Olympic Judo week in Southampton starts today!

Today marks the start of our week long celebration of Judo. We have Judo sessions everyday, where you are welcome to come and train, come and try or just come and watch some Judo.

Yesterday, Ashley Mckenzie of TeamGB competed, and started strongly with a win against Turkey. In the next round he faced Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan, who unfortunately for Ashley took the contest. Smetov is a bit of a club favourite (due to the coaches son choosing him 3 years ago as his favourite, and of course because of our Kazakh member Daulet who recently medalled at the Hampshire Split Grade competition.

Today, Sunday, sees TeamGB represented by Colin Oates who faces France in the opening round. We shall be supporting him as he tries to get a medal.

We will also be supporting Kelmendi of Kosovo in the women’s competition. She is a two time world champion, flag bearer for her team and like Rio as it was where she won her first world title!