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Not the post I thought I would be writing

On the eve of the Hampshire Closed, I would usually be writing to wish our players good luck. Or to remind people that clocks change tomorrow and to not be late for the weigh-in.

But not today. Covid-19 has changed everything.

The Club is currently closed. Officially until after Easter holidays, but until at least June if we are being realistic. Personally, I think September is more likely by the time we add in summer holidays (remember those?).

We have not been able to say goodbye to John Luijken before he and his family move abroad.

We did manage to get in to clean and disinfect the mats before the school was closed. Thanks to Kev and Craig as always for their help.

The Hampshire Closed has been cancelled, as has the Southern Area teams tournament. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021.

Thankfully as we only hire the hall on an hourly basis from the school, we are not exposed to the same cashflow risks that clubs who own their premised are exposed to. (And I never thought I would be grateful for not having our own dojo, but always something to be glad about if you look!).

If you are online shopping, don’t forget that you can raise funds for the club at the same time via Easyfundraising – use this link to register: and we will receive an extra donation when your donations reach £5. We have 19 supporters currently – 8 of whom who have never shopped via Easyfundraising. It’s easy, free and doesn’t cost you a penny more.

Community groups are going to be vital as we go through this crisis. You can help to strengthen not only us but the wider community if you play the Portsmouth Lottery. Tickets can be purchased via this link,

It is important that everyone stays fit and as healthy as possible – we have posted links in the Facebook group to various resources from Sport England and British Judo. No doubt some of you are working out with Joe Wicks every morning! Maintaining your physical health will help to keep you mentally healthy – again, a lot of support is being signposted towards support in this area.

To those who are essential workers, in the NHS, social care, keeping our food shelves stocked – we thank you for your efforts, stay safe, we will all do our best not to put extra stress on you.

Take care everyone, and we will see you on the other side.

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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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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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One more squad session before the Hampshire Closed!

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 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.

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February squad session

The next Hampshire squad session is being held at Fleming Park leisure centre on Sunday 16 February.

Starting at 10 am and running for two hours, the session is open to all competitively minded players (junior aged 8 and over and senior). There is a £5 mat fee.

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February half term – no judo

The school has confirmed that there will be no evening access to the premises over the half term period, so there will be no judo on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 18 February
  • Thursday 20 February

Classes will recommence as normal on Tuesday 25 February.

Don’t forget the Hampshire squad session on Sunday 16 February!

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Judo classes restart Tuesday 7th January!

Looking to work off that Christmas over-indulgence? Then look no further!

Judo classes restart this Tuesday in the main hall at Court Lane Junior School, Hilary Avenue, Cosham.

  • Junior beginners, 6 – 7pm
  • Junior advanced and adults, 7 – 8pm

Lessons also run every Thursday, times as above.

First lesson is free, then a £5 mat fee on a pay as you go basis.

All coaches are British Judo Association qualified and DBS checked. You can find out more about us on our FAQ and coaches pages.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

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Kagami Biraki

Kagami Biraki is the traditional Japanese ceremony to welcome in the New Year, typically held in the first weekend of the year.

It has been a part of martial arts practice since Jigoro Kano introduced it to the Kodokan in 1884. (The above picture shows uki-otoshi, the first technique of nage no kata, being demonstrated at the Kodokan in the 2019 Kagami Biraki).

The modern martial arts practice of Kagami Biraki enables all students to come together and train as preparation for the new year.

Hampshire Judo will be hosting its first squad session of 2020 on Sunday 5th January at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, from 10:00 to 12 noon. All adult players and juniors aged 8+ are welcome to attend.

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Just two sessions left this year!

There’s just another two sessions left this year, Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th December.

We hope to see you all on the mat! (Don’t forget we will be in The Manor after the Thursday session…).

Full details of our Christmas closure can be found online, look out for details coming soon of January squad session, 2020 Hampshire judo programme and events further afield!

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