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Bereavement of Jamie MacDonald




On Sunday 12th November, a member of our 2014 Commonwealth Team, Jamie MacDonald lost his battle with cancer and passed away. Loved by everyone who spent time with him, our thoughts are with his friends and family.


We will be holding a book of condolence at the Welsh Judo office, which we will then pass on to the family. If you would like to leave a message, please send it


Board of Directors Nominations 2017

As agreed at the 2016 AGM, the 2017 AGM will be held on Sunday 26th November 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications for those who wish to stand for election of new directors at the next AGM is 5pm Friday 13th October 2017.

Welsh Judo Director Application Form 201[...]
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Welsh Judo Director Diversity Monitoring[...]
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Welsh Judo Director Role Description 201[...]
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Welsh Judo Director Nomination Form 2017[...]
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Bereavement of David Ball 4 Dan

Welsh Judo and it's members are saddened to hear the passing of David Ball 4th Dan from Cwmbran and Pontypool Judo Club. David Ball was awarded his 4th Dan in 1992.

The funeral will take place at Croesyceliog Crematorium at 11am Friday September 2017.

New Job vacancies - Part-time administrative role (x2)

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WJA Admin support - JOB DESCRIPTION.pdf
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Equality monitoring.docx
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British Judo Update Age Requirements for Coaching Courses

Due to the changing landscape of sport, education and judo, there will be age requirement adaptions linked to the current BJA Coach Awards BJA Level 1, UKCC Level 2/BJA Level 2 and UKCC Level 3/


BJA Level 3 for new or existing coaches who wish to attend these courses. The age adaptions which will be introduced on 1st August 2017 are as follows:

• BJA Level 1 Coach entry level will change from 17 years to 16 years-of-age

• UKCC Level 2/BJA Level 2 Coaches will change from 18 years to 17 years-of-age

• UKCC Level 3/BJA Level 3 Coaches will change from 21 years to 20 years-of-age


Please note, that despite the age changes at the first two levels of coach award, to coach independently or run a club, coaches must be a minimum of 18 years-of-age and hold a judo grade of 1st Kyu or above. For the updated coaching summary award please see the BJA website coaching page -

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New Rules Update

A new rules - March 2017 (1).pdf
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EGH - March 2017 Competition Results

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Steve Babos of Newport Judo Club retirement announced after over 50 years of service to Judo in Wales

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 with details of any former members who you think would be interested in coming along.

Welsh Closed 2016 - RESULTS

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Newport Judo Club Interclub results - November 2016

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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)

AGM 2016 - Minutes

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Wales - British Schools Regional Championships - RESULTS

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A weekend full of Judo...

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!

EGH Judo Competition 2016 - RESULTS

EGH Oct 16 - RESULTS.pdf
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CCMA Competition 2016 - RESULTS

CCMA Comp 2016 -Results.pdf
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Gemau Cymru 2016 - RESULTS

The WJA would like to congratulate all of the competitors who took part in Gemau Cymru 2016!

Gemau Cymru 2016 - RESULTS.pdf
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Newport Judo Club Interclub event - RESULTS

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Medals for Young Welsh Players in Belgium

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!

Pontarddulais Mini-Mon, Green Belt and Under and Kyu Grade Championship (16th April 2016) - RESULTS

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British Schools 2016 - Results


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. 


National Coach - North Wales Tour

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.

Bangor University - Nottingham Kyu Grade Open Results

Congratulations to Bangor University's Jess Allen (u66) who took GOLD in the Nottingham Kyu Grade Open. 


Keep up the great effort Jess!

EGH Competition (27th February 2016) - Results

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Bangor Uni results at British Universities Championships 2016

(Left to Right): Erin Marriott-Clooney, Ola Finnigan, Aimee Boyd, Samantha Hemming, Elisabeth Parish, Dominic Jones

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'

Samurai Club Kidderminster Kyu Grade Open - BANGOR UNIVERSITY RESULTS

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

New Articles of the Association

The new articles of the association, approved by the members at the recent Annual General Meeting are available here.
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Rod Lane Kyu Grades Memorial Competition - BANGOR UNIVERSITY RESULTS

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


Sad Loss of 2 Welsh Judoka

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.

Maesteg Mini-Mon November 2015 Results

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Competition Report - Belgium and Holland

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.



Stephanie Walker (Wales & B.S.J.C) Combined -52kgs. Gold.
Flanders Judo Camp, Lommel Belgium 2015.

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.


Stephanie Walker (Wales & B.S.J.C) -52kgs. Gold.
Junior Event at The Hague 2015.

Newport Judo Club Inter Club Competition Results 

7th November 2015

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


Group 1                                                                                                      

Gold – Alex Kenny,  Newport JC

Silver – Imogen Givvens,  Newport JC

Group 2

Gold – Kai Evans,  Maindee & Duffryn JC

Silver -  Istyn Hughes, Newport JC

Bronze – Bella Griffiths, Cardiff JC

Bronze – Brooke Silcox, Newport JC

Group 3

Gold – Vernon Palmer, Newport JC

Silver – Owen Thom, Newport JC

Bronze – Morgan Todd, Cardiff JC

Group 4

Gold – Harry Brown,  Newport JC

Silver – Luca Palmer, Cardiff JC

Bronze – Cameron Edwards, Maindee & Duffryn JC

Bronze – Rome Dells,  Maindee & Duffryn JC

Group 5

Gold – Harry Griffiths, Cardiff JC

Silver- Jack Wadley, Newport JC

Bronze – Sam Foley, Maindee & Duffryn JC

Bronze – Ieuan Hughes, Newport JC

Group 6

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

Group 7

Gold – Jacob Jeremiah, Newport JC

Silver – Theo Stevens, Newport JC

Bronze – Max Freebury, Newport JC

Group 8

Gold – Bradley Hunter, Newport Judo Club

Silver – Adam Thomas, Maindee & Duffryn JC

Clarification on technical restrictions at BJA events

Clarification on technical restrictions at BJA events
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Welcome Sentai Judo Club

Please see below for the club training times and Nigel Bowley's contact details

North of England Ranking Event

Congratulations to the Bangor University athletes who entered the North of England Ranking Event.

Samantha Hemming U78kg              SILVER


Ola Finnigan  U78kg                         BRONZE

Samurai High Grade Open


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


Irfon Training Day

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.   

UK School Games Selection 


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


All selected players are invited to attend the Tuesday squad sessions (2-3 sessions per day) throughout August at the Sport Wales National Centre.

Cardiff Central Mini Mon & Gemau Cymru


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.

Cardiff Central 2015 Results.pdf
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Gemau Cymru July 2015 Results.pdf
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Kent International Results


Congratulations to all Welsh Judo who entered the Kent International Tournament 27-28th June 2015.


Please see below the full results list.

Kent_International_2015 - Results.pdf
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USPE European Police Championships


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.

Congratulations to Natalie Powell


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

Chairman WJA

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