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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: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/courtlanejudoclub/?invite=3H5QVP&referral-campaign=c2s 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, https://www.portsmouthlottery.co.uk/support/court-lane-judo-club

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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Hampshire Closed 2020 cancelled

Hampshire Judo made the following announcement this morning concerning this year’s Hampshire Closed, due to be held on 29th March:

Following the announcements by the UK Government and with our duty of care to all of our Hampshire Judo community we are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hampshire Closed event on the 29th of March. We will obviously be refunding entry fees and will communicate those arrangements shortly.

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Hampshire Closed still planned to go ahead

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

Entries can be made at www.coubertinjudo.com

The Hampshire squad session on Sunday 15th March is also scheduled to run as planned.

We will update if there are any changes!

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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 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.

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Hampshire Judo 2020 events

Hampshire Judo have announced their competition calendar for next year.

All events will be held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh

  • 29 March – Hampshire Closed
  • 12 July – Hampshire Red, Yellow belt and senior Kyu grade cup
  • 25 October – Hampshire Open and Adaptive Open

All entries will be via www.coubertinjudo.com.

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Michael takes on the best in the country

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.

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Busy weekends bring more success for Chloe and Michael

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.

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More success for Chloe

Chloe Lymer maintained her run of success when she joined Holbrook Judo Club at a recent event run by Southampton Samurai judo club.

Three wins in ne-waza secured Chloe a well deserved gold medal. Even more impressive as Chloe doesn’t usually like groundwork.

Chloe will be competing this weekend along side Michael Churcher, at the Sussex Precadet and Cadet open

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Medals keep rolling in

It may have been half term, but Court Lane players have been putting the miles in on the competition circuit.

Hampshire Open

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.

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Last chance to enter Hampshire events!

Closing dates are fast approaching for the next two Hampshire events:

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in these two flagship events!

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