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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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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:07

2018 WJF European Championships

Members of the Sobell Judo Club recently travelled to Greece to participate in the 2018 WJF European Championships. 

Sobell Judoka Alexis Bardini, Karl Summerbell, Hannah Chesham, Sam Sampson, Samuel Charalambous, Benjamin Eriksen and Sebastian Eriksen left for Greece alongside team JFAUK to represent the country at the prestigious event; the team were extremely sucessful coming away with a number of medals. The full breakdown is below: 

Alexis Bardini: Gold (Mens -75kg) 

Karl Summerbell: Gold (Mens Para -66kg) 

Hannah Chesham: Silver (Womens -78kg) 

Sam Sampson: Silver (Mens -83kg) 

Benjamin Eriksen: Gold (Boys -55kg) 

Sebastian Eriksen: Gold (Boys -40kg) 

Sam Charalambous: Withdrawn due to injury 

Alongside the team, Sobell head coach also travelled to the tournament as Chairman of the WJF Referee Comitte and played a key role in helping to ensure the standard of refereeing was upheld. Alongside Sampson also travelled Sobell Coach Samuel Betu, playing his role as an international referee to assist in the running of the tournament. 

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Full write up:

Day 1

Successful day for JFAUK at day 1 of the 2018 WJF European Championship coming away with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.


First on the tatami was Karl Summerbell defending his Para-athlete European Title. In his first fight, Karl used an Osoto Gari, scoring a Wazari before transitioning info a Kesa gatame, then Tati Shiho Gatame and then finishing of the fight with a clean Juji Gatame. Coming into his next fight, Karl managed to rotate out of his opponents throw, then once again secure the win with Ne-Waza with a Tati Shiho Gatame. Superb work by Karl who is now 2x WJF European Champion in the para athlete category!


Up next was Jason Baird in the Veterans -79kg category. Coming up against a Bulgarian in the first fight, Jason was unlucky in the early stages falling short to a Wazari. However, as the fight continued Jason worked extremely hard in Ne-Waza before attempting a flying Juji Gatame in the final seconds. Jason succeed with applying the technique, fully extending his opponents arm, however as his leg went over, his foot cut his the Bulgarians head, which bled immediately, and in the confusion Jason’s technique was nullified and not counted, resulting in Jason unluckily losing his fight. Next, Jason was up against a Greek judoka and utilised transitional Ashi Waza to score an Ippon. Afterwards, Jason was up against another Bulgarian, unfortunately losing to a Juji Gatame himself. Finally, Jason found himself against another Greek judoka in the Bronze Medal contest and was sure not to leave empty handed this time as he took over the Greek judoka to score an Ippon and put his hands on the Bronze Medal.


Next was Hannah Chesham taking on the Womens -78 kg category. In her first fight, Hannah took on an Italian judoka, unfortunately falling short to an Ippon throw mid-way through the fight. Next, Hannah found herself against a Greek Judoka, and motivated by her first loss, scored an enormous Tani Otoshi to claim the win, and silver medal.


The first of the Juniors, Benjamin Eriksen made his way to the contest area next. Benjamin made short work of his first opponent, using transitional judo to stifle his opponents attack and move into ne-waza, holding his opponent down with a Kesa Gatame to secure the win. Following this, Benjamin utilised a a big Ippon Seoi Nage to throw his next opponent and claim the gold medal.


The final Judoka of the day was Sebastian Eriksen who was keen to follow the path laid out by his older brother. Not rattled by pre-competition nerves, Sebastian dispatched of his first opponent, also with an Ippon Seoi Nage before securing the win in his second fight with a Kesa Gatama variation to take him the Eriksen family’s second gold medal of the day.


Before the tatami was closed for the day, a short Veterans Team event took place between two mixed country teams, with JFAUK’s Jason Baird stepping up for the red team, who eventually took gold.


A big thank you also goes to JFAUK International Referee Samuel Betu who has continued to work alongside the WJF Referee Committee throughout this trip, assisting with the running of this tournament. Without people like Samuel in the wider WJF team, these events would not be possible.


All in all a fantastic day for JFAUK, and today’s judoka have certainly set the bar high. Tonight, half the team will celebrate whilst the others rest. Good luck to tomorrow’s team!

 

Day 2 

 

Day 2 of the WJF European Championships followed suit of the first day, with team JFAUK coming away with a plethora of medals.


Up first was 2016 WJF European Champion Sam Sampson who was looking to claim his second WJF European Gold in the new weight class of -83kg. Up first was a Greek opponent. Sam took his time to get going and worked through tough grips to finally execute a flying juji gatame and score ippon. Up next was yet another Greek opponent who Sam threw with a big Kata Guruma to take him into the final. In a repeat final of 2016, Sam found himself against a Bulgarian Judoka who had also moved up into -83kg. After a dynamic exchange between the two rivals, Sam was unfortunately caught by a Kata Guruma himself this time and had to settle for the silver medal.


Up next was Oli Relton in the men’s -79kg category. Starting his competition day Oli countered his first opponent with a Tani Otoshi to score a wazari before transitioning into a Kata Gatame, holding his opponent down for 25 seconds to score his second wazari and claim the win. Next, Oli continued his transitional judo by pulling off a huge Ippon Seoi Nage, quickly transitioning into a Juji Gatame to submit his opponent. For the Semi-final Oli decided to mix things up, this time utilising a Hane Goshi to score ippon and proceed to the final. In the final, Oli was face to face with a Greek Judoka who had also been on fine form throughout the day, however, unfazed by his opponents track record, Oli went back to his Ne-Waza to score ippon with a powerful Juji Gatame and claim the gold medal.


Up next was 2015 WJF European Champion Ross Elliot who was looking to re-claim his European title in the -99kg category. Up first for Ross was a Greek Judoka. In the early exchanges of the fight Ross scored a wazari using a Hiza Guruma, quickly transitioning into a Mune Gatame to hold his opponent down and claim the win. Next for Ross was yet another home Judoka. Ross followed the same pattern, using a Maki Komi to score wazari, transitioning into a Kesa Gatame and holding his opponent down to claim his second win. In the final, Ross found himself against a Turkish Judoka. In the early exchange, the Turkish fighter stumbled Ross with a Maki Komi attempt however Ross’ reactions were firing fast as he quickly utilised his Ne-Waza to first attempt an Eri Jime before transitioning into a Mune Gatame, eventually holding his opponent down to claim the gold.


Next to represent JFAUK was 2015 WJF Junior European Bronze Medalist Alexis Bardini in the men’s -75kg category. For his first fight Alexis used a quick Uchi Mata to Ouchi Gari combination to score ippon and get his day off to a good start. Next, Alexis found himself against a much taller opponent, forcing him to think carefully on how to claim his second win. Alexis utilised a similar strategy, using an Uchi Mata before changing direction and dropping into a Ko Uchi Gake to score the ippon. For his semi final match, Alexis found himself against an experienced Dan grade however was unfazed and managed to score an ippon with a Osoto Gake in the early seconds of the fight to progress to the final. In the final Alexis was certainly pushed to his limits in an extremely hard fought fight. After a extremely dynamic battle, Alexis eventually sunk in an Eri Jime to secure his WJF European gold medal.


Hannah Chesham also stepped on the tatami for the second time to take part in the womens open weight category. After battling through the category, Hannah came up a Bulgarian judoka. After an exchange between the two and a very close Juji Gatame attempt from Hannah, it was the Bulgarian who managed to find the space to score a Wazari and in the end hold Hannah down, leaving our JFAUK judoka with a silver medal.


Sam Charalambous was also set to compete in the men’s -75kg category but unfortunately had to withdraw before the competition due to an injured shoulder. However, Sam had a pivotal role in helping to warm up his team mates, get them ready and ensure they always had water and tape to hand.


An additional category, which was created in the spirit of judo, was also held in which Karl Summerbell who had just claimed gold in the Para athlete category was able to fight against able bodied Judoka. Once again defying all odds, Karl succeeded in achieving a silver medal to add to his collection.


Further to this category, a mixed nation team event was also initiated. This event was inspired by our Greek host’s visits to Japan, whereby at international events, mixed team competitions are often created out of Judoka from different countries to encourage integration between the Judoka from different nations. 4 teams were created and in team 1 were JFAUK Judoka Sam Sampson and Ross Elliot and in team 2 was Alexis Bardini and Oli Relton. In the end, it was team 1 who managed to top the podium, giving Sam Sampson and Ross Elliot a gold medal and trophy, and team 2 coming close in second place giving Alexis Bardini and Oli Relton a silver medal.


Overall a remarkably successful trip for JFAUK who’s strength at this tournament has certainly been growing each time we attend. We would like to thank our Judoka who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to represent us at this tournament and it is clear that their hard work has paid off. Once again we would like to thank Samuel Betu who travelled with the team to work as part of the referee committee alongside the Greek and Italian referees. Another thank you goes to JFAUK President Sampson Sampson who helped to lead the team to the event and their corresponding victories. Further to running an international training session alongside Alfredo Vismara (9th Dan) on Friday evening, Sampson spent the duration of the event assisting with refereeing as well as attending meetings with the WJF Committee to discuss the future and further progress of the WJF in the coming years. With many plans in mind, we are certainly excited to be part of this journey.


With a growing number of entries and a number of new countries entering this years championships, the WJF European Championships is certainly an event that will continue to grow and expand in the years to come.


The WJF European Championships are now over, and we look to 2020 for the next.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 19:48

JFAUK London Ne-Waza 2018

Congratulations to all Sobell judoka who took part in the 2018 JFAUK London Ne-Waza tournament. Sobell truly topped the medal boards coming away with a huge haul of gold, silver and bronze across the Primary, Junior and Senior teams. Well done to everybody who took part. 

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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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Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:55

All England National Medals

Mixed day yesterday at the All England National Championships. Ross Elliot from Club Judoka began the day, after missing weight and finding himself in the +100kg category. He didn’t let the weight get to him and fought hard to make it to the final, however found himself taking a Silver after losing to a judoka 30kg heavier

Karl Summerbell took to the tatami next in the men’s -60kg. After unfortunately getting held down in his first fight, Karl’s next opponent withdrew due to injury, leaving him with a silver.

Sam Charalambous came up next in the men’s -73kg and was on fine form as usual, taking a gold.

Sam Sampson was the final judoka of the day however also missed weight and ended up in the -90kg category. Sam fought his way to the final, however a small mistake left him with the silver medal.

Congratulations to the boys who took the time to travel to Walsall to compete at this event, next time we hope to see more Sobell judoka step forward to compete.

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Congratulations to all of our judoka who took part in the London Open International on Sunday 4th March 2018. Sobell produced a superb display of judo and managed to come away with a huge medal haul!
Full write up from JFAUK
Congratulations to all who took part in the JFAUK London Open which took place on Sunday 4th March 2018. With judoka in attendance from many clubs and organisations across the U.K., Belgium and Denmark, this year marks the first time it has become an international event. With constant growth, this competition is surely cementing itself in many diaries as a must attend event each year.
We aim to continue to growing the event year on year to provide more judoka with a platform to further their competitive development and expose themselves to as many new opponents as possible - both domestic and international. With the recent closure of a number of events across the U.K. judo scene, including the recent closure of the prestigious Southend International, we hope that as this event grows, more judoka will consider this as a suitable alternative to events that once filled their yearly schedule.
Further to this, we are proud that numerous coaches, parents and judoka commented on how refreshing it was to see leg grabs, traditional techniques and a strong encouragement of ne-waza in competition! With comments like these, we are continually motivated that our provision of a traditional ruleset is not only justified, but welcomed by the judo community.
Thank you to all who took part in this event, especially all officials who made this event possible. We cannot wait for the next one.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:04

International Success!

Congratulations to Sobell members Sam Sampson, Sam Charalambous, Karl Summerbell, Alexis Bardini, Alex Charalambous, Hannah Chesham and Lucia Pascali who recently travelled to Thessaloniki, Greece to take part in the 2017 Matsuura international Cup. The Sobell Judoka were extremely successful, coming away with 11 medals! Find out how they got on by reading the full write up below:

Team JFAUK have now returned from Thessaloniki, Greece whereby they took a total of 17 medals. 9 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze. The JFAUK judoka truly shined brightly at this international tournament which drew judoka from various countries across Europe. Well done to all of the team.

Day 1 of the Matsuura international Cup saw the JFAUK Veterans and Special needs judoka step to the tatami. In total JFAUK took away 5 medals from 3 competitors.

Starting the day was Karl Summerbell, competing in the -71kg para-athlete category. Karl stormed through his category, taking the gold comfortably. Due to his fantastic performance and a low number of entries in his category, he was then invited to take part in a category of similar weighted, able-bodied judoka. Karl fought exceptionally well and made it through to the final. In the final, he was up by a Wazari, however was caught by a Greek judoka in the final seconds. Despite this, it was a truly expeditionary achievement.

Next up was Chris Cooper in the Veterans +100kg category. Chris found himself with a gold medal around his neck after executing fantastic kyushindo judo against Greek judoka. Not satisfied with just one gold meal, Chris then entered the open and continued his form, taking on opponent after opponent, executing clean ippon throws to take the gold.

Finally, -79kg Veteran judoka Jason Baird took to the tatami and made his way into the final with swift and precise Ne-Waza techniques. In the final, he narrowly lost by a decision against a Greek judoka, leaving him with a well deserved silver medal. A fantastic day for the team who truly set the standard high for the next days judoka.

On day 2 of the competition, Team JFAUK had a successful day, coming away with 12 medals.

First up was Sam Sampson in the men's -79kg category. Sam defeated Bulgarian and Greek judoka with swift ashi waza and fast ne-waza on his way to the final whereby he scored a wazari against a Greek judoka, later finishing the Greek off with a hold down to secure the gold medal.

Sam Charalambous was up next in the men's -75kg category. Sam started his day off well, defeating a Greek judoka by wazari. Sam unfortunately lost his following fights against a Bulgarian and Greek, leaving him with the Bronze medal. However, redemption was certainly on the cards as Sam Charalambous later entered the open category and managed to execute some superb throws and hold downs in order to take the gold! In addition to this, Sam was later awarded his 2nd Dan due to his technical prowess and string of impressive domestic and international performances, which includes a bronze medal at the CSIT World Sport Games last week!

Following Sam, the JFAUK ladies, Hannah Chesham and Lucia Pascali took to the tatami. Hannah and Lucia both worked their way though their category, both using fantastic ne-waza and big hip throws before meeting one another on the semi-final. Hannah managed to secure the win this time, leaving Lucia with a well deserved bronze medal. Hannah went off to face a Bulgarian judoka in the final, and Hannah spared little time securing a tight juji gatame to take the gold. The ladies weren't finished just yet as they then entered the open category, however both fell short to a much heavier woman, with Hannah taking the silver, and Lucia taking a second bronze.

It was the turn of Ross Elliot next, in the men's -100kg category. Ross made light work of his opponents, executing big throws in his way to the final. In a repeat of the Miyazaki cup final earlier this year, Ross faced the same Greek judoka, however quickly executed a cross grip Osoto Gari to take the gold.

Alex Charalambous stepped back on to the international tatami for the first time in four years next in the men's -68kg category. Alex started his day with a fantastic Uchi Mata before dispatching the rest of his opponents on the way to the final. There, he faced an experienced Greek judoka in a fight that went the distance, however the Greek managed to take the win due to a very close wazari score earlier in the match, leaving Alex with a silver medal.

Alexis Bardini then made his way into the contest area in the men's -71kg category, facing an all Greek pool. Alexis used excellent ne-waza to finish his opponents in order to earn his place in the gold medal match. There, he executed a dynamic cross grip Tai Otoshi to secure his gold medal.

Finally, Adam Brown made his international debut in the men's +100kg category, taking home the gold medal. Not satisfied with just one medal, Adam then entered the Open category and ended up fighting his way to a Bronze medal against experienced opponents.

Overall a truly fantastic two days of competition for team JFAUK, taking away 17 medals from 11 competitors. 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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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 22:35

Nidan for Armin!

A HUGE congratulations to 'Uncle' Armin on his promotion to 2nd Dan! Armin has been a member of the Sobell Judo Club for 12 years and has been tirelessly working on and off the tatami in the name of judo. We thank him for all his commitment to the club and community judo in general. Congratulations on your well deserved promotion.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 22:31

Scarborough Summer School

We're back from a fantastic weekend at the 2016 Scarborough Summer School. We spent the bank holiday training hard and relaxing on the beach! Thanks to all Sobell members who came to this course. We had a great time! This bank holiday weekend saw the 2016 JFAUK Scarborough Summer School take place. In its second year since being relocated from the usual Scottish borders, this course proved once again that it is the place to be to learn high quality judo over the summer months. On its opening day the course was led by Dave Hammond (5th Dan) who began by showing a variety of high standard ne-waza techniques. Following this, Dave began to show a series of very traditional a niche judo techniques, re-igniting the roots of judo in the modern age. During the second day, the course was led by JFAUK President Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) who focused heavily on Tai Sabaki – Movement. Sampson utilized kyushindo to demonstrate the ways in which footwork and body action create momentum and kuzushi in order to execute techniques. Kakari Geiko – continuous attack practice – was conducted In order to help students understand these key principles. Following this, Sampson moved on to show complex strangulations and arm locks when faced with a defensive opponent. After the second day was completed it was time for the event’s social – a BBQ on Scarborough’s seafront! This allowed all members to integrate and get to know one another off the tatami. On the final day of the course Sampson Sampson continued the teachings of the first day, and showed how the same principles of Tai Sabaki and Kyushindo can be implemented in contest judo. During the final afternoon JFAUK’s national coach, Farid Namouchi (5th Dan) took to the tatami to expand on contest scenario’s, however focused on ne-waza, showing the ways in which you can utilize an opponent’s defensive position to your advantage. As usual, a Dan grading also took place at the event and JFAUK would like to congratulate Armin Deneshi on his promotion to 2nd Dan. We would also like to congratulate Dave Hammond on his promotion to 5th Dan. All in all, a fantastic three days of judo. Those who did not attend, truly missed out on a very special course.
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