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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.

May 2019 – Medal Success for AJA at the 24th International Houvast Judo Tournament, Holland.

Congratulations on a great effort by the AJA National Squad at this year International Tournament held in Meirlo, Holland on 11th and 12th May 2019.

The event was over the highest caliber with everyone in the squad having to work and perform at the top of their ability.

Over the 2 days the AJA are very proud to have won a total of 4 medals; 1 gold and 3 bronzes.

Gold was won in impressive style by Thomas Humphrey in the Mens under 90kg dan grade event.  With bronzes being won by Ryan gentry in a very tough mens U81 kg event; Faith McCartney in a strong girls under 40kg event and final not to be outdone by his little sister Thomas McCartney taking the bronze in the boys -66kg event.

Picture below of the majority of the squad:

Pictured below coaches, parents and supporters:

6 Mats – 1000 Competitors over 2 days of Judo

Below the social side and a few more Judo Photos:

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th May 2019 – National Squad Training Session #2

A great turn-out for the second of this years National Squad Training Sessions in preparation for the GB team competing in the 24th Houvast Judo Tournament in Meirlo, Holland on the 11th and 12th May.

We were highly honoured to have Dan Powell taking the session for us.

Dan was one of the British Judo stars competing in the 2012 London Paralympics.   He’s just returned from competing in Japan and will soon be off to compete in Azerbaijan. His busy schedule is all part of his preparation to try and gain UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

Dan Powell Facebook

 

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

29th April & 6th May – National Training Sessions

2 great weekends of Judo Training as a pre-warm up for the AJA National Team competing in Mierlo Holland on the 12th 13th May.

The training was split into 2 weekends with guest coaches providing the instruction.

The first Session was coached by Wayne Lakin (4th Dan, former British & Commonwealth Champion and a 1996 British Olympic Team reserve).

The second session was taken by Colin Brealey (4th Dan, Former Commonwealth medalist and British masters Champion on numerous occasions).

 

 

14th/15th April 2018 – Kazoku-Kan success at the Special Needs World Games

On the 13th April, Kazoku-Kan took 3 Judoka across the sea to Holland to compete in the SN World Games in Beverwijk. The largest SN competition in the world, set over 2 days saw no less than 550 competitors of all additional needs from all over the world taking part. Felicity Warburton from Blessed Edwards Catholic School, Liam Jones from Rigby Hall School in Bromsgrove, and Kazoku-Kan’s very own head coach, Rob Alloway. Liam and Felicity were fighting on Sunday and were in a poole of 5 people each. Felicity, being the only girl in her category, took her first opponent down with a fantastic leg reap, she was unlucky in her second and third contests but came back strong with a fantastic outer leg reap to secure the victory and earning enough to grab the Silver medal. Liam put up an equally strong show with his fights, winning his first with a body drop technique, losing out on his next contest but coming back strong for the third for a definitive win, losing out on his 4th contest but making enough attacks against his fellow competitors to get the Silver medal in his category. Rob was taking part in the Kata section of the weekend on the Saturday by partnering with Samurai Judo club’s own Olivia Turner, coming 4th overall out of 10 pairs in the the Nage-No-Kata, which is a standing performance of the Kata, missing out on the Bronze by 4 points. In the Katame-no-Kata which is a ground based series of holds which need to be executed as perfectly as possible, the pair did well enough to grab the Bronze medal.

Senior Instructor Rich Morrish said:- “To Take our members to global competitions and see them overcome their nerves to fight on such a high level is inspiring. SN Judo is truly inspirational to see in action, everyone is on a level playing field, no matter the level of additional needs they have with no sore losing, just lots of fun and respect for each other. To come away with 2 silver SN World medallists is just amazing. Kazoku-Kan truly is a Judo club without Barriers.”

Kazoku-Kan train every Friday at Physique fitness on the Berry Hill industrial estate, Droitwich Spa. For more information, email them at club@kazoku.uk