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Congratulations to Crosby Peake who is currently on holidays in the UK with parents Gary and Kate. Croz took time out to compete in the “Minors and Pre-Cadets British Judo Western Area” event. He won 4 matches, 3 by Ippon and 1 by Waza-Ari to take the gold in his division. A great “international” experience for one of our youngest and brightest (and probably most enthusiastic) Budokani.  Congratulations Croz!!


Nathan competed in the Croatia Grand Prix in Zagreb on 27th July. This was his first European Grand Prix for the year and with 51 in his division, he had a first round bye taking him to the Round of 32 (R32)against the Van Harten (Netherlands) who had beaten Azinovic (Croatia) in the first round. Van Harten is Dutch Champion, European Open (World Cup) and and 5 times European Cup medalist. Nathan was a little slow in the first half defending strong Seoi-Nage attacks and Ne-Waza and at the half way mark conceded Waza-Ari from Seoi-Nage. Nathan started putting on good gripping pressure with NED conceding a Shido. Nathan’s Ashi-Waza created opportunities and with a minute to go, he scored Waza-Ari off Tai-Otoshi.  1 Waza-Ari each and 2 Shidos to NED took them into Golden Score where Nathan continued with good pressure but conceded Shido from a drop Seoi-Nage.  At 1.5 minutes he dropped in a nice left Ippon-Seoi-Nage for Waza-Ari and took the win. The Round of 16 (R16) match was against Shmailov the #4 World ranked Israeli who is multiple Grand Slam, Grand Prix and IJF Masters medalist. This was a tough match and Nathan did well to avoid the strong clamping left grip and used Ashi-Waza and movement well; however, he could not get in a penetrating attack. With 1m 40s to go and 2 Shidos to 1 down, Nathan attacked with Ouchi-Gari but ISR transitioned to Ne-Waza with Sangaku-Gatame for the hold down and then the strangle for the win. A good attempt by Nathan but still demonstrating the work needed to reach the level of a World top #5 opponent. The win against a top #100 athlete and R16 result gave Nathan valuable World Ranking Points taking him into the Top #50 World ranking without the benefit of this year’s Oceania. Great work!!

Youth Olympic Games Training Camp - Saskia Brothers

Off the back of the Oceania Gold medal and the Cadet Asia tour Silver and Bronze medals, the IJF has invited Saskia Brothers (as well as Rhys Allan from Uni of WA) to the IJF Youth Olympic Games Camp in Tunisia. Congratulations Saskia!! The camp is from the 19th to 25th August in Tunisia and is a fantastic opportunity to train with many high level athletes as part of the preparation for the Youth Olympic Games (YOGs) to be held in Argentina in October. The camp goes over 5 days and includes 8 training sessions and 2 cultural tours.  Guest instructors will be:Mark Huizinga - 2000 Olympic Champion, ’96 and ’04 Olympic Bronze, World medallist and 5 x European Champion; and Ilias Iliadis – 2004 Olympic Champion and 3 x World Champion (2010, ’11 and ‘14)Selections for YOGs will be released soon – fingers crossed for Saskia. Budokan is fortunate to have had representation at the YOGs previously. In 2014 Naomi de Bruine participated in the pre-YOGs camp in Switzerland and then in the YOGs competition in China where Kerrye was National Coach for both events.


On Thursday 12th July 2018 Budokan Judo Club held its 13th post-Nationals presentation in which we acknowledged the efforts of all Budokan athletes who qualified for the NSW State team to the Nationals and also made presentations to all Gold medal winners. This year, we welcomed 3 special guests: Dr Michelle Byrne - Hills Shire Mayor, The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell and Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, and the President of Judo NSW, Mr Nic Lowe.  This year’s Nationals saw some milestones reached from Budokan’s participation in the past 17 National Championships; namely, that our athletes have:  entered 524 divisions, won the club’s 300th National medal; and broken through the 100 mark with 107 Gold medals won. In the 2018 Nationals, 27 Budokan athletes competed in 34 contest divisions. They won 20 medals: 8 x Gold, 3 x Silver, and 9 x Bronze. Our 4 Kata participants won another 6 medals taking our total to 26 medals: 10 x Gold, 4 x Silver, and 12 x Bronze medals. A number of our athletes could not participate in this year’s Nationals due to injury or illness. We believe that these athletes would have added at least 10 medals to our total tally and also increased the Gold medal count by 5 to 7. Although the number of divisions entered by our athletes (excluding Kyu Grades, Special Needs and Kata) was down 35% on last year, we still made up just under 20% of the entire NSW State Squad, and contributed 25% of NSW’s Gold medals and 20% of NSW’s total medal tally.    Congratulations to these athletes and to all those Budokanis who stepped up to the challenge by representing NSW and Budokan Judo Club at the 2018 Nationals. Individual results are attached.

Cadet and Junior Asian Cups – Macau

After completing a camp in Macau, Saskia and Zach competed in Macau in Cadets. Zach’s first match in was against Hong Kong which he won by Ippon. He won his second match by Ippon with a strangle and lost the Semi-Final to India. His Bronze match went 1m 30s into Golden Score against UAE at which time he was thrown with Uchi-Mata. A good effort for 5th place. Saskia’s first match was against Maria Swan (WA) who had beaten TPE. She won this match in Golden Score countering a Sasae for Waza-Ari. In a small division, this took Saskia to the final against Korea. She was caught early for Waza-Ari and then played using strong gripping but pushed forward a bit too much and was rolled with drop Seoi-Nage, taking the Silver medal. Saskia hurt her thumb in Cadets preventing her from competing in Junior Women.  This is great exposure to international competition for our young and talented Budokanis having 17 matches between them over 2 weekends! Well done!