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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!

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our page,

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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Craig to tackle Great South Run for The Rowans

Club coach Craig Jones will be taking on the challenge of the Great South Run on 20th October.

Craig will be running the course in honour of his grandfather Tom Jones (no, not that one…!) and to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.

Craig has set up a JustGiving sponsorship page for anyone who wishes to donate.

Good luck Craig!

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Court Lane players in the medals

Players from Court Lane Judo Club have made an exciting start to the year, with three medals from three competitions, across the whole spectrum of experience.

Michael Churcher claimed a bronze medal from the South Coast Green Belt & Under in January.

John Luijken followed this up with a bronze medal at the Surrey Red & Yellow Belt Open, in Reigate, at the beginning of February.

Club coach Craig Jones was also in action, competing at the South Coast Senior Open, where he claimed a third bronze medal for the club.

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Craig takes big step towards his black belt

Craig Jones gained twenty points towards his 1st Dan at a grading in Horsham on Sunday.

Craig came back from a loss in his first fight, when he was held down, to score two ippon wins in his next two contests.

This takes Craig’s points score to forty, nearly half way to his black belt.

Well done Craig – keep going!

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Craig returns to international competition

IMG_5511Craig returned to the competition mat on Sunday when he competed in this year’s Kent International.

Craig had trained hard in the build up to this competition, and gave a strong account of himself in his pool. Unfortunately on this occasion, it wasn’t quite enough, Craig losing out to the eventual gold and silver medallists.


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New friends made in French twinning events

Coaches and players from Court Lane have participated in recent twinning events with French judo clubs.

In May, Tony, Kev, Craig and Dean (and Brett’s mum!) along with representatives of Holbrook Judo Club, travelled to Royan in the Bordeaux region, for a weekend of Judo, sightseeing and socialising.

We look forward to them visiting us next year.

At the beginning of June, members of Le Havre’s Judo Perrey Guerrier visited the Portsmouth area and were hosted by Holbrook Judo Club.

Members of Portsmouth area judo clubs were invited to join with a training session and friendly competition with the visitors.

13332761_491866707684192_5534276740323114499_nTony, Jonty, Mieszko and Maya represented the club during the morning training session, with Jonty taking part in the afternoon competition.

Hopefully we can visit JPG next year.



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Court Lane Judo Club return to winning ways

Court Lane Judo Club marked a return to medal form with results in two competitions over the weekend of 4-5 October.

On the Saturday, Craig Jones broke a 5 year hiatus from competition, when he competed in the Kyu Grade Cup at the High Wycombe Judo Centre. It was a successful return to competition, culminating with a well deserved bronze medal for 22 year old Craig, who can usually be found instructing the younger players at the Cosham based club.

These same young players did the Club proud on Sunday 5 October, when a 5 strong squad competed at the Hampshire Split Grade Competition at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre.

All players were fighting in the junior novice red and yellow belt categories, and returned with 4 medals – Marcus Tree with silver, at -27kg; Jack Rogerson bronze at -34kg; bronze for Mieszko Polak at-30kg and a bronze for debutant contestant Mostafa Hannan at -60kg in the higher age bands.

The fifth member of the squad was Conor Isherwood-Lee (-38kg) who also fought with distinction against some tough opponents.

Coach Kevin Jones commented on the results, “There was a great club spirit today, everyone supported their club and players through to the final fight. There was some great judo from all the players.”

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Welcoming friends old and new

Delighted to see the return of several old faces on to the mat over the last few weeks.

This is in addition to Craig and Andy who are now firmly established as part of the coaching structure within the club.

We would also like to welcome several new players as well, we hope you enjoy your time studying Judo at Court Lane Judo Club.

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Court Lane’s Hampshire Champions so far…

Having been perusing our old records, we have produced an amazing number of Hampshire medallists, in all competitions:

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under
Brett Caswell, -30kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Chris Batchelor, -34kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under

Kate Borland, -36kg, BRONZE
Chris Carter, -30kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Andrew Gould, -27kg, BRONZE
Kate Borland, -36kg, BRONZE
Brett Caswell, -38kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Andrew Potter, -27kg, GOLD
Andrew Read, -30kg, BRONZE
Jonathan Galvin, -42kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Team Championship
Court Lane A, Lightweight Boys, SILVER

Andrew Gould, -27kg
Andrew Read, -30kg
Peter Caulfield, -34kg
Brett Caswell, -38kg
Jonathan Galvin, -42kg

Hampshire Closed
Andrew Gould, -27kg, GOLD
Andrew Potter, -30kg, SILVER
Brett Caswell, -42kg, GOLD
Chris Batchelor, -42kg, BRONZE
Jonathan Galvin, -46kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Timothy Batchelor, -30kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under

Tiffany Caswell, -25kg, SILVER
Andrew Gould, -30kg, BRONZE
Andrew Potter, -30kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Andrew Gould, -30kg, SILVER
Andrew Potter, -34kg, GOLD
Andrew Read, -34kg, BRONZE
Brett Caswell, -46kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Tiffany Caswell, -25kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under

Sophie Read, -28kg, SILVER
Craig Jones, -46kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed

Oliver Eggins, -27kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Andrew Gould, -38kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under

Ben Garside, -27kg, BRONZE
Owen Jones, -34kg, SILVER
Craig Jones, -55kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Andrew Gould, -38kg, GOLD

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Ben Garside, -27kg, GOLD
Owen Jones, -34kg, BRONZE
David Murana, -42kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Ben Garside, -27kg, SILVER
Lewis Dolman, -30kg, SILVER
Joe Garside, -42kg, BRONZE
Andrew Read, -50kg, SILVER

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Tiffany Caswell,  -36kg, SILVER
Daniel Lattimore, -42kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Orange Belt & Under

Ben Garside, -30kg, SILVER
Lewis Dolman, -30kg, BRONZE
Owen Jones, -34kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Ben Garside, -30kg, BRONZE
Lewis Dolman, -34kg, GOLD
Owen Jones, -34kg, BRONZE
Joe Garside, -46kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Charlie Swetman, -27kg, BRONZE
Lee Growse, -46kg, GOLD

Hampshire Open
Ben Garside, -30kg, SILVER
Lewis Dolman, -34kg, SILVER

Hampshire Closed
Lewis Dolman, -34kg, GOLD
Owen Jones, -38kg, BRONZE
Lee Growse, -46kg, BRONZE
Craig Jones, -73kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Charlie Swetman, -30kg, SILVER
James Andrews, -34kg, BRONZE
Louise Growse, GOLD

Hampshire Open Split Grade
Owen Jones, GOLD
James Andrews, BRONZE
Louise Growse, -57kg, BRONZE
Craig Jones, -73kg, BRONZE


Hampshire Closed
Lewis Dolman, -38kg, BRONZE
Owen Jones, -38kg, BRONZE
Craig Jones, -73kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed
Yellow Belt & Under

Jack Morey, -38kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Junior Open
Craig Jones, SILVER
Owen Jones, BRONZE
Lewis Dolman, BRONZE

Hampshire Senior Open
Kev Jones, BRONZE

Hampshire Split Grade Open
Jordan Ward, -34kg, BRONZE
Lewis Dolman, -42kg, SILVER
Owen Jones, -46kg, GOLD
Craig Jones, -81kg, SILVER

Hampshire Closed
Owen Jones, -46kg, SILVER
Lewis Dolman, -46kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Open
Owen Jones, -50kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Split Grade Open
Jordan Ward, -38kg, BRONZE (+12, Orange/Green)

Hampshire Closed
Lewis Dolman, -55kg, GOLD
Owen Jones, -55kg, SILVER
Reece Blackmore, -46kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Closed Yellow Belt & Under
Sophie Dolman, GOLD
Matthew Randall, SILVER
Jonty Bassil, BRONZE

Hampshire Senior Split Grade Open
Brett Caswell, -66kg, GOLD
Craig Jones, -100kg, BRONZE
Kev Jones, -100kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Junior Split Grade Open
Lewis Dolman, -60kg, GOLD
Owen Jones, -60kg, SILVER

Hampshire Junior Closed
Owen Jones, SILVER

Hampshire Senior Closed
Brett Caswell, -66kg, GOLD
Craig Jones, BRONZE

Hampshire Junior Closed
Matthew Kirby, -73kg, BRONZE

Hampshire Junior Closed
Joel Bassil, -27kg, SILVER

Hampshire Junior Closed
Sarah Carr, -32kg, BRONZE
Azhar Baree, -34kg, SILVER

Hampshire Junior Closed Split Grade
Azhar Baree, GOLD
Sarah Carr, SILVER
Joel Bassil, BRONZE
Jonty Bassil, SILVER
Marcus Tree, BRONZE
Jack Rogerson, SILVER

Hampshire Senior Closed Split Grade
Jess Oakden, BRONZE

Who can we add in 2014?

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Choosing an Award winner

Following on from the announcement of our Award winners, we thought it would be useful to reiterate the process that we go through to decide our nominees and eventual winners.

Firstly, we are only considering the year just gone. Prior awards are not taken into account, as a rule. However if one player is plainly monopolising an award over several years, as would in the past have been the case for perhaps Brett Caswell, Andy Gould, then they will be excluded from the selection. This will be explained to that player.

Secondly, we are very much guided by The Judo Code:
Fairplay – be a good sport, encourage equality, don’t stand for bullying.
Respect – show good manners to your Coach and each other, always be polite, follow judo etiquette in the dojo – bow when you go onto and leave the mat, bow to your Coach at the beginning and the end of the session, bow to your partner at the start and end of each practice.
Hygiene – pay attention to personal cleanliness, keep fingernails short and clean, wear clean clothing, no footwear on the mat, wear zori (flip flops) off the mat.
Self-discipline – work hard, listen to instructions, be punctual, don’t miss lessons.
Friendship – be a good friend, welcome newcomers, be helpful and kind.

Looking back, it is useful to note that in previous years, some players who you may have thought would have been a shoe-in for an awards perhaps because of judo prowess or competition success, have failed to win, because they have fallen down in other areas – usually Respect or Self-discipline. General behaviour and attitude on the mat is just as – if not more – important than being able to score a perfect Ippon every time. Competitiveness is good; so is the ability to lose gracefully. Consideration for your training partners means that you will still have training partners next week. Some of the afore mentioned players have fallen in this category!

Competition success and general judo development is obviously taken into account however, but it is not the be-all and end-all of everything.

For this year, the club coaches reviewed each name on the register in January and nominated their choices. Each nomination had to be backed up with a justification by the nominating coach to the other panel members as to why they felt that person was a suitable recipient.

This year, players were also invited to nominate candidates for consideration in certain categories, again with an explanation as to why they felt that person was worthy. Both the nominations received in this way in fact made it through to the final decision making process, one in fact ending up as a trophy winner.

Some categories were quite oversubscribed – Most Improved for instance had 8 nominations, which we whittled down to 4 names. The final decision in each case was then made on a one person one vote basis.

We are aware that we can not please everyone; indeed, sometimes we are not pleased ourselves when our nominations are rejected. We have sometimes found ourselves advocating for or against our own children, thsoe of fellow coaches, committee members or friends.

The Kiss of Death effect
We have also noticed a bizarre and unexpected side effect of awarding trophies.

There have been many cases over the years when our trophy winners have then promptly quit! Or displayed a marked deterioration in the very elements that originally made them a trophy winner… Why? Is it perhaps because they think they have peaked, cannot achieve any higher things? Do they struggle to maintain that standard, mentally? It is interesting to notice that many top competitors across all sports often expereince this post World or Olympic success.

It does sometimes make us very nervous about awarding a trophy!

Conversely, some of our longest serving and most dedicated players have received very little silverware in recognition of their hard work, but still turn up and support the club and their fellow judoka. Craig Jones and Andy Read would be two perfect examples.

Tony was lucky enough to be nominated for a British Judo Association coach of the year award by our regional development officer last year, partly in recognition of twenty years service to the Club. Whilst it was an unexpected surprise, it is not why Tony gives up a minimum of 7 hours every week – sometimes a lot more – to Judo. In fact, Tony found it quite embarrassing and would not have attended the Awards evening if he had been successful. Jill Brown also found the same when nominated for a Portsmouth News Coach of the Year Award. It’s not why we do it…

Awards then are a double-edged sword. If players do have concerns as to why they were unsuccessful, they are quite welcome to ask any of the club coaches areas where they think development is needed to improve.

Some players, a month into 2014, are already emerging as strong contenders for future awards if they can maintain progress they have made during January. Some 2013 winners are already showing signs of slipping back… we are watching…

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