London University Open 2012

November 27, 2012

This weekend was the 2012 edition of the London University Open – the third one that we have attended. For a change it had moved from the fairly convenient Uxbridge location to the University of East London’s sports centre in Docklands. That meant a pretty antisocial start time but after a dawn tour of central London Christmas lights, we arrived at just after 8am, in need of coffee.

We had five people entered (Charlotte, Dan, Josh, Szymon and Riccardo), and girls were up first so Charlotte was the first person on the mat.

With entries split by weight, grade, and age, some categories were small and Charlotte ended up lined up with a best of 3 situation with one other u70kg green belt. The first fight was unfortunately lost after a strong start when a tani-otoshi attempt was countered; we had a good plan to even things up in fight 2 but a bad landing led to Charlotte re-injuring her left shoulder and a painful end to the day for her but with a nice silver medal for her trouble

Charlotte picking up silver

Next up Dan and Josh were on adjacent mats in the u73 and u81 3rd/2nd kyu category.

Josh had a pool of 4 players and started his first fight strongly with some good attacks, unfortunately the fight went on a touch too long, fitness was the decider and and Josh was caught for ippon with 15 seconds to go. With other fights coming fast there was little chance to recover and despite best efforts, no medal this time.

Uchi mata attempt from Josh

In Dan’s category there were 2 pools of 3 and keen to guarantee a medal Dan went out in determined mood. The first contest went almost immediately to the ground and an ippon hold. The second contest was over even quicker with a nice uchi mata for ippon.

Uchi mata from Dan

With the pool dealt with the next contest was the semi final. This was a tougher affair with players very evenly matched. After good attacking judo from both sides the contest went all the way through golden score to hantei. Unfortunately, a good sode tsuri komi goshi attempt that would have scored a clear koka in old money was enough for Dan’s opponent to take the decision and go through to the final but the bronze medal was well deserved.

Final act for us was the u81 dan grade category with Szymon and Riccardo taking part. A look around as the players gathered made it obvious it was going to be a tough proposition with many players sporting patches from international competitions and GB/england squad badges.

Riccardo was first up and put on a positive display which saw him start to edge out an advantage as his opponent was penalised for passivity. Unfortunately a moment’s lapse in concentration saw him caught with ippon seoi nage for ippon.

Szymon’s first contest was with one of those GB squad players. It was a hard fought battle but ultimately Szymon was out powered and dropped to the repechage knock out with Riccardo. His opponent moving on to ultimately take silver.


In the repechage the tough draw continued and there was no joy there either. Szymon’s luck was to move from an eventual finalist to then tackle an eventual bronze medallist!

While we have returned with more medals from this tournament before, the main aim was to get out and see where we need to do work before BUCS and everyone fought with great spirit and desire. Stand out performance of the day was Dan’s bronze medal which came from some very well executed contests.

Bronze for Dan


Sunday training – back to normal

November 16, 2012

After a couple of weeks hiatus due to other events taking place, Sunday training is back to normal this Sunday. Usual place, 5pm-7pm.

See you there!

No Session this Sunday (11 Nov)

November 9, 2012

Just a reminder – no Sunday session this week as a bunch of us will be in Chichester for the Southern Universities Training day.

Back to normal next weekend. If you aren’t coming to Chichester and want to get some training in, why not pop along to see the guys at Solent Uni. Their session at St Mary’s Leisure Centre is at 530pm

Hampshire Team League Round 2

November 4, 2012

Today was the second round of the Hampshire Team League, at Solent University’s sports centre in St Marys. It was nice to see one more team than last time and with most teams fielding a full 5 players the whole event felt like a positive step forward from the first round.

Four teams lined up, ourselves plus Fleming Park, Holbrook and Southampton City/Solent University. The event was fought in a round robin style so every team had 3 contests.

Southampton City and Fleming Park got things started with the win going to Fleming Park, then it was Southampton Uni and Holbrook. Ricardo, Szymon and Josh got things off to a flying start with ippon wins through a nice mix of throws and groundwork. After a debate about matching player sizes, Will got underway and deployed his favoured mix of sacrifice throws and groundwork to win with a submission. Final tally 4-1 to Southampton Uni.


Our next contest was another run of the local derby against the Southampton City/Solent Uni club. This time we seemed to be offering a submission masterclass with 3 contests ended with strangles and again a final score of 4-1 in our favour.

Our final contest was against Fleming Park and at this point we each had 2 wins apiece, making this effectively the final. It was always going to be the toughest match of the day for us and after Szymon put on another nice groundwork display to put us in the lead, Riccardo and Josh got caught out and both lost by ippon. Will was able to level things up with another groundwork win which put us at 2-2 and Charlotte in the hot seat. Her opponent had been looking dangerous with submissions by armlock in all previous contests, but after settling into the contest Charlotte scored 2 yukos and then finished up with a great ippon from Tani-otoshi in the last 30 seconds.


A good day of friendly competition with everyone scoring wins by ippon and we came out on top with 3 wins to Fleming Park’s 2.

Some pictures here :

The next round is December 2 – can we field 2 teams next time?

Sunday Training – Nov 4

November 1, 2012

A reminder – no training session this sunday (Nov 4) as we are off to the 2nd round of the Hampshire Team Competition.

Currently I have enough confirmed names (Will, Josh, Szymon, Riccardo) for one team. It would be good to get a few more people along so if you want to take part, let me know! In particular we could use a lady for the team(s), don’t make me buy a wig!

If you don’t fancy taking part, come on down anyway and make some noise to support the team and we can all go for a drink afterwards. The competition is from 3pm-6pm at St Marys Leisure Centre, St Mary’s Road, SO14 0BL