James and Karis competed in the Northern Ireland Open in Derry on the 23rd April.
1st to weigh in and compete was James fighting in the Cadet u18 age group and the u50kg weight group after a by ( he was seeded no 2 ) , his first fight he won in Golden score ( new rules mean no yukos and wazari score 1 and no amount of wazari lead to ippons now so you can do numerous wazari throws ) James then managed to win against his next opponent who He had previously lost to in the championships. This result took James through to the final for gold or silver after being equal after the 4 minutes it was then Golden score again in the end James lost to a shido after being exhausted so a well earned Silver medal.
Karis was in a pool of 5 and managed a great 1st win by ippon in under 30 seconds she was less succesful in other fights but learned a lot and earned a bronze medal and valuable ippon points in her group of pre-cadets u15 u63kg.
A great day for our vale judoka we will definitely be coming to...
This Easter weekend saw Daniel, Emma, Alex, James and Bryony attend the Sportif International Training camp in Edinburgh they received coaching from Neil Adams MBE 8th Dan , Euan Burton, Gemma Gibbons and 2016 Olympian Colin Oates. New techniques/combinations were learned which will be shared at Club training.
This competition/training camp is always held Easter weekend in Edinburgh and is a favourite for some of the vale judoka , keep the date free in your calendar for next year it is a great event and camp and also good for judo socials. A great time was had by all.
A succesful day for 2 of our Juniors today in Edinburgh Daniel Bennet competing in the juniors u81kg achieved a Bronze medal also Alex Cutforth competing in juniors u70g achieved a bronze medal . A succesful day before the 2 day training camp starts. Well done :)
This Easter weekend we have James, Bryony, Alex, Emma and Dan competing on the Saturday. On the Sunday and Monday there is a training camp with Olympians Euan Burton , Gemma Gibbons and Neil Adams training alongside other prestigious coaches. Will Blog and upload pictures through the weekend