COACHING staff from Seghill and Battlehill judo clubs were tutored and examined by Dermot Heslop 6th Dan, British Judo Association (BJA) Technical Officer, who travelled up from York.
Both clubs have been affiliated to the BJA within the last 12 months, while all coaching staff have completed coaching qualifications and this event was to acknowledge their Judo grades by the national governing body.
The assessment covered an extensive set of Judo techniques covering the full grading syllabus consisting of 122 techniques, the Nage, Kateme and Gonosen Kata forms consisting of 42 techniques, followed by 25 techniques from the Kokusai Shiai Waza, Innovative International Competition Techniques, which completed the assessment of 199 Judo techniques.
The coaches involved were:
Battlehill Judo Club – Malcolm Young 4th Dan, Steve Smith 1st Dan, Damien Anderson 1st Dan, Kris Anderson 1st Dan, Billy Snowdon 1st Dan, Thomas Dugdale 1st Kyu.
Seghill Judo Club – Kevin Corden 2nd Dan and Robert Stuart 1st Kyu.
Both Thomas and Robert have completed their technical Dan grade requirements and will be required to undertake a competitive grading to complete their Black Belt assessments.
Battlehill and Seghill Judo Clubs are the only British Judo affiliated clubs in the Wallsend and Cramlington areas and train on Monday, Wednesday and Sundays.
For more information contact Kevin on 07725 897061 or Malcolm on 07803 745184 or visit www.bhjudo.com