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No outdoor session this evening

Please note that thee will be no outdoor session this evening (Tuesday 21 July).

The next session will be Thursday 23 July, at Hilsea Creek.

Please let us know if you are attending to ensure we have adequate numbers of coaches. We are still limited to working at a maximum ratio of 1:5.

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Change of venue for Tuesday training

Training this Tuesday will be in Drayton Park, at the bottom of Court Lane.

This will enable us to use the 5 station outdoor gym.

Please also bring judo belts, tension band or uchikomi bands if you have them – we can thread these through the tennis court fence to enable some uchikomi practice.

Times and costs remain unchanged.

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Training cancelled

Apologies for the last notice, but in light of the uncertain weather and no confirmed attendees, we are cancelling tonight’s session.

Hopefully summer will return next week!

We will be checking out a local outdoor gym, with a view towards using that from next week.

Details to follow.

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Training tonight cancelled

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As the weather today (30 June 2020) has been generally wet, we have decided to cancel tonight’s session at Hilsea.

Forecast is looking good for Thursday, so we will see you then.

Enjoy your evening!

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Don’t forget training tonight!

Don’t forget, we will be meeting tonight for a socially distanced fitness and movement training session, as announced previously. Please let us know if you are coming!

Bring outdoor sports clothing and water, an exercise mat is also useful.

Our next session will be Thursday.

We are expecting guidelines soon from the BJA as to what a return to mat based training could look like – but we will be dependent on the school allowing hall hire to recommence. Recent news from Croatia after Novak Djokovic hosted a tennis tournament, with several players testing positive afterwards, also flags up the value of a cautious return to sport.

In the meantime, don’t forget you can help us to boost club funds so that we can come back stronger by playing the Portsmouth Lottery or using the Easyfundraising website or app when shopping online – we have recently benefitted from purchases at Amazon, Uber Eats, Dunelm and Ordnance Survey, to name just a few. Signing up now could win us £500!

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It’s getting nearer…

The Government this morning announced a drop in the coronavirus alert level from 4 to 3. This is likely to result in some further easing of restrictions over the next few weeks.

We understand that British Judo is close to publishing its own guidelines for Phase One of a return to training. We suspect that this is likely to follow a Judo Fit type model – randori and shiai will remain impossible under social distancing guidelines.

We are cautiously optimistic that in theory at list, we may be able to make some start of return in September. However, this must be economically viable for us if there are restrictions on class sizes due to distancing requirements, and is dependent on the school allowing external groups to use its facilities.

In the meantime, we will continue with our recently established outdoor training programme.

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Outdoor sessions to run twice a week

Following this week’s trial, we will commence outdoor training in earnest next week.

Sessions will run Tuesday and Thursday evening, commencing at 18:30 and run for about an hour. Sessions will remain weather dependent, cancellation notices will be posted on website and our normal social media channels.

We will meet in our usual place at Hilsea Lines, where the bridge crosses over from Highbury College to join Peronne Road.

We will mix it up with some fitness activities and judo movements. Social distancing will be maintained, as will small group sizes in line with Government guidance. To enable this, we appreciate prior notification of attendance to ensure adequate numbers of coaches.

Please wear suitable sports clothing, bring water (it is looking HOT next week) and if you have one, an exercise mat will be beneficial.

A contribution of £2 per head is asked for, this will help to boost club funds for when we are able to return to normal training.

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Outdoor training to commence next week

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
  • Water bottle
  • 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.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Possibility of outdoor fitness training sessions

The easing of some restrictions associated with prevention of the spread of coronavirus means that outdoor training becomes a possibility. Latest Government guidance (Cabinet Office, 2020) is

From Monday 1 June, you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a 2 metre gap from those you do not live with.

People who play team sports can meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in separate groups of no more than six and must be 2 metres apart at all times. While groups could practice ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. You can also play doubles tennis with people from outside of your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible. Any equipment that is used should be cleaned frequently. Cleaning should be particularly thorough if it is to be used by someone else.

And if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

This would mean that 5 players could meet with one coach. Larger groups would have to split into smaller groups with sufficient distancing between them.

Is there interest in participating in any such session? These would be similar to the sessions we have run in previous summers, held at Hilsea Creek or possibly Drayton Park as the Creek has become a popular walking spot.

Please use the comments field below to let us know.

Indoor training sessions (especially full contact judo) remain unlikely for non-elite athletes for some time – guidance published by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport make clear the restraints and conditions that will have to be worked with within elite sport.

Cabinet Office. (2020, June 1). Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do. Retrieved from GOV.UK:

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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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