NINE members of Newbiggin’s Butokokan Judo travelled to Gainsborough for an age band competition.
Although Emma Naisbitt (girls’ under-12), Adam Douglass and Ewan Spratt (boys’ under-12) and Cameron Chisholme, Ryan Irving and Lewis Milburn (boys’ under-10) were unsuccessful in reaching the trophies table, they fought hard against bigger and higher graded oppenents in their groups.
Alex Brown (girls’ under-10) achieved third place, yellow belt Molly Common, in her first competition, was second in the girls’ under-14 and third place in the girls’ under-16, only being beaten by two junior brown belts, and Jack Murphy (boys’ under-8) achieved his second first in one month.
Butokokan Judo is a family club run by Michael Douglass, 4th dan (black belt and ex-competitor), and his two sons Glen and Andrew, both 1st dans, who are bzimas national champions.
They train at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre on Saturdays from noon to 1.30pm, where new students are always welcome.