Congratulations to our Sobell Judoka who travelled with the JFAUK team to the 2019 Bilzen Open in Belgium today.
First up from Sobell was Sam Sampson in the senior men’s -81kg category. Sams first opponent was a Dutch judoka and a close fight took it to golden score. After a hard fought golden score - that lasted a full 20 minutes!! - Sam was caught by a stumbling wazari and handed a loss. Next, Sam was up against a fellow British Judoka, travelling with a different team and this time was able to catch him with a Juji Gatame to score Ippon and take home the silver medal.
Next up was Saad Sid, Sasha McClean and fellow JFAUK judoka James Nye, in the men’s -90kg category; an unfortunate amalgamation which left our judoka against one another, and one Belgian Judoka. In this category it was our British Judoka who came out on top, with Saad Sid using his trademark Ogoshi to take gold, Sasha McClean using fast Ne-Waza to take Silver and James Nye scoring multiple Wazaris to take the bronze.
Lucien Buleandra stepped up next in the men’s, -81kg Kyu grade category, and was on fine form as usual. Up first he took on a British Judoka, taking him out with strong Katame Waza. Next, he dispatched of his Belgian opponent with a huge, showstopping Ogoshi to take home gold.