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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

 

Kazoku-Kan Judo Club Monthly Randori Night

Kazoku-Kan Judo Club Monthly Randori Night

Friday 26/01/2018 was Kazoku-Kan’s second monthly randori night where our members are able to test the skills they are learning out in a friendly atmosphere. To round off 2017 we had a randori night on the last Friday of the year to finish the year off on a high. About half our members turned up to create a great atmosphere in the period between Christmas and New Year’s. After reviewing it we have decided to repeat it on the last Friday every month. Tonight we had 17 members on the mat aged between 6 and 17. The format of the night is a 10 minute warmup followed by groundwork randori and then standing randori to finish the night off. Everyone was able to get a lot out of the evening with the higher grades testing each other out when practicing with each other and passing on their knowledge when paired with less experienced players. We would like to invite players from other clubs to join us on the last Friday of the month and test your skills out. Your first session will be free and after that it is £5 per session. Qualified coaches and instructors will be free if you bring your players along and help on the mat. Randori Night Last Friday of the month 18:30 to 20:00.

Physique Fitness Berry Hill Industrial Estate Droitwich Spa WR9 9AP

22nd October 2017 – Chairman sadly passes away after 20 years of dedicated service


It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our National Chairman and National Coach Roger Downs 7th Dan passed away on Monday 22nd October 2017.

Mr Downs had just completed 20 years as the Chairman of the Association. He was much loved and respected by all.

THANK YOU – I would like to thank everybody from the AJA who sent cards and also those who expressed sadness and sympathy on Facebook for the death of my husband Roger Downs. Many people knew him personally and respected the time and attention he gave to everybody who contacted him. Thank you all, Barbara Downs