2010 British Championships for 10 and 11 year Olds

2010 Southern Area Trials for 12 and 13 year Olds

Pictured above Kin Ryu's Jane

Kin Ryu Judo Club’s Jane had a blistering day at British Judo's National Championships for 10 and 11 Year Olds.

The 10 year old from Horsham belied her newly attained orange belt grade and fought superbly in the event at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

Jane's first fight was against last years bronze medallist but this did not faze her and after a tentative start, the youngster gained her composure, spinning in with a body-drop throw and flooring her opponent for a full 10-point win.

The second contest started well, but after a blocked attempt at a throw, Jane was off balance and her opponent capitalised on this and knocked her to the ground for the win.

Fired up by her loss, Jane took just 5 seconds to dispatch her next opponent by sweeping her feet from under her for another full 10-point win.

Jane's final contest of the day was the most difficult of all, with her opponent now wary of Jane's judo.

Going almost the full distance, it was in the final 30 seconds that Jane attacked her opponent with a valley-drop throw and gained another full 10-point win.

The 3 out of 4 wins earned Jane the British Silver medal and the title of current British number 2 for her age and weight.

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Across the County Jane’s brother Peter Neave and fellow Kin Ryu fighter David O’Doherty were starting their campaign towards becoming British 2010 Medallists by fighting at the Southern Area Championships held at K2 in Crawley.

This is a qualifier event which enables medallists to compete at the British Junior Nationals for 12-19 yr olds in Sheffield later this month.

David, who medalled with a bronze at last years 10-11 yr old nationals, was keen to maintain his national status and fought hard winning his first 2 fights with outstanding throws to make the final.

In the final he fought hard but was unable to take the win but finished a credible second.

Peter followed him and after not qualifying last year he was determined to show he was worthy of a place.

Peter also fought well taking most fights to time and quickly beat last years bronze medallist to take bronze himself.

Both boys earned themselves a place in the 2010 South of England Judo Squad a place at the Junior Nationals for 12-19 yr olds to be held in Sheffield later this month.

Head coach Martin Rivers said “the standard of the judo from these young fighters has been fantastic and to see them all achieving at such a high level is testament to the hard work and dedication they put into their training.”

Congratulations and well done to all!