A big congratulations to Caterina Puntillo who competed in her first international tournament this weekend. Caterina, who now trains at the Sobell Judo Club, London, travelled to Italy to compete in the 2018 Trofeo Sankaku International tournament, eventually coming away with a 5th place. A great result for her first big event. Congratulations!
We would also like to congratulate all of our other high grades (blue - brown belts) who were also recently promoted at the recent grading at Sobell Judo Club, and we congratulate you for demonstrating fantastic judo during your contests.
We would also like to congratulate Geert Engels on his promotion to 2nd dan. Geert has been a longstanding member of the judo community and has recently undertaken roles teaching the younger classes as well as roles as an event official and referee. Congratulations on passing your examination!
Full write up from JFAUK:
JFAUK is pleased to announce the promotions of two officers to 6th Dan. At the recent Dan grading hosted at the Sobell Judo Club, JFAUK President Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) awarded Bob Bushnell and Samuel Betu their grades of 6th Dan. Bob and Samuel have been students of judo for over 30 years and this promotion recognises their journey as judoka and their role as key members of the judo community.
Bob initially started judo in Hertfordshire before moving the Sobell Judo Club during its early years. Bob quickly became instrumental in the running of the Sobell Judo club and its service to the community, assisting with teaching of hundreds of judoka throughout the years as well as running countless events for the judo community as a whole. Bob has continuously been an integral piece of judo in the UK and more recently, across the globe as part of the WJF. Samuel Betu first began judo in Congo, and soon transitioned into a major competitor on the international circuit before becoming an individual focused on preserving traditional judo and inspiring young judoka across the globe.
Bob and Samuel have been undeniably fundamental to the success of JFAUK due to their countless hours of hard work both on and off the tatami. When JFAUK was first formed in 2010, Bob and Samuel played their roles as founding members by taking an active role in the establishment of the organisation, regularly travelling across Europe to meet and work with the officials of the World Judo Federation to cement JFAUK as the national governing body for traditional judo in the UK. The pair also tirelessly worked alongside the European high grades to establish the contest rules and policies that underpin what Judo For all UK and the World Judo Federation stand for.
Since then, both have been working continuously in the name of judo. Bob Bushnell has maintained his key role within the UK, keeping JFAUK running smoothly and helping to grow the organisation. Further to this, he has continued to serve the judo community through his services as a coach in the London and Hertfordshire areas. Samuel has continued his international duties, regularly travelling to WJF competitions to play his role as an international referee and member of the WJF Technical Committee as well as volunteering with the Kalithea drug rehabilitation program established by JFAGR in Greece, which uses Judo as a proactive tool in the rehabilitation of disadvantaged citizens.
This follows on from the recent promotion of JFAUK’s National Coach Farid Nemouchi, who was promoted to 6th dan at the JFAUK Worthing Summer School. Farid has been a student for close to 40 years and was a major international competitor during his career, however, is now a key part of the preservation of traditional judo. Farid has been a fundamental officer of JFAUK who has poured his heart and soul into the organisation since its founding. Farid has tirelessly travelled across the UK teaching, coaching and most importantly inspiring judoka all over the country, as well as playing a major role as a referee for all JFAUK events. Farid has continuously supported JFAUK and has played a key role in the growth of our competitive judoka and their ongoing accomplishments abroad. It can safely be said that without his input, our national team would have not been as successful as they are. Further to this, he has had a large role in supporting the technical committee, assisting to establish the JFAUK curriculum and overall technical excellence of the organisation.
JFAUK is an organisation that takes note of each and every one of its members, and ensures that every persons input is recognised and suitably rewarded. These promotions recognise the countless hours of hard work these officers have not only put into the organisation, but to judo as a martial art. Whilst much of this work is behind the scenes and goes unseen to the large majority of the public, we cannot think of more deserving judoka to receive these awards. Congratulations to Farid, Bob and Samuel and we thank you for your dedication to judo.