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26th September 2021 – Training Session

The first mixed club training session since lockdown was a great success. This East Midlands Area organised event was hosted by Cedars Judo Club at their training venue in Earl Shilton, LE9 7PD.

We had a great turn out with players from both the East Midlands and West Midlands Areas attending.

The players where of all ages and abilities. From the very youngest (3 years old) to the very oldest (pensioner) everyone gave 100%.

A very special thanks to the Coaches, officials and helpers, without whom such event would not be possible.

Congratulations to Chelsie Giles on Olympic Bronze

The 24-year-old from Coventry beat Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher by ippon.

An early scoring waza-ari gave Giles the advantage and she showed the greater composure to secure success.

“It feels so special to do it in Japan. I believed I could do it, my coach has always believed I could and it showed in today’s performance,” she said.

“I felt really good in the warm-up, and I was taking each fight as it came. It’s an amazing arena and the atmosphere was amazing. To do it where Japan started it, it makes it extra special.

“I never underestimate any of my fights, that’s where mistakes are made. I go into the fight knowing what they do, and knowing what I’m capable of doing. With my best performance, I know I can beat some of the top players and today showed that.”

Giles had lost to eventual gold medallist Japan’s Uta Abe in the quarter-finals, but beat Charline van Snick of Belgium in the repechage to give herself a medal chance.

Monday 19th July 2021 – Contact Judo opens back up for all players

Following the publication of Sport England’s FAQs , we are delighted that all current restrictions on our sport are set to expire on Monday 19th July!

This will allow members of all ages to return to their dojos and participate in contact judo sessions with no restrictions on numbers.

While this is excellent news for our sport, the danger of Covid is still prevalent in our communities. With rising numbers across the country, we would like to express caution when returning to the sport – we are sure that everyone can’t wait to feel the tatami under their feet once again!

Here is a brief overview of the Government’s recent announcement:

  • Full contact judo allowed for adults and under 18’s.
  • No legal restrictions indoors or outdoors for participants or spectator numbers
  • No capacity caps for club sessions or events
  • No travel restrictions
  • Facemasks no longer legal requirements, however, consider face masks in confined spaces

Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Contact Judo starts back for under 18 years olds.

Following the recent approval by the Government and the NGB, we are pleased to announce that CONTACT judo for under 18 year olds can finally resume just over a year on from the initial Covid-19 lockdown.

It is important that you are all fully insured. To this end the Amateur Judo Association have agreed that if your judo licence expired in December 2020, then it will automatically be renewed until December 2021 free of charge.

It is important to remember that it’s been a while since many of you have engaged in high intensity training. Therefore, you should start back slowly, gradually working back to full fitness and towards being ready for gradings and competitions, which will start later in the year.

Not all clubs are starting back straight away – Please contact you own club for full details.

14th and 15th March 2020 – Success for Midland Area Players at British Schools Championship

This weekend saw over 650 pupils compete at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport in The British Schools Championship.

Saturday saw school years 8 & 9 and 10 & 11 in action, while Sunday saw school years 6 & 7, 12 & 13 and adaptive and visually impaired judoka compete.

AJA Midland Area players won a total of 5 medals with two players being crowned British Schools Champions .

Golds – Joshua Warburton (Kazoku-Kan) and Sophie Kenny (Kazoku-Kan)

Silvers – Bella Maw (Yenton) and Megan Skillern (Droitwich)

Bronze – Liam Jones (Kazoku-Kan)

p.s. for those that know Alice she somehow sneaked onto the photo, she’s  definitely too old to still be at school.

If any other Areas had players that won medals please let us know and we will update the post.

Sunday 15th September 2019 – Dan Powell Masterclass

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 now is busy training with the aim to bring the UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

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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

Dan Powell Facebook

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).