December 2012

Christmas Championships & Annual Awards Night

Once again we finished off our last Friday of the year with our annual Christmas Championships and then handed out our annual Player Awards.  The dojo was packed and there was a great deal of noise as four juniors teams battled it out in a team judo tournament followed by some fun Christmas themed games, which always produce a laugh.  

After the tournament and games we stopped for some food, kindly prepared once again by our top Reception Team of Ann, Heidi and Kerry and then got down to the main event of the evening, handing out our annual Player Awards.

The winners this year in each of the categories were as follows;

Judoka of the Year Jordan Weeks
Best Girl Alicia Hyde
Best Boy Alexander Hyde
Best Competition Results Annalise Carew
Best Attendance Erin Baisley
Most Improved Girl Nicole Neshiri
Most Improved Boy William Rolfe

Congratulations to all our winners.

BJA Kent - Orange & Under Championships

Walderslade juniors were back on the medal trail again this weekend when a number of them travelled to Canterbury to take part in the BJA Kent Orange Belt and Under Championships.

It was almost a clean sweep with four out five youngsters coming back with a Gold medal and Sinead only missing out on a possible chance at the top slot as she had to move up a category due to a lack on numbers in her group and then faced club member Alicia Hyde in the final of the U55kg group.  If Sinead had not been in the same group as Alicia then it could well have been Gold all round for the plucky youngsters.

On her way to Gold in the U30kg category Annalise Carew nearly pulled off the throw of the day in the final.  She got right in under her opponent, lifting her high into the air for what appeared to be a massive seoi nage but (luckily for the other girl) she just lost balance in the final last second.  The big throw came a short while later though and Annalise secured Gold again.

Liam Ferguson on the other hand did pull off the throw of the day with an excellently timed okuri ashi barai for a thumping ippon that left his opponent temporarily stunned.  It was a simply terrific throw with great timing, demonstrating the real beauty of judo.  

Lex Hyde was last onto the mat and threw his way into the final with some solid and skilful judo which culminated in a great uchi mata for waza-ari and leaving himself in osaekomi for the ippon.

It was a good outing for the youngsters and all showed that they are developing  their skills well with every contest being won with some outstanding ippons.  Well done to all those who took part.

Medway Sports Awards 2012

At the Medway Sports Awards on Friday 7 December, Walderslade had two great successes.  At a spectacular event, organised by the Medway Sports Development Team and hosted by Olympian Steve Backley and Paralympian and C4 London 2012 Paralympics presenter Danny Crates, Chris Riley was voted Coach of Year, a simply fantastic result and the club came runner-up in the Club of the Year category.  That was an amazing result considering all of the great sports clubs there are in Medway.  We were pipped to the top spot by Medway Dragons Rugby League Football Club.  Chris even got to meet London 2012 Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua.

Congratulations to Chris and to all our Coaches, volunteers and helpers and our members and parents who come along every week and make the club the great success that it is. 

Thank you

Walderslade's representatives and glassware at Medway Sports Awards.

Chris with 2012 Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua who was the special guest at the awards night.

November 2012

International Training Weekend

Once again the club put on another fantastic training weekend over 24-25 November.  Just over 110 judo players of all ages and grades from Britain, Holland and France took part in the superb sessions run by Regional Technical Officer, Sam Dunkley who led everyone though a range of standing and ground techniques and gave several young judoka the chance to randori with him on the Sunday.

Our volunteers and Coaches once again worked tirelessly to put on a great event and around 148 people chose to join us in the evening and take the opportunity to either relax or let off more steam on the equipment at Adventure Kidz on Saturday evening.

It was a terrific event and we are now looking forward to returning to France in March next year when it is the turn of Judo Club Monsois to put in a training weekend.  We hope many of you will decide to join us on that trip.

Help for Heros and Kyu Grade Cup championships

The clubs fighters had some excellent results at the Help for Hero's event at Medway Park a few weekends ago with a number of our juniors once again excelling and also our seniors.  Lanre Jenkeo took two silvers on the day and Callum Loughran took Gold in the Men's O100kg category.  Both of them did exceptionally well and Callum would probably have come home with two medals as well but for the fact that he was not allowed to enter the Open event for some strange reason.

Callum went on the take two Gold medals in the Kyu Grade Cup at Herne Bay Judo Club on 18 November, with some excellent wins bu Ippon in the +10kg event and then in the Kyu Grade Open.  Well done to Callum on another excellent event.

Callum and Lanre at the Help for Heros Championships

June 2012

Club members reap in the medals at local touraments

A number of Walderslade youngsters, including several from the current Fighting Chance Inclusion Programme entered the Parkwood Judo Championships on 1stJuly and all of them fought exceptionally well.

Erin followed up his recent second place in Holland with another well-deserved silver medal.  It could so easily have been the Gold on this occasion as he was leading by a waza-ari before getting caught in a hold-down after a failed attempt at what was almost another big throw.

William, in his first event, also gained himself a hard fought for Silver against a pool of much heavier and older opponents, showing some good skills along the way.

The final six judoka were all from the Fighting Chance Inclusion Programme and between them they earned 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.  

Kristian and Jordan (Weeks) stormed through their pools with Ippon wins all the way to the top position.  This was Jordan’s first Gold and Kristian’s first time ever at a judo tournament, which made these wins even more special.  Hard fought for Silvers went to Jordan (Bell) and Patrick whilst Mario and Sultan picked up Bronzes after some tough contests, which featured a couple of Kent Squad judoka and some who had recently taken part in the Kent International in June.

Annalise meanwhile had entered the Medkwai Championships held on the same day in Strood and came away with a Gold medal after an impressive display of judo against some larger opponents, showing just how strong her judo is becoming.

It had been a great weekend for the clubs juniors and showed just how good their judo has become over the last few months.

The Fighting Chance Inclusion Programme youngsters before the event.

Alicia grabs Bronze at Kent International

Over the weekend of 23rdand 24thJune at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in South London over 300 junior and youth judoka gathered from across the UK and Europe to compete in the annual Kent International Judo Championships, one of the largest judo tournaments in the south east.

Fourteen year-old Alicia Hyde entered the Girls U57kg category in Group B and had a tough pool to contend with.  This was her first venture into an event of this level having secured a Bronze medal at the Kent Closed Championships earlier in the year.  However, despite the strength of her opponents Alicia gave her all during the tournament and was rewarded by a Bronze medal at one of the toughest events in the area.

Congratulations to Alicia on an excellent result.

Meanwhile around 11 club members are preparing to compete at the Parkwood Judo Club Invitation Championships this weekend coming.   A full report on their efforts will follow after the event.

Kent Police Open Day

The Kent Police Open Day held at Kent Police HQ in Maidstone on 16th June was hailed as a great success.  The club was invited to take part in the event due to our participation in the Fighting Chance Inclusion programme and it was great to see so many club members who began their judo through involvement with the programme come along and take part in the demonstrations.  The Brent Judo Academy from Dartford, who also run a fighting Chance Inclusion scheme, were also in attendance and between the two clubs the public were treated to a wonderful insight into the sport of judo and the work of the Fighting Chance Inclusion programmes, of which judo is just one aspect.  The sessions were made even more special as they were led by internationally renowned judo coach Dr Andrew Moshanov, who will be no stranger to many Walderslade players as he has attended two of our annual International Training Weekends in the past.  Dr Moshanov took two great sessions which everyone on and off the mat enjoyed.

Our Fundraising Committee was also given the opportunity to carry out some fundraising at the event and managed to raise just over £200 on the day!  An excellent achievement and our sincere thanks goes out to everyone who donated something for the raffle and to all the volunteers who prepared everything beforehand and staffed the Walderslade stand all day long.  All of the money raised will be going towards our Dojo Fund so this was a great added boost to our overall funds. 

The following photos show our volunteers setting up the fundraising stand, Chris and Scott Riley demonstrating Kime No Kata to the audience and a group photo from the end of the day. 

Thankyou to everyone who helped with the day both on and off the mat.       

Bank Holiday successes for two club members

Seven-year old Erin Baisley travelled all the way to Holland to compete in the Westland Judo Championships, an international event which saw over 550 junior judo players compete for medals.  Erin was the only Walderslade member to take part this year and he fought really well winning 3 of his 4 fights and narrowly losing in the final to take an excellent silver medal and this large junior event.  A huge well done to Erin for such a great achievement in such an event so far from home.

Also, over the same weekend Alun Smith (we won’t mention his age !!) was busy raising funds for the club by climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Alun, along with his ever supporting wife Laura, set off to complete the difficult mountain trek on Monday 4th June, with the weather looking as good as it was going to get that week.  However, within five minutes of starting off the heavens opened, so out came the waterproofs.

Unfortunately waterproof clothing and mountain climbing don't go so well together, so they had to opt for lots of hydration and packing away the rain macs.  After just under 4 hours, lots of bananas and Mars bars, they reached the summit.  It had been a tough slog, but Alun says it had been thoroughly rewarding.  (Eddie says Alun can be forgiven for having all those Mars bars as he will sweat the calories out of him next week !! lol)

Alan would like to thank everyone for their support and kind donations which are going towards the club's improvements.  It's still not too late to get your name down on the sponsor form and add a few pennies (or quid’s) to this fundraising effort, so ask at the club next time you are there.

Well done to both Erin and Alun on their Bank Holiday weekend achievements.


May 2012

French Training Weekend

A great time was had by the group who travelled to France over the weekend to train with Judo Club Monsois from Lille and Mahorakan Topjudo Institute from Holland.  There was some excellent judo and a special class taught by the weekends guest instructor, President of the French Judo Federation’s Nord Pas-Du Calais region,  6thDan, Jimmy Mouzay.

The group were also treated to an evening on the new climbing wall next to the judo club, which was great fun, very challenging and gave everyone a few laughs.  The Dan grades clearly beat the kyu grades in the race for the top of the wall with Raf managing to get himself just 2 metres from the ground and Leon managing to get himself and his anchor man airborne at the same time.  It’s a good job he didn’t fall off the wall from any higher as we are sure the anchor man would have probably been catapulted to the ceiling.

The evening meal was a sample of local dishes and for some, local beers !  Once back at the hotel the tired group socialised with a noisy Dutch contingent before eventually climbing into their beds for some well-earned rest.  

The Sunday session was ground-work related with 4thDan JB Schockaert from JC Monsois demonstrating a number of roll-over techniques whilst the adults were given a brief lesson in traditional ju-jitsu.

After lunch it was back to Calais for the return trip home.  Another excellent weekend away and we now look forward to welcoming the French and Dutch back to Walderslade on 24-25 November.

6th Dan Jimmy Mouzay

Southern Area Inter-Counties Team Championship

Congratulations to all members of the full Kent Squad which fought in the Inter-Counties Championships in Worthing today and especially to Walderslade members Sinead Ferguson (girls squad), Louise Parsons (womens squad) and Andrew Smith (mens squad). The girl's and men's squads earned silver medals and the boys and womens squads took bronzes. Well done to everyone.

April 2012

Walderslade Red Belt and Yellow Belt Championships 2012

What a great success our Red Belt and Yellow Belt invitation championships were last Saturday.  The official ‘One Star’ British Judo Association Licenced events attracted 14 Kent based judo clubs and exactly 100 young judo players took part in the two events.  For many this was their first judo tournament.

An outstanding twenty-six young Walderslade players competed in the tournament at which they earned 8 Gold, 6 Silver and 12 Bronze medals between them. The fact that our young fighters won over a third of the categories and came second in a quarter of them shows just how strong the club’s young players have become.

Our Area and Junior Referees, volunteers, Coaches and First Aider worked really hard all day to make the event run as smoothly as possible and we managed to complete all of the contests in an amazing three and a half hours, which showed just how well run the event really was.

There were so many excellent performances it would be hard to detail them all but special mentions have to go Sinead Fergusson who pulled off one of the throws of the day and Joseph Barlow who almost pulled off several more spectacular throws with his opponent just managing to twist off at the last second.  Our youngest fighters showed some exceptional skill and spirit, which all of the clubs Coaches commented on.

Of further note was Jordan Weeks who was competing in his first judo tournament having started judo in 2011 as part of the Medway Fighting Chance scheme which we are running in conjunction with Kent Police.  Jordan, who graded to Yellow Belt at the end of last year, fought exceptionally well throughout the day even winning 2 of his contests by ippon and later narrowly losing the final to more experienced club-mate Liam Fergusson in an exciting final, which at the same time saw Liam achieve his first Gold medal and match sister Sinead’s Gold medal earned earlier in the day.

The event was a great success for the club and it was wonderful to see so many club members support it and do so well in the medals.  We hope to run another event later in the year so if you did not take part this time make sure you get your name down for the next one.

Club members excel at the weekend tournaments

On Saturday two young club members travelled to Tonbridge to take part in the Bushido Judo Club Easter Championships and both Erin Baisley and Annalise Carew came away with Gold medals after flying through their pools with big throws and ippons throughout.  Two excellent results for two of the clubs youngest players so well done to both of them.

Meanwhile on Sunday, 7 club members were at Dartford Judo Club to enter the Kent Closed and for some it was going to be their first taste of competition at this level.  The biggest disappointment of the day was for Louise Parsons who turned up only to be told that there were no other women for her to fight so she had to return home without even breaking a sweat.  The consolation though is that by default Louise could be selected for the Kent Squad for the Inter-Counties Championships in May.

However, two Walderslade seniors did see action, with the first up being Andrew Smith who weighed in bang on target for the Men’s -66kg event and then went on to win the Men’s -66kg title in excellent style with clean Ippons all the way, including a brilliant ankle sweep in his first fight, which set the tone for the rest of the event.

Wayne Lander failed to make the weight for the -73kg category by less than 2 kilos and had to compete in the -81kg group.  The additional power and strength of those opponents made it hard for Wayne to make any headway and he was caught by the eventual group winner in his first contest and then unlucky in his second fight, which he was winning until getting caught by a powerful tai otoshi by his heavier and more powerful opponent.

Lex Hyde was unlucky in the Boys -30kg event.  He had a good start against a much older lad from Sittingbourne and put in some good attacks before getting caught.  He got off to another good start in his second bout before being dragged to the ground with a scrappy throw, but one which meant he was unable to move through to the final pool.  However it served as good experience and Lex will be back as there is a lot more to come from this young player in the future.

Alicia Hyde was next up in the girls -57kg group.  She got off to an excellent start throwing her first green belt opponent for Ippon and settling some nerves in this her first step into an event of this level.  However, her next opponent was a little cagier and eventually threw Alicia for Ippon.  Alicia ended her first Kent Closed with a Bronze medal which was still an excellent result.

Liam Ferguson took part in the boys -73kg event and after a couple of hard contests earned himself a well-deserved silver medal against some much more experienced lads.

Younger sister Sinead Ferguson did even better and took gold in the Girls -40kg group after some impressive ippon wins all through to the final and the gaining of the title Kent Champion 2012.

Good results for everyone and although there were some disappointments there were lots of opportunities to learn and to gain invaluable experience for the future.

February 2012

BJA Kent Red & Yellow Belt Championships

Six Walderslade judoka attended the Kent Red, Yellow & Orange Belt Rumble at Herne Bay Judo Club on Sunday 12th February, and all of them came away with either a gold or silver medal after some excellent performances.

Sinead Ferguson got the medal tally of to a great start, winning all of her contests by the maximum score of Ippon and so setting a high standard for the rest to follow.  Lex Hyde was next up winning his first contest comfortably but then narrowly losing out on the next against a much taller young lad.  He finished his third contest off in style though, earning him a well-deserved silver.

Annalise Carew easily won the U28kg event with full Ippons all the way to gold as did Alicia Hyde soon after in the U50 kilo category.  Molly Gearing fought hard in the U45 kilo group and came away with the silver after a spirited effort.

Liam Ferguson was unlucky in his O55 kilo event and was matched against a 80kg player in the final.  Liam gave it his best efforts but the larger and higher grader player won out in the end.

It was a great result all-round and a number of the youngsters are now setting their sights on the Kent Closed on 1st April.  

Walderslade's 6 gold and silver medal winners.

January 2012

Visit by GB International, Sam Dunkley 

On 27th January the new Regional Technical Officer and GB International, Sam Dunkley visited the club and joined in with or led a number of sessions.  It was unfortunate that he did not make it in time for the Kano Class but our Junior and Senior classes both benefitted from his input.  The following photos show the Junior and Senior classes which Sam attended.  We are also very lucky that Sam has agreed to return to the club at some stage and will ensure he makes it in time for the Kano Class next time.  He has also agreed to be our guest Coach at our November Training Weekend so keep an eye on the noticeboard for more details on that nearer the time.

Commonwealth Judo success for Walderslade judoka

Congratulations to Walderslade Coaches Ranj Atwal and Eddie Ogee who both competed in the Grand Masters category of the 2012 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Cardiff on Monday.  The event saw strong contingents from all of the home nations in attendance along with large delegations from Canada, Australia and South Africa and many other Commonwealth countries.

Ranj competed in the M4 Over 100kg event and took a well-earned Silver medal, whilst Eddie competed in the M5 U66kg event and gained a Bronze in a tough field.

Congratulations to both Walderslade judoka.

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