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Sunday 24th March 2019 – East Midlands Area Closed – Mash up team event

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

NEW – Mash Up team event – Players from all East Midlands Area clubs can enter. On the day we will sort them out into equal teams made up of a random mix of players from the different clubs.

Start: 10.00am
Venue: Heath Lane Academy, Heath Lane, Earl Shilton, Leicester, LE9 7PD

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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