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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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Entry open for 2019 Hampshire Open

Entry is now open for the 2019 Hampshire Open and Adaptive Judo Championships, to be held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre.

The event will run on 27th October.

Entry details can be found on the BJA events calendar.

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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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