Some of the kids on the wall, bouldering March 2014
Evan and Krist racing up the wall at Sunderland Climbing Centre
Sumo - Judo Club style!
Xmas fun night 2013
Great shot of happy kids from the Great Northern competition. well done all of you - great effort.
The ladies of the Club cut the 10th Anniversay cake at our Xmas Party Night 2012 - Christie (Club Chair), Sharon (Treasurer) and Angie (Secretary). Three wonderful ladies, without whom we wouldn't have a Club - Sensei xxx
Our Primary kids at the Xmas Panto (Sleeping Beauty - though she didn't get much sleep with this lot around!) at the Royalty Theatre.
Even Mcewan receiving his Bronze at the BJC Open National Championships - Northampton 2012
Alex Forster getting his Silver at the BJC Open National Championships, Northampton 2012
Another pic of our younger stars from the Newcastle Area Grade and Vets last week - well done all
Sport Relief March 2012 - Judo on the beach in aid of Sport Relief
Thomas taking on a few more than he could chew - fun night before we broke up for the Christmas break 2011.
"In Dublin's fair city, where the lads aren't so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone..."
Night out at Dublin's Hard Rock Cafe. Enjoying ourselves on our first night in Dublin ahead of the Irish Open Championships. Mainstream and SN players and some of their parents having a great time.
Our SN kids at the Irish Open Championhips in Dublin, October 23rd 2011. Centre is Sean Gallagher, candidate for the Irish Prsidenial elections and ex Judoplayer himself. On the left James Mulroy of Black Eagle Judo Club - our friend and one of the organisers of the event - thanks for all your help James.
Michael Pickering as Robin, in the new BATMAN LIVE Arena Tour. See what doing Judo (ex BJC National Junior Champion) can do for you! Initial publicity shot for the show tour - you should see the actual suits they wear for the show - Holy Superhero Batman!
Terri and Nikki with friends from our sister Club, Portland College - 3 Golds, a Silver and 4 Bronzes for them (Mark winning Gold in two categories at the East Of Scotland SN Competition - well done guys.
Flow Rider @ Heworth - a Club treat for our Juniors and Seniors - Star of the day - georgie!
Wipeout of the day - Sesnei!!
January 2011 - First group up on the Flow Rider - great fun!
Boxing day dip 2010 and we were there yet again! Over £300 raised in sponsorship , this time for Arthriits Research. Well done all of you. a freezing day (- 3 degrees on the promenade, with teh sea a 'warm' 8 degrees - felt a lot less, believe me!)
Sumo wrestling for the older students. Alex's version of a flying body drop I think!
Go on, give it some welly. A touch of mixed martial arts on our fun night before we break for Xmas.
Sponsored Bike Ride 15th august 2010 - 18 miles from Consett to Cox Green in aid of Club funds. Many thanks for all you hardy souls that took part. Particular mentions to: Liam and his Dad (for cycling all those extra miles from their home to the pick-up point and back afterwards), to Albert (first time on a bike for many years and with the cycle sores to prove it) and to young Evan,(his gears stuck in lowest gear so he ended up having to pedal all the way like fury!)
Pic of some of the team returning from the Leicester Open Championships - a late finish meant a very late stop at the Service station on the way home.
March 27th 2010, our SN team and their parents / carers enjoying a typical Dutch meal in Beverwijk, Holland after the competition there. A great night and the staff at the restaurant were excellent.
Pic of the venue for the 2010 G-Judo International in Beverwijk, Holland. Over 300 competitors, all Special Needs, from 43 Clubs - 33 from the Netherlands and 10 from other countries (including our own).
Boxing Day Dip 2009 - God, it was COLD!!
Party time at the Club disco 20009
Alex and Sensei Shaun - Sumo Wrestling on our fun night before we break for the hols. A great night, loads of fun and even some of the parents had a go - good sports!
Crate Stacking at Beamish Wild Rope Centre - Albert and Robert, definitely the most spectacular of the falls!
Venray - November 21st 2009 - combined senior and junior Great Britain SN Squad including our very own Terri McDermott (Senior) and Nikki McDermott and Ailesha Trueman (Juniors). In total, 8 Golds, 5 Silvers and 7 Bronzes. well done everyone.
Georgie at the Trevi Fooutain in Rome. A great week of sport, culture and friendships. Many thanks to Sergio Olivieri, his studenst and parents for their generous hospitality.
Coming from the North East of England as we do, we are justifiably proud of our links to Italy - Hadrian's Wall etc. It is only when you get to Italy though and you come across a place like Calcatta (pictured) that you realise what the Italians have in the way of historic buildings.
Daniel, Kate, Kasey and Terri and some of their Italian friends
A night out in Italy - where else but a pizzeria!
Our younger students cooling off in Piazza Poppolo in Rome. September 2009
Washington Judo Club and Narabi Dojo - friends through Judo. Saying goodbye at the end of a great week for our students and parents.
Our Club coach John Pickering, being seen off on the trip down to the Special Olympics by Samson and Delilah (Sunderland AFC mascots) - sorry to all the Newcastle supporters amongst our Club members, just had to put this photo on! - Sensei
Callam teaching SOLly the Lion (mascot for the Special Olympic Games) how to set up a Judo throw.
Part of the Opening Ceremony entertainment - a fantastic event which went on for nearly 4 hours, using diabled and able bodied performers - world class!
Billy, Kate, Daniel and Terri up in the stands at Leicester's Walker Stadium with some of the 180+ contingent of athletes from the Northern Area - don't they look smart in their Olympic tracksuits.
Special Olympics Leicester 2009 - our squad pictured outside Walker Stadium before heading off for the opening ceremony of the games. The friend 'nosing in' was one of the amazing street entertainers taking part in the ceremony.
Red Nose Day 2009 - in support of the Comic Relief event, a collection was made at the Club and £60 was raised for the charity. An attempt was made at building a human pyramid (see home page), fortunately the kids judo skills are much better than their acrobatic skills, as we failed miserably - but it was good fun! Some of the students (including Robert, right) insisted on retaining their Red Noses for the rest of the session.
Two of our intrepid students climbing at the Sunderland Wall (largest indoor climbing facility in Europe). An event organised by the Club as a team building exercise. 36 of our students had a go and everyone raved about it, so will definitely go again.
James and Alex at a Kata course held up at Galashiels 25th Janauary 2009. Pictured with organisers Dave Hammond (L) and John Barton (R).
Panto time! December 2008 at the Customs House Theatre, South Shields (Goldilocks and the three Bears). Club treat for our primaries (under 10yrs). All the kids enjoyed it (as did the parents who volunteered to look after them).
Evan (and the rest of our 10 - 11yr olds) Quad biking November 2008. Club treat for all their hard work duirng 2008.
The lads relaxing at Schipol Airport prior to their flight home. Health & Safety please note: this was not a working jet engine! no children were harmed during the taking of this picture! Mind you, I could have cheerfully throttled them all on the first night; sleeping over at the sport hall; when they still hadn't gone to sleep by 1.30 in the morning! - Sensei
Ellis winning the Gold in his category at the annual St. Nicholaas Competition in Heerle, Holland, 22nd November 2008
Our very own James and Jade looking very dapper in their TeamBJC outfits.
I think everyone enjoyed themselves! Getting together over the Great Northern weekend October 2008.
Our Italian friends stop off on their trip along the Northumberland Coast. I think they found it a bit chiilly!
Dario has a go at the HULA HOOP game on the Nintendo Wii at our get- Together at Donna's. Senseis John and Sergio came a respectable 4th and 5th!
Whilst the rest of the squad competed at Southport, James was 'doing his stuff' at Bushi! Gold in the U45kg category...Well done James!
Some of our younger members using their free time to enjoy the beach at Southport.
Senseis John & Sergio (rear Left) with the students - Italian and English - at the Sarnano training camp, Italy. What a great place to do Judo. A lovely experience for all of us.
The beautiful town of Sarnano in Italy - 2 km from the camping site where we stayed and joined with our friends from Narabi Dojo at their annual summer training stage.
After a hard mornings workout at the Sarnano Summer camp in Italy (July 2008 - well it was 28c + and we had just left Newcastle the day before at around 15c). Still, there's always the swimming pool before the afternoon session!
Still ready to party after a hard day on the mat - don't they clean up nice! Everyone had a great time over in italy. Well done everyone for working so hard and mixing so well with our Italian hosts - you were all a credit to your families and to the Club.
Welsh Nationals July 2008. Picture of the team outside of Sophia Gardens Sports centre in Cardiff before embarking on the long journey home.
Club disco 22nd June 2008
Disability Awards event - Riverside Suite of the Durham County Cricket Club. The Club was proud to be nominated again for Club of the Year award for our work as an inclusion Club (we won in 2006). Pictured with Ian Payne from Tyne Tees TV are 3 of our SN students (L to R) Aleisha, Liam (both nominated for individual awards) and John Lorraine. No awards this time, but a lovely afternoon with some great people (and a great buffet!).
Our very own (and Portland's) Billy Stores (in white belt) in action at the 1st East Scotland SN Championships, on his way to a Silver medal. As fine an O-Uchi-Gari as they come - bearing in mind too that he is right handed!
Our good friend, Shirley Gilfellon, PE Co-Ordinator at Portland School, Judo supporter and real dynamo! Thanks to you, Geoff and Graham for bringing the Portland Kids along to the event and supporting us.
Action from our Club competition (members only) held on the 3rd April 2008. Many thanks to the Mams, Dads, Grandparents etc who came along to support the students, it was a great night and we raised over £170 for Club funds from the raffle (again, thanks to everyone that donated prizes).
Well done to our sister Club, Portland School at the recent SN International in Ede, Holland. From left to right, Billy (Bronze), Alisha (Gold), Liam (Bronze) and Dean (Bronze). We are all proud of you.
Kick Cancer 2008 Martial Arts event - A great day, with a wide variety of martial arts on offer to try out. With the hall split into 4 areas (2 for juniors and 2 for seniors) and a changing programme every 30 / 40 mins, it was a great opportunity for everyone to 'have a go'. Indications are we raised around £1000 on the day for Cancer Research - well done everyone who took part.
Snowboarding session for our Juniors - pic of the 3rd group - our older girls. Many thanks to the Instructors for their patience!
The girls lead the way down to the beach for the 2007 Boxing Day Dip. Just over 3 deg C outside, so quite mild this time - though the water was a s cold as ever!
Our hardy Dippers
Kate celebrating her third Boxing Day Dip with us - and she has promised it won't be her last. Well done everyone who took part.
Christmas Party and Awards Evening - 22nd December 2007 - A great night for everyone. Congratulations to all the Award winners (see Awards and Medals Table page for details) and thanks to everyone that brought along food for the buffet table and raffle prizes. See you all in 2008!
Our very own Dolly Dealers get to work selling raffle tickets - You did a great job girls - many thanks.
The Three Stooges on their way home from High Wycombe. Answers on a postcard for the best guess as to what Dominique is saying to Kate and Caitlin! (A. "You two are so going to be in trouble with sensei for not wearing your Club T shirts!" - Sensei)
Team BJC on their return from Belgium. Our own James is pictured far left, with Jade standing behind the two girls in the Team BJC tracksuits. A great effort by the team brought home 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 4 Bronzes, with Jade getting a well earned Bronze and James only just missing out on the medals.
My turn, my turn!!
The kids may only have been interested in how soon they could get into the water and start scrambling down the gorge, but we adults had to stop for a look at the view - breathtaking!!
Kayaking at Derwentwater - nice hat Kate!
Dominique leads the way on the Gorge Scrambling - I never knew getting cold and wet could be so much fun - Sensei!
After a successful day at Leicester, the parent paparazzi make sure they get plenty of shots of the Team!
Oops, there they are!!
A visit to York for our friends from Italy. Lots of sightseeing - York Minster, The Shambles, York Dungeon etc. Picture of some of the guys taken inside the Dungeon - He's behind you!!).
Sergio and the guys (and Roberta) from Narabi Dojo in Italy join us on the mat for our Club session prior to the Great Northern Open 2007. It was great to see you all again. E' stato molto divertente. Spero che ci rivedremo presto!
Club's 5th Birthday Party 2007 - Sophie Darlaston, Winner of the Britney dance-a-like competition (Sophie's the one on the left by the way!) - Go girl!
Club's 5th Birthday Party 2007 - Evan McEwan, Winner of the Elvis dance-a-like competition. Cool shades mate!
A picture of the boys (sorry Samantha you had left!) after competing at Newburn Mini Mon competition. A good result after our long summer break, keep up the good work guys!
Our SN team and their supporters on the way down to Cardiff for the British Closed SN Championships 14th July 2007. Many thanks to the Mams / Dads who travelled down with us and for sharing the driving.
23rd - 30th June 2007 Summer training camp, Sarnano, Italy. Warm up before our first session (a bit pointless perhaps given that it was already over 30 degs outside and it was only 9.30am!) - this is definitely the way to do Judo - outside in the fresh air, under canvas.
Dominique getting to grips with her Italian partner (Livia) during a Ne Waza session at the Sarnano summer camp.
Whilst away in Italy, we had two birthday girls: Caitlin and Debbie, who were both treated by our hosts to cake, candles - the full works. Happy Birthday Caitlin!
Kate does her bit to improve Anglo - Italian relationships! A difficult task as we can see, but she excelled in her efforts!
Pictured opposite, the beautiful town of Sarnano, about 2km from the campsite Quattro Stagioni, where our students took part in a week of outdoor judo.
We were delighted to welcome back (if only for a short visit) our friend Davide Rosa from Dojo Koshiki in Italy. Davide is over for a few days visiting friends and brought along his mate and fellow judoka, Danilo. Picture of Davide (front) and Danilo demonstrating Tsuri Komi Goshi to our students.
16th March 2007 - Dojo Koshiki, Faleria, Italy. Sensei Sergio Cecchini (pic rear left) and his students, incl our friend Davide Rosa (pic front centre), with our own Club Sensei, John Pickering (pic rear, right). Picture taken whilst John and his wife, Anne, were staying in Italy as guests of their friends,Sergio and Barbara Cecchini.
March 2007 - The Sunderland Wall - Steven Lorraine inching his way up one of the starter walls - they all vary in height and complexity.
The Wall !!! - reputedly the highest indoor climbing wall in Europe! For scale, the figure you can just see, in the white T shirt, on the orange section, of the wall to the right of the barrel wall, is a full grown adult climber. Nedless to say, we didn't get anyhere near attempting this beast!!
Area grading - February 2007 - 38 of our students took part in this event. Well done to all of you in achieving your new grades. Particular mention to Jack Slassor and Catherine Martin on their new Senior 3rd Kyu grades. Also to young Katelyn (pictured) on her Dan grade!? (I've heard of fast-tracking but this is ridiculous - Sensei - by the way, anyone seen my belt?)
Our Boxing Day 2006 Dippers - well done all of you! - notice the Inshore Lifeoats in the background waiting to catch any strays!
IPPON! - Andy demonstrates the finer points of Morote-Seoi-Nage - well, the waters a lot easier on the back than tatami!
Panto Time! our primaries enjoying their night out before Christmas at the Customs House, South Shields watching Babes in the Wood. Many thanks to Aspire for their grant of £350 which helped to pay for the night (and the coach to take them all there and back).
Scottish SN Championships - 18th November 2006 - Our SN squad pictured with Tam Brown of Judo Scotland. 3 Golds, 3 Silvers and 3 Bronzes. Well done everyone for taking part!
Our new friend Jocelyn Gubler (front facing) in training with her friend and fellow Swiss National Team member, Evelyn Tschopp at our Club night prior to the Great Northern competition.
The, now annual get-together at Sensei's house after the Great Northern Open Championships (2006) - 16 Italians, 4 Swiss (sorry Vena - 3 Swiss and 1 Thai) and 32 assorted Brits. A terrific night, great fun, with lovely people. Hope to see you all again next year.
Some of the guys take a break to play football at the rear of our favourite Service station - Woolley Edge on the M1 en route to Birmingham for the BJA Heart Of England tournament 10thSeptember 2006 - (Rear - Andy, Jack, Andy and our friend Davide from Dojo Koshiki in Faleria, Italy. Front - Daniel and James)
Farewell to Davide - one of our younger Club members, TJ, bidding farewell to our friend Davide Rosa (or Dabid as he prefers to call him!) on his return to Italy during the party at his flat on his last night with us. Note the T shirt!
Kate McDermott with her Gold trophy, won at the BJC Welsh Junior Nationals, also her Silver medals from the NIJF Northern Ireland Open Championships and BJA Kent Junior International - and it's only June!
Our SN team and their supporters, taking a break in Cervia, Italy, where we stayed during the 'Judo For All' weekend 11th - 15th May 2006
European 'Judo For All' Special Needs tournament, Ravenna, Italy - Daniel Pickering in the fight-off for Gold and Silver. Daniel winning with an Ippon to take Gold against his Brazilian opponent. Nice one!
BJC Junior Nationals 30th April (Hereford) - James and Rhys with President Robin Otani after taking gold and bronze in their respective categories (James took gold in the U35kg and Rhys took bronze in the U40kg). Notice the cap on Rhys, which he had to wear as a result of one of his bad hair days - again!
St Ives Judo Week 2006 - Picture of Andy with Barcelona 1992 Olympic Silver Medallist Ray Stevens who was the guest instructor at the event
Class of 2006 - Junior and Senior section - at our Club competition (members only) April 5th 2006
Class of 2006 - Primary section (under 10yrs old) - at our Club competition (members only) April 5th 2006
Newcastle Area Graded and Vets - Picture of the primary team who competed in the event - For some of them it was their first event
The Washington crew on the way down to London. Two mini-buses 16 competitors plus family and friends. Note the mini-bus colours!
On the way - To the Boxing day dip - The mad fools! Followed by a group of Mexican outlaws - Don't see many of them in Sunderland!
Supported by a huge crowd willing them on - It was like watching lemmings throwing themselves off the cliffs
Club Xmas Disco 2005 - Everyone struttin their stuff! A great night to round the year off with. Well done to all of you that received presentations on the night (see Awards & Medals Table. Many thanks to the Mams and Dads who also provided the food for the evening.
St Nicholaas competition, Holland - Caitlin, Kayleigh and Jade win Gold, Silver and Bronze respectivley in their category - a superb achievement. Our good friend Anny of Heerle Garami Judo Club can be seen in the background. Thanks for everything Anny. See also Members Benefits section for more photos.
18th - 21st November 2005. St.Nicholaas competition, Heerle, Holland - Our youngest competitor,Thomas, being presented with his bronze trophy by St. Nicholaas himself (note: not to be confused with Santa Claus, St, Nicholaas comes from Spain and travels to Holland with his Black Nights by boat every year. He then travels the country giving out sweets to children until December 5th, when the children wake up to find special treats placed in their shoes and St Nicholaas returns to Spain).
Halloween fun night - standing room only on the bouncy castle. A treat for the primaries for working so hard during our October week training course.
A winning team - our team from the BJC (MAC) Home International at Norwich. 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 4 Bronzes, plus a hard earned Silver for Andrew Scott of Kai Kan Judo Club who travelled down with us - a pleasure to have you with us Andrew. Norwich highly recommended by the adults for a night out - the place was heaving on Saturday night!
Sanzio and his team from Sakura Farli judo Club in Italy - Thnks for coming guys and we hope you enjoyed your stay with us. See you all again soon we hope.
Anglo-Italian games - Some of our younger Italian visitors join us for a ten-pin bowling night out before the 2005 Great Northern Open competition - Ivan, Valerio (x 2), Eugenio, Marco and not forgetting Roberta. (The un-tanned one at the back is one of ours !). Thanks for coming, you were all a credit to your Country, your Club and yourselves. Hope to see you all again.
Some of the Washington crew at the pre-competition bowling night out, Friday 30th September 2005.
Saturday 30th July 2005 - The Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington. Demonstrating breakfalls to an appreciative audience. 10 of our younger students took part in a Judo demonstration to help raise funds for our trip to Holland later this year. We raised £107.62 on the day.
The crew enjoy a well earned break at Mcd's during the series of judo demonstrations they performed at the Galleries Shopping Centre.
Monday 25th June - Sensei John A displays the new regulation judo Gi for our female judoka. Actually Sensei kindly came in his old Coldstream Guard uniform (it still fits!) to show the students during our fun night before we break for the summer holidays. Great photo opportunity for everyone ( and saves the cost of a trip down to London!). Many thanks Sensei. Incidentally, you really can see your face in the boot shine!
It fits, it fits ! One of our younger members trying on the (real) bearskin hat. "Heavy, hot and makes your head itch" was the young ladies comment. Every admiration to the guys wearing these on duty outside Buck palace all day!
Something different to end our junior session with .....
Some of our friends pictured at the Special Needs International Competition. Great weekend - even the Scout Camp bunk beds! - Big thanks to Nathan for the superb cooking and to Roger for getting us to and from the event - and everywhere else (sorry about the keys mate!).
Jade Hamilton winner of the girls under 30kgs BJC National title. Jade was also presented with the Jackie Hamblin Trophy for winning the category. Jade is here pictured with Dave Hamblin (Current BJC National Junior Coach and is the son of Jackie) Notice in the background Rhys with his latest hairstyle!!!
BJC Junior squad on their return from the BJC Junior Nationals in Hereford, 1st May 2005. Two Golds, 1 Silver and three Bronzes - Nice One! Rhys is third row back, extreme right, trying to hide from his haircut I think!
Class of 2005. Our Junior section at the Club competition (members only) 27th April 2005. Well done everyone for a great night!
Class of 2005 - our Primary section (under 10yr olds) at the Club competition. Well done all of you, I know your Mams and Dads were very proud of you!
Wishing all our viewers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year - from everyone at Washington Judo Club!
Fun and Games at our last Club night for 2004 - the Bouncy Castle was an inspired idea!
Beginners competition - Friday 10th December. Members of our Friday night beginners class with their trophies, from the competition held on their last night. Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Kenny for their involvement in the evening. A great end to the year - well done all those who took part!
The Senseis Sergio, presenting the Yudanshakai-Lazio trophy to the owner of the winning greyhound in race 8. Shame none of us actually bet on the dog! As you can see from the photo, the English weather did us proud!
We also celebrated Davide Rosa's 18th Birthday (second from left) with presents from his friends at the Club and the traditional bumps on the mat! Tanti auguri, buon compleanno Davide. His birthday was actually the next day, Tuesday 5th October, but what the heck! We hope you also enjoyed your visit to Chester-Le-Street Davide!
Put your hands up if you are enjoying yourselves! Some of the kids at the Ten-Pin Bowling night 17th Sept., at the Washington Bowl. A great night. Young Kayleigh got the highest score with 155 and won the bottle of bubbly - sorry we had to give it to your Mam and Dad Kayleigh!
25th July 2004 - Summer family barbecue. Last minute change of location due to typical North East weather! Nevertheless a great time was had by all! Picture of a small section of the crew.
18th July - BJC Welsh National Championships, Cardiff. Three of our bronze trophy winners - Jack Slassor, Andrew and James Stephenson, pictured with Mr. A. Hosaka 8th Dan Kodokan (left) and Mr. R. Otani, President of the BJC. Well done lads.
12th June 2004. L'Instituto Tecnico Commerciale e per Geometri, Rignano Flaminio, Italy. Our students line up with members of Yudanshakai-Lazio for a training session.
Students and their parents / guardians enjoying lunch with our Italian friends. Lunch lasted 4 hours! These guys really know how to enjoy their meals!
Sebastien Delaplace (on the left of the picture) of the FFJDA (Francaise Federation De Judo Association) with Sensei John after a good workout with the kids - notice the sweat! Sebastian, a 2nd Dan Black Belt is in Washington for a few months working with a local company and has been a regular visitor over the last few weeks. He is a pleasure to work with and the kids think he is great. Favourite throw Ippon-Seoi-Nage, and he is fast with it!
Some of the the 'A Team' at the BJC English Junior Nationals, Hereford, May 2nd 2004. Jack Slassor not pictured - he was on the mat fighting his way to Gold at the time! Michael looks like he was having a bad hair day! Well done all of you - 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 5 Bronzes.
Andrew Stephenson - Junior National Champion 2004 (for the second year running! - a superb achievement). Presented with his Gold trophy for U55kg, by Mr. R. Otani, President of the British Judo Council. Hereford Sports Centre, May 2nd 2004
Jack Slassor, U45kg BJC Junior National Champion 2004. Presented with his Gold trophy by Mr A. Hosaka, 7th Dan Kodokan and Technical Adviser to the British Judo Council. Hereford Sports Centre, May 2nd 2004.
Class 0f 2004 - Junior/Senior section. Club competition (members only ) 31st March 2004
Class of 2004 - Primary section. Club competition (members only) 31st March 2004.
Students of Washington Judo Club with the late Paul Douglass, 4th Dan; Sensei of Benfield; who passed away in December 2003. Greatly missed by all.
Team members and their supporters at the Leicester Open Team Championships, September 2003. Primary Girls - Gold; Primary Boys - Gold; Junior Boys - Silver.
Andrew Stephenson receiving the Gold Trophy for the under 50kg category at the Welsh Nationals.The trophy was presented by Robin O'Tani, President of the BJC with BJC Chairman, Mr G Mealing looking on. Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff July 2003.
June 12th 2003 - Andrew Stephenson and Daniel Pickering presented with the Gold medal for their Nage-No-Kata by Angela Brown, 4th Dan. The Kata medals complement the individual Golds won in their own weight categories. Well done lads.
Our team for the Junior National Championships, held at Hereford, May 2003. We came back with a Gold and two Bronzes. Well done everyone, particularly to our younger members, for whom this was their first big National competition. They aquitted themselves remarkably well and should be proud of themselves.
Class of 2003. Taken at our first Club competition (members only), April 2003.
Junior / Senior Ten-Pin Bowling night out, February 2003.
Daniel Pickering on being awarded his 3rd Kyu 3 Black Bars (aka Junior Black Belt) by Sensei Eddy Kenny, 6th Dan; February 2003.
Halloween 2002. Our first party for our primary members. Many thanks to Jennifer, Daniel, Emma, Melissa, Jack and Andrew for helping out. The kids look even more scary with the masks off!