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!
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.
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!
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.
The Kangeiko is a traditional mid- winter training camp which focuses on testing a judokas ability, pushing them both physically, mentally and spiritually. Judo starts very early in the morning and is practised in cold conditions, with the training continuing right until the evening.
During training a judoka is taken out of their comfort zone to work at an intense rate, testing their fitness level, technical ability and mental fortitude. Not only is the course designed to test one's skill, it is also intended to bring everyone together to integrate and work as a team, pushing each other to complete the tough training.
"Fantastic weekend! I never fail to learn at a JFA event and I'm incredibly proud to be a member of such a great organisation" – D.Andrews
In its 4th year, the annual JFAUK Kangeiko took place in the charming seaside resort of Scarborough, after being relocated from Dundee, Scotland. Starting training at 6:00am and finishing at 5:00pm the course truly tested each judokas Budo spirit. Following true Kangeiko tradition, parts of the course also included outdoor activities on Scarborough beach. This aimed to test each participant's endurance whilst facing the brisk elements, which also involved swimming in the icy waters.
Everyone that attended, although bruised, battered and thoroughly tested sincerely enjoyed themselves and all expressed what a wonderful experience this year's Kangeiko was.
"What a great time I had at Scarborough, Fantastic training, history, friends and a sense of acheicement. I definitley can't wait until next year!" - P.Barrels
JFAUK congratulates everyone that attended, and many thanks to Dave Hammond (4th Dan) and his team for organising this outstanding event.
JFAUK endeavours that more judoka, regardless of any organisation should attend such a course in the pursuit of their judo development and excellence. Judo, after all is in your hands.