Sunday, 18th November 2007

MSMAS Junior becomes ‘National Junior Judo Champion’ at The British Judo Association’s ‘Junior Nationals’

Once again, The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School saw competitive Judo success..


‘National Judo success’ once again at The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School.

The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School saw competitive Judo success, as Junior Judo Player Martyn Woodhead, became ‘National Junior Judo Champion’ at The British Judo Association’s ‘Junior Nationals’ held in Norfolk over the weekend.

As expected, for such a prestigious event, there was a good turnout, with Players travelling from as far afield as Aberdeen in Scotland and Cardiff in Wales as well as all across England.

Martyn, competing against a large group of Players, moved steadily through the qualifying rounds, using a good combination of throwing techniques, some of which finished off with strong groundwork, enabling him to win against each and every one of his opponents with maximum ‘Ippon’ wins.

After a hard fought Semi-Final, Martyn went into the Final against the favourite, a very experienced player from Dartford.

The final was fought tactically, neither fighter wanting to over commit with the risk of losing. Thus, with just 6 seconds to go, Martyn found himself a small penalty score down, but from the restart took his Opponent to the corner area and threw him for a perfect ‘Ippon’ score with 1 second left on the clock, taking the Gold Medal & the National Title in his Category.

Apart from the personal excitement and satisfaction of becoming a National Champion, the result was yet another testament to the ethos and training methods utilized at The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School, plus of course all the hard work put in by Martyn at those Sessions.


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