A big congratulations to all of our Sobell Judoka who travelled with team JFAUK to the 2019 Miyazaki Cup held in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Held annually, the event daws a plethora of European Judoka from the U.K, Greece, Bulgaria, Algeria and Macedonia amongst other countries. Differing from mainstream judo events, this event is run under a traditional rule set meaning that leg grab techniques are permitted and lots of emphasis is placed on ne-waza groundwork fighting.
This year, Sobell achieved 1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. Silver medals came from Sam Sampson (-83kg), Fionn Rowan (-71kg), Alex Charalambous (-66kg), Sasha McClean (-91kg) and bronze medals were achieved by Lucian Buleandra (-79kg), Mikey Barton (-91kg) and Hannah Chesham (-78kg). Finishing the day was a gold medal from Sam Sampson who entered the open-weight category and came away with first place, despite facing Judoka nearly twice his size!
Also attending was Alexis Bardini (-75kg) and Karl Summerbell, a para-athlete who entered the able bodied category(-71kg). However, tough draws saw these judoka exit the tournament in the opening rounds. Regardless, both fought extremely well and have gained valuable experience for their next event.