Ippon Judo looks ahead to successful year

AFTER a fantastically successful 2010, Broughty Ferry’s Ippon Judo club is looking to make the 2011 campaign ever bigger and better than before.

The club returns to its mats this week after the festive break and will immediately need to build up stamina and fitness levels ahead of the harsh mid-winter training event in February.

The club’s junior section was opened only 11 months ago, so the arrival of top coach Sampson Sampson on February 18 will be a good way to celebrate the anniversary.

The juniors, along with those from Brechin’s Mudanshakai club, will have the opportunity to impress examiners and gain new grades at what will be only their second grading.

For the seniors the event will also mark a grading opportunity, with area technical officer John Barton, 3rd Dan, attending, but the real challenge is to simply get through the gruelling three-day course.

The club’s senior section notched up a number of promotions in 2010 as well as acquiring a number of new members and club coach Dave Hammond, who was also promoted to 3rd Dan last year, is hoping that 2011 will also see a number of his members gain their first teaching qualifications.

“The club has made great strides in the past year,” said Mr Hammond. “We now have a number of contest-graded people so that the pace of each and every session has increased over the last year.

“We are now earnestly looking for a new crop of beginners as well as pushing on the education and experience of those we already have. Twenty-eleven is going to be a big year for us.”

Whatever your age of fitness level, Ippon are happy to welcome you to their regular training sessions.

The club trains at Forthill Sports Centre on Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. adults; Fridays, 6.15 - 7.30 p.m. children aged 10 upwards; and 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. adults.

For more information contact Dave on 07525 451454 or visit the website: www.dundeejudo.co.uk