British Masters and A-Banded 2009
3 and 4 october 2009

Pictured above Kin Ryu's Judoka

Last weekend (3/4 October) Kin Ryu members David O’Doherty senior and junior realised their dreams of becoming Great Britain national medallists as they won bronze medals at the Great Britain Masters Championships and the Junior National Championships respectively, held at Dagenham in Essex.

This is a moment that both have been training hard for over the past few years and they follow a long line of national medallists that Kin Ryu has produced although they are the first of recent times.

The weekend started with David O’Doherty senior competing on the Saturday at the British Masters Championships.

This event is to gain entry into the British Masters Judo squad and is for fighters who are over 30 yrs in age.

David competed in the 40-45yrs, U66kg category.

He had some tough fights and was unlucky to lose his first fight on a small score, he picked himself up though and beat his next three opponents convincingly showing some great techniques especially given that he was the lowest graded player at the tournament.

David was unlucky to lose his final fight but he had done enough to secure the bronze medal and a place on the 2009 GB squad.

Determined not to be outdone by his dad David O’Doherty junior took to the mats at the same venue on the Sunday at the Junior National Championships for 10-11 yr olds.

This again was to be a tough day with some of the countries best youngsters competing for the medals.

David fought well and found himself in the largest group against more than 25 boys from all over Great Britain in the U34kg group.

He was unlucky to lose his first fight against a Welsh lad, especially as he was leading for most of the fight.

He then had the tough job of fighting through the repecharge, which he did in style winning his next six fights by ippon (a direct win in judo) with some superb throws.

In the bronze medal final David once again had the Welsh lad that he had lost to in the first round, and determined not to lose to him twice David fought hard and with 11 seconds to go threw the boy to take the bronze medal.

David is too young to take a place on the British Judo Squad this year, but this achievement has only inspired him to continue training and competing until he tries again next year when he can gain a place in the squad.