This weekend was once again the British University and Colleges championships and another very successful weekend for Anglia Ruskin University. The competition is fought over two days with individual championships fought on the Saturday and the Team Championships on the Sunday.
We had a strong squad of player this year with 13 players fighting. We also had a mix of kyu grades (coloured belts) and dan grades (black belts). For the first time this year we also had female fighters. We had a very successful day with three golds, and two bronze in the dan grades and two 5ths in the kyu grades. In total we had 58 fights in the individual competition with 40 wins, 37 of which were ippon! The medallists were -
Mike Stewart u66 dan grade GOLD
Adrian Markov u81 dan grade GOLD
Andre Cojuhari +100 dan grade GOLD
Johnathon Morris u81 dan grade BRONZE (only lost to Adrian)
Janaina Magalhaes u63 dan grade BRONZE
Brian Koehn u73 kyu grade 5th
Ishmael Tappaev u73 kyu grade 5th
I think in someways we were unlucky to have all three of our u81 dan grade men to end up on the same side of the draw, if not we could have maybe got gold, silver and bronze in that weight group. This is also our first female medal ever.
The team event on the Sunday say 16 universities in the mens section. The Anglia Ruskin team was aching from having so many fights on day one (25 fights between the 5 of them) and we lost our heavy weight forcing us to put in a reserve. We also withdrew our women’s team. The team was still strong:
u66 Mike Stewart
u73-90 Glenn MIller
u73-90 Adrian Markov
u73-90 Johhny Morris
+90 Josh Plant
We fought Aberdeen, Nottingham, Birmingham, Imperial, and Herriot Watt on our way to face Oxford in the final. The scores were:
Anglia Ruskin 5 Aberdeen 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Nottingham 1
Anglia Ruskin 5 Birmingham 0
Anglia Ruskin 5 Imperial 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Herriot Watt 1
Anglia Ruskin 3 Oxford 1 (there was one draw)
Overall on day two the team had 29 fights and 26 wins, 21 of these were ippon.
In total over the weekend Anglia Ruskin’s 13 players had 87 fights with 66 wins. Of these 66 wins 58 were ippon. For the second year running we have run the mens team championships, this year we also topped the medal table for the individual event and we won our first women’s medal.
Our university team can only win because of the great support we have had, in particular we would like to thank the following:
Fighting Films for providing the judo kits
Unisport UK for providing the stash
Susie Chesher for booking the accommodation
The students union who provided transport and entry
Most of all we would like to thank Dr Sheila Pankhurst – Head of Department of Life Sciences for support and funding of the entire judo project.
Some photos and videos will follow soon