High Wycombe Red Belt Rumble + Sussex Open
13 + 14 September 2008

Pictured above: Andrew Robertson, James Rivers, Kirstyn Chase, Matthew Graves and Zoe Killick.

Kin Ryu Judo Club competitors were once again in action as they fought last weekend at two different judo events.

On Saturday 5 youngsters travelled to High Wycombe to compete against some of London’s top red belts in the High Wycombe Red Belt rumble.

This was a tough event and competition for the medal places was fierce.

In the U25 kg group both Joseph O’Doherty and Andrew Robertson fought hard against some seasoned opponents and despite giving away nearly 5 kgs in weight managed to finish in a very respectable 7th and 5th place respectively in a group of 20 youngsters.

In the U33 kg group Matthew Graves put up a tough fight against his opponents but was unlucky on this occasion, he should however be proud of his performance.

In the O55 kg section James Rivers fought hard and came storming through for the Gold medal in his group.


In the girls section Kirstyn Chase fought in the U31 kgs section and found herself the lowest grade in her group, but despite this she fought hard and secured the bronze medal on her final fight.


On Sunday it was the turn of the higher grades and they were entered into the South Coast Open held at Durrington Leisure Centre in Worthing.

This is a tough event and sees players from all over the country coming to compete for the medals.

Fighting for Kin Ryu was David O’Doherty and Zoe Killick.

David fought first and found he had just crept up into the next weight group, so was giving away several kilos but he did not let this worry him and defeated his first opponent in just 3 seconds!

After losing his second fight David had to fight through the repecharge for bronze and won his next two fights in style, but his fifth fight proved one too many and he lost out for bronze with just seconds to go and had to settle with a well earned fifth place.

After David it was Zoe’s turn and despite a shaky start to her first fight Zoe picked herself up well and threw her next two opponent for an ippon (win in judo) in style to win the silver medal in her group.

Lisa, Peter, Martin, Zoe and Shani were there in their offical capacities are referees, coaches and officials and helpers.

Well done to everyone!!