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26th September 2021 – Training Session.

The first mixed club training session since lockdown was a great success. This East Midlands Area organised event was hosted by Cedars Judo Club at their training venue in Earl Shilton, LE9 7PD.

We had a great turn out with players from both the East Midlands and West Midlands Areas attending.

The players where of all ages and abilities. From the very youngest (3 years old) to the very oldest (pensioner) everyone gave 100%.

A very special thanks to the Coaches, officials and helpers, without whom such event would not be possible.

Congratulations to Chelsie Giles on Olympic Bronze

Judoka Chelsie Giles claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the Tokyo Olympics with bronze in the women’s -52kg event.

The 24-year-old from Coventry beat Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher by ippon.

An early scoring waza-ari gave Giles the advantage and she showed the greater composure to secure success.

“It feels so special to do it in Japan. I believed I could do it, my coach has always believed I could and it showed in today’s performance,” she said.

“I felt really good in the warm-up, and I was taking each fight as it came. It’s an amazing arena and the atmosphere was amazing. To do it where Japan started it, it makes it extra special.

“I never underestimate any of my fights, that’s where mistakes are made. I go into the fight knowing what they do, and knowing what I’m capable of doing. With my best performance, I know I can beat some of the top players and today showed that.”

Giles had lost to eventual gold medallist Japan’s Uta Abe in the quarter-finals, but beat Charline van Snick of Belgium in the repechage to give herself a medal chance.

Monday 19th July 2021 – Contact Judo opens back up for all players age groups

Following the publication of Sport England’s FAQs , we are delighted that all current restrictions on our sport are set to expire on Monday 19th July!

This will allow members of all ages to return to their dojos and participate in contact judo sessions with no restrictions on numbers.

While this is excellent news for our sport, the danger of Covid is still prevalent in our communities. With rising numbers across the country, we would like to express caution when returning to the sport – we are sure that everyone can’t wait to feel the tatami under their feet once again!

Here is a brief overview of the Government’s recent announcement:

  • Full contact judo allowed for adults and under 18’s.
  • No legal restrictions indoors or outdoors for participants or spectator numbers
  • No capacity caps for club sessions or events
  • No travel restrictions
  • Facemasks no longer legal requirements, however, consider face masks in confined spaces

Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Contact Judo starts back for under 18 years olds.

Following the recent approval by the Government and the NGB, we are pleased to announce that CONTACT judo for under 18 year olds can finally resume just over a year on from the initial Covid-19 lockdown.

It is important that you are all fully insured. To this end the Amateur Judo Association have agreed that if your judo licence expired in December 2020, then it will automatically be renewed until December 2021 free of charge.

It is important to remember that it’s been a while since many of you have engaged in high intensity training. Therefore, you should start back slowly, gradually working back to full fitness and towards being ready for gradings and competitions, which will start later in the year.

Not all clubs are starting back straight away – Please contact you own club for full details.

Sunday 15th November 2019 – Dan Powell Masterclass

The East Midland Area of the AJA were very proud to host the 1st Master Class with Dan Powell held at the Cedars Judo Club venue in Earl Shilton.

The day was a great success with a wide variety of grades and ages attending.

Dan was one of the British Judo stars competing in the 2012 London Paralympics and now is busy training with the aim to bring the UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

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Keith Hudson – Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Keith Hudson after a long battle with illness passed away early last week.

Keith had been a member of the AJA for more than 60 years and was a very active member of Area Committee in various rolls for a good number of those.  In more recent years he served as our Area President until he retired due to ill heath a only a few years ago.

He was a larger than life character always a joke and a good judo story to tell.  I’m sure will be remembered by many of us with great affection.

His wife Doreen asked me to let you all know that his funeral will take place at 2.00pm on Wednesday 10th July at Loughborough Crematorium and that you are all welcome to attend.  Could you also please pass the details on to others who have known Keith that you feel may want to attend.

May 2019 – Medal Success for AJA at the 24th International Houvast Judo Tournament, Holland.

Congratulations on a great effort by the AJA National Squad at this year International Tournament held in Meirlo, Holland on 11th and 12th May 2019.

The event was over the highest caliber with everyone in the squad having to work and perform at the top of their ability.

Over the 2 days the AJA are very proud to have won a total of 4 medals; 1 gold and 3 bronzes. 2 of the bronzes being won by one of our Area’s clubs, Acorn – Well done to the players and Sensi Julie.

Gold was won in impressive style by Thomas Humphrey in the Mens under 90kg dan grade event.  With bronzes being won by Ryan gentry in a very tough mens U81 kg event; Faith McCartney (Acorn) in a strong girls under 40kg event and final not to be outdone by his little sister Thomas McCartney (Acorn) taking the bronze in the boys -66kg event.

Picture below of the majority of the squad:

Pictured below coaches, parents and supporters:

6 Mats – 1000 Competitors over 2 days of Judo

Below the social side and a few more Judo Photos:

 

 

 

Sunday 28th April and Sunday 5th May 2019 – National Squad Training in Preparation for GB Squad Trip to the 24th Houvast Tournament in Holland.

A great turn-out by East Midlands Area Players for both National Squad Training Sessions in preparation for the GB team competing in the 24th Houvast Judo Tournament in Meirlo, Holland on the 11th and 12th May.

A big thanks to Phil Smith and Leslie Farnell for taking the first training session and Dan Powell for taking the second session.

GOOD LUCK to all players for the Championship.

Sunday 16th September 2018 – Dan Powell Masterclass

The East Midland Area of the AJA were very proud to host the 1st Master Class with Dan Powell held at the Cedars Judo Club venue in Earl Shilton.

The day was a great success with a wide variety of grades and ages attending.

Dan was one of the British Judo stars competing in the 2012 London Paralympics and more recently known for his appearance on Ninja Warrior UK.

His aim now is to keep to his busy training schedule and bring the UK medal success in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Watch Dan on the Ninja Warrior Course

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