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Southampton Samurai Championships. 7th November 2015

A Fantastic Day Overall for Summit Judo Club.


Samurai TrophiesWith 38 Summit Club Members as young as 5 yrs
old taking part in The Southampton Samurai Championships the players achieved quite a medal haul in fact they even took the huge Club Winners Trophy based on the results.
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Some players were new to competing others looking to improve on results from previous competitions many achieving this goal. The behaviour on the day was fantastic and great etiquette was shown throughout.
(Ahem except for one senior who forgot the no swearing rule as he was launched into the air! I think it surprised the referees as much as him, He now knows the rule)
The fights were hard fought in many cases players had to battle players of high grades and ages but still won out with their technique.
Everyone showed great courage by taking part and all the Senseis were proud of what you achieved and hope you will continue to attend more competitions in the future.
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Heres the results.
Gabriella Della Savina
Chloe Robinson
Sampson Beedham
Lewis Vatcher
Louie Monk
Alexander Cromarty
Guiseppe Della Savina
Jago Morgan
Amandi Mendis
Joshua Tatam
Vasco Araoujo
Imogen Tonen
Danny Woodage
Paul Barber
Ben Sissons
Eliza Sandford
Gracia Della Savina
Molly Paddock
Evie Tatam
Conner Bell
Toby Woodhouse
Mackenzie Van Laun
Elliot Thomas
Sebastian Schooling
Achira Mendis
David Elertas
Runner Up
Tilly Mae Nellor
Runner Up
Jack Sandford
Runner Up
Anastassia Cooper
Runner Up
Penny Gatmell
Runner Up
James Barber
Runner Up
Jamie Neate
Runner Up
Oliver Neate
Runner Up
Finlay Backham
Runner Up
Henry Weston
Runner Up
Zachary Searle
Runner Up
Ben Rogers
Runner Up
Ajay Glendinning
Runner Up


19th September, 2015: Croydon – Ne waza Competition

A big Well Done to Sara Connerton for her Gold and Silver Medals and James Veal for his Bronze at the Croyden Ne-waza Competition.


This is Saras story..
Croydon 1st place

Since my first two competitions required me to wait some hours before fighting, I expected the same this time. How unpredictable judo can be though when I actually got to fight a lot sooner than expected. Luckily there was a green-belt adult within a kilo of my own weight, and it was her I was expected to fight for the ‘best out of three’ matches. I was surprised with how fast and aggressive she was: she threw me almost immediately but the ploy lacked the precise control needed and I landed on my side, gained control and tried to apply an arm lock, a strangle, mune katame and then I tried juji, taking advantage of her unclosed elbow. I couldn’t get my ankles to the floor or crossed behind hers in time though, and she countered by rolling towards me. Despite having my foot trapped, I managed to get on top of her again and found myself in a good position to try juji again. She rolled me again and pulled me down, but didn’t maintain proximity so I was able to edge away and reposition myself to take hold. I kept hold of her sleeve as she turned me and her failed strangle somehow enabled me to turn, pull my head from under her arm (giving myself a bruise beneath the eye as I did so) and escape. On the next resume, I took a different grip, almost wrapping each of my arms around each of hers. This allowed me to get closer and throw her tidily, almost straight into kesa, which turned into mune as she wriggled against me. I was really pleased to hear the sound of the ‘sore made’ bell and the ref’s “Matte!” signalling time was up.

In my second match against her, within seconds I was in a hold (stupidly I’d had a flat left foot that had made me vulnerable) which, within a few seconds, I managed to escape from by turning. When my rival put her hand on my waist, I thought of the Sarah Digweed moment and how the following training session in Basingstoke had addressed that error and how to take advantage of it … but I completely forgot what I had been taught. I rolled backwards instead of sideways and would have got myself into a strangle had I not anticipated it in the nick of time. My opponent next turned me by a clever move I hadn’t learnt, where her far leg extended sideways to allow her near leg to begin moving around me in a circle. I lost that fight and felt exhausted afterwards, thirsty and hungry.

By the third match, I had refuelled myself with a banana and more water than a camel could drink, and I won. Just before the match, I was advised to push her away and then pull her with her own reaction, and it was that guidance that gave me the advantage very quickly into the fight. I’m not sure what happened after that or how I won (my phone ran out of memory and didn’t record my victory!). It was a much tidier fight though.

Having won two out of three fights, glory was mine, but there was still one match to go – against an eighteen year old blue belt I’d chatted with during my warm-up. She went in fast and furious to put me in a hold I was quick to get out of. I sensed a few loopholes where the grip wasn’t tight enough though and persevered until I was out. When the match resumed, valiant efforts enabled me to keep my opponent suppressed on all fours and she was given a shido for not retaliating. I was pleased I didn’t get the shido for not doing anything else, but it seemed – at least at that point – that I was responding adequately. I won the match by being dominant and not having any penalties against me. Ironically though, when the medals were awarded for the Open we didn’t know we’d been participating in, I was given silver. My opponent and I looked at each other confused but the lady in charge explained that the blue-belt’s “ippon hold” had given her ten points whereas I’d only scored five for the win. Not fully understanding the information, I chose to accept it anyway out of respect for the lady’s expertise and my own lack of experience in the game. Before, the teenager had been quite cross to have lost and immediately she shook my hand and was happy. I was pleased for her to have kept face, and pleased with myself for beating her. This way we were both top winners.

As I left the dojo, I felt the weight of my handbag on my shoulder, anchored almost by my third gold medal in a row, and the silver one. I was shattered and that was only the start of my day….

18th July 2015: High Wycombe – Ne waza competition

Having waited much longer than expected for my first fight, I was pleased when it was actually my turn to get on to the tatami. Still a relatively new face to competitive judo, I didn’t know anything about any of my components but sometimes that can be an advantage. I first came up against one Sarah Digweed, who is a dan grade, and initially I was pleased with my performance – although I was somewhat sceptical about why I was winning, and I kept myself on edge waiting for the moment to come when the tables would turn. It wasn’t the tables that turned though; it was me! When Sarah was on all fours, I put my hand on her waist – I’m not sure why; perhaps because it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Her arm clasped my hand where it was, and she tried to turn me. I blocked the turn with my leg outstretched and then cleverly she turned me the other way. When I landed, she had both my arms trapped (although at the time I didn’t know how) and I had no chance of escape. I lost that one but at least managed to last about a minute.

My next fight was against another black belt – I later found out a second dan. She was not that difficult to dominate and watching the video of the fight afterwards, I saw we both made a handful of mistakes. Suffering from discomfort in my elbow, I was wearing a bandage which came undone mid-fight and I was pleased when the ref stopped the match and allowed me rectification. With the bandage rewound and taped up this time, I resumed my fight with determination. I was dominant for a lot of it and, towards the end, I wondered if a yamara arashi move would work. In hindsight, I thought I had tried it, but watching the video, it seems that I just turned my body to move uke and secure her in a tight kesa hold she told me afterwards she would “never get out of”.

Newaza gold Croydon
Me on the podium

Knowing the competition was tough, I stayed clear of complacency and approached my next fight with justified caution. My rival was Olivia Spellman (who I was later told ranked nationally in the top 3). Her strong posture and confident movements as she shuffled towards me immediately made me realise she was very different to my first two competitors, and although I tried my best, it wasn’t long before she had me in an arm lock that was applied so competently, I was actually quite scared. I matte’d the fight abruptly and, after the reis, I walked off the mat shaking. I calmed myself gradually and was pleased to have been given the gold medal for being top of my own league (even though the women I’d fought were in a different league altogether albeit for different reasons).

Southampton Samurai BJC Competition 12th April 2015

Well done to all the little Samurais that went to the Competition on Sunday.

You all fought bravely achieving some great results also Emily Barnett won a trophy for throw of the day.


  • Rhys Gregory   (Summit)
  • Isabel Barnett   (Summit)


  • Louie Monk  (Summit)
  • Stan Doyle (Summit Tadley)
  • Danny Woodage (Summit Whitchurch)
  • Vasco Araujo (Summit Four Lanes)
  • Herbie Hamilton (Summit)
  • Libby Machin (AWE)


  • Matthew Davies (Summit Compton)
  • Mackenzie Van Laun (Summit Ditcham Park)
  • Emily Barnett (Summit)
  • Harry Westbrook (Summit)

Runners Up


  • Alexander Cromarty (Summit Whitchurch)
  •  Ella Pickett (Summit Ditcham Park)
  • Charlie Westbrook (Summit)
  • Reuben Hamilton (Summit)
  • Ben Perkins (Summit Priory)
  • Leon Piper (Summit Whitchurch)

Southampton Competition: 8th November, 2014

Cameron Broughton O73 KG Senior Men – Gold

It is always interesting to watch Cameron’s judo; his performance in the November competition brought no exception.

Cameron’s first fight was against a formidable gentleman who didn’t get many attempts to throw young Cameron, and those he attempted – like the hiza guruma – were stepped off without too much real difficulty. Taking a high-collar grip, Cameron attempted ko-ouchi gari and uchi-mata with little conviction, and it wasn’t long before the man became vulnerable through one of his own attacks – a position Cameron was quick to take advantage of with a gaki, which lead the referee to call “Ippon!” awarding Cameron the first win in his first match.

In his second match, Cameron fought a player his own age who was slightly shorter than him. This time, our boy took a sleeve grip and a slow start was endured. Ben tried the uchi-mata unsuccessfully and Cameron played unusually defensively until the first ‘matte!’ When Ben tomoe-nage’d Cameron, the throw had minimal power but partly worked nevertheless, with the kazuchi bringing Cameron to the floor over his opponent until the ref stopped the match. Ko-ouchis were attempted from both players and then finally Cameron lost to a gake which Ben did with his back to Cameron.

Cameron next fought against a judoka called Robert, who was slightly heavier than him. Cameron took a high grip under the arm to defend against Robert’s brute-force pushing-attacks and leg attacks – which largely failed because Cameron craftily managed to keep his long legs out of the way. A weak uchi-mata was enough to get Robert straight down onto the tatami: Robert hopped off the throw but Cameron’s rotation directed him downwards and allowed Cameron the upper hand. As Robert was turned over by Cameron, it looked like Cameron was trying to put a strangle on him. I don’t think he achieved that end though, although thankfully Cameron won the fight anyway (despite a shido for putting his fingers inside Robert’s gi).

James Veal – Open Weight Dan Grades – Bronze

James’s first match was quite an exciting one – and his opponent was certainly well matched – or so it seemed at first. James’s initial uchi-mata and gake attempts failed when his opponent twisted away and out of them. The uki then tried an uchi mata himself and failed, giving James the opportunity of a strangle and arm lock – neither of which fully worked. After a matte, James’s attempt to throw the opposition was countered by ushiro goshi – a cunning move which sent James flying across the mat (rather dramatically, I thought) and then set up juji gatame, but one that was not applied strongly enough to hold and, ably, James twisted out of it and stood up. Our black belt attempted harai goshi but was pushed off balance by his opponent; a wazari was awarded and, in the ground work which had transcended, James won with an armlock and a tap from uki.

James’s next opponent was an electrician whose favourite move seemed to be uchi mata. But that first waza did not work so, to follow it up, he tomoe nage’d James, which brought James onto his back and made him susceptible to a strangle – from which he escaped. When the fight resumed after a ‘matte’, James’s failed tomoe-nage landed him on his own back and uki was quick to apply the scarf hold and take victory.

James’s last fight was against a bearded player called Perry. This was a fight where every move seemed to be being methodically calculated ad hoc. Commencing the fight were leg sweeps from both components; Perry’s ouch-mata failed as did James’s tani otoshi – and tai-otoshi, which Perry just stepped off. Another failed ouchi-mata of Perry’s put him in trouble in newaza as James tried to apply a strangle. After a ‘matte’ and ‘hajime’, Perry slid his leg alongside James’s to control tori’s leg movement, which knocked James onto the floor and gave Perry the ippon.


At the end of the competition, James was proud to be awarded the Bronze medal, especially because he was by far the lightest of the black belts, and one of the shortest. It was thrilling, of course, to see Cameron awarded the gold medal – a triumph he well deserved and indubitably one that reflects the practical-intelligence, flair and skill he exemplifies in weekly judo sessions.



Upcoming Competitions

Hampshire Split Grade, Seniors and Juniors.

5th October, 2014

This is a great opportunity for beginners and intermediate players  (8 yrs +) as you fight within your level: groups you will compete in are organised according to both your weight and your belt.

This means that players will  fight in groups comprised of Red and Yellow belt, Orange and Green belt & Blue and Brown belt.

Also the venue is at Fleming Park in Eastleigh so you won’t have to travel very far.


Entry Form : Hampshire-SG-2014-Junior-Senior-Entry-Forms-V2

Click on the flag to enter online.

Hampshire County Judo

 Competition Training Day

18th October 2014

At AWE Judo Club, Tadley.

(More details on entry form below.)

Open to AWE J.C., Summit J.C., Summit School of Judo, E.J. Academy of Judo, Shin Gi Tai, Newbury J. C., Brighton Hill J.C and Basingstoke J.C. junior members from 5-15 years.

Intended as a competition introduction for novices and those with little competition experience, there will be a maximum 100 entries for the day, which will be spilt over several sessions (to be confirmed after the closing date). There will be a maximum of 25 groups, each comprising 4 or 5 players with similar weights and abilities. Girls and boys will fight separately unless the numbers are low in their particular weight group.

Players and spectators will be shown the etiquette for competitions and will be given an overview of the rules and referee’s signals to help them get the most out of future competitions – or those that their children may take part in before the contests start.

All players will take away a medal.

More accurate times for fights will be given out once all entries have been returned. Please return entries promptly so these can be emailed to you ASAP.

Closing Date: Monday 13th October 2013. There’s still time!

Entry Form Can Be Found Here : SSOJ Competition Training 18_10_2014