Competition Updates

Tokyo Grand Slam- 9th -11th December 2011

To finish off a busy year Karina Bryant embarked on an Asian tour. First stop was Tokyo Japan. After some preparation training and acclimatization Karina competed in the last prestigious Grand Slam event of the year. An important event for her to pick up more World ranking points. She drew a Russian first and started the day with an impressive big counter technique and threw her opponent for maximum points. This brought her into the quarter finals against formidable opponent Mika Sugimoto of Japan. Karina was unable to find a way past Sugimoto, who was the eventual gold medallist, and had to settle for 5th place this time.

Qingdao Grand Prix 16th -18th December 2011

Final stop of the tour was China for the Qingdao Grand Prix. Karina had a busy day ahead of her. First to fall victim to Bryants power was China’s Rui Wang, Karina threw her for ippon with a counter technique. Swiftly followed by Italy’s Lucia Tangorre, also thrown for a full point, this time with an hip throw. Bryant continued her good form in her third bout strangling the Kazakhstan fighter into submission and moving her into the semi final against the world number 2, Qian Qin of China. A very intense fight but not the results Karina was hoping for, finishing the day with a well earnt bronze medal.

World Masters Almaty Kazakhstan- 14th- 15th January 2012

This event is by invite only to the top 16 fighters in each weight in the world. Only two GB fighters qualified for this event, Euan Burton and our CJC fighter Karina Bryant. Again this event would be very important to pick up more World ranking points to ensure more favourable seeding in the future event (including the Olympic Games).
Karina faced Mexican Vanessa Zambotti in her first bout. She won by a powerful uki goshi throw for the maximum score ending the fight in just 1 and a half minutes. Next she faced a rematch with Chinese Qian Qin who she lost to the previous month. A much closer match this time, Karina was only losing by half point but in the last 20 seconds was caught again. Qin went on to win the tournament and Karina finished with 5th place.

Matsura Dutch Open Espoir- 15th January 2012

Steely lone ranger Sarah Hill went it alone in the Dutch Open Espoir tournament. She impressively won 4 fights to get to the final but her winning streak didn’t continue unfortunately. Sarah came away with the silver medal and some more valuable lessons learnt in international fighting.

British Trials- 20th-21st January 2012

In the Junior section we had 3 fighters representing CJC. Making their debut at this event was Stuart Brown and Sarah Hill. Both fighters fought very well but lost their contests, neither looked far off the standard and will be back next year- watch out!
Elite team member Lasha Lekishvilli was competing in the -66kg. At last year’s in lasha won the silver medal hopes were high he could go one better. He certainly didn’t disappoint and won a very impressive 8 fights including beating close rival Danny Lyon to win the Gold medal. British Junior National Champion! Well done.
In the Senior section we had more competitors and were hoping for a few medals. Going through the weights, our lightest representatives was Nathon Burns at -66kg. He despatched of 4 strong fighters and only narrowly lost to Colin Oates a European bronze medallist, finishing the day with a silver medal and ranked GB no2.
-81kg fighter Tom Davis had a tough day and didn’t seem to have lady luck on his side, some unfortunate decisions saw him lose 2 fights and win 3 giving him the bronze medal.
20 year old Josh Butler stepped up to face the top senior fighters in the country at -100kg. He won 3 and lost 3 fights and came away with the Bronze.
Finishing off the day was heavy weight Matthew Clempner in the +100kg category. He had won 5 fights and then faced nemesis Chris Sherrington, Clempner dominated the fight, claimed the Gold medal and title of British Champion.

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New Dojo Wall Padding!

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CJC on the One Show!

Check Sophie Johnstone interview and tour of CJC on the One Show guys, it’s on BBC iplayer…

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Update from beginning of October!!

Wow what a busy month!! I’m sorry for not keeping you as up to date, my training commitments have increased and I couldn’t seem to find the time.

Better late than never though… and there is so much to tell you all.

There is an Olympic test event for Judo at the Excel Centre in December. If you are interested in getting tickets you can email to request them, mention you are from Camberley Judo Club.


Friday 16th December
Children ticket- £2
Adult ticket- £3
6pm- 8pm
8pm-10pm Over 15’s only

Tickets will be on sale very soon. The evening will consist of an awards presentation, nibbles, drinks and music. We will also have a raffle with some fantastic prizes for Pennyhill Park Hotel. Hopefully see you all there!


The Club badges are selling well, if you haven’t got yours yet please purchase one from the bar or reception desk, we would like to see as many kids proudly wearing their CJC badges as possible! Club T-shirts and hoodies are also in their way. Make sure you pre-order so you don’t miss out.


We’ve had very positive feedback with regards to our new more open viewing space into the dojo. The missing three mats finally arrived from Fighting Films, and a big thank you to Peter Preston-Howes for providing and fitting the finishing touch, a lovely piece of wood for the edgeing. We are working on getting new wall padding for inside the dojo and some redecoration to really smarten everything up.

COMPETITION RESULTS (and there are lots of them!)….

GB World Cup- 1st & 2nd October

-66kg Nathon Burns
-73kg Lee Shinkin
-73kg Danny Williams
-81kg Tom Davis
-100kg Josh Butler
+100kg Matthew Clempner

It promised to be a fantastic weekend with so many Camberley fighters selected to fight in the GB world cup. However it was not meant to be and it was extremely disappointing for competitors and spectators to see that none of our 6 fighters progressed out of the first round. Back to the drawing board and a busy month ahead to build on those performances.

Minsk, Belarus Women’s Word Cup- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October

Sophie Johnstone went it alone hunting for that all important World cup medal and points for the Olympic qualifying process. She drew an experienced Finnish fighter 1st and despite a very close match she lost in golden score and was out of the competition.

Baku, Azerbaijan Men’s World Cup- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October

Also on the quest for World cup medals the same weekend but in Azerbaijan was Nathon Burns -66kg, Tom Davis -81kg and +100kg Matthew Clempner. Sadly they didn’t have any success either, not progressing out of the first round. The reality of how intense the Olympic qualifying process is going to be!

Junior National Championships- Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October

Camberley had 3 fighters competing in the Junior British Nationals in Sheffield, the competition was important for selection on to the England squad. Sarah Hill was our sole representative on the 1st day of the tournament. She fought extremely well in the -63kg, winning 2 fights to get to the semi final. She lost in golden score to Lubjana Piovesana the eventual gold medallist but then finished on a win in the bronze medal fight. A good start to the tournament, but unfortunately the lads were unable to continue the medal winning streak.
In -66kg we had Lasha Lekishvili, starting the day off strong he also got to the semi final but lost and dropped in to the repecharge. He wasn’t able to pull a medal out of the bag this time losing for bronze and finishing with a 5th place.
Last but not least was Stuart Brown, still developing into his weight category and age band he put in a solid performance winning two fights and losing two. No medal but plenty of important experience gained.

Belgrade, Serbia European Cup- Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October

Lee Shinkin travelled on his own to Serbia to compete in -73kg, determined to win a European Cup medal to allow him to self fund World cups for Olympic qualifying next year. He started off well, winning his first contest against a Serbian, but unfortunately he then lost to a Swiss fighter seeing him drop in to the repecharge. Still in with a chance of the bronze medal Lee beat a Spanish judoka only to be defeated next fight by a Slovenian. No medal this time but four more important matches under his belt.

Welsh Open- Saturday 29th October

A busy weekend for Camberley Judo Club started with determined little team of CJC warriors arriving at the Welsh Institute of Sport ready for business. Stepping up to a new level of competition was Toby Roberts and Oliver Bergqvist in -42kg and -46kg respectively in age category B. Both young fighters exceeded expectation and Toby came away with a bronze medal and Oliver bagged the Silver. Well done!
In the Cadet section Sarah Hill -63kg was ready for action with her eye on the Gold this time after her bronze in Sheffield. Her determination paid off, 4 Ippon wins including beating Ellen Lewis the National silver medallist, and the elusive gold medal was captured. Following on from this steely performance in the older -18yr olds group was Stuart Brown in -73kg and at -66kg Lasha Lekishvili. Stuart faced tough competition again, he won one fight but lack of experience didn’t allow him to move in to the placings, however again learning invaluable lessons which I’m sure will pay dividends as he develops his into a senior player. Next up was Lasha, he certainly made his mark at the Cardiff venue, confidently dispatching of his 5 opponents to claim the gold medal. An impressive performance, well done.

Southend International- Saturday 29th October

Lone warrior Gary Howe stepped up to represent at Southend International. Unfazed being the only Camberley fighter there he got stuck in and impressively won all 4 of his fights in the -73kg Blue belt and under section. Another Gold in the bank for a successful CJC weekend.

Swedish Open European Cup- Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October

5 of our senior Camberley fighters travelled to Boras, Sweden for the next European Cup event. Nathon Burns -66kg was on a mission, ploughing through his first four fights to get himself in the final against a Russian fighter. An intense fight saw Nathon defeated and having to accept the Silver medal. Probably very disappointing for him but a very respectable result indeed.
We had two CJC players in -73kg, Lee Shinkin and Danny Williams, both vying for a European Cup medal. Lee lost against a Dutch lad and had an early finish to his day. Danny had a more promising start beating a Swiss fighter but then losing to the eventual Gold medallist next round, giving him 7th place.
Next up was Tom Davis in his usual -81kg, his determination and relentlessness got Tom through four fights like Nathon to get himself in the final. Facing a French lad could Tom go one better and bag the gold? Yes he could! A convincing win gave him the title of Swedish Open Champion 2011. Well done.
New to the senior European Cup level tournament was Frazer Chamberlain in -90kg. He put in a solid performance and won his first fight against a Russian, moving him in to a contest against a Swiss. Frazer showed much promise but was overcome by the Swiss fighter who went on to win the tournament.

Redhill Millenium League- Sunday 30th October

Our younger fighters travelled en masse to the age and belt categorised competition to finish of the weekends medal haul, and what a great job they did! Results as follows:
Under 12’s
-24kg- Jack Baxter- Gold
-30kg- Tom Kirk & Nathan Fullard- Bronzes
-34kg-Louie Baylis- 5th
-38kg- Ben Baxter & Ben Harrison – Bronzes
-42kg- Oliver Baldwin- Silver
-50kg- Bodie Blacklock- Gold

-32kg – Phoenix Govey- Gray –Gold

Over 12’s
-55kg- James Preston-Howes- Silver

Malaga, Spain European Cup- Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th Sunday

A very busy few weeks for Lee Shinkin, competing in his fourth tournament in just over a month, showing great dedication he again travelled on his own, this time to Spain. Unfortunately there was no reward for his determination, losing to 2 Spanish fighters on their home soil.

Samoa World Cup- Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th Sunday

Two days and 3 flights got our four CJC warriors to Samoa to compete in the World Cup. All focussed on gathering Olympic qualifying points. Light weight fighter Sophie Johnstone in the -52kg drew an experienced German competitor first. Unable to secure the win she went out of the competition earlier than hoped. Next up was Tom Davis -81kg, confident off the back of his Swedish success he won his first contest against a Canadian. Moving him in to the quarter finals against Sedej of Slovenia. Unfortunately there wasn’t a repeat of the fortnightsuccess, Sedej defeated Tom leaving him with 7th place and some vital world ranking points.
Matthew Clempner was defeated first fight against a Mongolian in +100kg. Leaving Karina Bryant to go for glory for CJC. A very low entry meant after winning her first contest against a Mongolian Karina was in the final against a Turkish competitor. She won the final and got the Gold medal and some very important World ranking points. Good work!


Well done to Tony Baxter who won 40 more points towards his Dan grade giving him a total of 60 points, only another 40 to go!

Stuart Brown- 1st Kyu
Sarah Hill- 1st Kyu
Toby Lord- 11th mon
Lucas Durrant- 11th mon
Oliver Bergqvist- 8th mon
Toby Roberts- 8th mon
Ben Baxter- 7th mon
Oliver Baldwin- 7th mon
Mohamaed Rachid – 4th mon

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Nagekomi session

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More bits of training from last week











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Olympic Fun Day with Kate Howey



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