Highland Budokan Open 2018 – results

An excellent set of results to report from the Highland Budokan Open 2018 held today (22/09/2018) at Inverness Leisure Centre.

The whole team was firing on all cylinders and coaches are reported to be very pleased!

The results were:

  • Glen Ferrier – AA-band U27kg – Bronze
  • Andrew McWatt – A-band U34kg – Bronze
  • Aaron Clark – A-band U46kg – Bronze
  • Rachael Lamb – B-band U44kg – Gold
  • Chloe Speirs – B-band U52kg – Bronze
  • Christopher Howe – B-band U55kg – Gold
  • Matthew Sweeney – B-band U60kg – Silver
  • Fraser Clark – B-band U60kg – Gold
  • Rebecca Lamb – C-band U48kg – Gold
  • Daniel Peden – C-band U50kg – Silver
  • Joseph Peden – C-band U50kg – Bronze
  • Katelyn Cox – C-band U57kg – Gold
  • David Sommerville – C-band U73kg – Gold
  • Katelyn Cox – Senior U57kg – Gold
  • David Sommerville – Senior U73kg – Gold
  • Mosa Al-bedri – C-band Combined U81/90kg – Bronze
  • Benedict MacLennan-Patton – Senior U81kg – Silver
  • Mosa Al-bedri – Senior U81kg – Gold

I think I have managed to get all of the club results – apologies if I have missed anyone.

We also had some club members being assessed for their Club Referee award and I am pleased to report that the following individuals passed their practical assessment and are now qualified Club Referees:

  • Aaron Clark
  • Andrew MacWatt
  • Eamonn Patton

Well done to all of you!

Congratulations to Susie and Paul – 2018 Judo Scotland COV Awards winners

Congratulations to Susie and Paul – 2018 Judo Scotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteer (COV) Awards winners.

  • Young Person’s Coach of the Year: Paul Grady (for Genki Judo Club)
  • Volunteer Award: Susan Wright

These are awards to recognise the hard work that coaches, officials and volunteers put into supporting Judo in Scotland. I think we would all agree that Susie and Paul do put an awful lot of hard work into supporting Judo in Scotland!

Paul and Susie will be automatically entered into the sportscotland COV awards – here’s hoping they do as well there.

The Midland Area Heart of England Open Judo Championships 2018 – Results

The Midland Area Heart of England Open Judo Championships 2018 was held at Walsall Campus, Walsall on Saturday 08/09/2018.

The club’s results were:

  • Andrew McWatt Pre-Cadet U34kg – Bronze
  • Rachael Lamb Pre-Cadet U44kg – Silver
  • Aaron Clarke Pre-Cadet U46kg – 5th
  • Christopher Howe Pre-Cadet U55kg – Silver
  • Connor Wilson Junior U66kg – Bronze

Good results in a big competition. Well done!

Kit bring ‘n’ buy session on Friday

On Friday this week (31/08/2018), we will be running a bring n’ buy session for anyone who would like to trade-in older judo kits and club kits that the kids have grown out of. Second hand kits / team kit will be available to buy.

Don’t forget that we will be in our new Friday evening home!

We have a new home for our Friday evening session

Starting on Friday 31/08/2018 we will be holding our training sessions at Bishopton Community Centre.

The address of the centre is:

Bishopton Community Centre
Gledstane Road

The session times remain the same: 6-8pm.

There is plenty of parking at the front of the hall that is accessed via Station Road and Gledstane Road. Alternatively there is parking on the road up to the Health Centre.

Please tell you judo friends of the change of address.

We look forward to seeing you at our new Friday home!



Top flight Judo action coming to Glasgow in October

The 2018 Glasgow European Judo Open will be held in Glasgow over Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018.

This is an IJF world ranking event and part of the 2020 Olympic qualification cycle.

More importantly, it’s an opportunity to see world-ranked judo and show support for our British judoka as they work towards Olympic qualification.

So, come along and cheer!

And all for a reasonable £5/person (£3 concessions) per day – How many top flight football matches can you watch for £10?

The more of us that attend and show our support, the better the atmosphere.

You can purchase tickets here.

The provisional competition programme is on the first page of this document. (I wouldn’t bother reading any further unless you are interested in the minutiae of a major judo competition.)

Enjoy the promotion video!

Some great technique on show and a taste of what you will be able to see in October.

Recent grading success

We are pleased to record the results of the recent gradings.

The children (and some adults!) all worked very hard and earned their gradings. It takes a lot of effort and practice to complete the gradings.

So, well done all of you!

1st Kai

Frazer O’Donnell
Jack Wright

2nd Kai

Paige Armour-Rubery
Romeo Baxter
Pippa Bradley

1st Mon

Fraser Glen
Lucy McGibbon

2nd Mon

Matthew Cree
Alasdair Glen
Oliver Marshallsay

3rd Mon

Lewis Fleming
Callum Haughan
Lucy Ross
Piotr Swist
Alex Wishart

4th Mon

Alex McWatt
Finlay Millar
Sophie Wright

5th Mon

Phoenix Leon Baxter
Dylan Lock

7th Mon

Andrew Ross

10th Mon

Aaron Clark
Andrew McWatt
Chloe Speirs

13th Mon

Fraser Clark
Christopher Howe
Rachael Lamb

16th Mon

Rebecca Bradley
Daniel Peden
Joseph Peden
Matthew Sweeney

1st Kyu

Katelyn Cox
Rebecca Lamb
David Sommerville
Kyle Watt


Training sessions over the Summer holidays

There will be no training at Bishopton on the following dates:

  • Friday 13/07/2018
  • Friday 27/07/2018
  • Friday 03/08/2018

This is because the Scouts are using the hall for events of their own.

There will be no training at Parkmains on the following date:

  • Tuesday 31/07/2018

This is because of the numbers away on the Belgium Judo trip that week.


2018 National Team Championships

The 2018 National Team Championships were held in Cardiff on Saturday 30/06/2018.

Several Clyde Judo Club judoka were selected for a Scotland team that brought home 5 medals from 6 categories (and  repeating last year’s complete domination of the Cadet categories).

The Scotland team results were:

  • Pre-Cadet Boys – Bronze
  • Pre-Cadet Girls – Bronze with Rachael Lamb & Rebecca Bradley in the team.
  • Cadet Boys – Gold with Connor Wilson in the team.
  • Cadet Girls – Gold with Rebecca Lamb in the team.
  • Senior Men – Silver with Jamie Black in the team.

Great results that left (by my calculation) Scotland at the top of the medal table with two Golds, a Silver and two Bronzes to London Area’s two Golds and three Bronzes.

The BJA has a fine image gallery here – well worth a look.