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.
Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh will once again host Hampshire Judo squads on 6th October.
This combined squad session – juniors and adults – will run from 10am – 12 noon. The session is open to all competitively minded players aged 8 years and over.
With attendances usually in the 35-40 range, this is a great opportunity to broaden out your practice.
As usual, a £5 mat fee will apply.
Players should also be considering the
session with Dave Starbrook – a limited number of free junior places are available.
The first squad session of the new term will be held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh on Sunday 8th September.
The session will run from 10 – 12 noon and will be a combined session for junior and adult players.
Normal £5 mat fee will apply.
With the next Hampshire event only just over a month away, this is a great chance to kick start the autumn term!
The next Hampshire squad session will be hosted by Scorpion Judo Club at Augusta Park Community Centre, East Anton Farm Road, Andover on Sunday 23 June.
The session will run from 1330 – 1500, and be followed by a free BBQ kindly donated by Scorpion Judo Club.
For catering reasons, please confirm attendance to Paul Vella (judocoachpv @ aol.com) or comment on the Facebook event at
The next Hampshire squad session will be held at Holbrook judo club, Brune Park school, Gosport on the evening of Friday 24th May.
The session will begin at 1930, a £5 mat fee will apply.
All Court Lane players are encouraged to attend.
Please note there has been a change of time and venue for the final Hampshire squad session before the intercounties.
This will now be held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre (Places Leisure), Eastleigh on 28 April, at the following times :-
Juniors – under 16 years of age 10.00 – 11.30 Seniors – over 14 years of age 11.30 – 13.00 Open to all Hampshire registered players. £5.00 mat fee
Osaka Judo Club are hosting the final squad session before this year’s Intercounty event.
There are sessions for both junior (-16) and adult (14+) players, on Sunday 28th April.
Juniors 10.00 – 11.30am Adults 12.00 – 13.30pm
Mat fee is £5.
The first squad session of the year will be held at Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2RA.
The session will kick off at 10am, normal mat fees will apply.
Hampshire Judo has announced its draft calendar for the next two years.
Some dates are still to be confirmed, and may change slightly, but good to get these in the diary for next year now. Please note that next year’s Closed is scheduled for a
Competitions (all at Fleming Park)
Closed – Saturday 6th April 2019
Red and Yellow Belt rumble – Sunday 7th July 2019
Open – Sunday 27th October 2019
Closed – Sunday 29th March 2020
Open – Sunday 25th Oct 2020
Dan Gradings 2019
Sunday 27th January – TBC
Sunday 28 April (Easter is the week before)
Sunday 18 August (Bank Holiday is the weekend after)
Squad training tbc
January – Salisbury
February – Andover
February – Aldershot (Southern Area training)
3rd March – Fleming Park
7th April – Fleming Park
Please note that there has been a change of date and venue for the November Hampshire squad session.
This is to enable players to compete in the
South Coast Open.
The next session will now be held on Sunday 25th November, at Brune Park Community School in Gosport. As always, the session will start at 10am.
The guest coach for this session will be Sarah Hopkins.