Judo was founded by Jigoro Kano and has become both a traditional martial art and modern Olympic sport.
It makes a great form of exercise that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Those who would like to compete and win trophies will be glad to know that there are many contests organized that can be entered. Those wanting to keep fit or learn a practical form of self-defence are also well catered for.
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.
Hampshire Championships: June 2019
Winchester judo club entered a young and inexperienced squad into the Hampshire Championships held in Eastleigh.
All the players performed well, and the club came away with four medals. Seb Matthews won a bronze in the u34kg group, Finn Lacey and Matthew Powell matched their teammate by also claiming bronze in the u38 and u66kg groups. Callum Smith won Gold in the men’s u73kg to win his first senior title after claiming gold last year in the juniors.
William Reid, Caleb Nicholas and Gabriel Curwen all fought well and gained valuable experience.
Glen Wins Silver
Glen Judd, Winchester Judo Instructor, won a silver medal at the recent High Wycombe Masters in the under 81kg category. Well done Glen!
Judo Awards 2018
Dan Merritt was this years deserved recipient of the Spirit of Judo Award. In the last year he has achieved his Black belt by way of a line up, and has a great attitude for hard work and is always generous with his time helping with the juniors when asked. He is also a great Uki helping to get his coach ready for the nationals. Callum Smith won gold in Last weekends South coast open judo championships, held in Worthing. Winning all five of his fights in the boys u66kg.
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.
Winchester judo coach Glen Judd cements his place in the British Masters Judo Squad
Winchester judo coach Glen Judd cemented his place in the British Masters Judo squad, by winning a silver medal at the British Open Masters Championships held at Walsall University. After a couple of impressive wins, he narrowly missed out in a close final match by a penalty point in the Men’s U81kg. Jessica Cragg aged 13 was in action the following day at the Hampshire open Championships, held at Fleming Park Eastleigh. Fighting in the Girls U44kg she also won silver winning three of her four contests with some devastating throws.
Hampshire judo championships at Fleming Park leisure centre Eastleigh
Winchester judo and Martial Arts club had a great day at the Hampshire judo championships held at Fleming Park leisure centre Eastleigh. Jessica Cragg won Gold For the second year running in the Girls U 48kg, team mate Frances Jones won Bronze in the same group in her first ever competition. Harry Peters – Gill won a hard fought Bronze in a tough Boys u66kg. Samuel Cordon fought well in the u46kg but just failed to make the Medals. In the senior section Toby Sylvester won a Bronze Medal in highly competitive Men’s u73kg, While Ben Reid another player making his competition debut won Silver in the u100kg winning four of his five fights. Jessica will now represent Hampshire in The inter-counties championships held in Worthing on the 8th May.
Hampshire split- grade championships
Samuel Cordon – Gold u 46 red/yellow belt
Caleb Cousins – silver u50 red / yellow belt
Jessica Cragg – silver u48 orange/green belt Seniors;
Ben Reid – gold u100 orange /yellow belt
Samurai open judo championships
Gold - Teddy and Matthew
Silver – William
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