So 2017 has seen quite a few changes and successes at Katana Judo Club, none more so than the relocation of the club at short notice from our old venue in Wealstone Lane, to the new venue at the Royal British Legion on Heath Road, and the club would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped to make this move as smooth and seamless as possible, including the members who moved with us and continue to make this club a success.
2017 also saw many of our members competing locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations to every one of you, especially those who made your first step onto the competition circuit, you represented the club well and we are all very proud of you and your achievements.
Sensei Sandra also continued her competitive journey, winning medals at various competitions throughout the year and securing her place on the GB Masters Squad for 2017-18.
- High Wycombe Masters (High Wycombe)- Silver
- Brain Tumour Charity Tournament (Cardiff, seniors) – Silver
- Brain Tumour Charity Tournament (Cardiff, masters) – Gold
- British Masters Championships (Cardiff) – Silver
- World Veterans Championships (Sardinia) – 5th Place
In January, Senseis Sandra & Marc passed their Area Refereeing qualification. This means that Sensei Marc has also been back at competitions this year, but this time refereeing as well as coaching.
So after an eventful year, all that remains is for us to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you all back on the mat on 8th January 2018 to burn off some of the Christmas overindulgence.
Sandra, Marc, Bruce & Sandy
As announced at the club on Monday 19th June, we will be moving to a new venue, as the current venue is being closed down at short notice. But don’t worry, we’re not going far!
Our final session at the current venue will be on Monday 10th July 2017, with the first session at the new venue on Monday 24th July 2017.
Our new venue is just around the corner, has an even bigger car park, an area for our use and as a bonus for all the over 18s, there is a bar in the other side of the building should you require refreshments.
The new club address is:
Royal British Legion Club (Upton)
20 Heath Road
We look forward to seeing you all there on Monday 24th July, same times, new venue.
Sandra, Marc, Bruce & Sandy
Katana Judo Club
As another year comes to a close, we begin to reflect on the year that has passed.
Katana Judo Club has had a phenomenal year. 2015 has seen the club, its instructors and members flourish, right from the start.
- Sensei Marc Chatterton achieved his 5th Dan (Technical)
- Sensei Sandra Hughes passed her 2nd Dan (Technical and Competitive Theory) and is now collecting the fighting points towards the competitive grade. (she has to wait until 2019 to wear the technical grade)
- Sensei Sandra Hughes won medals at various competitions;
o High Wycombe Masters – Gold
o Womens and Ladies Open (Masters open) – Bronze
o Womens and Ladies Open (1st Dan open) – Bronze
o World Veterans Championships – Bronze
o Welsh Open (Masters) – Gold
- Several club members entered the competition scene this year at local events, returning with various medals and tales of their experiences.
- Almost every club member has passed at least one grading this year.
Looking forwards to 2016, we will be replacing the old crash mats with a good quality new one, so the seniors can practice some of the bigger more demanding throws with a softer landing. This will complete our mat replacement, and we can then look to add some training aides to our collection. If anyone has any ideas of things they’d like to see at the club for training, please pass your ideas to the coaching team and committee for consideration.
2016 also sees a new competition year, and I’m sure Sandra and a few members will be taking to the mat again both around the country and abroad.
So, the only thing left for us to do is to congratulate all on their achievements this year, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you when we return to training on 11th January 2016.