News from Renfrewshire's premier Judo club

Month: November 2012

Senior success for Clyde Judo Club

One of the senior members of the Club, Andrew Smith, has achieved some excellent results over in the Netherlands.

He took a Silver in the O100kg Dutch Open G-Judo Championships (Levels 1 and 2) at Baarlo in the Netherlands on Saturday 10th November 2012.

He followed that up with a Gold the following day in the 6th International Alcides Judo Tournament (Levels 1 to 5), defeating the opponent who had so narrowly beaten him the previous day.

Several other Scottish SN Judoka did very well at the competitions. Full details are on the Judo Scotland web site.

Congratulations to all concerned.

Andrew has also been busy elsewhere, picking up a Silver medal in the Irish International SN Open Championships at Dublin, Ireland on 28th October 2012.

If you are interested in Special Needs Judo or know someone who might be interested then you can find out more information on the Scottish Special Needs Judo Group web site.

December gradings planned

The club will be holding grading sessions early in December.

The gradings will be held during the normal training sessions on the following dates:

  • Erskine: Tuesday 4th December 2012
  • Bishopton: Friday 7th December 2012

Grading is an important part of your child’s Judo development and the children have worked hard to prepare for the grading.

Please make every effort to attend one of the sessions.

It is important that you bring your child’s Judo Scotland license (Blue Book) along on the evening of the grading.

The grading fee for a Junior grading is £10.00 and includes the Judo Scotland fee and the issue of a new coloured belt if your child moves between belt colour grade boundaries (e.g. 3rd Mon -> 4th Mon = Red Belt -> Yellow Belt).

You can help your children by checking that they know what the have to do for their grading.

  • Make sure that they know the translations for the various Japanese terms that they need to know for their grading. It’s usually only a handful of words for each grading and it makes a real difference to the confidence of the children if they can answer easy questions on terminology before moving on to practical skill demonstrations.
  • Make sure that they know the names of the moves that they will be expected to demonstrate. Parents are not expected to have the expertise to check that the child knows the throw! Speaking from experience, do not practice any of the moves with your children – you will be surprised at how capable they are of throwing a much larger adult and the living room floor is much less forgiving than a Judo mat! đŸ™‚

For children under the age of 8, the syllabus is here:

Children aged 8 and above follow the Mon grade syllabus:

The full grading structure can be found on the Judo Scotland web site here. That page details all of the belt colours and stripes. The easiest way to put stripes on a belt is to use electrical tape.

If you have any questions about the grading process or your child’s progress, please ask one of the coaches.

Granite City Open results

The club was up in Aberdeen at the weekend (Saturday 10th November 2012) for the Granite City Open and the kids worked hard and achieved some impressive results in a tough competition.

  • Rebecca Lamb A-band U32kg – Bronze
  • Melissa McGill A-band  U48kg – Gold
  • Rachel Peden A-band  U48kg – Bronze
  • David Scott A-band  O50kg – Silver
  • Rachel Towle B-band U36kg – Bronze
  • Erin Peden B-band U40kg – Gold
  • Connor Wilson B-band U38kg – Bronze
  • Christopher Love B-band U42kg – Bronze
  • Benedict Ray B-band U55kg – Bronze
  • Louis Saez B-band O60kg – Bronze
  • Marcus Ray C-band U66kg – Bronze
  • Christopher Wright Senior U66kg – Bronze


If you are on Facebook – please vote for Clyde Judo Club to win £300 of Judo kit!

If you are on Facebook – please vote for Clyde Judo Club to win £300 of Judo kit!

Kicksport are running a competition to win £300 of Judo kit. All you have to do is vote for our Club photo (courtesy of Iain Wilson) on the competition page.

So, don’t wait!

Go here and vote for the Clyde Judo photo by clicking on the Facebook “like” button.

Tell your friends (real and Facebook), relatives, neighbours and milkman to do the same!

Clyde Challenge 2012 – Clyde Judo results

Somewhere along the line, I forgot to post the club’s results from the Clyde Challenge 2012.

Time to correct that omission!

As ever, all of the children were a credit to themselves and the club and they brought home a great set of results.

AA Pools

  • Heather Wilson Gold
  • Cerys Bradley (WBJC) Bronze
  • Cara Goutcher Bronze
  • Ursula Saez Bronze
  • Daniel Peden Gold
  • Owen Sutherland Gold
  • Christian Galvin Silver
  • Joseph Peden Bronze


  • David Scott U50kg Gold
  • Rebecca Lamb U28kg Silver
  • Ezri Bradley (WBJC) U32kg Silver
  • Melissa McGill U44kg Silver


  • Connor Wilson U38kg Gold
  • Benedict Ray U55kg Gold
  • Benedict MacLennan-Patton U55kg Silver
  • Louis Saez U66kg Gold
  • Kathryn Meenan U40/44kg Gold

I’ll try and post the podium photographs after the weekend.

A note for Clyde Judo Club parents – Susie has a bunch of DVDs with all of the photographs taken at the Clyde Challenge. Just ask her for a copy.

If coaches from other clubs would like a copy for their club/parents then speak to Susie (Wright) and we’ll get a DVD sent out. The photos (although with a slight bias to Clyde Judo Judoka) are of the entire competition including matches where Clyde did not have a competitor. I tried to get a couple of shots of as many matches as possible so there is a good chance that we caught your club’s Judoka in action.

Judo Scotland TDP session at Ratho 17th November 2012- CANCELLED

Judo Scotland has almost announced that the Talent Development Programme session for at ABCD Judoka at Ratho on 17th November 2012 has been cancelled.

“almost announced” because important news is up on the Judo Scotland Facebook page but no one has seen fit to update the official Judo Scotland web site.

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