COMMONWEALTH JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS FOR 2A's COACH
There was Commonwealth success for Steve Ashford (pictured right) club coach at Sutton based 2A's Judokwai. The competition, held in Cardiff, was well attended by competitors from all over of the Commonwealth and was strongly contested.
Steve won the gold medal in the Grand Masters under 73k weight category. This started a fabulous week for Steve who also won coach of the year at the Sutton Coldfield Observor Sports Awards last friday evening.
Steve was joined at the competition by Terry Garbet ( pictured left) who competed in the under 81kg weight category. Terry fought extremely well winning one fight and losing his two other fights by penalties. Terry, who is never short of a word or two, described to many people within the judo club how much he had enjoyed the experience.
BRITISH TITLE SUCCESS FOR 2A'S JUDOKWAI
Two members of Sutton based 2A’s Judokwai competed at the British Judo Championships for Pre-Cadets (12-13 year olds) at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield during December. Both fought exceptionally well and were crowned British Champions by winning gold in their respective weight categories. Samuel Perry (pictured left) competed at under 46kg and Samuel Morris (pictured right) competed at under 50kg. Both boys have trained together since the age of six and reaped the rewards of many hours of training and the superb support of the coaching staff at 2A’s. Both Sams' have now been selected for the 2014 England Judo Squad. They are pictured with their coach Steve Ashford who was overcome with immense pride in their achievements.
2A's SUCCESS AT KENT INTERNATIONAL JUDO TOURNAMENT
2A's Judokwai sent a squad of 10 to the Kent International Judo Competition on 26th June 2011 held at the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace. This is an event which attracts over 700 contestants from all over Europe.
Five of the 2A's squad took medals with Lucy Gray, taking gold, and Laurie Evans, Patrick Maughan, Samuel Perry and Nicola Haywood all taking silver medals.
Club coach Steve Ashford was delighted with the squad performance and hopes it will inspire other club members to enter the competition next year.
Photo from left to right top row: Chris Butlin, Lewis Butlin, Nicola Haywood, Lucy Gray.
Bottom row left to right: Finley Gray, Samuel Morris, Samuel Perry, Patrick Maughan, Laurie Evans.
There was further success for the club this weekend at the West of England Open held in Swindon with Nicola Haywood (gold), Samuel Perry (bronze) and Lucy Gray (bronze) all taking medals.
BRITISH JUDO ASSOCIATION - NORTH OF ENGLAND AGE BANDED
CHAMPIONSHIPS (HELD IN BRADFORD)
2A's sent two competitors to this stiff contest. Both boys had really tough fights and showed both skill and determination to take medals.
Gold - Samuel Morris (left) - under 30kg 9&10 year old boys
Silver - Samuel Perry (right) - under 34kg 9&10 year old boys
AMATEUR JUDO ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CASTLE VALE - SUNDAY MARCH 28TH 2010
2A's had 9 competitors in this competition which as always was hotly contested. Nevertheless all nine won medals as follows: -
Gold - Ella Woodbridge - under 25kg
Silver - Chloe Sterrett - under 28kg
Gold - Grace Chatham - under 36kg
Silver - Lucy Stubbs - under 50kg
Gold - Lucy Gray - under 60kg
Gold - Harry Tredaway - under 32kg
Bronze - Riley Dixon - under 28kg
Bronze - Patrick Maughan - under 36kg
Gold - Lewis Chatham - under 40kg
BRITISH JUDO COUNCIL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - MAY 2ND 2010
On 2nd May two members of 2A's Judokwai competed in the British Judo Council National Championships in Hereford. Despite strong competition both competitors came away with medals. Samuel Perry fought in the primary boys over 31 to 39 Kilo weight category and despite being one of the lightest in the weight group won a very creditable bronze medal. Samuel Morris fought in the boys primary 28 to 31 Kilo weight category and won the gold medal.
They were joined at this competition by friends from Erdington Judo Club. They too were successful with 3 medalists.
Raees Khan Khalik took bronze in the primary boys U25 Kilo weight category. Harry Tredaway won gold in the junior boys under 31 kilo weight category, and Daniel Hemming won silver in the junior boys under 36 Kilo weight category.
BUSHI OPEN UPDATE
Youngsters from 2As Judokwai took part in the Bushi Open on 14 October 2012 and came away with a host of medals.
Bronze medals went to Jake Payton, Ryan Cartwright, Thomas Davies, Stacy Malone. A silver medal was won by Heidi Saunders. Gold medals were won by Healey Phillips-Payne, Pierce Maughan, Samuel Perry, Maisie Mae, Holly Payton and Tony Malone. 5 of the squad were successful in winning the team competition and are pictured, from left to right: Tony Malone, Pierce Maughan, Anton, Molly Payton, Samuel Perry.
Also competing last weekend were Taylor and Eden Morton who took part in the Samurai Open at Kidderminster. Both were successful in winning gold medals.
TRIPLE SUCCESS AT BRITISH MASTERS
There was triple medal success for 2As Judo Club last weekend – 28th Sep 2012.
Club coach Steve Ashford won the British Masters title in Belfast for an outstanding 10th year running.
There was National success too for Laurie Evans who became BJA National Champion in the 10 and 11 year old girls under 44 kilo weight category, improving on the silver medal she won last year. Steve and Laurie are joined by 9 year old Thomas Morris who won a bronze medal in the Coventry Open last weekend.
Pictured left to right are: Laurie Evans, Steve Ashford, Thomas Morris.
THOMAS DEAKON COMPETITION PETERBOROUGH
Two members of 2A's Judokwai represented the club at the Thomas Deakon Judo Club competition in Peterborough on 29th April 2012.
Pictured are Samuel Perry who took silver medal in his first competition at the boys under 42kg weight category and Laurie Evans won gold at the girls under 40kg weight category.
BJA MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESSES
Four junior members of 2A's Judokwai competed in the British Judo Association (BJA) Midlands Championships held at Walsall on 29 Jan 2012. This competition attracted hundreds of the best young Judo players from all over the United Kingdom.
Medal winners for 2A's competitors were Samuel Perry, Gold in the A band boys under 38kg, Samuel Morris, Bronze in the A band boys under 42kg, and Laurie Evans, gold in the girls A band under 36kg. Lucy Gray competed in the girls C band under 63kg and fought extremely well against a host of National medalists. Steve Ashford, club coach, commented that to take only four players to such a huge competition and to win three medals was a great achievement for 2A's Judokwai.
MEDAL WINNERS AT BJA A-BAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three junior members of 2A's Judokwai competed in the British Judo Association (BJA) A Band (10-11 year old) National Championships in Nottingham on 9 Oct 2011. This competition attracted 146 of the best young Judo players from all over the United Kingdom.
All three of the 2A's competitors won medals with Samuel Perry and Samuel Morris taking gold and bronze respectively in the boys U38kg weight category and Laurie Evans taking Silver in the girls U36kg weight category.
Steve Ashford, club coach and himself a current BJA National champion, commented that to take three players to such a huge competition and for them all to medal is a great achievement for 2A's.
Pictured from left to right are: Samuel Perry, Samuel Morris, Laurie Evans
SCOTTISH OPEN UPDATE
Lucy Gray had a very tough day she drew a Swedish black belt in her first fight after fighting extremely hard Lucy stopped the pressure for a split second and got took back. In her second fight she took a brown belt 3 and a half minutes but unfortunately got caught.
Steve Ashford fought in the -73 vets category. Steve Drew a foreign opponent in the first round and proved that he had finally got the "Drop Sode ko soto gake kata guruma" working dispatching his opponent for ippon. Steve's next opponent was the well know Stan THE MAN Cantrelle. After a good tustle Steve then dispatched Stan with the same technique. Steve's third fight was against a very strong opponent as Steve seemed to be getting the upper hand he attacked, unfortunately Steve's opponent attacked at the same time unbalancing Steve who was the pulled to his bum and then to his back. An unfortunate mistake resulting in a loss for Steve. After this Steve picked up his game in the final fight. Steve's opponent, a very awkward fighter, was penalised for being a little too defensive, and following a second penalty Steve was up a yoko. This made the opponent come forward for the first time in the fight. His opponent attacked and Steve reacted with a great counter pulling his opponent flat on to his back ippon for Steve. 3 wins and 1 loss Not a bad day for the second oldest man in the category
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