Class Master Christmas Competition
5 December 2010

Pictured above: Kin Ryu Medallists
Joe Beckett, Lauren Graves, Sean Cumper, Leanne Gilmore, Matthew Graves, Andrew Woods, Jack Thompson, Kirstyn Chase, Zack Wake Kaitlin Gilmore, Katherine Burke, Sam Howarth-Moore, Lia Thompson, William Burke, Grace Beckett, George Harman, Enrique Howells

Kin Ryu Judo club have finished 2010 in style after 23 of its young fighters braved the snow and took top medals at the Class Master Christmas Competition in Tumbridge Wells.

The youngest fighters were the first to compete and all were aged between 5 and 7. Kin Ryu was represented by 7 players, George Harman, Enrique Howells, Grace Beckett, Katherine Burke, Lia Thompson, Samantha Miller, and Kaitlin Gilmore. All fought well and showed some great skill especially for their age and experience and resulted in George, Kaitlin and Samantha winning a bronze medal, Enrique and Lia a silver medal and Grace, and Katherine taking the first gold medals of the day.

Following these were the boys in the 8 -9 year old group. The club was represented by Adam Funnell, William Burke, Samuel Howarth-Moore, Zack Wake, Joe Beckett, Lauren Graves, Corlia Robertson and Alex Young.

All fought hard resulting in Alex and Corlia, winning a bronze medal, Joe taking silver after an all Kin Ryu final against Samuel and Adam, Zack, Will, Lauren and Samuel all storming through their groups taking gold a great achievement for this group of youngsters.

In the 10 years and over group Kin Ryu had 8 players representing the club, Matthew Graves, Andrew Woods, Sean Cumper, Tommy Angus, Leanne

Gilmore, Kirstyn Chase, William Miller and Jack Thompson. All were determined to keep up the success of the day, and all the players fought hard and despite some tough fights. Matthew, Andrew and Jack were all drawn in the same group and all had some great wins in some tough fights. It was points that decided the eventual winner and Matthew and Andrew came away with a bronze medal and Jack with the silver medals. Following them was William who put in a great performance to come away with bronze, as did Sean in his group. The final boy to fight was Tommy who is retuning judo after a break of several years but fought well to finish with silver in his group.

Rounding off the day was Kirstyn and Leanne and both finished strongly with Leanne taking the silver and Kirstyn the gold, with none of Kirstyn's fights lasting longer than 20 seconds before she threw her opponents.

This has been a terrific year for Kin Ryu with the standard of the competitors going from strength to strength and we are looking forward to an even better 2011.

Well done to all, competitors, officials, parents and coaches for an outstanding event, year and medal total!