BJA Southern Area - Surrey County

Judo Archived News for 2001

Southern Area Open Mini-Mons & Senior Closed Championships At Crystal Palace

Our Surrey junior and senior judoka won 8 Gold, 6 Silver and 14 Bronze medals at these two Southern Area Championships at Crystal Palace on 25th November 2001.

Southern Area Mini-Mons saw medals for;
White/Red Belt Boys
Robert Fleming (Westcroft JC) u34kg Bronze, Adam Pearman (Sovereign JC) u50kg Bronze.
Yellow Belt Boys
Sam Hughes (Camberley JC) u27kg Bronze, Joseph Booth (Pyrford JC) u38kg Bronze, Matthew Kim (Guildford JC) u42kg Silver, Liam McIntosh & Christopher Wolister (Pyrford JC) u50kg Bronze, Lee Carter (SenShu Ryu) o55kg Silver, Philip Crisp (Westcroft JC) o55kg Bronze.
Orange Belt Boys
Liam Franklin (Camberley JC) u30kg Gold, Nathan McAdam-Freud (Tokei JC) u42kg Gold, Charlie Lucas (Croydon JC) u46 Bronze, Sam Dransfield (Tokei JC) u55kg Silver.
Samantha Kowalczy (Croydon JC) u32kg Bronze, Dayzee Booth (Pyrford JC) u40kg Bronze, Sonya Clarke (Pyrford JC) u48 Bronze, Keleigh Vernon (Tokei JC) o63kg Gold.

Southern Area Senior Championships saw medals for;
Dan Grades Men
Paul Franklin (Camberley JC) u60kg Bronze, Paul Levett (Camberley JC) u66kg Silver, Roch Borg (Croydon JC) u66kg Bronze.
Kyu Grades Men
Craig Finch (Pyrford JC) u60kg Gold, Mark Sadler (Pyrford JC) u66kg Silver, Neil Spencer (Croydon JC) u81kg Gold, Paul Scobie (Sovereign JC) u100kg Gold, Chris Moon (Sovereign JC) o100kg Silver.
Jodie Parsons (Camberley JC) u63kg Gold, Melisa Mead (Croydon JC) u70kg Silver, Rhonda Sturley (Yoshin Ryu) o78kg Gold.

Coaching Report - December 2001

See latest coaching report from the Surrey Coach Stephen Ellis.

Andrew Ede - Swedish Open on the 17th November 2001

Andrew Ede Andrew Ede, Westcroft Judo Club, competed at the Swedish Open on the 17th November 2001 and placed 5th in the under 100kg category.

This tournament was part of his build up to the British Closed Championships - the winner of which is likely to be selected to represent England at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Andrew is the only Surrey registered player currently on the Senior Mens Squad.
He is currently the lead coach at Westcroft Judo Club which recently placed second in the Surrey Millennium League.

Junior Nationals at Crystal Palace

The Southern Area squads won plenty of medals at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Sunday 10/11th November 2001.

The girls results are the following (Surrey girls in bold);
Group A 90/91u44 Lauren Bertram bronze,over 44 Katie Dean bronze
Group B 88/89u36 Chloe Ballard bronze,u40 Lisa Stevens bronze,u48 Stephanie Inkpen bronze,u57 Carly Bertram gold,
over 57 Sarah Commerford gold
Group C 86/87u48 Katie Hill bronze, u57 Katy Delaney bronze, u63 Naomi James gold,Lisa Owens bronze, u70 Gemma Gibbons gold
Group D 84/85u48 Claire Tullett gold, u52 Elizabeth Welsh gold,Sophie Johnstone silver, over 70 Jo Mullen gold ,Sara Newton bronze
Group E 82/83u52 Kathy Ferrari silver, Emily Parke bronze, u57 Alison Wills silver,u63 Dawn Wilkins bronze,
u70 Emma Delaney gold,over 70 Katrina McDonald silver

The boys results are the following (Surrey boys in bold);
Group A 90/91u27 Paul Cataffo bronze, u30 Kieran Hughes bronze, u38 Kieran Church bronze, u42 Nathan Court bronze
Group B 88/89u55 Vince Skillcorn bronze, u60 David Tibble gold
Group C 86/87u38 Craig Tullett gold, u46 Brett Carswell bronze, u50 Jonathan Spencer bronze, u73 Daniel Commerford bronze
Group D 84/85u50 George Ellis gold
Group E 82/83u73 Daniel Smith silver, u81 Ross Farmer bronze.

Check out the Southern Area website for the full girls and boys results.

New Sports Funding Officer for Surrey

Patrick Brosnan has just been appointed as Sports Funding Officer for Surrey County.
This is a new post and part of the role is to provide support and advice to Surrey based organisations seeking funding for sport. Patrick has asked that all clubs are notified of his details and to get in touch if there are any funding issues that wish to be discussed that he may be able to help with.

Patrick Brosnan - Sports Funding Officer,
Surrey County Council, PO Box 5, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EA
Tel: 020 8541 7662

mobile: 07968 832167

Millennium League Final Round - 28th October 2001 - Westcroft Leisure Centre

The Final round of the Millennium League was held at Westcroft on Sunday 28th October 2001. Pyrford JC team romped home winning 1st place and Top Club Trophy, with Westcroft JC 2nd.
See individual results with photos of all medal winners.
Well done Pyrford... again !!
The Pyrford Judo Club winning team

Check out the Pyrford website for the team results.

The October BJA Surrey newsletter is out now !

Copies of the newsletter can be obtained at Surrey judo events, from this website's Newsletters page or from Chris Crook.

Dan Grading on 28th October 2001 - Westcroft

Please note that the Dan Grading has been cancelled due to a lack of numbers entering.
The Grading for 6th mon to 2nd kyu will still take place as planned.

Southern Area Junior Trials - 7th October 2001

Two of the trials competitors in action
In Worthing on Sunday, Surrey had at least 24 players qualify for the Junior Nationals to be held in November at Crystal Palace.
The Surrey players representing the Southern Area and trying to gain places on the National Cadet Squad are;
Emma Robbings, Dayzee Booth, Ashley Finch, Daniel Goddard, Kieran Rice, and George Ellis from Pyrford JC
Liam Franklin, Graham Christie, Matthew Monaghan, Rachel & Stephanie Inkpen, Sarah Commerford, Jodi Parsons, Dawn Wilkins, and Daniel Smith from Camberley JC
Christopher Thorne from Guildford JC
Charlie Lucas, Samantha Kowallzyk, Katrina McDonald, and Roch Borg from Croydon JC
Sam Bransfield from Tokei JC
Kerry Ford from Westcroft
Rhonda Sturley from Yoshin Ryu
Katie Dean from Senshu Ryu
Good luck to all of you at the Nationals.

See results page for 1st/2nd placings for the boys and all placings for the girls.
Boys Group C 1986/87 to be updated shortly.

PAA National Judo Championships - 15th September

Two of the PAA competitors in action
The Police National Judo Championships were held at the Guildford Spectrum on Saturday 15th September.
This competition saw some of the best judoka in the country in action.
There were over one hundred competitors entered for these championships representing over twenty different British Police Forces.
See here the Individual and Team results.

Surrey Blue Belt & Under - September 16th

Please note that the Surrey Blue Belt & Under competition on September 16th has been cancelled.

Charles Palmer OBE, 10th Dan & BJA President - died 17th August 2001

See the Independent Newspaper and BJA website for full obituaries.

Southern Area Referees Workshop 3rd November 2001






10:00 START
16:30 FINISH

Following on from last year's Workshop success, the Southern Area will be
hosting the next Workshop on 3rd November 2001. This is open to all
coaches, referees (National C and below), players and any interested people,
this is your chance to ask questions! Oh by the way, there is NO FEE, but
bring your own food and drink supplies.


Email your details to:

Claire Greenwood
(01322 359019)

Name . Ref Grade


Surrey Coaching Course 14th and 21st October 2001

Stephen Ellis the Surrey County Coach has set up a course for Coaches in October. See the Registration Form for details.

World Championships

Check out the Independent Newspaper website for news on the World Championships at Munich this week.

Mini-Mons Millennium League Results from Westcoft

Check out the Pyrford website for the latest results from the Mini-Mons League held at Westcroft Leisure Centre on 22nd July.
Here is the current League Table .

Coaching Report 14th July 2001

On the 1st July the First Aid part of the coaching course I held in April was success fully completed by 9 of the Judoka,s taking part in the course who didnít have the necessary Certificate , It was an all day course covering all kinds of accidents/ injuries that could accrue on the Judo mat.

On the 8th July I attended the Southern Area Technical day held at the Dartford Judo Club organised by Alan Roberts, It was good to see a lot of (old ) friendly faceís from the area , and well supported by the Area and National officials i.e.: Gordon Mortimer. Graham Turner , Barry James, John Bushnell, Seth Birch, and Lesley-Anne Alexander who very kindly took a Question and Answer session at the end of the day, There was some first class practical sessions taken by Neil Adams on Grip control and by Udo Quallmaltz on Techniques.
Barry James and Roy Court gave a very interesting talk on Special Needs Judo and the part coaches and officials play , and Graham Turner discussed the proposed changes in refereeing rules.
I would like to thank Alan Roberts and with the help of John Bushnell for organising what was a very good day and hopefully will become an annual event.

On the 22nd July Iím of to the World Championships in Munich with a small group of Guildford Judo Club members , we are stopping off on the way in Freiburg Guildfordís partner town to see a few friends and take a practise session , they seem to be very keen on the way we do are training and run our sessions to the extent they are after a full time judo coach from England , when I get back I well circulate the details of the position.

Congratulations Ellen
Ellen Cobb 7th Dan and Senior Coach at Guildford has been given the honour by the Deutcher Judo Bund to attend the World Championships as their V.I.P. guest.

Stephen Ellis - Surrey County Coach.

BJA Southern Area Open

Click below to see the results from the BJA Southern Area Open held on Saturday June 9th at Crystal Palace.
Dan Grade - Kyu Grade - Veterans

BJA Surrey Junior Open

Click below to see the results from the BJA Surrey Junior Open held on Sunday June 10th at Crystal Palce.
Boys Novice to 6th Mon - Girls Novice to 6th Mon
Boys 7th to 12th Mon - Girls 7th to 12th Mon
Boys 13th to 18th Mon - Girls 13th to 18th Mon

Surrey Youth Games

The BAA Gatwick Surrey Youth Games Judo competition was held at the Guildford Spectrum on Saturday 9th June 2001.
The four winning teams are ; Guildford Boys (-11), Woking Girls (-11), Tandridge Boys (-16) & Tandridge Girls (-16).
The presidents cup for most ippon throws was won by Helen Stafford (Guildford) in the girls and Lewis Beever (Guildford) in the boys.
Lewis and Helen with their trophies

A full report of the Games with photos will appear shortly !
Here are the individual medal winners and the full Borough Results.

Seen in the photo below are the winning team captains being presented with their trophies by Alan Rickard
(BJA Surrey County President) and Richard Stokes (BAA Gatwick).

The winning team captains being presented with their trophies

British Junior Open

On Saturday 26th May Daniel Smith had a good day at the under 20's British Open held at Willesden.
Having 5 contests he defeated 3 Brits and a Dutchman before finally losing to another Dutch competitor in the final
giving him the Silver medal.

Graham Hoptroff

Surrey Coaching First Aid Course & a little History!

From Stephen Ellis (26/05/2001)

As promised in my last newsletter, I have organised a First Aid Course for the Judokas that took part in the coaching course held on the 22nd/29th April.
The course is to be held at the Guildford Judo club on the 17 June starting at 10am until 4pm, and is already fully booked. I will be organising another course after the summer holidays for all coaches who have yet to obtain a first aid certificate.
The course fee will be set between £10 and £20 depending on the numbers taking part, which is a lot cheaper then attending an individual course, which can cost £60 to £70.
Iíll also see about organising a Theory Examiners Course again to be held at the Guildford Judo Club after the school holidays. Any one interested in taking part, please contact me by email at or Tel/Fax:01329665142.

For those of you old enough to remember back to the late 60s and early 70s and the beginnings of competitive judo for woman within the B.J.A. [I was very young] and todayís equivalent of National, European and World champions i.e.: Ellen Cobb, Chris Child, Chris Wildman, Heather Ford, Lauren Pearman, est., and the Womanís National Trials being held at Crystal Palace Behind closed doors and drawn curtains in rooms G3 and G5 so that the general public would not be able to see Ladies, sorry Woman, fight. Also male officials where kept to the minimum, although most at the time didnít really want to be seen officiating at womenís events or be involved, with the exception of Gordon Mortimer and Alan Rickard, always great supporters from the beginning. Any way what am I getting to , last week we [ Guildford Judo club ] had a visit from Pinewood Seniors or Bracknell as it use to be known, and Lynn Hiller / Tilley turned up with them, Lynn was British Open Champion and World Middleweight Champion in 1975. Lynn has only just started back after a break of over 20 years and 3 children the oldest being 25 and a 1st Dan, but her Techniques where still there including her Morote seio-nage which was so devastating.
I remember back in the mid 70s being the team captain for Guildford in Itís a Knockout competition held at the Aldershot Football ground, Lynn was co-opted on to the Guildford team as the second Judo representative, Although I think I remember Ellen saying you will enter but always a great sport she did so willingly, and we were the only two members of the Guildford team that didnít lose an event all day.
Lynn is hoping to compete this year at the World Veterans in Nevada U.S.A. with other members of Pinewood Judo club; I wish her and the other members of Pinewood good luck even though itís the Northern Home Counties.

European Championships in Paris 18-20th May 2001

GB Team
Men - J Buchanan u60, D Somerville u66, E Bonti u73, L Preston u81, S Vidler u90
Women - F Robertson u48, G Singleton u52, J Brien u57, K Roberts u63, A Costello u70, M Rodgers u78, S Callendar +78, K Bryant (open)

On Friday Michelle Rodgers added another bronze medal to the one she won at the Championships in 1996. Catrina Rodrigues of Portugal was beaten with a fine shoulder throw, and in the bronze medal fight she beat Anastasia Makrosova of the Ukraine with a strong pick-up counter.
Amanda Costello and Simone Callender were both unluckly not to win bronze.
On Sunday Katrina Bryant managed a bronze medal in the Open.
Georgina Singleton came close to a medal in the bronze medal fight, but lost out to Laetitia Tignola of France.

Southern Area Inter Counties

The results from the competition at Lordswood Leisure Centre in Kent on May 13th were;

Photos/story to follow soon. Here are some of the team members;
Girls team Boys team
Ladies team Mens team

Surrey County Trials Results

Charlotte Brown (Cheam -56kg) about to hold down Molly Crook (Dorking -52kg) for Ippon

Click here for results and photos of the junior and senior medal winners.

Surrey Coaching Report

After the success of the coaching workshop and seminar held at the Guildford Judo Club on the 25th February, I organised a coaching course for preliminary coaches, Club, and Senior.Club Coaches.
The course took place on the 22nd/29th April with 21 judokaís taking part the three levelís of coaching awards where ran simultaneous, even though much of the course was not required for the preliminary coaching award those taking part all felt it was of benefit, and to know what would be required of them to progress to the next step.
With the changes in the coaching requirements for the First aid section the first aid Questionnaire is no longer required to be completed, but all coaches must have a valid first aid certificate, therefore all those taking part in the course who didnít have one will be coming to a full days first aid course which will be held at the Guildford Judo Club in the near future.
I would like to thank Derek and Sarah Hopkins for once again helping with the Kata section, which they also did on the coaching seminar demonstrating Nage-No-Kata and Katame-No-Kata, Also many thanks to Derek Piers Hampshire County Coach who came along to help me with the marking on the 29th April. Well done and congratulations to although who took part in the course it was a lot of hard work in two long and tiring days.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all coaches the importance of making sure your coaching award is up to date and that you have attended the relevant number of re-validation events, this is for your own safety and protection as a coach, if your coaching award has expired and you are still coaching you are not covered by the B.J.A. insurance.
As there seems to be no complete list of coaches within the Surrey area I will be sending all the B.J.A. registered clubs in Surrey a form to complete asking them to list the names of the coaches registered at there club so I can keep you all informed of any courseís being organised and any changes to the coaching syllabus.

I now have an E-mail address so if any one wishes to contact me by E-mail I, am on or Tel/Fax:01329665142

Stephen Ellis

Wilrijk International in Belgium

On Saturday 28th April Isaac Noto represented Great Britain Cadets in the Wilrijk International in Belgium.
After losing his first contest he came back strongly to beat French, British and Belgian competitors to take Bronze in the +71kg group.
Congratulations and we hope this will be the first of many International medals.
Graham Hoptroff

Nintai Judo Club Annual Tournament

On 21st/22nd April a 10 strong Surrey boys team travelled to Raamsdonk (Holland) for an exchange trip with Nintai Judo Club at their annual tournament.

We travelled on Saturday morning by minibus and Eurotunnel, arriving at the Nintai Dojo about 4pm. We were introduced to our host families and spent some time with them before a very light randori session on Saturday evening. The tournament on Sunday was extremely tough and expectations were not too high after the 1 Bronze last year from the boys.

This year however results were better with Daniel Commerford leading the way with a Gold at 66kg, Roch Borg followed with Silver at 60kg and Ashley Finch and Richard Cox took Bronzes in their groups. All the others came close with 4ths going to Nicholas Vantomme, Kieran Rice, Craig Finch and Isaac Noto. Also competing were Sam Hess and Richard McDonald.

After a meal and farewells with the host families we started the journey home and arrived back late evening with everyone tired but happy.
The team from Nintai will be visiting the Surrey Open next year if everything goes to plan. I would also like to thank the Nintai coach, Joris for his hard work in organising our stay.

Graham Hoptroff

BJA British Open Judo Championships 2001

See results from the Championships held in Birmingham, and also the results from the Visually Impaired Championships.

Results from the British Schools National Championships and the London Junior Open

On Saturday April 1st Craig Finch won Bronze at under 60kg in the British Schools National Championships in Birmingham.
On Saturday April 7th Sam Hess won Bronze at under 30kg in the London Junior Open held at Willesden.

Well done to both of you !

Your County Needs You !

Your County Needs You !

The county is always looking for more judo officials. Please send your details into us if you are interested in becoming a judo coach, table official or referee.
BJA Club Coach Awards
On Sunday 1st April Jim Hyde and Ray Blythe both took a BJA Club Coach course and passed with flying colours.
Congratulations to Ray on gaining his coaching award and to Jim for adding the BJA award to his previously earned NVQ coaching award

Results from the Southern Area Open

Andy Grand (yes the secretary) fought at the Southern Area Veterans on 18th March and managed a bronze medal and also 10 points towards his the third dan!
In the Juniors Craig Finch won double Bronze at u60kg taking 3rd place in both the under 16 event and also the under 20 event.
Bronzes also went to Ashley Finch at u38kg and Isaac Noto at +71kg

At the Ipswich Senior Open on the same day, Daniel Smith won Gold at his usual u73kg.

Congratulations also goes to Richard Stothard Surrey Police JC who passed his refereeing exam at the Southern Area Junior/Youth & Vet's Open at Crystal Palace. Richard is now an Area Referee!!!

Well done to you all!

Letter from Rt Hon William Hague MP

I recently received a letter from William Hague MP letter back from William Hague MP (Leader of the Opposition) replying to some judo questions I had put to him.
If anyone else has received letters from famous Judoka that might be of interest to our judo community, that we can publish in our newsletter or web site, then please send them in to me!
Chris Crook

Alan Rickard awarded 6th Dan

Alan Rickard receiving his 6th Dan

Croydon Judo Club coach and International Judo Federation referee, Alan Rickard, has been awarded his 6th Dan by the British Judo Association in recognition of his officiating as a referee at the Paralympics 2000 in Sidney last October. Alan was presented with his red and white belt for his 6th Dan by BJA Director and Chairman on the Southern Area, Mr Barry James, at the coaching seminar held on 25th February in Guildford.
Alan Rickard, who is President of the BJA Surrey County, has also been responsible for ensuring that Croydon Judo Club, which was established in 1951, has thrived to become one of the oldest judo clubs in the country. The Club celebrates its Golden Jubilee Anniversary this year for which a programme of special events, which will include an invitation competition and a dinner/dance function to be held on Saturday 10th November 2001 at the Hilton International, Croydon. Tickets for the dinner/dance will be available shortly Ė anyone interested should contact the Club.
The Club is also preparing a full history and wishes to re-establish contact with any former members of the Club, particularly those who were members from the Clubís inception to the mid 1970ís, to provide accurate information or anecdotes about those years or to provide contact addresses and telephone numbers of former members. Anyone able to assist should contact Sheila Hearsey on 020 8861 6256 or by e-mail to Postal replies should be addressed to the Club at 10 Tavistock Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2AN

Mini Mon Millennium League Reults

Fifteen clubs took part in the recent Millennium League competition held at the Westcroft Leisure Centre on Sunday January 28th.
See the Pyrford Web Site for the full results.


Isaac Noto has been selected to represent Great Britain Cadets in Rotterdam on 20/21 January and also in Groesbeck on 27/28 January.
After Rotterdam he will be entitled to wear his Great Britain Cadet flags.
Good Luck Isaac !

Surrey Judo Team in Wales - U16 Welsh Open (Cardiff) - RESULTS !

On Friday 12th January we took a team of Surrey Boys to Cardiff for the under 16 Welsh open. After weighing in at the sports centre we spent the evening at Cardiff Youth Hostel.
The competition on Saturday was very tough and the boys managed 2 medals. Craig Finch from Pyrford won Silver in the under 55kg group and Daniel Commerford from Camberley took Bronze in his first attempt at 66kg. James Holmes from Pyrford just missed out on a Bronze in his first tournament at 60kg and went away with a very creditable 5th place. The Welsh Open is always a tough event and any placing has to be battled for.

As far as I know the only Surrey girls medal was a Silver from Jodi Parsons of Camberley.
Others taking part were Sam Hess .. Ashley Finch .. Ryan O'Sullivan .. Kieran Rice .. Karl Coppack .. Isaac Noto
Graham Hoptroff

Surrey Judo Team in Wales - U16 Welsh Open (Cardiff)

this is the surrey judo team e-mailing you from wales! We are all going to win and bring back
the gold's!
See you soon,
All the Team.

Millenium League

Dear Judoka
Further to my recent letter I have been asked to clarify a couple of points that have been picked up.
  1. Players must be registered as Surrey players in their licences. They do not have to attend a registered club but the club should be recognised by the county.
  2. The grade eligibility should be Novice to 6th Mon as last year.
I apologise for any problems caused and would advise that any entries received up to Wednesday 24th will be accepted.
Graham Beagley.

The posts of Treasurer and Publicity Officer for the County

After several years serving the County both Denise and Tony Wheeler have
tendered their resignation from the Surrey Committee. Therefore,
nominations are invited for the posts of Treasurer and Publicity Officer
for the County. Please submit any nominations, proposed and seconded, to
the secretary, Andy Grand by 7th February 2001 for election at the AGM.

The Committee thank Den and Tony for all their hard work over the past 5
years and wish them every success with their clubs and future

Andy Grand

The Surrey BJA AGM

The Surrey BJA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 21st February 2001 (19:00hrs) at Croydon Judo Club.
Details to follow soon.

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