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