Islington judoka from the Sobell Judo Club have just returned from the 2019 Bilzen Judo Open held in Belgium, with 4 international medals in tow!
The North London based team took the 10 hour drive to Belgium Saturday night in preparation for the competition on Sunday. The event is an annual international judo competition drawing judoka from Belgium, the UK, the Nederlands, France, Germany amongst other countries.
First up from Sobell was Sam Sampson in the senior men’s -81kg category. Sams first opponent was a Dutch judoka and a close fight took it to golden score. After a hard fought golden score (sudden death) - that lasted a full 20 minutes! After the long battle, Sam was eventually caught by a stumbling wazari and handed a loss. Next, Sam was up against a fellow British Judoka, travelling with a different team, and this time was able to catch him with a Juji Gatame to score Ippon and take home the silver medal.
Next up was Saad Sid and Sasha McClean in the men’s -90kg category. In this category it was our British Judoka who came out on top, with Saad Sid using his trademark Ogoshi to take gold, Sasha McClean using fast Ne-Waza to take Silver over their Belgian opponents.
Lucien Buleandra stepped up next in the men’s -81kg Kyu grade category and was on fine form as usual. Up first he took on a British Judoka, taking him out with strong Katame Waza. Next, he dispatched of his Belgian opponent with a huge, showstopping Ogoshi to take home gold.
The Sobell judoka travelled with the Judo for All United Kingdom team, alongside fellow judoka from Club Judoka in Worthing. The full team came away with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.
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!
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.
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
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!