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Medal success marks return to competition

Court Lane Judo Club returned to competition after a long hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, when three players entered the 2022 Hampshire Closed.

Lewis Hook secured gold in his category, winning all his fights with ippon.

Chloe Lymer fought in a group where three three different weight groups were combined, securing a silver medal.

Michael Churcher made his full senior debut, and had seven excellent contests. Michael beat some higher graded players and was unlucky to just miss out on a medal.

Well done everyone!

Thanks also to the players who made the effort to come along and support – it was greatly appreciated.

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Court Lane players return to competition

Tomorrow sees Court Lane players officially return to the competition mat for the first time since Covid, when they compete in the Hampshire Closed in Eastleigh.

Wishing Michael, Chloe and Lewis the best of luck!

We will update throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Congratulations to all our new grades

After a mammoth grading effort – not helped by both Tony and Kev having to isolate due to Covid – over 20 new grades have been registered with the BJA!

Congratulations to :

  • Nevaeh Langley – 1st sho
  • Connor McCormack – 4th sho
  • Oliver Bernere – 4th sho
  • Natalia Langley – 1st mon
  • Xander Langley – 1st mon
  • Fabian Rodgers – 1st mon
  • Oscar Rodgers – 1st mon
  • Liam Cordery – 1st mon
  • Yameenah Baree – 1st mon
  • Zakariyya Baree – 1st mon
  • Harley Williams – 1st mon
  • Harry Webb – 1st mon
  • Jack Buckner – 1st mon
  • Harriet Stevenson – 2nd mon
  • Edward Stevenson – 2nd mon
  • James Passingham – 3rd mon
  • Lewis Hook – 5th mon
  • Chloe Lymer – 9th mon
  • Ryan Southey – 6th kyu
  • Connor Southey – 6th kyu
  • Paul Kelly – 4th kyu

Grading certificates etc. will be despatched directly from the BJA shortly.

There are a few players who were unable to grade for various reasons, hopefully we can add their names to this list shortly!

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Competition roundup

Due to the pandemic, it’s been a while since we had any competition results to celebrate.

Even when clubs reopened, competitions were a way behind, with players being asked to evidence so many hours of practice beforehand.

Two players associated with the Club have ventured back out onto the competition circuit, with great success.

Jonty Bassil, representing the Royal Navy, won gold at the Samurai club in Kidderminster in October, and picked up points towards his black belt – well done Jonty!

Chloe Lymer joined a team from Holbrook Judo Club to take part in a competition at another Samurai Judo Club, this time in Southampton, returning with a well deserved silver medal.

Congratulations to both players! We hope to see more players returning to competition next year as we continue to come out of the pandemic.

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Latest promotion successes

We are delighted to announce our latest new grades. Some of these are long overdue, having been delayed by the club’s enforced shutdown.

Congratulations to:

  • Harriet Stevenson – 1st mon
  • Renee Cleugh – 2nd mon
  • Ophelia Cleugh – 2nd mon
  • Chloe Lymer – 8th mon
  • Mieszko Polak – 9 mon

All grades have been registered with the British Judo Association, hopefully formal acknowledgement will not be too delayed!

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Grading successes

We have been a little remiss in adding details of the new grades recently, so starting from last summer here are all the latest grade promotions! Some have graded more than once, so we have only listed the most recent grade awarded.

  • Blake Stirling – 2nd sho
  • Amy Roberts – 6th kyu (red belt)
  • Rosalind Hill – 1st sho
  • Hollie Brumwell – 1st sho
  • John Luijken – 6th mon
  • Chloe Lymer – 7th mon (orange belt)
  • Michael Churcher – 2nd kyu (blue belt)

Well done all players!

Don’t forget, to grade you must have a current membership of the British Judo Association.

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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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A winning weekend for Court Lane

First of all, congratulations to club coach Craig Jones, who completed today’s Great South Run in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes 23 seconds, beating his own target time.

Craig was raising funds for the Rowans Hospice, he can still be sponsored via his JustGiving page.

We had another winner on the Portsmouth Lottery, remember to check your email to see if you’ve won!

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Finally, Michael Churcher and Chloe Lymer competed in Kent on Saturday, at the regional schools championships. Both players finished in third place in their respective categories.

Congratulations to all our winners.

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