A huge thank you to all who have been supporting us through the Easyfundraising platform.
Donations since we first went live have now broken the £500 mark. These have supplemented mat income and supported us with some of the ancillary costs of running the club, as well as bolstering income when mat attendance has been low.
Your continued support will be amazing as we move forward and prepare for a return to judo… costs are likely to remain high but income reduced due to social distancing requirements.
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New supporters can sign up here. Once you raise your first £5, Easyfundraising will match it, meaning we get £10!
Outdoor training will commence next Tuesday, 16 June, and run every Tuesday until further notice.
Sessions will be weather dependent – cancellation notices will be posted to the website, Facebook and Twitter.
We will meet at our usual venue, by Hilsea Lines, where the bridge crosses over from Higbbury College and joins Peronne Road.
Sessions will commence at 6.30 and run for about 45 minutes to an hour.
There will be no more than 5 players to one coach, in order to comply with Government guidelines. Please register your interest by commenting on this post or on our social media posts.
As social distancing needs to be be maintained, this will not be a judo session. Neither can we share equipment with people outside of household groups. However we will be looking to incorporate some solo judo exercises.
There will be running. There will be press ups. There will be sit ups. There might even be burpees and mountain climbers and squats.
You will need :
Running shoes and sports clothing
A jacket for judo exercises (not necessarily a judo jacket as it may get grass stained)
Optionally, an exercise mat.
In order to support club funds, we ask for a £2 per head fee. We are happy to take cash, please try to bring the correct change with you.
In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Hampshire Judo have cancelled all planned events for 2020, it was announced yesterday.
Despite some easing of restrictions for outdoor meetings, social distancing requirements remain in place. The coronavirus alert level remains at 4, meaning that indoor events and training for non-elite athletes (especially in contact sports) remain prohibited.
It is hoped that a normal competition programme can be resumed for 2021.
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
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.
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.
Michael was our sole representative at this year’s National Championships, following in the footsteps of Brett Caswell, Andy Gould, Lewis Dolman and Ben Garside. Michael went toe to toe with those seeking to establish themselves as the best in the country.
Despite having fought for most of the year at -73kg, Michael managed to slip in to the -66kg category. This category was made up of 48 players, so a real test of character!
A bye in the first round secured automatic progression to the second round. A loss here by two waza-aris put Michael in to the repechage.
A great ippon throw to win secured progression through to the next contest, where Michael was ultimately armlocked by a Dan grade player.
Overall, a very credible performance from Michael, with a lot of positives and some areas to improve on ready for next year.