo Code.
The judo code is a set of ethics that judoka should live by on and off the mat. There are eight values that make up the Code, outlined by judo’s founder Jigoro Kano.
Kano believed the Judo Code to be of the utmost importance in the development of a judoka. His aim above all others was that judoka should become honourable and valuable members of the community they live in.
Courtesy To be polite to others
Courage To face difficulties with bravery
Honesty To be sincere with your thoughts and actions
Honour To do what is right and stand by your principles
Modesty To be without ego in your actions and thoughts
Respect To appreciate others
Self Control To be in control of your emotions
Friendship To be a good companion and friend
Embodying these principles will enable the young judoka to demonstrate their compliance with the Judo Kids Sho requirements:
Hygiene & Safety
Always wear a clean judo-gi and t-shirt (girls) • Short, clean finger and toe nails • Tie hair back if long • Listen and do what the coach asks • Look after your partner when practising • Do not kick, punch or bite anyone • Do not go close to the edge of the mat
Respect other judo players, your coach and everyone • Bow to your partner • Look after your partner • Listen to the coach • Watch the coach • Do what the coach asks on the mat
No biting, scratching, kicking or pulling hair • No swearing • No cheating in games or activities • Everyone gets a turn • Obey the dojo rules
Judo ultimately is a combat sport. Abiding to the rules helps to keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone