The Juniors play a very important (and quite noisy!) part of the club.
The martial arts are a good way for children and young adults to learn confidence, make new friends and have fun. The lessons learned can also have positive benefits ranging from increasing fitness, learning self defence skills and self discipline.
We run special sessions for juniors starting from 7 years of age. The sessions are designed with fun in mind and combine exercise, martial arts and games into a single session run by experienced instructors. The club has a long history of producing county, area and national medallists but competing is optional. Regular gradings are held at the club for those who wish to advance up the judo ladder.
Winchester judo coach Glen Judd won a bronze medal at the British Open Masters competition held in Cardiff. Competing in the Men’s u81kg, the Chandlers Ford based fighter had some hard fought fights before eventually winning his bronze medal in a highly competitive group. The following weekend Calum Smith won a gold medal at the Hampshire Open Championships held at Fleming Park in Eastleigh. Calum fought in the boy’s u60kg category. This was a well deserved gold after all his hard work with his training leading up to the competition.
Two New Black Belts
Winchester judo club are celebrating two new black belts. Ellie Ridge got her final points at the British University Championships, making her the clubs first female black belt for over two decades. Dan Merritt achieved his Black-belt via a line up at the Hampshire grading, where he won all five fights. A fantastic achievement, as a year ago Dan suffered a dislocated shoulder in his previous attempt and has spent months out of action.
Inter Counties Championship
Three of Winchester judo clubs junior players were selected to represent Hampshire at the Inter – counties team championship held at Redhill in Surrey. Callum Smith fought well all day, to help the Hampshire boy’s team win a well deserved Gold. Frances Jones and Jessica Cragg both had some tough fights to help the Girls team to a hard fought bronze. The previous weekend Frances won gold at the Hampshire yellow belt and under championships and senior Ben Read came away with silver in the Men’s under 100kg
Winchester Judo and Martial arts club had another successful day at the Hampshire Open Judo Championships, winning two gold, a silver and three bronze medals. Gold went to Ben Reid in the Men’s U100kg and to Harry Peters- Gill in the junior U66kg. Jessica Cragg won a silver in the junior U48kg and also took bronze in the senior section. Frances Jones, Callum Smith and James Locke won Bronze medals in the junior U48, U60 and U73kg sections. The Judo club celebrated its 60th Birthday with a get together at the Jolly Farmer Public house. The event was attended by over 20 Black Belts, 6 British squad players, two world Masters Champions and a former British Women’s team Manager. The Photo show Frances, Jess, James and Callum. Ben and Harry were unavailable for the photo.
Spirit of Judo Award
Congratulations to Sophia Williamson, who won the Spirit of Judo Award.
Winchester judo club players had a golden day at the Hampshire split-grade judo Championships
Calum Smith won gold fighting in the U55kg weight class. Harry Peters-Gill also won gold in the U60kg category, while James Locke won the U73kg group. Coach Glen Judd was really pleased with the boys performance, as two of the boys had moved up to a new weight class and Harry was fighting his first ever completion.