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Dean takes bronze at Hampshire Split Grade

Hampshire medallistsDean Smith and Craig McGeever represented the club at Sunday’s Split Grade competition.

Craig made his competition debut in the boy’s red and yellow belt competition at -30kg. He was narrowly defeated in his first fight, conceding a yuko in the final seconds. His second fight went in to two periods of golden score, before Craig won on a penalty. Unfortunately this was not sufficient to take him through to the knock out stages.

Dean delivered an excellent performance, knocking his first opponent down for waza-ari with o-soto, before scoring a decisive ippon. In his second fight, Dean again looked dominant, and was unfortunate to be caught on the ground with a juji gatame. His third fight was shorter, being thrown for ippon with drop seoi nage. His performance was sufficient to advance him in to third place and a well deserved bronze medal in the adult novice category.

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Spaces still available for Hampshire Split Grade

Judo fightThere is still time to enter the Hampshire Split Grade competition on 31 July.

Competitors are split by grade and weight, with both junior and senior events running on the same day. For adults of 1st kyu and above, this is a points scoring event.

Full details can be found on the Hampshire Judo website.

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Busy count down to summer

CalendarSummer break may nearly be here – but there is a lot of judo to still squeeze in!

  • Thursday 7 July – rehearsal for Summer Fair demonstration
  • Saturday 9 July – Summer Fair demonstration, 12.15 – 12.45. Mats will be available from 11am for any last minute practice, players are welcome to leave kits in the club. Please be ready on the mats for 12 noon.
  • Tuesday 12 July – randori session in advance of Hampshire Split Grade
  • Thursday 14 July – no Judo
  • Friday 15 July – Hampshire squad session at Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport 19.30 – 21.00. The session will feature guest coach Lewis Dolman, who started his judo career with us! The last session was well supported by Court Lane players, hope to see you all on the mats again.
  • Saturday 16 July – training session with GB international Sam Potts, at Holbrook Judo Club, Brune Park School, 10.00 – 12.00.
  • Tuesday 19 July – randori session in advance of Hampshire Split Grade
  • Thursday 21 July – randori and Bring a Parent! (tbc) – awaiting confirmation from school. This will be our final session before summer break.
  • Sunday 31 July – Hampshire Split Grade competition.

We will announce details of summer training activities shortly.

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Entry now open for Hampshire Split Grade Open

IMG_0511Entry is now OPEN for the Hampshire Split Grade Open, to be held at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre on 31 July.

The competition features both senior and junior categories, split by grade and weight. For those seeking points for their black belt, the 1st kyu and Dan grade section is point scoring.

The entry form can be downloaded from the Hampshire Judo website. Entries can also be made online, details can be found on the Hampshire website.

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Forthcoming competitions

Judo fightThe following competitions all offer opportunities for Court Lane judoka to gain more valuable judo experience and test themselves against players from other clubs:

12 June – Red & Yellow Belt Rumble, Worthing

25-26 June – Kent International, Gillingham

10 July – Surrey Senior Open Blue Belt & Under, Redhill

17 July – Northern Home Counties Split Grade Open, High Wycombe

31 July – Hampshire Open Split Grade – entry form to be issued


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Date change for Hampshire Split Grade competition

CalendarA change has been announced to the Hampshire competition calendar.

The Split Grade competition previously scheduled for May, has now been rescheduled for 31 July. This is to avoid a clash with other Southern Area events.

Entry forms will be circulated as soon as they are available.

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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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Veterans and Split Grade success for Court Lane

medalsA busy weekend of competition for Court Lane players saw them return with medals from two competitions.

On the Saturday, club coach Kevin Jones returned to competition at the High Wycombe Masters, claiming a bronze medal. This event attracted a strong international entry.

Sunday saw the action shift to Eastleigh, with Mieszko Polak, Jack Rogerson and Azhar Baree all competing in the Split Grade Open.

Mieszko performed admirably in his pool, in the red and yellow belt section, and was unlucky not to progress through to the knock out stages, just not quite amassing enough wins/points.

In the orange/green belt categories –

Jack Rogerson claimed a silver medal at -38kg, proving once again that he is one to watch, with a particularly pleasing ko uchi gari for waza-ari during golden score.

Just missing the cut off point for -42kg, Azhar was forced to move up a weight, to -46kg; then found his group merged with -50kg! He just missed a spectacular gold medal in his weight, a superb throw being launched after a call of matte, and had to settle for silver. He battled hard against the heavier players, and scored a pleasing win his last fight.

A one minute silence was held in honour of Roy Inman OBE.

Final results:

High Wycombe Masters – Kevin Jones, bronze

Hampshire Split Grade Open – Jack Rogerson, silver -38kg (orange/green belts); Azhar Baree, silver -46kg (orange/green belts)


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Only two weeks left to get entries in for Hampshire Split Grade


Don’t forget, the closing date for postal entries to the Hampshire Split Grade is Saturday 23 April.

You have an extra couple of days for online entries.

Full details are on the Hampshire Judo website.

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Details of forthcoming competitions

Judo fightAs previously mentioned, the Hampshire Split Grade competition has a new date – 31 May. Amended entry forms are now available from both Hampshire Judo and British Judo websites.

This is an OPEN competition – meaning that competitors from outside Hampshire are eligible to enter. Competitors are split by grade and and weight – red and yellow belts together, orange and green, etc.

Another novice competition to consider is the South Coast Red and Yellow Belt Rumble, in June. This competition is held at Worthing Leisure Centre. Again, this is an OPEN competition.

As always, when considering entering a competition, talk to Kev or Tony first about the suitability of this event.

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