Kent Senior Kyu Grade Event and Sussex Junior Green Belt and Under
February 2011

Kin Ryu Judo club are celebrating their latest successes following a great weekend of judo from both its junior and senior competitors.

On Saturday the senior fighters (over 16 years) got the weekend off to a great start when they competed in the Help for Heroes charity kyu grade cup held in Canterbury Kent.

Kin Ryu had 3 seniors competing and first to fight was Mark Graves in the orange belt and under section.

Mark put in a very strong performance and won his first fight with a blistering throw; he was unlucky to lose his next two but took a well deserved bronze medal.

Following him was Simon Williams in the blue belt and under section.

Simon is returning to judo after a 15 year break but showed his skills by beating all his opponents with stylish ippon (direct win) throws to take the gold.

The final competitor of the day was Marion Graves who was competing in her first judo competition after taking up the sport just 6 months ago.

Marion has been training on Kin Ryu’s ladies only night and she showed off her skills throwing her first opponent, who was 5 belts higher than her, in just 30 seconds.

Although Marion went on to lose the fight she put in an amazing performance and took a well deserved bronze medal.

Marion is the first lady to win a medal for Kin Ryu in the past 20 years making the win all the more special.

The following day it was the turn of the juniors and they were competing at the Sussex green belt and under tournament held in Worthing.

The first to fight was the boys in the U27kg group and Kin Ryu was represented by Joseph O’Doherty, William Burke and Adam Funnell.

Kin Ryu boys put in a very strong performance and resulted in a Kin Ryu 1, 2, 3 with Joseph taking Gold, Adam silver and William bronze.

Following them was the U30 boys and Zack wake was unlucky not to get to the medal fights but took a well earned 5th place, this was the same for Andrew Robertson in the U38 boys.

In the U42kg boys David O’Doherty was on top form as he powered through to the final, despite beating his final opponent in the early rounds with a spectacular throw he was unlucky to lose in the final but took a hard earned silver medal.

The final boy to fight was Jack Thompson in the U46kg boys and again he had tough fights to get to the final and was unlucky to lose on a small score to also take silver.

It was then the turn of the girls and they were on top form as Corlia led the attack and beat all of her opponents for Gold in the U25kg girls.

In the U32kg girls Jane Neave was struggling with illness but put in a solid performance to win bronze in her group.

The final medal of the day went to Kirstyn Chase who took bronze in the U44kg group.

Well done to all who competed over the weekend!! Well done to all!