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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:42

3rd Dan for Elena Del Pozo

An enormous congratulations goes to Elena Del Pozo who was recently awarded her 3rd Dan black belt. 
Last August at the JFAUK National Summer School, held in Worthing, Sussex, Elena was awarded her Sandan as a recognition of her ever-growing skill, technical excellence and holistic understanding of Judo as a martial art. Elena started at the Sobell in 2006 and has since continued to grow into one of our strongest and most knowledgeable judoka. An exemplary example to all, Elena has become a proficient coach, regularly taking our Primary classes as well as playing a key role in inducting our beginner judoka across all age classes. We are extremely proud that Elena’s judo skill has been recognised and we are extremely happy to see her receive a commendation of her life’s work in judo. Thank you for your dedication and thank you for being a role model to all, especially to all of our female students. Congratulations again. 
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Monday, 08 October 2018 18:01

Silver for Sam Charalambous!

A big congratulations to Sam Charalambous who took a silver medal at the BJA North West Area Open last Sunday. A great result, especially considering he was fighting up a weight category!

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Congratulations to all of our judoka who took part in the London Open International on Sunday 4th March 2018. Sobell produced a superb display of judo and managed to come away with a huge medal haul!
Full write up from JFAUK
Congratulations to all who took part in the JFAUK London Open which took place on Sunday 4th March 2018. With judoka in attendance from many clubs and organisations across the U.K., Belgium and Denmark, this year marks the first time it has become an international event. With constant growth, this competition is surely cementing itself in many diaries as a must attend event each year.
We aim to continue to growing the event year on year to provide more judoka with a platform to further their competitive development and expose themselves to as many new opponents as possible - both domestic and international. With the recent closure of a number of events across the U.K. judo scene, including the recent closure of the prestigious Southend International, we hope that as this event grows, more judoka will consider this as a suitable alternative to events that once filled their yearly schedule.
Further to this, we are proud that numerous coaches, parents and judoka commented on how refreshing it was to see leg grabs, traditional techniques and a strong encouragement of ne-waza in competition! With comments like these, we are continually motivated that our provision of a traditional ruleset is not only justified, but welcomed by the judo community.
Thank you to all who took part in this event, especially all officials who made this event possible. We cannot wait for the next one.
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:38

End of Year Breakdown

As the end of the year approaches, we take a look back at the successes of our Club throughout 2017. Below is a quick breakdown of what our members got up to throughout the year. Of course, these points do not even get close to demonstrating how hard each and every one of our members have worked. We would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support, effort and passion at the Sobell Judo Club. This year has been truly monumental in the growth of our club. Not only in numbers, but in the quality of judo produced by each and every one of you. Thank you once again.

Next year we celebrate 45 years since our founding and we promise that it will be even bigger and better. Have a superb Christmas and a fantastic new year!

• Sobell Members start the year by storming the podium at the JFAUK London Open.

• 3 judoka travel to Essex for the AEJF ‘Back to the Future Championships’ with Sam Sampson and Karl Summerbell taking Gold, and Sam Charalambous taking silver.

• Members of Sobell travel with the JFAUK team to the Miyazaki Cup in Greece with Sam Charalambous taking Gold and Sam Sampson and Alexis Bardidni taking Silver.

• Sobell travel to Sussex to take part in the Worthing Championships with Gold from Saad and Andreas, a Silver from Mikey and Bronzes from Belarmino, Finn,Elyes, Maciek and Karl.

• Sobell come away with an enormous medal haul from the Kenshiro Abbe Cup in London.

• Phillip Bloom, Sam Sampson and Sam Charalambous travel to Latvia to compete in the CSIT World Sport Games. Sam Charalambous comes away with the Bronze, Sam Sampson finished 5th and Phillip Bloom finished 7th.

• The Sobell Dojo moves from its original dojo of 44 years to a bigger dojo downstairs as a reflection of our growth.

• Sobell Members travel to Greece to take part in the Matsuura international Cup. Sam Sampson, Karl Summerbell, Alexis Bardini and Hannnah Chesham take gold. Sam Charalambous, Lucia Pascali, and Alex Charalambous take Silver.

• Phillip Bloom finishes 3rd in the 2017 Maccabiah Games held in Isreal.

• Sobell return to Sussex for the JFAUK Worthing Summer School. Farid Nemouchi is awarded his 6th Dan for his contribution to judo.

• Sobell return to Essex to compete in the All England Ne-Waza Championships. Sampson and Fionn Rowan take Gold, Mikey Barton, Elyes Rugby and Pedro Carhillo take Bronze.

• Sobell takes a large medal count at the JFAUK National Championships.

• Bob Bushnell and Samuel Betu are awarded their 6th Dans due to their ongoing contribution to judo and the community.

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Friday, 24 March 2017 09:47

International Medals!

Members of Sobell Judo Club travelled with Team JFAUK to Thessaloniki, Greece to take part in the 2017 Miyazaki International Cup, coming away with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. Starting the day was Jason Baird who was fighting in -79kg veterans.

Sobells Sam Charalambous of the -75kg category was up first. Sam completely dominated all of his contests, and despite a minor scare in the final, Sam came through with a huge Ippon Seoi Nage to take the gold. Next up was Sobell's -79kg judoka Sam Sampson who started his contest with a clean de ashi barai. Following this was a repeat of the final of the 2016 WJF European Championships where Sam met the Bulgarian judoka. However, there was no success for Sam this time as the Bulgarian won the contest with a wazari. He then went on to win the rest of his contests to take home a silver. Sobell's Alexis Bardini of the -71kg's stepped on the tatami next, sweeping through his category before facing a Greek judoka in the final. Unfortunately the Greek judoka got the better of Alexis, leaving Alexis with the silver medal.

Also competing for JFAUK was Jason Board from Dundee, who took home the Silver Medal in the Veterans -79kg, and Ross Elliot from Worthing who took home the Gold in the mens -100kg and a bronze in the mens Open Weight.

Overall, a strong performance from JFAUK at a very tough tournament. As well as the tournament, a training camp also took place, led by JFAUK President Sampson Sampson followed by a dan grade examination for the JFAGR members.

Well done to all, you can view the pictures by clicking here

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Monday, 13 March 2017 18:32

Trio of Medals!

Smashing performance from the Sobell boys at the AEJF Championships in Essex! Gold for Sam Sampson, Bronze for Sam Charalambous + a Silver in the open weight for Sam C! and a Bronze for Karl Summerbell, who although a special needs judoka, was fighting able bodied judoka! All boys done absolutely brilliantly, especially Karl who came back from a big foot injury to take the bronze in his last fight! Also congratulations to Worthing Judo Club who also topped the podiums in their respective categories. A fantastic day for Sobell, and for JFAUK
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Monday, 13 March 2017 18:27

London Open

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the JFAUK London Open! A good day of clean, upright judo. Great support from clubs across the UK including Sobell, Worthing, Kanazawa, Budokan, Budokwai, University of Hertfordshire, Potters Bar and even some other London clubs coming simply to watch the great judo on display! Thank you to all who supported the event as well as all officials who helped make this event a success. You can view the photos Here.
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Monday, 13 March 2017 18:23

JFAUK Randori Session

29th January saw the first JFAUK Open Randori of the year take place!

The event saw a number of judoka, from a variety of different organisations meet, and train together for 3 hours of quality randori.

These open randoris aim to be held every few months, enabling judoka a regular opportunity to train and integrate with others from outside their club, whilst getting a high quality judo session at the same time.

These sessions are open to all judoka regardless of organisation as long as they have a valid licence.

Keep your eyes on the JFAUK Facebook Page to find out when the next one is!

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Monday, 05 December 2016 10:21

Double Silver for Sam!

Well done to Sam Sampson for taking 2 silvers at the East Midlands open, one in the -81kg and one in the open. Sam had a tough category, narrowly missing out to a 2 time partially sighted Paralympian due to a controversial yuko in the -81kg (score given after mate had been called). Unfortunately there was no redemption in the open as the paralympian managed to catch him with a strangle with that time around. Good atmosphere, good fights and the last event before Christmas!
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 22:31

Scarborough Summer School

We're back from a fantastic weekend at the 2016 Scarborough Summer School. We spent the bank holiday training hard and relaxing on the beach! Thanks to all Sobell members who came to this course. We had a great time! This bank holiday weekend saw the 2016 JFAUK Scarborough Summer School take place. In its second year since being relocated from the usual Scottish borders, this course proved once again that it is the place to be to learn high quality judo over the summer months. On its opening day the course was led by Dave Hammond (5th Dan) who began by showing a variety of high standard ne-waza techniques. Following this, Dave began to show a series of very traditional a niche judo techniques, re-igniting the roots of judo in the modern age. During the second day, the course was led by JFAUK President Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) who focused heavily on Tai Sabaki – Movement. Sampson utilized kyushindo to demonstrate the ways in which footwork and body action create momentum and kuzushi in order to execute techniques. Kakari Geiko – continuous attack practice – was conducted In order to help students understand these key principles. Following this, Sampson moved on to show complex strangulations and arm locks when faced with a defensive opponent. After the second day was completed it was time for the event’s social – a BBQ on Scarborough’s seafront! This allowed all members to integrate and get to know one another off the tatami. On the final day of the course Sampson Sampson continued the teachings of the first day, and showed how the same principles of Tai Sabaki and Kyushindo can be implemented in contest judo. During the final afternoon JFAUK’s national coach, Farid Namouchi (5th Dan) took to the tatami to expand on contest scenario’s, however focused on ne-waza, showing the ways in which you can utilize an opponent’s defensive position to your advantage. As usual, a Dan grading also took place at the event and JFAUK would like to congratulate Armin Deneshi on his promotion to 2nd Dan. We would also like to congratulate Dave Hammond on his promotion to 5th Dan. All in all, a fantastic three days of judo. Those who did not attend, truly missed out on a very special course.
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