Tonbridge Invitation and Sussex Red Belt Open
7 and 14 December 2008

Kin Ryu's Judoka.

On Sunday Kin Ryu Judo Club were celebrating its most recent successes following the Sussex junior red belt rumble, held in Worthing and the Tunbridge Wells Invitation.

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.

Kin Ryu was represented by two young players and for both this was to be a tough event.

The first to fight was Kimberley Davy who produced some outstanding techniques to win a convincing gold medal in her group.

Following her was Jack Thompson who won a silver medal after winning his first two fights with an Ippon (win in judo) hold down and only narrowly losing in the final to a boy several years older than him.

The previous weekend saw 16 members of the club competing across the area in Tonbridge Wells at the Class Master Invitation.

For six it was to be their first taste of competition and for the rest a chance to better previous performances, all fought well and came back with an impressive medal haul.

Bronze medals were won by Adam Funnell, Harrison Lynn, James Owen, Abby Allen, Hayley Allen and Scott Woods.

Silver medals were won by Joseph O’Doherty, Corlia Robertson, Andrew Robertson, Matthew Graves, Kirstyn Chase, Lia Thompson and Connor Herbert and gold medals were won by Jack Thompson, David ODoherty and Lauren Graves.

Spirit of Judo awards were won by James Owen, Connor Herbert, Adam Funnell, Harrison Lynn and Matthew Graves who all showed great determination and sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

As well as medals to win there was a trophy for the three clubs that took the most points on the day and points were awarded depending on the medal you took (gold 5, silver 3, bronze 1).

Kin Ryu fought their way into 3rd place to win a large trophy for the club and round of a fantastic 2008.

Lisa, Martin, Peter, Zoe, Shani and Steve were also in attendance as coaches, referees and assistant coaches.

Well done to all!!