Southern Area Open
2 March 2008

On Sunday, four of Kin Ryu Judo Club’s senior (over 16) members fought at the Southern Area Open Kyu, Dan and Masters event.

The first to fight in the kyu grade (below black belt) section was David Miller, who only started judo 6 months ago after his son and daughter started. David found he was the lowest grade in the group but was determined to show what he could do, he lost his first fight to the eventual gold medallist and was caught with a great throw but this did not put him off and he fought hard in his second fight and was unlucky to get caught, but should be proud of his fifth place in his first tournament.

Also in the Kyu grade section were David O’Doherty and Gareth Norman. David fought first and did well to win his first two contests both by ippon (knock-out win in judo) by getting submissions from his opponents who were both younger and higher grades. The following contest was against the player in a different weight group and this went to the wire with David just losing on a small score after a thrilling 5 minute contest. His last fight was the final of his weight group and although tired he fought hard and was winning for the first minute before being caught with a throw and having to settle for a well earned Silver medal.

The last kyu grade to fight was Gareth Norman and he was asked to fight up a group in with the senior Dan (black belts) grades. Gareth rose to the challenge and won his first fight against a far more experienced player. He was unlucky to lose his next two contests but given that they were both against high-graded players he was still happy with his performance and with the Gold Medal in his group.

The last to fight was Gavin Archibald who fought in both the Masters and Senior sections. Gavin had some tough fights in both groups but was able to round off the day in style winning the Gold medal in the Masters and a Bronze in the Senior section, on top of this he also won the points he needed for his second Dan.

Peter and Steve were also there, as referee and coach respectively.

Well done to all!