Sussex Red Belt Rumble June 2009
21 June 2009

Pictured above Kin Ryu's Judoka
Jack Thompson, Corlia Robertson, Andrew Woods, Scott Woods, Peter Brown and Alfie Edwards.

On Sunday Kin Ryu Judo Club were celebrating its most recent successes following the Sussex junior red belt rumble.

The red belt rumble is an event open to any red belt (beginners belt) in the country and attracted competitors from as far away as the Midlands.

For all the fighters this was their first taste of open competition and Kin Ryu was represented by seven young players.

The first to fight was Corlia who had one of the toughest jobs of the day being the lightest girl in the competition, but she did not let this deter her and produced some outstanding techniques to win a bronze medal.

Following her was Jack Thompson and Alfie Edwards who were drawn in the same pool together.

Alfie fought well, especially as this was his first event and gave a performance that he should be proud of and came away with a well deserved bronze medal.

Jack was firing on all cylinders and showed he was ready for the challenge winning his first two contests in seconds, after a great contest with Alfie he then then won his third coming from several points down to win with a big throw and take the Gold medal.

Following him it was Peter’s turn and he also was trying out his first competition, his day started out in style with Peter winning his first contest convincingly against a much higher graded player, he was unlucky with his next two contests but took a well deserved bronze medal.

On the adjacent mat it was Ashley Coyne’s turn to show off his skills, and despite only taking up judo 6 weeks ago he was determined to show what he had learned.

Ashley started well and was unlucky not to win his first fight despite throwing the boy but not getting the score, he then held his own well against the others letting his natural talent shine through and once again took a well deserved bronze.

To round off the day it was the turn of the woods brothers and older brother Scott was first to fight, he put in a great performance but was unlucky on this occasion not to come out on top settling for bronze.

Younger brother Andrew was next up and fought hard to show that he meant business and after some terrific throws stormed through his group to round off the day with a final gold.

This was a great performance from some of the clubs less experienced fighters and it is very encouraging to see that all their hard work at the club is paying off, well done to all!!