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.
Two Golds for Sobell at the East Anglain Fours last weekend! Han Tsoi (left) excelled in the -81kg category showing some fantastic Ne-Waza, and Sampson Jr (right) took gold in the -73kg category.
A very proud sensei Sampson Sr in the middle.
by Ben Grounds
Sampson Sampson is a name not easily mistaken. He has gained something of a cult status for his unusual title, while achieving much more besides in the Islington community.
Not satisfied with owning one of the oldest barbers in the country - Sampson’s Cuts is located in Highbury - the 53-year-old has also coached judo since 1978 at Sobell Leisure Centre and recently received a prestigious World Judo Federation award for his contribution to the martial art.
Head coach at Sobell lead the JFAUK team to their first international grading seminar.
The grading seminar, which was held over 3 days was attended by 40 judoka, 24 of which took part of the examination for 1st dan and above.
Sobell was on the move again last weekend as part of the JFAUK team, promoting traditional judo. A one day judo course was held at Kanazawa Judo Club, Huntingdon. Paddy Swallow (7th Dan) and his organisation welcomed JFAUK to run a 5 hour judo seminar.