And a new year begins

September 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat to us at the bunfight on Wednesday.

We will be running a taster session in the Martial Arts Studio (Level 1, SUSU) on Sunday Sept 27 at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come along to chat, have a go, and find out more about the club.

If you can’t make the session, don’t worry, you can come along to the beginners course starting on Thursday Oct 1 at 6pm in the same place. Everyone is welcome to come and try judo with no commitment required.

Experienced players should come on down on Tuesday Sept 29 at 8pm for our main training session.

I look forward to seeing lots of new faces. Once again we have support this year from British Judo’s student discount scheme that gets you all you need to join the association and start judo at a knockdown price

Gary (club coach)

No Sunday training, and Hampshire Closed entries

February 19, 2015

Hi folks,

There will be no Sunday session at the university this week – we will be away at the University Championships in Sheffield.

To save you missing out, why not head down and visit the folk at the Solent Uni club instead:

Finally, if you intend to enter the Hampshire Closed and have not yet got your entries in, make sure you get it sorted ASAP. Entries close on Monday 23 Feb. Details here:


Warwick University Student Tournament 2015

January 24, 2015

Despite having been aware of it for a couple of years, this was the first time we had managed to attend Warwick University’s student judo tournament. With everyone done with exams and BUCS looming in just a month’s time it was well timed to get a feel of what we need to work on and to start the final block of training with a bang.

So a small but keen group of people met on University Road at stupid o’clock on Saturday morning, climbed into a clean car and hit the road. Just over 2 hours later, a filthy car pulled into the car park at Warwick University, defeating the pessimistic forecast time from the sat nav and the need to take a long diversion after some fool closed the A34 near Oxford by parking a lorry in the ditch.

James - first up for SouthamptonAfter a chilled out start to the day, with everyone making an appropriate weight, the ladies kicked events off with some great contests and then James was the first Southampton player in action, fighting in the u90 novice kyu grade category. Despite a few nerves at his first competition in a few years, and losing the first contest to the eventual gold medallist, he kept his composure and pulled off two nice wins with throws and ground work in the following contests to take the silver medal in the category.

After a break while the intermediate team category pools were fought, our team was in action – the 3 Southampton players augmented by the addition of Ellis in the heavyweight slot. Uncertain about the level of the teams in our pool, we got off to a great start with a 3-2 win against Strathclyde – Ben scoring ippon with soto maki-komi to take his first 10 points towards his 1st Dan and Marc flattening his opponent with the first of several big hip throws.

Next up was the Coventry team who along with Nottingham were starting to look like the strongest teams in the pool. A win and a bye put Coventry into the lead but a bye for Callum and another solid performance from Marc evened things up at 2-2.

Marc - Harai goshi for variety

It was all up to Ellis and he put in a spirited performance but was not able to break through the Coventry player’s defence and conceded the contest by 2 waza-ari scores.

The machinations in the pool meant that a win against Nottingham would most likely put us through to the finals. Unfortunately their team was just as strong as Coventry and they took a 3-0 lead with 2 strong throws and a bye. Marc completed a great day with another cracking hip throw, switching to harai goshi for variety and we were done for the day.

We had expected a tough day having arrived with a 3 man team, so all things considered it was a good day out with some nice confidence boosting wins ahead of BUCS. Unfortunately the pattern of byes meant Callum only got a single contest but everyone else was showing improvements since the London University tournament. Now we have 3 weeks hard work to get everyone into the best possible form for BUCS
Silver in u90 kyu grade for James

You can see all the photos here :

London University Open 2014

November 30, 2014

After a year out, we were back at the London University Open on Sunday Nov 23. This year had Marc, Szymon, Will, Ben and Callum taking part. As ever the level of the competition was high and was great experience for everyone in advance of BUCS next term.

Ben and Will got things started in the u60 and u66 categories respectively. Unfortunately despite some spirited fighting Ben was not able to proceed from the pool stage. Will did not have much more luck in his contests despite some strong tomoe-nage attacks.

Marc was in action next at U73, having had his preparation for the competition hampered by an injured hand. A slightly shakey start in his first contest saw him in the repechage stage earlier than planned but he stepped it up in the following contests to show good fitness and tactical awareness. The effort took its toll however and in the fight for a place in the bronze medal match he lost out to a much fresher player to finally finish in 7th place.

Finally Callum and Szymon were up at U81. For Callum it was a new challenge as the grade banding meant he was one of the lowest graded players in the category. There was not a lot of sign of that in his first contest as he showed a great level of fitness to dominate the contest and proceed to the second round. Szymon also fought well to take his place in the second round.


Things got a lot harder in the second round with both facing strong players from Oxford University and being relegated to the repechage. Szymon continued his habit of meeting favourites early by meeting the eventual gold medallist while Callum’s swiss opponent eventually ended up with bronze.

Callum was unable to progress after facing a much more experienced opponent but Szymon got right back in the mix to make his way to fight for a place in the bronze medal contest. After a tough contest he was leading with a few seconds to go but a momentary loss of focus saw him caught for ippon and a final position of 7th.


A long and tough day but a lot of valuable experience for everyone to build on for the competitions coming up in the new year.


Another academic year gets underway

September 22, 2014

Start of another academic year and the club is waking up from a nice relaxing summer to welcome new and old faces onto the mat.

If you are new to Southampton, come on down to the Bunfight on Wednesday 24 September to meet some of the current club members and find out what we are all about. We are also running taster sessions on Sunday 28 September at 4pm or you can just come on down to our first beginners session on October 2 at 8pm and have a go.

We let everyone come along and try a couple of sessions for free so that you can make an informed decision about whether Judo might be the sport for you. You can find lots more information about the club on our website at

Hope to see you soon!


BUCS photos

March 8, 2014

Rather slow turnaround this year, but here are my favourites from the photos taken at BUCS.


BUCS Wrap Up

February 24, 2014

Another good weekend at BUCS. A single bronze medal perhaps doesn’t really feel like a fair reward for the efforts put in over the weekend because everyone put in some great performances but it does underline how the quality of judo at the event is continuing to rise.

The good news is that most of this years players will be with us again next year and those who were making their BUCS debut know what to expect next year and will have a better idea of the level they need to aim for to be able to improve next year.

Well done to everyone that attended for their efforts in their own contests and for supporting your team mates. Apologies for the contests I missed seeing – it seemed they managed to schedule even more of our players in parallel this year than ever!

See you all on the mat soon!