Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC Welsh Nationals – September 2011

Welsh Nationals 2011

 Sunday 25th September 2011, Hereford.

 Only 12 of you went however you came back with a fantastic 6 medals, 1 Silver and 5 Bronzes. It was also the most attended BJC Junior Nationals for many years.

  Starting with our smallest Francesca Taylor and Ceiran Walsh, both had good opening fights, Francesca producing one of her trademark ippon throws within a few seconds and Ceiran holding his own against boys several kilos heavier. Ceiran was pleased that he managed 5th Place in a large group of heavier boys and Francesca just missed out on a bronze medal and thankfully kept her shoulder injury free even after some heavy throws.

Amber Gregson in only her second Nationals was determined to do well, and she did, against some tough opposition she came away with a well deserved Bronze Medal. Matt Weller was at his first Nationals and really enjoyed his first experience, holding his own with boys who had several Nationals under their belts. Jovan Lee-Roles did get frustrated with his performance this time, having won several medals in the past. Jovan fought hard but to no avail, though he had done his paper round before coming to Hereford.

Lola Arthur and Fiona Carroll were in the bigger groups that also contained several BJA fighters. Fiona stood up well against some fierce opposition and was pleased with her performance even without medal success. Lola was pleased with another Bronze Medal but it came at a price, what we had hoped was a sprained shoulder after one particular hard throw turned out to be a broken collar bone. We must all wish her well and hopefully see her back in 6 weeks. Lauren Curtis also had fearsome opponents but fought well and was pleased to up her medal from a Bronze last time to Silver this time.

Kushal Nayee and Max Blighton were both in the same weight/age group but in different pools. Both fought extremely hard and both experiencing at least 6 fights as they progressed. Max won all but one of his and Kushal winning several of his. Their dogged determination paid off as they both came away with Bronze medals in a large group that again had a lot of experienced BJA fighters.

Adam Lyne and James Chitty were both in the re-introduced Epoirs category. The weight separation was decided on the day, James in a light group and Adam in the heavy group. Both groups again had a lot of BJA fighters mainly Brown and Black belts which would prove to be tough competition. James was pleased with his performance but realized he hadn’t had enough mat time. Adam was slightly disappointed with his, but shouldn’t be as he came away with a Bronze medal even after some referee decisions went against him.

Well done to you all, an awesome performance at a very heavily attended competition.

Martin Acklands retirement

Some of the Seniors and their wives had a very nice little get together to celebrate over 40 years service by Martin to the Faringdon and Wantage Judo clubs and the Oxfordshire Area.

There was plenty of beer and good food as everyone had fond memories of many events and happenings over the last 4 decades.

Martins prowess as a fine Judoka and competition player were talked about and he was able to recount some of his favourite moments and remind us to carry on the fine Oxfordshire tradition of Ippon Judo.

He and his wife Anne were presented with a lovely engraved Barometer and Flowers and we all wished him well in his retirement from Judo and insisted he now take us all Sailing with him.

Kata day 10th July 2011

We were very privileged to have Mrs Moira Newton 6th Dan and Mrs Ann Scott 5th Dan take a days instruction of Nage-No-Kata and Katame-No-Kata. It was also the first time we have had a Red and White Belt on the Tatami at Faringdon since Jim Chambers in 1992, a great honour for us.

They had a great way of explaining and introducing the Kata to all involved, both the old hands and many younger ones that had not done it before. Suddenly Kata was no longer that strange formal part of Judo that had nothing to do with the contest or other sides of Judo, it was just as useful and could be just as fun as any other aspect of Judo.

The Seniors got to grips with the Sacrafice techniques in the last two sets of the Nage-No-Kata and the complete 3 sets of the Katame-No-Kata and the Juniors ably managed the first couple of sets of Nage and the first set of Katame.

All in all a really fantastic day and it should certainly put many on their way to their next grades.

Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC English Nationals, Sunday 1st May 2011

A slightly smaller group than normal attended, 19 children of which for 8 it was their first time. It was still an impressive performance by everyone and we came away with 4 medals; 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The competition in general had a low turnout, however it meant that those there were definitely the best in the country and proved to be very difficult to win against.

Philip Sparks in his first Nationals had some good fights, scored some points and gained great  experience. Francesca Taylor was up against some old rivals, had a good start with a great ippon, but then took a couple of knocks which shook her concentration, still she enjoyed her visit to the medics bay again. Ceiran Walsh battled strongly but struggled with some of the new rules, especially the change in the starting procedures.

Keiran King and Jack Mitchell both had to move up a weight group and joined Alex Bakewell and Jovan Lee-Roles in what was probably the largest group. All 4 had some good wins and Keiran and Jovan managed to get through to fight for the Bronze medal, however both just missed out.

Amber Gregson and Abigail Pinney both enjoyed their first Nationals experience and can’t wait to get back for the Welsh Nationals. Ben Griffin also at his first Nationals started well and then came up against the eventual medallists, he battled hard but just couldn’t get his trademark throw. Bryony King just gets stronger each time she attends and I am certain she will medal next time.

Kushal Nayee after many years and attempts was justly awarded with a Bronze medal in a very tough group. Alex Owen, Max Blighton and Will Hankins all at their first Nationals came up against some extremely strong opposition but all enjoyed the event and now have a better idea of what to expect next time.

Fiona Carroll and Lola Arthur were both delighted to win medals, Fiona a Silver and Lola a Bronze, well done girls. Nel Attwood ended up in an amalgamated category so was up against far heavier girls than herself. She did take a bad knock to the ribs at the start but carried on. Lauren Curtis performed well again and was very pleased with her Bronze medal and I believe some of the pictures taken while she was fighting.

Well done to you all, a fantastic performance, especially as we didn’t have much chance for practice just before the competition.

Best wishes


Junior Team League Competition


Sunday 19th June 2011

Henry Box School, Witney, Oxfordshire

When: Sunday 19th June, Children too arrive by 10:00 am for warm up and size off. Medal presentations at 1:00pm

Where: Henry Box School, Church Green, Witney. OX28 4AX Look for the Church – Henry Box School is right next to it.

What is it ? A team competition where the children are sized off and then put into different teams. Each team will consist of about 10 players and have a team Captain (16/17 year old) and then children reducing in size down to 5/6 year old size. Each team member will fight their corresponding size on the other team. Girls 12 and over will only fight girls. After each member of the team has fought the teams are rotated. We expect each child to have at least 5 fights. Points are recorded for wins and draws and the team with most points wins. There will Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies for each team member.

Cost: £3.00 per child plus £2:00 spectator fee.

Rules: Only Green belts fighting Green belts allowed to perform sacrifice throws. Only coloured belts fighting coloured belts allowed to perform armlocks, chokes and strangles.

School rules: All children and spectators are only allowed in the Sports Hall, changing rooms and toilets. The School is a total non smoking site.

This is more of a fun competition and is particularly suitable for those that have never been to a competition before or are a little bit nervous about competing. Everyone has a chance of winning a trophy as it all depends on how well the whole team does rather than individual performances.

We are  always looking for parental assistance so if anyone is willing to help please contact Jonathan on  07967 349864 or Debbie on  07817 759085.

Dave Nicholls and Lee Burbridge training day 6th February 2011

Happy but exhausted

Dave Nicholls and Lee Burbridge training day 6th February 2011 at Faringdon Judo Club.

A great turnout of 38 junior squad members and invited seniors plus we were pleased to have some of the elder statesmen of the area to help out.

There was a great sense of excitement from the children and seniors especially when Dave (4th Dan, many time British Champion and International Competitor) and Lee (Commonwealth Champion and European Medalist) start the day in their own unique way with some great warm up routines.

They then moved onto Ne-Waza (Groundwork) and showed us all a fascinating array of turnovers and attacks’ from between the legs culminating in some great chokes and strangles. Plenty of wrestling followed and everyone was definitely in need of their first break.

The session up to lunch concentrated on Uchi-Komi (Turn/move ins) and Ukemi (the art of breakfalling). Dave couldn’t stress enough the importance of these and how long the Japanese work on this and indeed how much he and Lee had done in their training with Neil Adams. Everyone was definitely in need of their lunch when the time came and the seniors grateful for Debbies delicious spread.

The afternoon session started with more Uchi-Komi and then a fast and furious session of different Ashi-Waza’s (foot techniques) leading into your Tokui-Waza (favourite technique). After the break Gripping techniques were explored and then we went onto the session many were looking forward to, Randori and the chance to practice with Dave and Lee. Dave emphasized the proper approach to this and everyone enjoyed their chance with the various seniors and of course with two of the countries best.

By the end we were all pretty exhausted but managed to applaud one and all as they received their certificates. The bigger ones even managed an extra 50 minutes of Randori and an insight into the famous Neil Adams Tia-Toshi.

A fantastic day, great attitude, discipline and manners from all involved, we will do it again soon.

Sensei Abbe Tournament 2010

Sensei Abbe Tournament 2010
Henry Box School, Witney – Sunday 21st November
Girls Gold Silver Bronze
U 25 Kgs Jasmine Taylor Jasmine Curtis Lara Hynes
Club: Witney Faringdon Chandlings
U 30 Kgs Emily Thirkell Anna-Beth Brogan Aisha Kitwana
Club: Eynsham Chandlings Eynsham
U 36 Kgs Francesca Taylor Amber Gregson Georgia Truby-Smith
Club: Eynsham Wantage KA’s Cassington
U 42 Kgs Abigail Pinney Sophie Taylor Georgia Curtis
Club: Eynsham Eynsham Primary Faringdon
U 50 Kgs Zoya Taylor
Club: Chandlings Eynsham Primary Faringdon
O 50 Kgs Lauren Curtis Kathaleen Anderson Nel Attwood
Club: Faringdon Brize Norton Eynsham
Boys Gold Silver Bronze
U 25 Kgs Zac Bowyers Freddie James Izaac Morley-Jessup
Club: Cassington Wantage KA’s Chandlings
U 30 Kgs Philip Sparks Oliver Walsh Arran James
Club: Blake School Eynsham Wantage KA’s
U 36 Kgs Alex Bakewell Keiron King Cieran Walsh
Club: Eynsham Eynsham Eynsham
U 42 Kgs Jovan Lee-Roles Matt Weller Thomas Butler
Club: Eynsham Eynsham Eynsham
U 49 Kgs Ben Griffin William Timms Harry Torrington
Club: Wantage KA’s Brize Norton Brize Norton
U 56 Kgs Kushal Nayee Charlie Thorpe Alex Owen
Club: Eynsham Faringdon Brize Norton
O 56 Kgs Max Blighton Jasper Edwards Will Hankins
Club: Brize Norton Wantage KA’s Brize Norton
Senior Men Gold Silver Bronze
3rd Kyu James Chitty Ashley Ashdown Anthony Horsewell
Club: Witney Faringdon Didcot
1st/2nd Kyu James Gerrans Kyle McKee Connor Stacey
Club: Eynsham Eynsham Eynsham

Judoka of the year 2010

oxfordshire judo francesca taylor

Receiving the “Sensei’s Goddard and Moreton Cup” is the 2010 Judoka of the year Francesca Taylor of Eynsham from Sensei Goddard 4th Dan.

Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC Welsh Nationals, Sunday 26th September 2010

Well done to all those that went to the Welsh Nationals this last weekend, although a relatively small group went, you certainly achieved.

1 GOLD, 3 SILVER & 3 BRONZE Medals — Fantastic.

Francesca Taylor started it off for us, she did get injured along the way and had to withdraw, but because the throw was illegal she gained the points and that was enough to secure a BRONZE medal at the end. Cieran Walsh, Jack Mitchell and Keiron King were all in the same weight group U35kgs which had one of the largest number of entries. Ceiran had done well in the last Nationals in the Primaries but this was his first go in the Juniors, He thought well and had some tough fights and gained some valuable experience. Jack at his first Nationals and Keiron both fought hard in the first rounds winning most of their fights with some great ippons. They both got through to fight off for Bronze medals but narrowly missed out.

In the next weight group up Jovan Lee-Roles was extremely determined and won all his preliminary round fights and eventually into the final. This was a very tough battle but he just managed to score one of the smaller points in the last few seconds to come away with a very deserved GOLD Medal. Eloise Sheffield had to move up a weight which meant she was fighting girls several kilos heavier, she fought well and even enjoyed the fact that the Paramedics had to visit her after one heavy throw onto her head. Matthew Donnelly was at his first Nationals and in a group where many of the boys would be 3 or 4 years older than him, no matter he held his own and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Fiona Carroll at her first Nationals and Bryony King were both in the same group of some very determined and experienced Team GB members. They started slowly but then by the second fight started to show true grit and determination and really gave some of the girls a tough time in their subsequent fights. Nel Attwood had to move up a group and knew she would be up against much heavier opponents. Carrying a niggling injury she still gave it her all,  ended up with a similar injury to Francesca on her shoulder but still came away with the SILVER medal.

Adam Lyne was in the top weight group for boys and had some tough early round fights but managed to win through to the final where he was only narrowly beaten by a Team GB member. He was still pleased with his SILVER medal, well done Adam.

James Chitty, Ashley Ashdown and James Gerrans were our 3 Espoirs. James Chitty was in the lightest group and still showed some of the toughness he has acquired over the years winning many medals in the Juniors. He fought well against some old adversaries and came away with a BRONZE medal. Ashley got off to a great start with a stunning major inner reaping with leg grab only to have it disallowed. He carried on fighting well and even after dislocating 2 fingers secured a BRONZE medal. James Gerrans was in the heaviest group, all plus 90kgs and in his Final came up against his arch opponent of many years (the Olympic squad chap), I think he was pleased with his SILVER medal.

Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC English Nationals, Sunday 2nd May 2010

A very great well done to you all for taking part in Sunday’s British Judo Council’s English Nationals at Hereford.

A relatively small squad of 16 ( we normally have 24 or more) came away with a staggeringly impressive total of 8 medals — 3 Silver and 5 Bronze Absolutely fantastic for a National competition with the largest entry in recent years.

We started with our smallest and youngest Ceiran Walsh at his first Nationals. He fought superbly, winning his first 4 fights and then putting himself in contention in the final. Ceiran fought extremely hard and was very pleased to come away with a Silver medal. Alex Bakewell and Keiron King had some very tough fights in their very large group, both performed with great confidence but were beaten by the eventual medalists. Well done boys a great experience for the future. Jovan Lee-Roles started and finished with great Gusto and was justly rewarded after many fights with a Bronze medal. Harry Torrington and Charlie Thorpe both in their first Nationals gained great confidence as they fought. Charlie really enjoyed his time and is ready for the next one. Harry won his way through several fights and fought off for the Bronze medal, unfortunately he only came away with the scars of battle (a cut below his eye) but is definitely ready for the Welsh Nationals in September. Kushal Nayee was in a very large group and endured some very tough competition which seemed to go on for ever. He shouldn’t be disappointed it will only serve him well for the future. Adam Lyne was in the top weight group for Juniors and was up against some tough and very big opposition, but he battled hard, won fight after fight and was duly rewarded with a Bronze medal.

The Girls started off with Francesca Taylor who after a slightly shaky start got into her stride won her next few fights and showed off her determination by securing the Silver medal, a lovely Birthday present. Eloise Sheffield in her first Nationals was very pleased to win her second fight, though the rest were tough she is even more determined for the Welsh Nationals. Alice Bird and Bryony King were both in a very large group of tough girls. They performed well against the eventual Medal winners, a pity Alice didn’t have the chance to show off her amazing scarf hold escape, however Bryony’s confidence really did blossom. Kathaleen Anderson, Lauren Curtis and Nel Attwood brought the Girls performances to a great end, all of them fighting superbly, Kathaleen and Lauren both secured Bronze medals and Nel a fantastic Silver even with some nasty barracking from her opponents coaches.

James Gerrans finished off the day in a battle of the Giants, he may look the biggest, however his Black Belt opponents were all 100kgs plus. He fought well and even though slightly concussed did come away with the Bronze medal.

It makes me extremely proud to see you all perform out of your skin and really give it your all.



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