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Southampton Samurai Championship

Only one attended this years event in Southampton, Jonah was forced to attend as Sensei was officiating.  It was a bit of an easy category for Jonah and he took the Gold with ease.




Oxfordshire Championship

16th October




Southend International Championship

23rd October




BJC Oxford Summer Course Grading

The course was well attended by Chalfont members and all had a good time, however, only Jonah entered the grading.  His first contest was over in less than two seconds with a massive Ippon Seoi Nage but the second took rather longer although it was also won with a big 'over the top' reverse Seoi Nage.  The last, was finished off with a Ko Uchi Gake and all of them against taller heavier opponents.  With this, Jonah gained his 3rd Black tab and thereby finished his Junior syllabus whilst still 14.  Now he has to concentrate on contest.




Kent International Championship

25th June





Combined Area Contest Grading

On Saturday 7th May half a dozen who did not make the Area Grading in April plus three attended this grading at St. Albans Judo Club and all did rather well!

Name
New Grade
Jessica
Beth O'Connor
1st Kyu
Jonah
3rd Kyu 2 Black
Audrey
4th Kyu 3 Green
Annelise
4th Kyu 2 Green
Nikki EE
4th Kyu
Ivy
5th Kyu 2 Orange
Rachel
5th Kyu
Asha
5th Kyu



BJC Open National Championships 2016

Took place on Sunday 1st May in Kettering.  Entries from our club were lower than usual, with a number of our members involved in A levels and final exams for degrees.  However, George, Jessica and Jonah were joined by Honorary Chalfont member, Bury Beth.  Once again David Sensei refereed handing out decisions fair and solid which no winner complained about.


Name
Category
Medal
Jonah
Senior 1-2 Kyu Under 65Kg
Gold

George unfortunately did not medal but took a fifth place with two wins and one loss in the pools round.  Bearing in mind that his return to Judo was only January of this year, to perform this well at National level bodes well for the future.

Videos of the contests can be seen by clicking here.




Leicestershire Championships
On Saturday 23rd April a depleted team of only two entered this event, but the two that went, didn't they do well?

George was first on and in a large group pulled a very decent Silver, only beaten by a very much more experienced opponent.  As George has only returned to Judo in January after a break of a few years, this was a very good result.

Jessica contested later in the day and out of a category of six took the Gold with clear domination of her opponents.  After the hiatus in Jessica's Judo career whilst at university, she has now pulled two Golds in two competitions just a month apart and is now ready for greater things.
Name
Category
Medal
Jessica Day
Senior Female Kyu Grade
Gold
George
Junior Male under 55Kg
Silver


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Bucks BJC Area Grading

Was held on Sunday 12th May at St. Albans Judo Club.  The total attendance was improved over recent years with 28 attending but the Chalfont group of clubs represented the bulk of it with 20 between them.  All those that attended did well with some doing exceptionally well.  In particular Ines and Grace gained their Green belts.  Kate gained her Orange as our sole senior at Evreham.  We really need to get some more to give her more of a challenge.

Name
Club
Previous Grade
New Grade
Alexander
Chalfont
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 2 Yellow
Matthew
Chalfont
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 2 Yellow
Jack
Chalfont
6th Kyu 1 Orange (Primary)
6th Kyu 2 Yellow (Junior)
Grace
Chalfont
4th Kyu 1 Green
3rd Kyu
Anandi
DCHS
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 3 Yellow
Eleanor
DCHS
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 3 Yellow
Emma
DCHS
6th Kyu 3 Yellow
5th Kyu
Sameen
DCHS
6th Kyu 3 Yellow
5th Kyu
Millie
DCHS
5th Kyu 1 Orange
5th Kyu 2 Orange
Ellie
DCHS
5th Kyu 1 Orange
5th Kyu 2 Orange
Mia
DCHS
5th Kyu 1 Orange
4th Kyu
Rose
DCHS
4th Kyu
4th Kyu 2 Green
Isabelle
DCHS
4th Kyu
4th Kyu 2 Green
Jessica
DCHS
4th Kyu
4th Kyu 2 Green
Ines
DCHS
4th Kyu 1 Green
3rd Kyu
Harry
Evreham
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 2 Orange
Joe
Evreham
6th Kyu
6th Kyu 2 Orange
Leo
Evreham
6th Kyu 2 Red
6th Kyu 2 Orange
Anand
Evreham
6th Kyu 2 Yellow
5th Kyu
Kate Halsby
Evreham
5th Kyu
4th Kyu
It would be good to see a better attendance at the next grading from in particular the DCHS ladies who all should have progressed had they attended.




Chalfont Championship

Took place on the 19th March and was an incredibly busy and 'packed' day in every sense of the word.  With 215 contestants, at least the same number of spectators, the Evreham Sports Center was reduced to standing room only as contests took place on three mats.

The event was praised by many of the visiting coaches who promised to return next year.  Whilst on the whole the event went smoothly, as in previous years the organisers have noted areas for improvement and will make subtle changes for the 2017 event to make this championship better than ever.

Jessica, in her first competition for almost four years made a welcome return to form with a convincing Gold, four Ippons!
Name
Category
Medal
Jessica Day
Senior Female Kyu Grade
Gold
George
Novice Male 9-15 under 60Kg
Gold
George
Novice Male 10-15 under 62Kg
Gold
Jay Pickford
Senior Male Kyu Grade under 70Kg
Silver
Luca
Novice Male 9-15 under 60Kg
Silver
Luca
Novice Male 10-15 under 62Kg
Silver
Gemma
Novice Female 10-15 under 65Kg
Silver
Tilly
Novice Female 8-9 under 39Kg
Silver
Harry
Novice Male 10-15 under 40Kg
Silver
Molly Jackson
Senior Female Kyu Grade
Bronze
Simon Cook
Senior Male Kyu Grade under 80Kg
Bronze
Annelise
Junior Female 10-15 under 35Kg
Bronze
Julius
Novice Male 5-7 under 22Kg
Bronze
Special mention should go to George and Luca who competed in two categories in order to give one boy who had no competitors a category to contest in and to Simon who contested with a bandaged injured hand.  Also to Annelise who was the only person in her category and had to be merged with the weight group above thereby giving 8Kg.

The full championship medal results can be seen by clicking here.



National Squad Training

Sunday 13th March, the day after the Awards Dinner, Jonah attended National Squad Training where he worked hard and ended up Randori with the Squad Coaches.  He even managed to throw Aaron for Yuko and then Ippon which is more than David Sensei had managed previously!

In the afternoon David Sensei was invited on that mat for the Randori session where he noted it was a 'winner stays on' - except that once he was in the middle, it seemed to become 'loser stays on'.  It took six partners before David eventually beat a Brown belt and could take a rest.



BJC Awards Dinner

This was the eighth annual BJC Awards Dinner held on Saturday evening, 16th March and was well attended by the membership throughout the country.

Chalfont had just one member up for an award where all had been shortlisted from a fairly large base.  David Sensei was shortlisted for 'Referee of the Year and was delighted to find that he was the actual receipient of 'Referee of the Year 2018' out of a shortlist of four other equally bald men.  It was wondered if it was a pre-requisite for a referee to be lacking in the head covering department.




Southfields Open

Jonah entered this annual competiton and ended up in a category of 27.  He had an easy run through the first pool and harder contests in the knockouts.  In the quarter final he won by decision against a boy from Newcastle but in the final lost by a Wazari to a boy he has come up against on several previous occasions, sometimes winning and sometimes not.  Never mind, the Silver was well fought for and this contest was good preparation for the season ahead.



Perfect Waza Technical Training

This Chalfont course took place on Saturday 30th January at Dr. Challoners High School.  We had a good number attend on the day where Branko took us through an interlectually challenging look at a number of techniques and their real life application.  This culminated in a groundwork session in the afternoon where David Sensei was partnered with someone twice his weight and got squished.



Nage no Kata - Reloaded

Saturday 9th January, first course of the year and 14 turned up to learn this Kata from David Sensei at St. Albans Judo Club.  The course was a big success with three people re-booking for the next in October and another three booking straight away for the Katame no Kata course being held the very next week at the same venue by Bob Cleevely.

The whole Kata was covered in the day with the emphasis focusing on the throws themselves, in order to better understand why these particular throws themselves appear in the Kata and their relevance to contest.

We were honoured to have Beryl Cooke 6th Dan attend the course in order to observe its delivery by David Sensei.  As she had to travel from Wales,  her committment was appreciated.