December 2013

Christmas Championship & Awards Night

It was great to see so many junior club members take part in our annual end of year Christmas Championship on the clubs last night of the year, Friday 13 December.  The team event saw some great matches and some excellent throws, just demonstrating the talent and skill of some of our young judoka.

Team events always produce a great atmosphere in judo and it was just the same at this event, with team members cheering and encouraging each other loudly during the competition.

After the judo event came the games rounds and these always produce some great laughs, with this year being no exception.  At the final count up the teams were awarded medals as follows;

Gold; Jack’s team (Snuggle Buddies)

Silver; Logan’s team (Pixies)

Bronzes; Georges team (Xmas Puddings) and Alex’s team (Santa’s Little Helpers)

Whilst the final scores were being counted up everyone enjoyed a drink and some food courtesy of our Reception team once again and then the serious business of the presentation of our Annual Awards took place.

It is always difficult to decide who deserves these awards as many of our judoka work really hard through the year and it always gives our Coaching Team some difficult decisions to make.  However, our winners for 2013 were as follows;

Judoka of the Year; Jordan Weeks

Best Girl; Emma Summers

Best Boy; Sultan Bello

Most Improved Girl; Rebecca Ledger

Most Improved Boy; Oliver Chandler

Best Attendance; Jordan Weeks

Best Competition results; Jack Jenman

We look forward to welcoming you all back again when the club re-opens as from Monday 6thJanuary 2014.  In the meantime we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November 2013

International Training Camp

Last weekend we once again held our annual International Training Weekend at the Greenacre School.  Eighty-two Dutch and French judoka, family and Coaches travelled to Kent on Saturday morning for this annual club exchange.  There was a great turnout from club members and we were joined by a few friends from Sittingbourne and Parkwood Judo Clubs as well, which was very much appreciated.  In the end there were around 120 judoka on the mat so the four contest areas laid out in the sports hall were well and truly needed.

This year our special guest Coach was former World and European bronze medallist and Olympian, Steve Gawthorpe.  Steve ran three, two hour sessions over the 2 day camp and enthralled the audience with his technique and took every opportunity to randori with as many of those on the camp as possible.

The club’s top team of volunteers worked really hard to set everything up for the weekend and our ‘ladies who do lunch’ Ann, Kerry and Heidi worked tirelessly to prepare food and drinks for over 150 people on Saturday and Sunday.  Our evening entertainment was once again a visit to Adventure Kidz in Aylesford, where we also had our evening meal.  This was once again a great success and everyone, including the adults, seemed to enjoy throwing themselves around the play areas and zooming down the slides and drop-slides.  The food at Adventure Kidz was excellent and having a few beers laid on by the club was also a nice touch to give the event more of a social event feel.

It was a very tired group of judoka who took to the mat on Sunday morning but in true fashion, Steve worked them just as hard as he had on Saturday with plenty of opportunity for more randori.  By the time 2pm came and we were ready to say farewell to our guests everyone was well and truly exhausted.  However, for the Walderslade team there was still the clearing up and taking up and restacking of around 170 mats to be done. 

Yet again this had been a really exceptional camp and many form the club are now looking forward to travelling back to France in March next year to visit the French at their camp in the lovely city of Lille.  Many thanks to everyone from the Walderslade club and others who attended the event and helped to make it such a great success.  Keep an eye out on the noticeboard for details of our return visit early next year.


Kent Orange & Under Championship

Due to injury and illness only three of those who had intended to take part in this event actually made it on the day.  However, those who did take part came away with some excellent results.  Michael Ziga was taking part in his first competiton and, although nervous, he fought really well, improving with each contest eventually coming away with the 1st place Bronze.

Jordan Weeks gave it his all and earned himself another Silver, whilst Kristian Horvath was the star of the show for the club winning all of his fights by Ippon and gaining a well deserved Gold. 

It's now full steam ahead for the clubs International Training Event next weekend (23-24 November) and it's looking like we will have around 115 judoka from France, Holland and the Uk taking part.  It's going to be a great weekend of judo once again.

Our medal winners from the Kent Orange & Under event

October 2013

Help For Heroes Championship

Last weekend was a busy one for members of Walderslade Judo Club, with 8 taking part in a judo camp in Essex, whilst several others competed in the Help For Heroes championship in Kent.

All of those who took part in the Judo Campz event in Essex enjoyed the weekend where they had several judo lessons and were able to participate in lots of fun activities as well.  The event went so well that there are already plans being considered to hold another one sometime next year.

Meanwhile, back in Kent, Jack and Charlotte Jenman both took Gold in the junior Help For Heroes event last Saturday, whilst on Sunday at the senior event AJ steamed through the opposition to take another Gold and earn himself 30 points towards his 1st Dan and Sultan Bello took a well deserved Silver in what was his first senior event.  Great results from the club's fighters.

The action does not stop there however, and next weekend will see several Walderslade judoka travelling to Canterbury for the Kent Orange & Under Championship, where we are hoping for more medals and the weekend after that we will be holding our annual International Training Weekend.  It's looking as though we will have around 115 judoka on the mat and over 150 people coming out to the Saturday evening social event at Adventure Kidz. 

Add to that our excellent guest Coach, Steve Gawthorpe, a former World and European medallist and Olympian and it's shaping up to be yet another fantastic weekend of judo.

Join-In with sport

Throughout most of the summer we held free sessions for anyone wanting to try judo for the first time and then during October we encouraged parents and adults onto the mat for a series of fun, family sessions.  It was great to see so many mums and dads support the club and the Join-In programme and give judo a go, and also for so many put themselves forward to take on a number of volunteer roles within the club (we have your names so dont think we have forgotten !! lol).

Here is a photo that one of the Join-In co-ordinators took when she visited us at the end of the programme.


September 2013

British Masters Open Championship

At the British Open Masters Championship at Kidderminster last weekend, three senior Walderslade judoka took part in what was a record entry for the annual British Masters event.

Ranj Atwal competed in the +100kg M4 event where some tough opposition included a 150kg 6th Dan.  Ranj fought really hard but the sheer size and experience of his opposition prevented him for getting into the medals on this occasion.  Mark Robertson, in a return to competitive judo after a long lay off, competed in the -100kg M5 event.  Here Mark had three 5th Dans to contend with.  He got off to a flying start with a really quick tai otoshi which almost scored ippon but his opponent just managed to turn out.  Mark went on to lose the contest and was unlucky to lose the next two as well, ending any chance of a medal on his return to competitive judo.

Last up was Eddie Orgee in the M5 -66kg event.  Eddie was luckier than the others and after some tough contests took the gold and a second British Masters title.

It was good to see so many older judo players still competing and it is hoped that more Walderslade judoka will get involved in these Masters events in the future.    

In the meantime make sure you all book 23rd and 24th November in your diaries for our annual International Training Weekend.  Check out the notice board next time you are the club and make sure to get yourself booked in soon for what will be a great weekend of judo.

Club takes possession of new mat area

Although we understandably had a fairly quiet August with many of the club's coaches, volunteers and members taking a well-deserved rest, things are now getting back to normal on our regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday club nights.  However, one of the most exciting things to have happened over the summer was the delivery of the clubs new mats.  Through the support of Sported. the organisation founded by Sir Kenneth Mills, the club received a grant of £8324.38 to replace our old mats and to support our efforts to increase class sizes and form the basis of what will hopefully be our new mat area in what we hope will be our own permanent Dojo one day.

The bright new blue and yellow mats were supplied through the BJA and look great in the hall.  The new layout reflects the new IJF standard with there no longer being any need to have a Danger Zone on the contest area.  The Contest Area consists of the central yellow mats and the Safety Area of the blue mats.  

We also took part in the summer Join-In scheme, which saw the club open its doors to potential volunteers and also encouraged adults to come onto the mat for a series of free 'Family Sessions'.  These turned out to be great fun and we would like to thanks all those who either came along to have a go, or who volunteered to help out at the club.  We are waiting to hear whether we can organise a few course at the club and will be in contact with all those who put their names down as soon as we have more information.


July 2013

Dan Grading

In July the club gained a new Black Belt after Scott Riley achieved his 1st Dan in style at the Regional Grading in Dartford.  Scott stormed through his pool with two big ippon wins to secure himself a line-up of three and a chance to get his grade on the day.  Scott took the opportunity and once again produced some excellent judo to gain a well-deserved 1st Dan.  A number of other club members entered the grading and Lanre Jenkeo had two good wins and gained 17 points towards the 100 needed to get him to Black Belt.

June 2013

Kent International Championships

Walderslade had two members take part in this, the largest event in the South East and one of them came away with a Gold medal and a Kent International Title.  Liam and Sinead Ferguson entered the event at Crystal Palace at the end of June but on this occasion it was Sinead who was the star of the family.  Liam had an unfortunate pool as he had to enter the +731kg category and here he faced some very big opponents.  Such was the difference in size in what was effectively an 'Open weight' category that Liam was unable to perform to his best.  However he did fight as hard as he could and came away with a credible 5th place and a really tough event.

Sinead however, fought really well and won all four fights by ippon to take Gold in the U48kg group and the title of Kent International Champion.

A huge well done to both of them

European Championships - Veterans

Last week Walderslade Coaches Ranj Atwal and Eddie Orgee took part in their largest event to date, the European Championships for Veterans.  The event took place at the incredible Institute of judo in the heart of Paris and as one of the world’s top judo nations the French put on a real show of strength at the event.

The purpose built judo centre has 8 contest areas, warm up rooms, weights areas and a hotel attached to it and is the envy of many world judo associations and as such was an intimidating venue for the event.  The Veterans Championships are open to everyone over the age of 30 and this event saw an incredible 1,100 of Europe’s top veteran judo players taking part. 

Thirty-three British judoka took part in the event which saw Ranj weighing in on Thursday 13 June and competing on 14 June and Eddie weighing in on 14 June and competing on 15 June.

Ranj took the decision to compete in the M4 +100kgs category and was probably one of the lightest judoka in the group of 10.  Ranj moved through the preliminary round with a Bye and then met two strong and very heavy Frenchmen in the following two rounds.  Although Ranj fought well the sheer weight of these genuine +100kg fighters was too much and Ranj had to settle for a credible 7thplace.

Eddie fought in the M5 -66kg category in which there were 24 entries.  In the opening knock-out round Eddie got caught with a lucky O Uchi Gari by a strong German opponent in the first 10 seconds and the Referee scored it with a Wazari.  The German then locked up and defended his lead for the remainder of the contest.  Eddie dominated the contest from the initial upset but was unable to land a decent throw.  Although the German, who was totting up the penalties for failing to grip up and take hold, was just one more penalty from being disqualified the final penalty did not come in time and the German went through to the next rounds, where he had two more contests, both of which he lost he took a 9thplace.

Saturday afternoon was spent in the company of Michael Claeyssen from judo Club Monsois who had come along to support the Walderslade pair and was spent enjoying a long slow walk through Paris taking in the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and many other Parisian delights.

It had been a tough event to take part in but the experience and lessons learned from just being at such a large event were well worth all of the effort and training that went in beforehand. 

May 2013

Inter-County Championships and club visit to France

 The club had a great weekend of judo with one group of 18 heading off to train in France with our Dutch and French friends, whilst others took part in the Inter-County Team Championships in Surrey.

The team event went really well for Kent with the two junior teams (girls and boys), where we had Liam Ferguson and Logan Picot representing the club, both taking Gold after some really exciting judo.  The Women’s team, where we had Hayley Russell competing took the Gold and the Men’s team where AJ took the -95kg slot the third place Bronze.  All in all it was an excellent day’s judo and a day that all our club members who fought for Kent can be rightly proud of.

In France meanwhile we were treated to three excellent sessions of judo, with an excellent lesson from 6th Dan Francky Gustin on Saturday and then on Sunday Jeremy Cardoux-duc led a really interesting session focusing on some of his favourate techniques.  Jeremy fights in the u60kg category and is one of Frances most talented senior judo players at the weight.  He has won the French Championships on a number of occasions and has won European medals and was pre-selected to compete in the Beijing Olympics.  Jeremy even let some of our seniors randori with him at the end of the session and he demonstrated a range of techniques performed with real speed and timing which were a pleasure to watch.

April 2013

Kent Closed Championships

Seventeen club members attended the Kent Closed Championships at Dartford Judo Centre on 14 April and 14 of them came back with medals for their efforts, making Walderslade one of the most succesful clubs at the event.  Both our senior members and our junior members did exceptionally well with a number of them taking part in an event of this importance for the first time.  All in all the clubs fighters came away with 4 Gold, 3 SIlver and 7 Bronze medals.  Hosts, Dartford Judo Club topped the medal table with 6 Gold to Walderslade's 4 but Walderslade came away with more medals overall, with 14 to Dartford's 11 medal haul.  Another really great effort from our club members.

Results were as folllows.

Gold; Jevgenijs Anisimons, Hayley Russell, Liam Feguson, Logan Picot

Silver; Jadie Russell, Lex Hyde, Patrik Makuna

Bronze; Eddie Orgee, Robert Gabor; Patrik Balog, Marcus Dykes, Jordan Weeks, Sinead Ferguson, Ondrej Balog

Those who took part but who were unlucky on this occasion were; Lanre Jenkeo, Elliott Barlow, Andrej Balog and Patrick Horvath.

Some of the seniors who attended the event






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