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South London Area Judo Open Kata Course

The BJC South London Area held their Kata Course and Grading on 9th and 10th June at Men Do Ryu Judo Club. Here's a couple of pictures from the Kata course where members from any organisation can practice their kata and BJC members can practice and be examined in advance of their grading the following day.

South London Area Kata Course June 2012

Kata Course Attendees

In the next photograph the course attendees practicing various kata. How many different kata can you see?

South London Area Kata Course June 2012

Lining Up and Practicing



South London Area Judo Open Kata Course

The BJC South London Area held their Kata Course and Grading on 10th and 11th March at Goldsmiths Judo Club. Here's a couple of pictures from the Kata course where members from any organisation can practice their kata and BJC members can practice and be examined in advance of their grading the following day.

South London Area Kata Course March 2012


Obituary Ron Benson, 3rd Dan

It is our sad duty to report that Ron Benson, 3rd Dan, passed away on 22nd March 2012. Ron's funeral will take place at 13:00 on 4th April at Garth Road Cemetary, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4NW. Flowers should be sent to Alfred Smith, 304 - 308 Wrythe Lane, Rose Hill, Surrey, SM5 1AF. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to Ron's family who are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Ron was an excellent and conscientious judo instructor who taught at Samurai Bushido and guided many judo players, throughout his career, to high grades.

Ron demonstrated great humility both on and off the mat and would constantly work on techniques, new and old, to fully understand them. Ron will be greatly missed.

South London Area Judo Open Kata Course

The BJC South London Area held their Kata Course and Grading on 19th and 20th March at Biggin Hill. Here's a couple of pictures from the Kata course where members from any organisation can practice their kata and BJC members can practice and be examined in advance of their grading the following day.

South London Area Kata Course March 2011

Kata Course Attendees

In the next photograph the course attendees line up around the edge of the mat and amazingly watch themselves warmup in the middle.

South London Area Kata Course March 2011

Lining Up and Practicing

St Nicolaas Toernooi, Garami Judo Club, Heerle, Netherlands November 2010

The tournament attracts players from Holland, Belgium and England. England were also represented by BJA London Club.

For some of the squad this was their first international competition. All of the Aylwin judoka fought well and collected a number of medals in a tough competition. Richard Raymond (6th Dan) led the squad assisted by Laurie Dalton, John Baseley, Peter Baldwin and Dave Tunstall. The squad were a credit to both their club and the British Judo Council.

Aylwin Judo Club in Holland

Ani and Wim our Hosts

The standard of judo demonstrated by the players was very high with some excellent results. Moya Abiona defeated a very strong Dutch player from Rotterdam in the final to take Gold. Peter Vincent took Gold in the Espoirs and then entered the Open Weight Seniors defeating Maurice Van Dooren from Garami Heerle in the final by wazari to take the Gold.

Aylwin Judo Club in Holland

Player and Officials

Neil Bartholomew fought extremely well to win the Silver in the under 81s Seniors losing out to Belgium Dan Grade Lore Brepoels in a close final. Kency Lago also took Silver in a tough group in his first international competition.

Aylwin Judo Club in Holland

The Aylwin Judo Club Team

AllThingsJudo Sponsor Peter Vincent March 2010.

AllThingsJudo.co.uk are the suppliers of the new Otani judo gi and have recently introduced the Otani range of merchandise, which can be seen on the AllThingsJudo.co.uk website. In conjunction with the launch of the Otani range.

Allthingsjudo are pleased to offer BJC Junior and Welsh Espoirs Champion Peter Vincent sponsorship for 2010 providing kit, training and competition support to one of the BJC's up and coming young Dan Grades.

Peter, a member of the Alwyn Judo Club and the South London Area, is currently a member of Team BJC and also the BJA England Squad and has a busy schedule of competitions and training camps ahead of him this year. “I am very proud to be associated with the Otani range and also honoured to be sponsored by Allthingsjudo. The kit is very smart and the Otani hanko makes it very special to me as a BJC Judoka” says Peter.

Dave Hammond feels Peter’s Kyu Shin Do upright Judo style is a credit to the BJC's teachings and shows BJC Ippon Judo at its best. Allthingsjudo wish Peter every success for 2010.

If you are interested in the Otani range then go to All Things Judo or contact Dave Hammond on 07525 451454.

Peter Vincent and Dave Hammond

 

 

South London Area Judo Kata Course December 2009.

A fantastic turnout with some 40 players representing 15 clubs form several organisations, coming from all over the South of England from as far as Glamorgan. This event was hosted at the Biggin Hill Judo Club. In addition to practising and learning Nage No Kata and Katame No Kata, some students went on to work on Gonosen No Kata.
Come along and join us in March for the next course.

south london area kata course

 

South London Area Kata Course Success December 2009. (Full Report)

The South London Area held their third kata course and grading weekend of the year on the 5th and 6th December 2009 at Biggin hill.

The Kata course held on the Saturday attracted judoka from many different judo organisations and a total of fifteen clubs sent students to the course. Furthest traveller was Team BJC Junior Jack Anderson who travelled down for the weekend with his parents from Glamorgan.

The morning was spent practicing Nage no kata under Sensei Richard Raymond, 6th Dan and in the afternoon Katame no kata was studied. At the end of the day all of the students were examined and received certificates of their achievement and for those grading the next day they had prequalified for the kata section of the grading.

Some of the more experienced judoka worked on other kata and Team BJC member Peter Vincent demonstrated Gonosen No kata under the watchful eye of his instructor, Laurie Dalton. This particular kata assists the judoka by teaching and practicing a number of counters and it is important for a competitive judokas development.

The South London Area hosts at least three courses a year and although the major grading kata are studied any grades wishing to practice other kata such as Ju No Kata or Kime No Kata can be accommodated. The many experienced South London instructors on the mat mean that the course is suitable for both seniors and juniors alike and all students from experienced kata exponents to beginners can benefit from the course.

South London is a very proactive area within the BJC and not only provides these courses but also takes squads to compete in France and Holland on a regular basis. Anyone interested in kata courses, gradings, randori sessions and international judo events should review the South London Area Judo website or the Alwyn Judo Club Website. There are contact details on these sites and you can contact Laurie Dalton 5th Dan to be put on the email list of the South London newsletter to keep you updated of all forthcoming events


Come along and join us in March for the next course.

 

16th Tournoi Europeen du Littoral 16th & 17th May 2009

The South London Area Squad was in action in Dunkirk at the 16th Tournoi Europeen Du Littoral over the weekend of the 16th and 17th May 2009. Our friends from Dunkirk gave us some wonderful hospitality over the weekend for which we offer or thanks and we will certainly be seeing them again next year.

The squad comprised of a team of seniors and a team of juniors competing in the team event on the Sunday and England Cadet Peter Vincent who competed in the individual competition on the Saturday. The group was a tough one with Peter winning the final against a Dutch Fighter. The fight was an exciting one with the Dutch boy taking the fight to Peter in the first couple of minutes but Peter’s fitness and ultimate motivational coaching saw Peter dominate the final stages of the fight winning on flags.

Sunday saw the South London junior team up against two French teams in their group. The team was a new one this year and many of the juniors were giving away weight and they did well in their first competition at this level.

Dunkirk Trip

The South London senior team did very well to qualify from their group with a fine win for the second place spot to take them to the last eight. All of the remaining English teams, South London, Dartford and Team BJC were eliminated in the last eight. The standard of judo was top class and the South London team, coached by Brian Curran, put in another solid performance.

During the day on Sunday the young players were invited to train with Lucie Decosse (Pictured below). Lucie's list of honours include European, and World Champion and Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist.

Lucie Decose Dunkirk 2009


Pictured below with Lucie Decosse are Richard Raymond, Laurie Dalton and John Baseley from the South Londan Area.

Lucie Decose and SLA officials Dunkirk 2009

So, a great weekend with some excellent judo!

South London Area Judo Kata Course March 2009.

This event was hosted at the Aylwin Judo Club. In addition to practising and learning Nage No Kata and Katame No Kata, some students went on to work on Ju No Kata and Kime No Kata. The younger players are having Kime No Kata explained. (I'm glad they didn't ask about Ju No Kata.)


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South London Area Kata Course December 2008.

This event was hosted at the Biggin Hill Judo Club. In addition to practising and learning Nage No Kata and Katame No Kata, some students (top) went on to work on the hands on the hips kata


south london area kata course

 

South London Success in Heerle, Netherlands.

Aylwin Judo Club and the BJC South London Area took a squad of players to the St Nicolaas Toernooi in Heerle, Holland in November 2008. For some of the younger members it was their first trip to a foreign competition and a great opportunity to visit another country. The squad coaches were Richard Raymond, Laurie Dalton and John Baseley and the party included a number of enthusiastic parents and a long time supporter of the South London Area, Edi Horne, whose husband was a fourth Dan with the BJC. Also attending the competition from England was BJC club Washington from Newcastle.


Aylwin Judo Club Players with their medals

 

The competition itself was a very good standard with over 300 competitors from a number of the Dutch Clubs including some Dutch National players. All of the squad members fought very well and the squad took 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 3 Bronze medals with the rest of the squad being placed in the top six in their pools and receiving medals for this achievement. The medals winners included newcomers Liam Corbett (Gold), James Aris (Silver), Oscar Watts, Joseph Corbett and Scarlett Corbett (Bronzes) with seasoned campaigners and BJC National Squad members Peter Vincent and John Hisee (Golds) and senior Marc Hagone (Silver).


Peter Vincent wins Gold

 

The hospitality of the Garami Heerle Judo club was excellent providing meals and accommodation etc and a disco in the evening at the local centre where the English players stayed. Overall the weekend was very enjoyable and successful and thanks go to both the Garami Heerle Judo Club and to the coaches from Alwyn Judo Club who organised the trip.


Mark Hagone, Lauren Coles, John Hisee and Peter Vincent

 

 

15th Tournoi Europeen du Littoral 17th & 18th May 2008

The South London Area went to Dunkirk to take part in an International Tournament. On the Saturday two players took part in the International Individual Competition and on the Sunday the players took part in the International Team Tournament.
Peter Vincent and John Hisee (Pictured below left) both took gold medals in the individual tounament on the Saturday.

Jordan Haughey, Liam Rowles, Adam Winchester, Jamie Caller and Lawrence Rowles (Pictured below right) took the silver team medal on the Sunday.

Peter and John SLA Junior Team May 2008

All the players fought well in this tough international competition and displayed some excellent judo. By the end of the competition the junior team were only one contest short of the gold medal position. So, a very close competiton as usual.

During the day on Sunday the young players were invited to train with Cecile Nowak (Pictured below). Cecile's list of honours include European, Olympic and World Champion.

Cecile Nowak Cecile Nowak Stage 2

So, a great weekend with some excellent judo!

Obituary Bob Horne 4th Dan

It is our sad duty to report that Bob Horne, 4th Dan, aged 83 years, passed away on 18th April 2008 and was cremated on 30th April. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to his wife Mrs Edie Horne and family.

Bob was an excellent and conscientious judo instructor who guided many judo players, throughout his career, to high grades.

Bob and his wife Edie were treasurers of the South London Area for 30 years. In addition, they both assisted at Aylwin Judo Club for some 25 years. Following Aylwin Judo Club Bob and Edie continued to assist at the Goldsmiths Judo Club until he, sadly, passed away.

Bobs dedication and committment to Judo was beyond reproach and he will be greatly missed by us all.



Kata & Grading Weekend March 2008

On 8th and 9th of March the South London Area arranged a day of Kata on Saturday followed by day of Gradings on the Sunday. The picture below shows the primaries and some of the juniors who attended and took part in the grading. Thanks to all those who attended.

March 2008 Grading

Kata & Randori Session January 2008

On 19th January 2008 the South London Area arranged a morning of Kata (Lower Picture) followed by an afternoon of Randori (Upper Picture) at Croydon Judo Club. As you can see many people attended both. During the kata session we practiced and worked on Nage No Kata and Gonosen No Kata. After a break for lunch we went into our 2 hour Randori session. The plan was to go for 2 hours straight but the attendees worked so hard that we had to stop for liquid 2 or 3 times.

All those who took part had a great day and we are all looking forward to the next session.

A special thank you to Croydon Judo Club for allowing us to use their magnificent purpose built facility.

Kata and Randori at Croydon Judo Club

Obituary Bill Anscombe 3rd Dan

It is our sad duty to report that Bill Anscombe passed away on 17th December 2007. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to Mrs Theresa Anscombe and her family.

Bill Anscombe founded the Ju Tora Kwai club in Brockley which under Bill's direction produced many excellent judo players. Many of Bill's students will remember a sensei who was humble and yet firm, never critisising but coaching in a positive way. Many of us will remember the contribution of Bill and his family in helping to orgasnise and run area events. Bill Anscombe was from the old school of judo and one of the few who understood it's true meaning "The Gentle Way".

Edi & Bob Horn Presentation

Edi and Bob Horn receiving a commemorative shield (Picture 1) after 30 years service to the South London Area as the joint Treasurers.
Richard Raymond, Area Technical Officer, visited Goldsmiths Judo Club in South East London to present the award and express the gratitude and thanks of the South London Area Committee. In picture 4 Bob shows off his bottle of Port. Picture 2 shows some of the Primary class at Goldsmiths Judo Club.

Bob and Edi

Kata Course Attendees

A group of attendees at the South London Area Kata course.

SLA Kata Course

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