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Proud day for Court Lane at Hampshire Open

An exciting day of judo at the Hampshire Open saw Isla and Jonty make the transition from junior to adult judo.

Up first however was Jon Luijken, making his competition debut at -46kg. Whilst there was to be no medal on this occasion, he made a determined effort and showed great promise over his three fights.

Jonty, who recently competed in the regional schools qualifier, fought in a packed -71kg category. 17 players delivered some quality judo, with Jonty right in the thick of it. 3 wins from 5 contests – from throws, hold down and an opportunistic arm lock – saw him clinch a well deserved 5th place.

Isla was the lowest graded adult in the women’s -63kg category. Undaunted she delivered her usual all out attacking performance and was rewarded with a bronze medal.

Regular club visitors Michael Churcher and Harry Hopkins were also in action.

Harry competed in the same weight group as Jonty, delivering a lightning fast ippon win in his first fight. He wasn’t able to repeat on this in his next two fights, but still delivered a credible performance.

Michael Churcher had the misfortune to fight his Osaka nemesis Harrison Grist in his first fight. Despite having just competed in a 14 minute golden score contest, Grist still had enough left to secure revenge over Mike for his victory in the Hampshire Closed. Ultimately Mike secured a bronze medal in the junior -66kg.

A great day for the club, with junior players making a strong impact in the adult categories.

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Closing date approaching for Hampshire Open


4 medalsThe closing date for the Hampshire Open is fast approaching – don’t forget to get those entries in!

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Busy Autumn ahead


It’s shaping up to be a busy Autumn term.

Details of Hampshire squad sessions (for juniors and adults) have already been published.

Some competitions have been announced that should be of interest:




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Bronze medal for Dean at Hampshire Open

Congratulations to Dean Smith, who today claimed a bronze medal at -81kg in the senior Hampshire Open.

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Hampshire Judo competitions announced

Action from 2009 Hampshire Open

With a singular lack of fanfare, dates have appeared on the Hampshire Judo website for 2017 competitions.

  • 30 April – Red & Yellow Belt Closed – Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh.
  • 8 October – Special Needs Open – venue to be announced.
  • 8 October – Hampshire Open – venue to be announced.

With the redesign of Fleming Park Leisure Centre and lack of storage for Hampshire’s mats, the hunt is on for a suitable home for forthcoming competitions.

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Bronze for Jack at Hampshire Open

Jack on medal podium

Jack on medal podium

Jack Rogerson added to his burgeoning medal collection with another determined performance at today’s Hampshire Open.

Fighting at -38kg, Jack was one of nine players, split into two pools. He started strongly against an Osaka player, but was thrown for ippon when he was caught off-balance by a strong counter attack.

He bounced back to score three consecutive ippons, transitioning smoothly from tachiwaza to newaza in each case.  Jack finished 2nd in his pool and moved into the knockout stage, to face the winner of the other pool.

This was a tough match against a player from Summit. Jack did well to block two strong uchimata attacks before being caught for waza-ari with tai-otoshi. Jack was fighting his way back into contention when he was caught for ippon with uchimata, to finish in bronze medal position.

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Nearly time to get back on the mat!

IMG_5494It’s nearly time to get back on the mat.

It is a busy run in to the first competition of the Autumn, full details are below:


  • 23 – Fitness session at Hilsea Creek.
  • 27 – “I am Team GB” event at Holbrook Judo Club.
  • 30 – Fitness session at Hilsea Creek.


  • 6 – School restarts – no session!
  • 8 – Return to judo. Classes run as normal every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
  • 10 – Randori session at Holbrook Judo Club.
  • 25 – Hampshire junior squad session at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, 1530 – 1730. Open to all competitive junior players.


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Entry now open for Hampshire Open

Action from 2009 Championships

Action from 2009 Championships

Entry is now open for the Hampshire Open on 2 October, for both junior and senior players. It is point scoring for those chasing Dan grade points.

Please note that this competition is weight banded only – there is no age or grade banding in place.

Entry forms can be found at the Hampshire Judo website.

The competition will once again be held at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre.

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Competition opportunities 2016


We have been looking at the competition calendar for next year, the following suggest themselves as good competitions without too much travel. When available, we have linked to the entry form.

All competitions in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent will be listed on the Southern Area website,

Nationally, all events are listed on the British Judo Association website,

As always, speak to club coaches before entering!




  • 20 Southern Area Pre-cadet and Cadet – Crawley
  • ? Hampshire Closed – Eastleigh


  • ? Hampshire Split Grade



  • 11 Sussex -12 Open – Worthing


  • ? Hampshire Open
  • ? Southend International


  • 12 Southern Area Green & Under – Crawley
  • 13 Sussex -16 Open – Worthing

Competition results up to end June should inform your decision as to whether you want to enter for the Southend International.

Some of you may want to try out for National Championships, you need to be a seasoned competitor with a good track record of success to consider this.

We will add further competitions in Northern Home Counties and Western Area as they become available.




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Azhar maintains medal form at Hampshire Open

medalsAzhar Baree maintained his medal winning form with a bronze medal at this year’s Hampshire Open.

The only entrant from the Club, Azhar was fighting at a new weight of -46kg, in a pool of 5.

A decisive win in the first round, with two waza-ari throws, and then a hard fought win on penalties against a left handed player, saw him secure third place.

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