DUNDEE Ippon Judo Club returned from the annual Borders Judo Summer School brimming with new grades last week.
After an exhilerating three-day course, a number of promotions were gained, with the pick of the bunch being Carnoustie’s Trevor Jones who gained his black belt. The black belt remains the ‘Holy Grail’ of martial arts and Trevor became the relatively young club’s second home grown dan grade.
He had a total of five fights on the course, losing just the one, to an Edinburgh fighter who also gained his black belt. The award is the result of continual hard work from the club stalwart who rarely missed one of the two sessions a week that the club holds, as well as attending various courses and competitions.
Hard on Trevor’s heels was clubmate David Lloyd. He gained his first kyu brown belt, while a number of the club’s orange belts, Mike McQaid, Matthew McNicol and Jason Baird, all gained third kyu, green belts. David Shindler also graded to fifth kyu, yellow belt.
The club’s youngsters who attended the event were also put through their paces by Judo For All (UK) Technical Director Sampson Sampon, 6th Dan and did not disapppoint.
Cara MacRitchie Poppy Conway, Abi Rodley, Ross Clark, Holly Walton-Jones and Ollie Lloyd all gained new grades, causing a huge sense of pride for coach Dave Hammond. “I was very proud of the way everybody in the club went about the weekend, but I was particularly pleased with the youngsters,” said Dave. “They all gained higher pass marks than I could have hoped for. It was a fantastic weekend for the club.”
The event over, the club returned to their home mats this week and members are already looking forward to their next trip. In September, some will be attending a course in the Newcastle area, while the senior fighters will be gearing themselves up for the JFA National Championships which take place in London on October 7. That particular trip is going ahead thanks to the club’s new sponsorship deal with J&J Training, a local fork lift truck training firm run by club member Jason Baird.