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.
Chloe Lymer and Michael Churcher have been busy on the competition trail again.
Both Michael and Chloe competed in the South Coast Pre Cadet and Cadet Open.
This provided a tough challenge for Chloe, against some very aggressive competitors. Chloe scored a fantastic win against one of her Hampshire rivals, but, at the end of the pool, results were level between three of the four competitors.
Consequently, Chloe had to refight two of her three matches, to determine 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. This time Chloe delivered an even more emphatic victory (16 seconds) to secure a well deserved 3rd place.
Disappointingly Michael wasn’t given the same chance to shine, with a much smaller entry in his category than we were expecting. However, you can only fight who is put in front of you, and Michael returned with another silver medal to add to his growing collection.
Chloe then travelled to High Wycombe to compete in the NHC qualifier for the British Schools. An on fire Chloe swept her way to victory, defeating both an orange belt and a green belt (two whole belts higher!) on her way to a gold medal.
It may have been half term, but Court Lane players have been putting the miles in on the competition circuit.
Chloe Lymer and Michael Churcher both competed in this well attended event.
Chloe added another bronze to her collection, scoring from her favourite throw tai-otoshi and also winning a contest in ne-waza; an area of judo that Chloe has been working hard to improve, so a great result all round.
Chloe’s medal was presented by 9th Dan Dave Starbrook MBE OLY, who won Britain’s first Olympic Judo medals in 1972 and 1976. Starbrook had delivered a masterclass and coaching workshop to Hampshire players the day before.
Mike was also in action, contesting the senior weight groups. Mike gave a good account of himself in a category dominated by 1st kyu and Dan grade players, but was unable to progress to the medal stages on this occasion.
Welsh Pre-Cadet and Cadet Open
As part of his build up to the National Championships, Mike competed in yesterday’s Welsh Open. This was as a bench marking exercise to identify the level of competition and areas where Mike needs to improve prior to entering the Nationals.