Steve has announced at the age of 80 he is stepping down from coaching at Newport Judo club.
Steve came to the UK from Hungary and started training at the original Newport Judo club back in 1956, under the club founders Len Dyer and Don Tomlin.
He achieved his 1st Dan at the age of 26 in 1962, becoming one of only 49 people to hold a BJA black belt at that time. He started coaching at the club shortly after that and has trained many other players to black belt standard over the last 50 years.
The club are holding a retirement party for Steve on Saturday 11th March from 6pm-9pm at the Columba Club (442 Corporation Road, Newport, NP19 0GH) and would like to invite anyone who has known Steve over the years to come along and join us.
Please pass this invitation onto any players who would like to attend the party or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details of any former members who you think would be interested in coming along.
It is with deep regret that I have to announce the passing of the late John Reynolds, a formal National Coach of Port Talbot, who was for so many years a formidable judoka who was respected by so many. Our thoughts are with Mrs Reynolds and the rest of the family to whom we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences. The funeral will take place at 3pm on Friday 11th November in Margam Crematorium.
Sadly I also have to announce the passing of John Butler from North Wales who was a stalwart WJA member. John was a lifelong judoka who was very involved in North Wales Judo, working tirelessly organising gradings, events and finances. John's funeral took place on the 31st October at St Asaph Crematorium. The WJA would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Mr Butler's family and friends.
Yours in Judo
Frederick H. Prosser (WJA Chairman)
Congratulations to young judoka Ben Nicholas who took away a Bronze medal in the ODJK competition in Holland on Saturday!
Ben also succesfully gain a 5th place in Alkumaar on Sunday!
A busy, but rewarding weekend for Ben - keep up the good work!
Congratulations also to u12s judoka Ben Moore who won the Gold medal in the British Minors Championships in Edinburgh on Sunday!
Another fantastic achievement and display of dedication to the sport following his achievement in the British Schools Qualifying event held in Cardiff on Saturday. Awesome work Ben!
The WJA would like to congratulate all of the competitors who took part in Gemau Cymru 2016!
Congratulations to Holly Devall, who won Silver, and Ben Nicholas, who won Bronze, at the 3rd Challenge International Judo Team Hermee Tournament in Belgium.
It's great to hear of these excellent results. Keep up the good work!
Ray Hext (Cardiff Judo Club)
Seren Lovatt (GO! Judo)
Ashleigh Barnikel (Neyland Judo Club)
Ffion Lovatt (GO! Judo)
Holly Devall (EGH Judo)
Nathaniel Davies (Cardiff Judo Club)
Lucy Jackson (Irfon Judo Club)
Ben Moore (MAT Academy)
Sam Ashton (Bradley Stoke)
Dan Pritchard (Samurai Judo Club)
Elen Davies (Carmarthen Judo Club)
Sophie Root (Pontarddulais Judo Club)
The WJA would like to congratulate all of the players that took part in the competition.
The WJA are excited to announce that George Bountakis (WJA National Coach) is running the following sessions in North Wales:
Friday 13th May - Mold Judo Club - 7:45pm
Saturday 14th May - Colwyn Bay Judo Club - Juniors (11am) / Seniors (12 noon)
Sunday 15th May - Bangor University - Juniors (12 noon) / Seniors (1pm)
Many thanks to Steve Clarke for his support for this event.
Congratulations to Bangor University's Jess Allen (u66) who took GOLD in the Nottingham Kyu Grade Open.
Keep up the great effort Jess!
Erin Marriott- Clooney u52 - Kyu grades SILVER
Aimee Boyd/Ola Finnigan/Samantha Hemming - Team Event BRONZE
Samantha Hemming u78 - Dan Grades BRONZE
Elisabeth Parish u52 - Kyu Grades BRONZE
Dominic Jones u78 - Kyu grades BRONZE
Coach Steve Clarke: 'A fantastic effort, especially the women's team who had to compete against 14 teams, only being pipped by Bath and Edinburgh Universities'
Jess Allen - u66 - GOLD
Gruffydd Evans - u73 - GOLD
Aly Refay - u73 - BRONZE
Jack Tucker-Feltham - u81 - BRONZE
Aimee Boyd - u63 - GOLD
Beth Parish - u52 - BRONZE
Location: Samurai Club (Kidderminster)
Date: 21st November 2015
Ali Refay u73 - GOLD
Aimee Boyd u57 - SILVER
Luke Moffat u90 - BRONZE
Erin Marriott-Clooney u57 - BRONZE
Jes Allen u66 - BRONZE
Gruffydd Evans u73 - BRONZE
It is with great sadness that Welsh Judo mourns the loss of two of its greats from yesteryear. Richard (Richie) Lewis and Christopher Davies both hailed from Sanshirokwai Dojo in Llanelli and were very talented and successful competitive judoka. Richie was a close acquaintance of the renown Brian Jacks having trained together whilst at college in London and Christopher, a prolific competitor, represented Great Britain at under 21 level at the European Championships. Both will be sorely missed and the judo community sends its heartfelt condolences to both families during their time of grieving and loss. Sanshirokwai Dojo and judo more generally will be poorer as a result of their passing.
2015 British Success in Belgium and Holland. ‘On the Bounce’ Between the 31st of October 2015, and the 1st of November 2015, a combined team of Judoka from Bradley Stoke Judo Club and the Welsh Judo Association, descended on the 10th edition of the Flanders Judo Cup, in Lommel Belgium. This high level competition limited to 800 Judoka, attracted entries from countries such as Israel, Ireland, Poland, Russia and Azerbaijan. This two day event produced some marvelous Judo with valuable experience being gained, at the competition and the following European Judo camp, where the whole team showed strength and tenacity in dealing with their European counterparts. All Judoka should be congratulated on their efforts throughout. The following Judoka should be congratulated on their success and placing: Stephanie Walker (Wales & B.S.J.C) Combined -52kgs. Gold. Jasmine Hacker Jones (Wales) -57kgs. 5th place.
Days later between the 7th and 8th of November 2015 another combined team of Judoka from Bradley Stoke Judo Club, The Welsh Judo Association, and the Western Area, travelled to ‘The Hague’ in Holland competing in a 2 day event that attracted over 1400 competitors.
This main stream competition used as the Dutch National Team selection produced some spectacular Judo from Judoka as young as 9 to 21 years old.
All Judoka should be congratulated on their efforts.
The following Judoka should be congratulated on their success:
Stephanie Walker (Wales & B.S.J.C) -52kgs. Gold.
Luke Thomas (Wales) -90kgs. Silver.
Millie Orledge (B.S.J.C) -63kgs. Silver.
Tatum Keen (B.S.J.C) -48kgs. Silver.
Alan England (Western Area) -81kgs. Silver.
Harry Evans (Wales) -90kgs. Silver.
James Hayes (B.S.J.C) -73kgs. Bronze.
Ben Nicholas (Wales) -34kg. Bronze.
Louis Arsac (B.S.J.C) -73kgs. 5th place.
Kye Orledge (B.S.J.C) -60kgs. 7th place.
Spirit of Judo Award – Chosen by Steve Babos- Head Coach:
Under 8 years - Luca Palmer, Cardiff Judo Club
8 – 11 years - Harry Griffiths, Cardiff Judo Club
Gold – Alex Kenny, Newport JC
Silver – Imogen Givvens, Newport JC
Gold – Kai Evans, Maindee & Duffryn JC
Silver - Istyn Hughes, Newport JC
Bronze – Bella Griffiths, Cardiff JC
Bronze – Brooke Silcox, Newport JC
Gold – Vernon Palmer, Newport JC
Silver – Owen Thom, Newport JC
Bronze – Morgan Todd, Cardiff JC
Gold – Harry Brown, Newport JC
Silver – Luca Palmer, Cardiff JC
Bronze – Cameron Edwards, Maindee & Duffryn JC
Bronze – Rome Dells, Maindee & Duffryn JC
Gold – Harry Griffiths, Cardiff JC
Silver- Jack Wadley, Newport JC
Bronze – Sam Foley, Maindee & Duffryn JC
Bronze – Ieuan Hughes, Newport JC
Gold – Ben Waite, Newport JC
Silver – William Davies, Newport JC
Bronze – Evan Davies, O’Oshimeyo JC
Bronze – Brooke Hiscocks, Newport JC
Bronze - Sydney Smith, Newport JC
Gold – Jacob Jeremiah, Newport JC
Silver – Theo Stevens, Newport JC
Bronze – Max Freebury, Newport JC
Gold – Bradley Hunter, Newport Judo Club
Silver – Adam Thomas, Maindee & Duffryn JC
Please see below for the club training times and Nigel Bowley's contact details
Congratulations to the Bangor University athletes who entered the North of England Ranking Event.
Samantha Hemming U78kg SILVER
Ola Finnigan U78kg BRONZE
Congratulations to the Bangor University players who entered the Samurai High Grade Open in Kidderminster.
Samantha Hemming 1st Dans BRONZE
Heavyweight Open SILVER
Ola Finnigan 1st Dans SILVER
Heavyweight Open BRONZE
Aimee Boyd 1st Kyu BRONZE
Lightweight Open BRONZE
Another great and well supported day with new and old faces returning for anothe enjoyable event.
Many thanks to Alex Hughes, Carmarthen Judo Club and Arnie Humphreys, Lakeside for assisting on the mat.
Also many thanks to the parents who yet again continue to support the event.
The Welsh Judo Association would like to announce the Welsh players selected to represent Wales at this years UK School Games.
The event will be held at The Armitage Site, Manchester 3 - 6th September 2015.
Ray Hext -50kg Cardiff Judo Club
Daniel Rabbitt -55kg Dragons Judo Academy
Scott Pearce -55kg Dragons Judo Academy
Dylan Thomas -60kg Carmarthen Judo Club
Oliver Barratt -60kg EGH Judo
Ioan Harris -66kg Maesteg Judokwai
Cameron Meredith -66kg Gendros Judo
Joshua O'Connor -73kg Gendros Judo
Iwan Cavil -73kg Rhondda Judo
William Hynam -81kg Cardiff Central Judo
Rhodri Morgan +81kg Ysgol Judo
Luke Thomas +81kg Honto Judo Club
Ashleigh Barnikel -44kg Neyland
Shannon Davies -52kg Cardiff Judo Club
Anwen Davies -52kg Carmarthen Judo Club
Jasmine Hacker-Jones -57kg Maesteg Judokwai
Chloe Rees-Jones -57kg Unattached
Holly Rees-Jones -63kg Unattached
Sally Price -63kg Irfon Judo Club
Kaiesha Tanti -70kg Maesteg Judokwai
Jessica Smith +70kg Cardiff Central Judo
Sophie Root +70kg Pontarddulais
Kerry Pulvirenti Head Coach
Tom Hughes Team Manager
You can apply for tickets for the event from 31st July at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ssg15
All selected players are invited to attend the Tuesday squad sessions (2-3 sessions per day) throughout August at the Sport Wales National Centre.
Congratulations to all the competitiors who entered the Cardiff Central Mini Mon & Gemau Cymru even on 4th July 2015
Please see below the full list of results.
Congratulations to all Welsh Judo who entered the Kent International Tournament 27-28th June 2015.
Please see below the full results list.
Gold Medal for Irfon Judo Club Member Gary Cole at the USPE European Police Championships 11-12 May 2015.
10 members representing the GB Police Team headed for Dresden, Germany. The USPE European Police Championships is a multi-sport event which brings together police officers from all over Europe to represent their country.
Representing GB from the Dyfed Powys constabulary in the -60 kg category Gary Cole overcame Germany’s Holk Silbersack to win the gold medal in the -60kg category. The fight was won with an uchi-mata, a favoured technique, Gary, became the first British male to win a gold at the event, with Dresden being the 17th edition of the competition.
The British Police judo team took home a total of three medals from the competition. Great Britain finished fourth out of nineteen nationals, a great result particularly when many of the police players competing from mainland Europe are full time competitors. A wonderful result from a team who are true ambassadors for judo and the United Kingdom.
Flying the flag yet again for Welsh Judo, Commonwealth Champion Miss Natalie Powell competed at the IJF Masters tournament in Morocco on the 24th May 2015, involving the top 16 world class players. Natalie defeated two world champions and has brought a Silver Medal back to Wales.
I would like on behalf of Mr Darren Warner C.E.O of the WJA. the B.O.D and the entire membership of the WJA to say a big congratualtions to Natalie and a heartfelt thank you, as we wish her every success in all her endeavors both in her Judo Career and indeed with her professional studies
Frederick H Prosser
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