Three Vale Judo Warriors travelled to Gateshead this last weekend to compete in the Northern Area Open in the cadet (u18) category.
Mary Tomblin fought hard to take a bronze in the u52kg group. Rory Tyrell fought at a new u50kg weight and took a silver in a pool of five. Karis Haughton Brown fought in a pool of four u70kg competitors to win decisively all contests to take the gold. Great job - all of these VJC players will be competing as part of the midland area team at the National Team Championships, accompanied by club members James Reseigh (u60kg) and Amy Riddlesdell (u57kg) - this event takes place on 30th June in Cardiff.
Three competitors travelled to Docklands last weekend to compete in the u18 category in the London Area Open. Ryan Doyle took a 5th place in the u66kg group, Mary Tomblin a bronze medal in the u52kg group and Karis Haughton-Brown a bronze medal in the u70kg group. Well done all - Northern Area Open and National Area Teams Championship next events in June!
Six competitors from Vale Judo recently travelled to Lund in Sweden to compete in the Budo Nord Championships and train in the Lugi Camp with 600 participants from many countries. All competitors fought in tough groups - Rory Tyrell (u46), Mary Tomblin (u52), James Reseigh (u55), Amy Riddlesdell (u57), Ryan Doyle (u66) and Karis Haughton-Brown (u70) - performed well in the competition with James winning a bronze in the u18 category and Karis a silver in the u21 category. Great experience was gained by all on the camp which will stand them in good stead moving forwards.
The Sportif International 2018 was held in London this year ( normally Edinburgh ) . This big competition and Camp held over the Easter weekend hosts Judoka from Canada, France , Portugal , Spain a great chance to compete and Randori with International Judoka.
The Weekend started on the Saturday with Sofia Palmer ( junior u70kg ) and James Reseigh ( junior u55kg ) in a strong group Sofia gained great experience and worked hard in her group. James managed to achieve a Bronze medal.
On the Sunday James Reseigh ( u55kg Cadet ) , Ryan Doyle ( u66kg Cadet ) , Mary Tomblin ( u52kg Cadet ) Karis Houghton - Brown ( u70kg Cadet ) . First up was the boys managing to get through to the crossovers in their respective groups. Ryan getting a lovely ippon score against a 1st Dan . The crossovers proved tough but James managed a 5th Place and Ryan a 9th both being in big pools but some amazing judo from both Ryan and James well done . Some Great judo. The afternoon it was time for the girls Mary back...
At the Southern Area competion in Crawley on the 11th March James earned the last 10 points ( 100 required ) for his Black Belt. He did his theory in April last year and was very pleased to gain his Black belt at the age of 16 ( 2 days before his 17th Birthday ) ... If he hadnt done it competititively it would have taken 5 years . It has been a hard year of rule changes including no 7point wazaris and no awasete ippon till the rules changed again in Early February.
Well done James on the start of a new journey... his next goal is a European Cup Medal.
What a weekend Vale Judoka have had at the British schools Championships over the weekend of the 17th/18th March in Sheffield at the institute of sport.
On Saturday Jack Cutforth, Amy Riddlesdell, Karis Houghton- brown , Bryony Cutforth competed. On Sunday Sofia Palmer competed.
The Day started with Jack Cutforth competing in year8/9 u42kg group after being ill earlier in the week and still not 100% , made progress and had a succesful 2nd fight. A great start in his competitive judo. Amy Riddlesdell competed in year8/9 u47kg earning a fantastic SILVER medal winning her fights with ippon and only losing in the final but a lovely Silver medal earned. Karis Houghton-Brown competed in year10/11 u70kg her new weight group she earned a lovely BRONZE medal after confidently settling in this new group. Last of the day on Saturday compete was Bryony Cutforth competing in year10/11 u63kg after a lovely ippon in her first fight she was then taken into the repecharge for after her 2nd fight and ear...
In the weekend of the 10/11th of February when Sally conway achieved Gold at the Paris Grand slam . 3 Vale judoka competed in Competitions all medalled . James Reseigh competed in the Scottish Cadet cup in the u55kg he achieved a Bronze medal in a strong group of 22 , winning with some lovely ippons to take him 4th in Cadet ID ranking list for u55kg. Amy Riddlesdell competed in Cardiff and gained a Fantastic Gold medal Amy has entered the Cadet Age too so is pleased with her performance winning with ippons too. And in Nottingham our youngest competitor Carmen achieved a great Silver Medal in her red/yellow belt Rumble ..... Well done all Great result .
Big Congratulations to Pete on achieving his Black belt , the 1st Black belt of the year for the Club. Very Well done to Pete on such a big achievement :) . Cmon Juniors we are waiting on your points ... James needs 20 points , Sofia is 2018 your Black Belt year too will you beat James ? .