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2017 twinning dates confirmed

img_8649The dates have been confirmed for the visit of our friends from Royan, France in 2017.

The judo club will be visiting over the weekend of 19 – 22 May. As well as the judo club, there may be a paddle boarding club over the weekend.

This is a great chance to renew friendships made over the last few years, and take part in some great judo.

Host families are needed for the weekend, if anyone can host please let Tony or Kev know so that we can arrange with Paul at Holbrook Judo Club.

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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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Autumn sessions with Holbrook Judo Club

11012941_10153262649412645_1170491928654825400_nCourt Lane players are once again invited to train with Holbrook Judo Club:

  • 19 September – randori session
  • 26 September – squad session – coach Tony Brown
  • 24 October – squad session – coach Naomi Favell
  • 28 November – squad session – coach Danny Murphy

All sessions run from 10 – 12 noon at Holbrook Judo Club, Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport.

Players looking for extra practice for the autumn competitions announced earlier, or hoping to visit Royan next year, should try to attend these sessions.



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Training session with Holbrook Judo Club

Court Lane players in Royan

Court Lane and Holbrook players in Royan

Court Lane players are once again invited to train with Holbrook Judo Club, on July 4th. The session will be led by David Tooby, with Paul Vella and Kieron Eagles.

All players attending will benefit from training with other players. Additionally, mat fees from this session go towards subsidising travel and gifts for next year’s visit to Royan.

We have agreed with Holbrook JC that priority for non-Holbrook players wishing to travel to Royan next year, will be given to those who have supported these additional sessions.

The session will run from 10 – 12noon at Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport.

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October training with Holbrook Judo Club 25 October

Judo fight
Court Lane players are once again invited to train with Holbrook Judo Club, on Saturday 25 October.

The session will be held in Gym 1, at Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport from 1000 to 1200.

The session will be led by Holbrook’s own British squad player Gemma Bavister – some of you may remember the mad Gangnam style cool down she led last year when Holbrook were hosting the visitors from Royan!

Proceeds from these training sessions go into the twinning for when the French visit again in 2015.

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Adventures in France

Court Lane players in Royan

Court Lane players in Royan

Tony, Andy, Simon, Jonty and Azhar have just returned from a trip to Royan, France, where they trained with the local judo club.

The visit was undertaken with Holbrook Judo Club, as part of the official twinning events between Gosport and Royan.

Whilst there, players trained with their French counterparts on the Friday evening and Sunday morning, before taking part in a “friendly” competition, where Andy, Jonty and Azhar all took on players considerably bigger than themselves and higher graded. All three performed with distinction, Jonty and Azhar scoring some good wins.

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Andy also took part in the Monday evening fitness and newaza session, so look out for some new exercises and more variations on sangaku and juji gatame!

It wasn’t all Judo however, with trips to Blaye and La Rochelle forming part of the itinerary , we also took advantage of an opportunity to go sailing.

Royan will be visiting Gosport in 2015, with Holbrook hosting Judo activities.

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Training session with Holbrook Judo Club 24 May

Judo training

Court Lane players are invited to attend Holbrook Judo Club on 24 May for a training session led by Dave Tooby, a National Referee.

The session will run from 10am to 12 noon in Gym 1 at Brune Park Community College, Military Road, Gosport.

This will be a great opportunity to train with other players, and for those making the trip to Royan, a chance to meet some of the players and parents who will also be going.

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Court Lane preparing for international adventures

Court Lane Judo Club is preparing for two forays into the international judo scene.

Tony Brown and Andy Read will accompany Jonty Bassil, Azhar Baree and Simon Bassil on a trip to Royan, France at the end of May to train with the ROC Judo Club.

This trip is being organised by Holbrook Judo Club, in Gosport, as part of the twinning arrangement between Gosport and Holbrook.

Tony took part in this exchange visit two years ago, with Brett Caswell and Greg Anderson. Brett also travelled to France with Holbrook in 2010. Court Lane players have taken part in activities organised by Holbrook when French players have visited the UK.

Training in Royan

Training in Royan

Players are also focussing on the Kent International, held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, at the end of June. We have decided to add this competition to our schedule this year following the strong performances of our players at the recent Hampshire Closed. All the players who competed with such distinction are encouraged to consider entering the Kent International as a development opportunity.

Brett throws for ippon Kent International 2004

Brett throws for ippon Kent International 2004

The Club has enjoyed success at this competition previously:

2000 – Brett Caswell, bronze
2001 – Brett Caswell, bronze
2002 – Andy Gould, silver; Brett Caswell, bronze (Youth)
2003 – Andy Gould, gold; Brett Caswell, silver (Youth) and bronze (Senior)
2004 – Andy Read, bronze; Brett Caswell, gold (Senior)
2007 – Craig Jones, bronze
2009 – Craig Jones, bronze (Youth)

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