Masters Judo is specifically for those over 30 years of age and over. It involves training, competitions and events specifically aimed at this sector of judoka.
The masters squad compete in a range of events, including the Commonwealth championships.
Masters 2 Dojo Training Events
Regular Masters 2 Dojo training sessions take place across the country, a weekend combining judo, training activities and social events.
If you have any suggestions or information in relation to Masters Judo, or any questions please contact one of the other Masters Commission Members
Following the successful Veteran European Championships in June, the GB Veterans squad headed for sunnier climates with the Veteran World Championships hosted in Cancun last week.
An excellent 13 medals won through the competition saw GB finish in 25th place on the medal table in Mexico. A host of familiar names from Glasgow returned to the mat as they looked to keep up the momentum built by the squad after competing in front of a home crowd. It was a superb final couple of days for the female squad with them scooping an incredible eight medals!
Fiona Chan started the weekend brightly for the squad with a hard-earned bronze medal in the F3 -57kg competition, dropping only one contest all day!
Reigning champion Samantha Chraniuk added another World medal to her collection with a Silver medal in the F2 -63kg competition. She progressed well throughout the day, eliminating some good opposition along the way.
Natasha Glassford finished in fifth place in Glasgow, but she was able to go even better in Cancun with a silver medal in the F1 -63kg. Two ippon finishes was enough to see her finish in second place.
Caroline Rawlings dropped just one contest in her Round Robin competition as part of the F2 -52kg. Brazil’s Lilian Terada proved to be the only obstacle on an otherwise excellent competition from Rawlings.
European Championships Silver medallist Laura Scarlett-McAllister claimed bronze in the F4 +78kg competition. She claimed two wins out of four in the competition including a solid ippon victory over Brazil’s Rogeria Silva in her final contest was enough to see her fight her way onto the podium.
Debra Small won bronze in the F4 -52kg category with the highlight of her day including a opening ippon victory over Rosane Andrea-Matteo (BRA).
Perennial medallists Terrence Watt and Joyce Malley added further World Veteran Championships medal to their increasing collection with a silver and bronze medal respectively in the M9 -90kg and F6 -63kg competition. Malley recovered superbly from dropping the first contest of the day to claim the bronze while Watt fought excellently throughout the day three ippon finishes to finish second on the podium.
European Champion James Hornsby wasn’t able to claim a European-World double as he finished in silver position in the M3 -81kg competition. Hornsby looked in great touch throughout the day as he progressed through the rounds before coming up against Russia’s Alexander Konovalov in the Final.
Simon Child replicated his result from Glasgow with another bronze medal on the World circuit. Child overcame semi final disappointment to claim victory in the Bronze medal contest against Brazil’s Vinicius Jerschow in the M3 -90kg.
Colin Francis finished in silver position in the M1 -60kg competition to match his European Championships result. Heavy pressure from Francis saw Brazil’s Bruno Silva pick up three shidos in the bronze medal competition.
Kyle Perry won bronze in the M1 -66kg competition with a superb win in the medal contest following victory over Brazil’s Hakson Andrade.
The programme of monthly Masters sessions aimed at readying local judoka for the 2018 Veteran European Championships in June and the British Masters in October continued with a session at Happidojo Methwold led by former World Championship Bronze medallist Steve Gawthorpe.
The Ne-waza guru led a masterclass in the art of the technique before overseeing an excellent randori session. Ably assisted by Danny Kingston (himself a former European Champion) and Dave Horton-Jones, a large contingent of over 50 judoka were put through their paces.
A number of local clubs were represented including the likes of Happidojo, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Norwich Premier, Littleport, Black Dog, Dominic King Judo and MMA Academy, Cambridge University, Melborn and UEA to name just a few. But there were also a number of judoka from outside the area from clubs as widespread as Grimsby, Wokingham and Chelmsford.
A series of technical ne-waza techniques tested the flexibility and fitness of the gathered judoka, before the willing participants were putting the lessons into practise with a session of ne-waza randori. To cap it off, the session concluded with another period of randori, but this time of the standing variety.
The success of the event has shown that there is a demand for sessions such as these, and Happidojo are now planning their event on the 14th July with Euan Burton leading the session, get this date in the diary and keep an eye out for confirmation of the venue and times.
“Many thanks to all that attended and thanks to Dave Horton Jones for helping organise a great day of judo, we were overwhelmed by the response to our masterclass and the feedback his all been very positive! Several players on the day responded by saying we got the format spot on!!” Colin McCallum (Happidojo and organiser)
“From my kids to my wife and myself, all had a fantastic time and learnt plenty.” Gary Mitchell from The Mill JC.
“Huge thanks to the coaches on the day and especially to Colin and Paula McCallum for all the hard work they put in getting the day organised. Great to see so many judoka taking the chance to get together, hugely positive for judo in the Eastern Region” Laurence Kenyon, BJA Regional Development Officer.
There is another session during March, which is being led by Danny Kingston (6th Dan, Former European Champion) that is being promoted as part of the programme;
Eastern Area Training Session – Brecklands Leisure Centre, Thetford
Sunday 25th March 10.00am – 1.00pm