Marham Happidojo Judo Club News
British Masters and British Championships for 10 and 11 Year Olds (A Band Nationals).
18TH & 19TH OCTOBER
Three members from Happidojo Marham Judo Club travelled to Kidderminster to compete in the biggest Championships for their ages. Head Coach Colin McCallum was first up to compete at The British Masters Championships and competed in the M2 U90kgs category, managing to come 5th. He then competed again in the afternoon in the Open Dan Grade Competition, and managed to secure a Bronze.
The next day were the two younger members. Unfortunately Cameron McCallum had managed to sprain his ankle just before competing, but was still determined to compete, and managed to come 5th. Tae Charlesworth fought in the afternoon and had to compete against a Scottish girl in a best of three matches. Although Tae weighed in at a mere 23kgs (And was probably the lightest competitor there) she had to compete in the U28kgs category, and successfully managed to win all her contests, securing herself a gold at her first ever Nationals. A Massive well done!
Ten junior members travelled to Thetford to compete in The Eastern Area Mini Mon. They all fought extremely well, even at times having to compete against their own club members. In particular Emma Henderson (who is only a red belt) had to compete against her club members who were orange and green belt retrospectively. Her club members helped her to enjoy the competition, and were a credit to the club in their behaviour both on and off the mat.
The results were as follows…
Gold: Tae Charlesworth, Neith Charlesworth, Zachary McCallum
Silver: Cameron McCallum, Lewis Henderson-Silver, Will Simpson, Sarah Cusack
Bronze: Maria Bang, Emma Henderson, Daniel McLeman
Eight junior members travelled to Lopham near Diss to compete in an Interclub competition. Four under eights from the club were able to experience a “Competition style experience” to allow them to try first hand, what a real competition would be like.
They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and were able to learn not only the judo etiquette expected on the mat, but the terminology that is also used (which is in Japanese).
The following four achieved these results…
Gold: Matthew Brumpton, Connor Lane
Silver: Kipp Charlesworth
Bronze: Lewis McLeman
The next four competed in the 8-14 year old category, with Emma Henderson getting a taste of her first ever competition.
Gold: Emma Henderson, Lewis Henderson
Silver: Will Simpson, Daniel Mcleman
The day was a great success with the younger members staying on to watch the older ones compete.
Two junior members, Cailean and Zachary McCallum, travelled to Horncastle in Lincoln, to train with two Gold Commonwealth Glasgow 2014 medallists Colin Oates and Nekoda Davis. The session was enjoyable but informative, and allowed the boys to gain more insight into competitive judo, and the strategies used at such a high level.