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Monday, 08 April 2019 12:57

National medal for Sam

Sam Sampson recently travelled to Cyprus to take part in the 2019 Cypriot Senior National Championships. Taking on the -81kg category, Sam faced a tough category of 18 judoka, each vying for the national title.

To start the day, Sam took on the #3 ranked judoka in Cyprus, eventually taking him down to score Ippon (maximum score) and advance into the second round. Moving into the second round, Sam found himself against the #2 ranked judoka and unfortunately a reckless move handed him a loss, and pushed him into the repechage. Making his way through the repechage, Sam later found himself up against yet another member of the Cypriot team however made short work of his opponent with a highlight reel foot sweep. Finally, Sam found himself in the repechage final and had a bronze medal within reach. A tough final saw him face off against a quick footed opponent however a strong counter technique earned Sam the bronze medal at his maiden Pancyprian championships.

With this result, Sam officially qualifies for the Cypriot National Judo team and follows in the footsteps of his father and the many other judoka who have trained at the Sobell Judo Club whilst bearing the Cypriot flag; including Ioannis Kouyialis a dynamic judoka who represented Cyprus at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:25

Medals for Sobell

Congratulations to members of the Sobell Judo Club, London, Sam Sampson & Zeynep Sun who took part in the BJA 'We Will Remember Them' tournament on Sunday 4th November 2018. Zenynep started the day in the U78kg category and took on a big pool, dispatching of each of her opponents - including a dan grade! - to take home a gold medal and add to her growing collection of first place commendations.

Sam Sampson was next in the well supported U81kg category and worked his way through the knockouts and into the semi final. Unfortunately, a loss at this stage put him into the repechage, however he was still determined and managed to win his next fight to secure 3rd place.

Well done to both of you for your results!

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Monday, 28 May 2018 19:14

Bulgarian Exchange 2018

Sobell Judoka, led by Sobell head coaches Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) and Bob Bushnell (6th Dan), recently travelled to Hertfordshire to take part in an international exchange with Bulgarian Judoka. Read the full write up below:


This weekend saw the long awaited exchange between JFAUK and Bulgaria take place. The U.K. and Bulgarian teams first met in Thessaloniki in 2014 at the Matsuura International Cup, which saw the teams face of against one another across various categories during the tournament. Since then, a strong friendship built on mutual respect has been formed due to the teams regular encounters with one another on the WJF international circuit. After much talking the Bulgarian team, led by Kayolan Kolev, was invited to the U.K. for a weekend of not only judo, but socialising and integration.

After arriving on Saturday night a welcome meal took place at a local restaurant in North London preparing the judoka for Sundays training Session.

On Sunday, Potters Bar Judo Club played host to the session, which saw both JFAUK Judoka, and other British judoka from different governing bodies travel to Hertfordshire to join our Bulgarian friends on the tatami. A 6 hour session focusing heavily on movement, set up and transitions in both tachi-waza and ne-waza took place, with many ideas being shared between the two international teams. Following from the days session a BBQ took place to give all judoka a chance to socialise with one another.

On Monday, although a training session was scheduled to take place, our guests decided that they would like to take the opportunity to visit central London as this was their first time in England. Therefore, they were taken on a a short but sweet tour of London led by JFAUK President Sampson Sampson and JFAUK Chairman Bob Bushnell.

Although the weekends exchange may be over, the relationship between JFAUK and Bulgaria is only just blossoming. The ideas, philosophies and training principles between the two nations are clearly aligned and although there may be competition between the two teams on the WJF international tatami, respect and friendship is the strong foundation on which this relationship has been built on. We look forward to seeing our friends in a few weeks time at the 2018 WJF European Championships in Greece, and look forward to the many more fruitful opportunities that will follow from this event, in particular a return visit to Bulgaria scheduled for next year.

Thank you to our guests for making the effort to visit us in the U.K. and thank you to all judoka, officials, friends and family who helped to accommodate our friends and give them a warm welcome.

View the Photos by clicking Here

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:59

Belgian Gold for Sam Sampson!

Sobell judoka Sam Sampson recently travelled to Belgium with the JFAUK team to take part in the 2018 Bilzen Open. Sam started the day for the team, taking on a dutch judoka in his first match. Despite the strength of the Nederlands born athlete, who used his aggression to try to intimidate Sam, Sam kept his composure and used his experience to first throw the Dutch athlete with an Ippon Seoi Otoshi to score a Wazari. Shortly after, Sam executed a clean Osoto Gari to gain his second Wazari and win the match. Next to face Sam was a British judoka who had travelled with a different team. Sam used the same composure to counter the British athlete with an Uchi Mata to score Ippon and win his second match. The final match for Sam was yet another Dutch judoka, however with a gold medal within reach, Sam used a Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi to take his opponent over and score an Ippon to take home the gold medal. A great display of judo!

Also competing was Ross Elliot and Adam Brown from Club Judoka in Worthing, with Ross taking home a gold and Adam taking home a silver.

Great work by all!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:54

National Medals for Sobell

A huge congratulations goes to everybody who took part in the JFAUK National Championships last Sunday. All of you truly represented the club well and we couldn't be prouder of you. We had judoka competing across the primary, junior and senior categories with each judoka obtaining a medal. Here is a quick snap of our senior team post-medal ceremony! View the photos here
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:09

Medals for Sobell!

Congratulations to the Sobell boys who recently competed at the All England Ne-Waza Championships! They travelled up to Hutton in Essex today to try their luck. Gold medals went to Finn Rowan in the Kyu -73kg and Sam Sampson in the Dan -90kg. Bronze Medals went to Pedro and Elyes in the Kyu -66kg and a Bronze went to Mikey in the Dan -90kg category. Well done to all!
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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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Saturday, 30 January 2016 18:28

Sobell Mini Mon Highlights [Video]

Congratulations to all the young primary judoka for taking part in the Sobell Mini Mon tournament. We certainly saw some fantastic ippon throws from the young stars! All the primaries have been working hard and this gave them an opportunity to express their judo in a friendly competitive enviorment.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:42

Sobell Medal Haul!

Well done to all the Sobell members who competed today In biggin hill. Congratulations to our juniors: Freddy (-40kgs) who fought fantastically and came away with a gold medal. Jamal (-50kgs) also fought extremely hard and came away with silver after an unlucky final. Well done to our seniors: Fahd (-66kgs) who came away with the silver after a close final and Sampson (open weight) who took a few risks against the heavier guys and had to settle for 3rd place bronze.
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Sunday, 03 May 2015 18:52

Refereeing Level 1 Course

Well done to all who took part in last weeks refereeing level 1 course which was hosted at Sobell Judo club. Judoka from across the country travelled down to take part in this education course designed to introduce students to refereeing. A fantastic, in depth and practical course was run at the sobell leisure centre with all coming away with newfound knowledge of the principles and rules of JFAUK.

These courses are not only beneficial to future referees but also assist coaches as knowledge of contest rules give clarity on how to teach students effective judo techniques for contest. They can also help coaches educate students about judo discipline, hygiene and mannerisms.

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