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!
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!
The 2017 Kenshiro Abbe Cup took place on Sunday 21st May. In its second year, the event was opened to international judoka, and as an international event, a Belgian team took on that opportunity, and made their way to London to take part, and compete against British judoka in the competition. Further to this, various teams from London (3), Hertfordshire, Huntingdon, Worthing and Kent from all organisations travelled to take part in this fast growing tournament.
The day consisted of strong, upright judo which greatly resembled the teachings of Abbe and his principles of Kyshindo. Since the last event, we have not only see participation grow, but a true leap in the standard of judo on display. This was evident, as much clean, ippon judo was demonstrated by the competitors. Equally, the ne-waza was on par with the tachi-waza, with much circular, transitional groundwork being executed by each and every judoka. We would also like to add that female participation has grown greatly, with a ladies open category also being created after the main contests!
JFAUK would like to thank all the clubs who brought their judoka, as well as all competitors who put on a great show of judo. A special thank you goes to JudoYes Bilzen who brought their team of Belgian judoka to the event, and we look forward to more integration with them in the future. Further to this, we would like to thank all officials and referees who ensured the smooth running of the event.
A special congratulations goes to Dan Chiddy for being awarded his 1st Dan, as well as Adam Brown who was awarded his 2nd Kyu following their ongoing successes at JFAUK events over the past year.
Well done to all and we are certainly looking forward to the next event!
View the photos here.
Sobells Sam Charalambous of the -75kg category was up first. Sam completely dominated all of his contests, and despite a minor scare in the final, Sam came through with a huge Ippon Seoi Nage to take the gold. Next up was Sobell's -79kg judoka Sam Sampson who started his contest with a clean de ashi barai. Following this was a repeat of the final of the 2016 WJF European Championships where Sam met the Bulgarian judoka. However, there was no success for Sam this time as the Bulgarian won the contest with a wazari. He then went on to win the rest of his contests to take home a silver. Sobell's Alexis Bardini of the -71kg's stepped on the tatami next, sweeping through his category before facing a Greek judoka in the final. Unfortunately the Greek judoka got the better of Alexis, leaving Alexis with the silver medal.
Also competing for JFAUK was Jason Board from Dundee, who took home the Silver Medal in the Veterans -79kg, and Ross Elliot from Worthing who took home the Gold in the mens -100kg and a bronze in the mens Open Weight.Overall, a strong performance from JFAUK at a very tough tournament. As well as the tournament, a training camp also took place, led by JFAUK President Sampson Sampson followed by a dan grade examination for the JFAGR members.
Well done to all, you can view the pictures by clicking here