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.