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Clean Sweep for Kin Ryu Team at the Bushido Invitation
Pictured above some of Saturday's medal winners: Hector, Kimberley, Shaun, David, Zac and Joseph
On Saturday, 11 juniors from Kin Ryu Judo Club competed at the Bushido Invitation in Tunbridge Wells. All the competitors were aged between six and ten, and for many this was their first competition.
All fought hard and in spite of some initial nerves, showed off some of their best judo in front of a large crowd of spectators.
The youngest boys Joseph and Shaun started off the day in great style - both winning Gold in the under seven year old group. These wins were made even better as both won all their fights by ippon (a perfect ten point score).
After this was the turn of David, Marcus and Nathan in the eight year old group. All had some tough opponents but were there to give it their best. David and Nathan fought first and did extremely well taking Gold and Bronze respectively. Marcus fought next, and even though it was his first event, was he determined to win. After some difficult fights also went on to take Gold with a well executed throw.
Before lunch, it was the turn of the nine year olds. Fighting in this section were Tommy, Hector and Zac. Despite Tommy and Zac being in the same group and fighting each other in the first round both went on to beat others in their group winning Silver and Bronze respectively. Hector then followed and showed some great judo to take Bronze in his group. Both Zac and Hector were then presented with the 'Spirit of Judo' awards for their sportsmanship and determination, rounding off an excellent morning.
After lunch it was the turn of Jason in the ten year old section. For Jason overcoming his nerves was the first hurdle, but as soon as the referee started the fight, he showed he was ready. After some tough contests Jason won his last fight with an impressive turnover and hold down to win Bronze.
Last but not least, it was the turn of the girls Kimberley and Ellie. Due to most of their group withdrawing, they were put in a group of bigger girls. This did not faze them and both fought hard against tough opposition. Ellie was looking to improve on her Bronze at the last event and did - taking the Silver medal. For Kimberley this was always going to be a hard group - being much smaller than the others, but she fought well and took the Bronze. For her efforts, she was awarded the 'Spirit of Judo' for her group - for her sheer determination.