Tony Jones

Saturday 21st September 2019 – (South) Western Area – Dan Grading and Kata Course

The (South) Western Area are holding a Dan Grading and Kata Course at Storrington Judo Club at Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex  RH20 4BG.

All senior grade judokas are welcome to attend the Kata course which will start at 1pm. It will focus on Katame No Kata. It is open to all senior grades from the AJA, BJC and BJA.

Dan grading contests will start at 3pm.

Cost of Kata course only is £15

Cost of both Kata course and Dan grading is £25 total.

To register and for further information email:

All cheques made payable to AJA Western Area

Successful Dan grade fee is £15 and the pool sheets and line up results will be sent up to AJA Head Office for approval.

Saturday 18th May 2019 – East Midlands Area – Closed Mini Competition (Yellow belt plus 2 orange tabs and below)

This event is for all members of the AJA that belong to an East Midlands Area Club.


Training Course for those wishing to become a Timekeeper Recorder or Referee.

In addition anyone is welcome who may just want to understand a bit more about the above.

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: Digby War Memorial Hall, North Street, Digby, Lincolnshire, LN4 3LY.

A Message from the Chairman

Dear Members of the A.J.A

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Chairman of the National A.J.A. Committee with a very brief history of my judo life.

My interest in judo began in September 1964, when a judo coach came to my class at school asking if anyone would be interested in learning Judo.  The following Saturday I went along to the class which was held at Loughborough College.  Two years later I gained my Yellow belt 2 Orange tabs.  This was when I took out my membership with the A.J.A.

The East Midlands area was very strong at the time.  At eighteen I also joined the Loughborough University Judo Club, we had a Japanese instructor who was only ever known as Foo.  I travelled to many interesting venues with the university during my teen years.

Judo became a big part of my life, but only as a hobby fitting round my working life.  Never the less I trained every night I could and attended competitions at the weekends.

I was there at the start of Loughborough Judo Club with Mr Keith Hudson. We trained together for the best part of nineteen years. I later went to coach along with Paul Bennett and his wife Jean at Market Bosworth Judo Club.  We had a very successful club and held many competitions always in June and attracting over 300 competitors; some of the older judoka may remember these times.  I later took over sole running of the club.

I took up coaching in the 1980’s coaching at several clubs around the East Midland Area.  I also coached at a BJC Club in Shepshed for many years.

I became a member of the A.J.A. East Midland Area Committee as club representative, I later became East Midlands Area Coach promoting my interest in the Judo Kata’s.  I have spent the last fifteen years as NEC Officer for the East Midland Area and before that attended many AGM’s .

In 2014 I was promoted to my present grade of Yodan (4th Dan) by Mr Roger Downs at the NEC.

Mr Downs sadly passed away in 2017 and I was approached at the beginning of 2018 asking if I would be interested in the position of Chairman of the A.J.A. I said I would be happy to accept the position if I was elected by the members.

I currently run Loughborough Judo Club after the founder Mr Keith Hudson retired due to ill health.  I have a very good team surrounding me at Loughborough.

I look forward to being a part of the continued success of the A.J.A.

Yours in Judo Keith Kendall

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Sunday 16th September 2018 – East Midlands Area hosts Masterclass with Dan Powell

The East Midland Area of the AJA were very proud to host the 1st Master Class with Dan Powell held at the Cedars Judo Club venue in Earl Shilton.

The day was a great success with a wide variety of grades and ages attending.

Dan was one of the British Judo stars competing in the 2012 London Paralympics and more recently known for his appearance on Ninja Warrior UK.

His aim now is to keep to his busy training schedule and bring the UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

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Saturday 25th August 2018 – Two AJA players crowned British adaptive judo champions.

On Saturday the 25th August, Kazoku-Kan members Felicity Warburton and Liam Jones both headed to London to participate in the British Adaptive Judo championship event. Liam was up first in the morning. Liam took his first opponent down with an impressive O’Soto Gari leg reap for a straight out win. In the semi-final his opponent gave him a fair pull but Liam once again pulled the victory out of the bag with what was fast becoming his trademark technique of the day, O’Soto Gari! In the final, his opponent was another tough fight but Liam took him down to the mat and held him down for the winning score of Ippon. Felicity was up in the late afternoon. Right from the start Felicity had a tough category, but regardless her first fight resulted in a fantastic throw to score the win. Her second fight was a tough pull but after a variety of techniques took her opponent off her feet for the winning score. Her semi-final opponent was a tough pull, and almost got Felicity down several times, but a well timed reversal put her into the winning position. Her final fight was a very tough one but she put everything she had left into the fight resulting in her final win.

Senior Instructor Rich Morrish said “To see how far these two have come in the last year is astonishing, they turn up each and every session and they train hard, last year at the same event, Felicity came away with the British Silver medal and this year she is a British Champion. It’s humbling to watch the progression of both of these fantastic youngsters”

Head Coach Rob Alloway Said “Since we started Kazoku-Kan last January we have had some great results, but this is our first British Championship accolade and to have them both walk out as champions is amazing, we are very proud of them both for their achievements.”


Kazoku-Kan train every Wednesday from 7pm and every Friday from 6.30pm at Physique Fitness in Droitwich Spa.


Photo Courtesy of R.Morrish – Left: Liam Jones and Right: Felicity Warburton