Events this week

Hi Everyone!

This week we have two things on the calendar.

On Tuesday we have our Randori night (8pm – 10pm); the goal this week is for everyone to bring someone else along; so don’t let the side down and bring a friend!

On Friday we shall be heading up to Camberley Judo Club. Those of you unfamiliar with Camberley Judo Club it is the home of some of the finest Judoka in the country. It is a fulltime training facility where Olympic level athletes live and train; including Olympic Bronze medalist Karina Bryant.

Please RSVP on our facbook event if you are planning on coming along (drivers and people with cars would be appreciated to help get as many people as possible north).

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Vacancy: Coaches (voluntary).

Southampton City Judo Club (and Team Solent Judo) is expanding in 2014 and into 2015. To enable this to happen we need to identify excellent coaches to continue to develop the players and the club into a club that caters to it’s members and to the goals we have to produce life-long Judoka, athletes and high level competitors.

We have terrific support from the Team Solent sport department and aim to use this to grow the clubs programme to be in the same level of presence as the Team Solent Basketball, Rugby, Football and Wheelchair Rugby teams.

As a coach at the club you will have the opportunity to implement your ideas and grow as a coach in a Judo sports club. You will be supported by the club and the head coach Lance Wicks (EJU Level 5 coach, member of the EJU Judo Knowledge coach education commission, member of the EJU and IJF IT Teams ).

Currently the role is voluntary, with a aim to source funding for paying of more coaches as and when possible. Coaches of all levels are welcome, be it novice coaches looking for a start or experienced coaches looking for a new challenge or to contribute to a young club.

The club is young (4 years old), but has already produced a BUCS champion (from complete beginner), numerous medals in university and BJA events. We have also been pioneers is organising and hosting events including Kata, Refereeing, Team competitions, single weight category competitions, Women only open competitions, county training sessions and open mat training sessions.

Regular club sessions are currently Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. This expands closer to our primary event (BUCS National Championships in February) and we hope to expand to include childrens classes as part of a outreach programme if suitable coaching resource and arrangements can be made.

Please consider getting involved with this innovative club that wants to grow and evolve into something bigger and better.

Contact Lance Wicks via email lw@judocoach.com to express interest and to ask any questions.

Preparing for the competition season.

lance-taioIt has been terrific to see some new faces attending recently and getting into Judo!

The competition season starts soon, we have the London Universities Competition next month (with novice categories).

We will also be visiting our friends at Winchester University to train together and have a friendly match.

Also we have some VIP guests planned to attend the club before the end of the year. This includes coaches and players from far afield.

A trip up to the Friday night session at Camberley Judo Club in in the pipeline as is a trip to London to visit and have a match against the famous Budokwai Judo Club.

With all this in mind it is important that everyone attends regularly and helps to keep increasing the attendance week on week. We need to select a novice and experienced team and train hard for upcoming events! Additional training sessions will be arranged, but the old rule of “you have to attend, to be in” applies.

 

Welcome new comers!

September/October is when our club experiences it’s biggest growth in numbers. This is due to the new students Joining the university that we are partnered with and discovering us via the freshers fair.

So, welcome new people trying Judo for the first time! If you have never seen it before, check out this great video about Judo by a TV crew who had never done Judo before; but by the time they had finished talking to us they came on and gave it a go!

Judo is an amazing workout, so if you are coming down bring a water bottle (there is a water fountain at St Marys so you can refill it. We encourage you to take it at your own pace and please do as much as you can, but don’t do too much.

We are fortunate to have a supply of Judo jackets you can borrow. They get laundered after every session; so just put throw some tracksuit  trousers and some flip flops in your bag and come down and visit us.

Due to the partnership with Southampton Solent University we are able to keep prices down so it’s just three pounds at reception when you get here. Bring a towel as there are showers and changing rooms.

We encourage you to bring a friend or two down as Judo is more fun with more people!

If you have any questions, just leave a comment or email Lance ( lw@judocoach.com ).

Getting ready for the busy time!

20131030-073728.jpgSeptember/October is our busiest time of the year; it’s when all the new students start at the University and Freshers fair brings in lots of new blood. This year I’m hoping for our biggest recruitment drive ever; so I’m calling on all out members (past and present) to step up and help us bring new people into our great little Judo club.

This week is our first week back with our regular Tuesday and Sunday sessions. So now is the time to dust of your judogi and get back on the mat. Time to make a commitment to attend regularly and get that next belt or medal.

My hope this year is that we can pull in a larger group, so anyone with idea on promotion please let me know. I’m open to suggestions and if you have an idea you would like to try I am more than likely to say go for it!

Once we have got past freshers at the end of the month and have got the new faces settled in we shall sit down together and decide what events we want to attend (the first comp in at the start of October) and what other activities to do.

We will also be choosing some club “officers” to take responsibility for driving us forward. Specifically, taking on some of the paperwork and planning for the club. We will also be trying to get involvement from the wider university community. So for example, we want to find peole with interests in strength and conditioning, videography, design etc to help us with getting stronger, making videos and designing logos, t-shirts etc.

As usual we welcome non-students, so everyone can attend and be involved.

Lance

Summer break, freshers and County Training

Dear all,
we are now closed until Sunday 31 August 2014.

We are taking a break over the summer so you can all enjoy a break, recover and because I (Lance) will be away to attend the World Championships; which you can watch for free online at ippon.tv when the event starts at the end of the month. There are 4 British players competing and all the big names we talk about each week will be there.

Come 31st August, Danny Murphy will be back and leading a County Wide Randori session. This is an open mat training session where everyone and anyone from inside or outside of Hampshire is invited to come and train. We hosted the August one at the start of the month and it is a brilliant opportunity to train with Danny and to meet other Judoka from other clubs.

As I am away in Russia, it would be great if some people could volunteer to attend both the Junior session (3pm) and the senior session and help Danny make visitors feel welcome, mats get laid, any issues dealt with, etc.

From the 31st we will be back to our normal session times and our focus will be on getting ready for Freshers Fair at the uni. We want to push hard for recruits! Then we will be training, competing and training and competing. The Hampshire Team Championships will I hope be going ahead and the London Universities will be upon us.

I’d like to put a competition schedule together and build a strong team; so I will be recruiting players and recruiting “support staff”. This will be our fourth year and we need to do even better than last year where we gained our first national champion!

As ever, our sessions are open to everyone. We welcome visitors and guest instructors; so please help spread the word. Any ideas on promotion, please let me know.

Lance

Schedule

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We have now resolved this issues around our training sessions and can confirm that we have our regular session times booked into the computer.

Tuesday 8pm & Sunday 4pm
At St Marys Leisure Centre.

Sunday is the more technical and is a skills based session and Tuesday is more open and Randori based session.

As ever, we have a real mix of abilities and experience levels. Lots of adult beginners and adult returners along with our university students.

We will be setting our competition schedule for the next 12-18 months soon. Depending heavily on what the county association sets in the calendar.
Hope to see you all on the mat soon.