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While we aren't able to get together, we thought we'd share some of the activities you can join in from home. Please have a look at what some of our members have been up to.....


BJC Virtual Cromer Course
We're Sorry you can't travel to the BJC National Cromer Course this year.
But dont worry, we're bringing the course to you.
Fun starts this Sunday 24th May.
Register by emailing:

Facebook Online Classes:

Leon Caddy from Bridgend Judokwai

Mark Avison from Ollerton Judo Club

Craig Robbins from the Leicester Judo Academy

Northumberland BJC Area Page have a lot to keep us busy


Barnstaple Judo Club have been setting weekly activities:

Mercia Judokwai have set challenges to try:

Barnett have been busy with online sessions and activities:

YouTube Resources:

Leicester Judo Academy Channel

East Hartford and Fordley Judo Club

Barnet Judo Club

Posted: 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Office Closure

Our head office is now closed until further notice. During this time support is still available via email. We hope all our members stay safe and well.


The BJC is complying with government guidelines with regards to Judo activities and expects all areas and clubs to do the same.

Posted: 18 April 2020
Community Emergency Fund from Sport England

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis:

Posted: 26 March 2020
Working Translation of Jigoro Kano: Part One

Recommended by Jane Bridge, EJU Vice President:

Posted: 17 March 2020

Update to BJC members re: Coronavirus (‘Covid-19’)

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 16th March 2020, we invite all clubs and Judoka to familiarise themselves with the current advice, and act accordingly. It is not for the BJC to tell you what to do although many of our clubs have already decided to close.

The BJC has at its heart the idea that Judo is wider than just a sport, it is also about social responsibility.

Posted: 10 March 2020

British Judo Council 2019 Award Winners

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Award Winners

Posted: 11 February 2020

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Eulogy to Barry Arnold (from Sensei Mealing - BJC Vice-President)

Posted: 20 December 2019

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Bethany O’Connor - 1st Dan
Sophie Burton - 1st Dan
Jonah Alfert - 1st Dan
Ryan Hill - 1st Dan
James Jackson - 1st Dan
Christopher Dixon - 1st Dan
Paddy Lish - 2nd Dan
James Robinson - 2nd Dan
Kevin Sargent - 3rd Dan
John Henderson - 3rd Dan
John Addison - 3rd Dan
Joanne Merredew - 3rd Dan
David Sherwood - 3rd Dan
Steve Tongue - 4th Dan
Mark Avison - 4th Dan
Kevin Crowley - 5th Dan
Laurie Dalton - 6th Dan
Peter Baldwin - 6th Dan

Posted: 9 December 2019

BJC head office is closed for the Christmas season from 23rd December and will re-open on the 6th January.

If you wish to purchase or renew a licence during this time, please see our online membership options. Please email any queries to

Posted: 19 November 2019

BJC Closed Nationals & National Kata Tournament Results 2019 (16/17th November 2019)


Posted: 2 October 2019

Tribute to Kisaburo Watanabe (1936-2019) from Brian N Watson

Sadly, British Judo has lost its staunchest friend. Mr. Watanabe passed away on September 25th. Read more...

Posted: 9 July 2019

BJC Open National Results 2019 (5th May 2019)


Posted: 22 May 2019

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Jago Ford - 1st Dan
Tyrstan Boyns - 1st Dan
Lee Lee - 1st Dan
Andrew Taylor - 1st Dan
Phil Punton - 1st Dan
Mark Dawes - 2nd Dan
Charlotte Gamble - 5th Dan
John Smith - 5th Dan
Heather Farr - 6th Dan
Dave Nicholls - 6th Dan

Posted: 2 April 2019

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Dominic Dromey - 1st Dan
Marcus King - 1st Dan
Troy Morgan - 1st Dan
Cezary Sikorski - 1st Dan

Posted: 18 March 2019

British Judo Council 2018 Award Winners

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Award Winners

Gallery Photos

Posted: 27 February 2019

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Michael Collins - 1st Dan
Stephen Miles - 1st Dan
Grant Padbury - 1st Dan
Simon Tregidgo - 1st Dan
Leigh Hitchen - 2nd Dan
Angeline Huller - 2nd Dan
Paula Oram - 2nd Dan
David Robinson - 2nd Dan
Julian Marter - 3rd Dan
Phillip Billing - 4th Dan
Debra Small - 4th Dan

Posted: 17 January 2019

The BJA will be holding the Judo Commonwealth Games which will run from the 24th to the 29th September 2019

So It is with disappointment that we have had to postpone the Kettering Charity International that we were holding this year on 28th-29th September.

A new date for this event will be announced soon.

Posted: 17 December 2018

BJC head office will be closed from 3pm on 19th December and will reopen on the 7th January.

On behalf of Karen and Myself can I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Posted: 29 November 2018

BJC Closed National Results 2018 (18th November 2018)


Posted: 22 November 2018

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Robert Anton - 1st Dan
Colin Lydon - 2nd Dan
Richard Williams - 3rd Dan
Adam Stanley - 3rd Dan
Helen Byard - 3rd Dan
Adrian Morgan - 3rd Dan
Andrew Warman - 3rd Dan

Posted: 09 November 2018

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Rudy Laruta - 1st Dan
Luke Mannion - 1st Dan
Stephen Mills - 2nd Dan
Mark Proctor - 2nd Dan
Colin Galliers - 3rd Dan
Andrew Paveley - 3rd Dan
Bryan Wilson - 3rd Dan
Barry Sliney - 3rd Dan
Ian Gilbert - 3rd Dan
Ian Wasey - 3rd Dan

Posted: 21 August 2018

Due to lack of funding opportunity, both from corporate sources and charitable funding streams, it is with regret that I have to announce that the BJC British Judo Foundation will cease to operate from the end of November 2018.

There will be a final round of grants with a closing date of the end of September. The BJC Foundation will have a final meeting on Wednesday 17th October to finalise the grant requests.

Please contact Annette Shaw at Head Office for an application form.

Posted: 26 June 2018

Congratulations to the following who received Dan grade promotions:

Paddy Lish - 1st Dan
Victoria Cleevely - 2nd Dan
Ian Vale - 2nd Dan
Leigh Spinks - 3rd Dan
Robert Proud - 3rd Dan
Steven Dalgleish - 3rd Dan
Craig Robbins - 4th Dan

Posted: 25 May 2018

BJC Open National Results 2018 (29th April 2018)


Posted: 01 May 2018

Congratulations to the following who received dan grade promotions:

Luke Smith - 1st Dan
Elaine Sutcliffe - 1st Dan
Kennie Mackender - 1st Dan
Matej Balaz - 1st Dan
Mahana Mansfield - 2nd Dan
Darren Collick - 2nd Dan
Michael Devaney - 2nd Dan
Harry Stone - 2nd Dan
Darren Rolph - 3rd Dan
Yvette Fox - 3rd Dan
June Massmann - 4th Dan
Sean Gray - 4th Dan
Janet Williams - 4th Dan
Les Eacock - 6th Dan
Andrew Marshall - 6th Dan
Rhys Hudson - 6th Dan
Andrew Cooper - 6th Dan
Christopher Hobbs - 6th Dan

Posted: 27 March 2018

British Judo Council 2017 Award Winners

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Award Winners

Gallery Photos

Posted: 13 December 2017

BJC head office will be closed from the 22nd December and will reopen on the 3rd January 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Posted: 13 December 2017

Congratulations to the following who received dan grade promotions:

Norbert Schwarcz - 1st Dan
Leigh Pateman - 1st Dan
Mark Thompson - 2nd Dan
Thomas Humphrey - 3rd Dan
Gary Heaton - 4th Dan

Posted: 10 December 2017

BJC Closed National Results 2017 (19th November 2017)


Posted: 07 November 2017

Congratulations to the following who received dan grade promotions:

Paul O’Rourke - 3rd Dan
Dave Atherton - 2nd Dan
Nathan O’Sullivan - 1st Dan
Lucas Pimm - 1st Dan
Michael Langton - 1st Dan
Liam Wolley - 1st Dan
John Burke - 1st Dan
George Day - 1st Dan
Richard Rogers - 1st Dan
Carl Padfield - 1st Dan

Posted: 04 October 2017

Word Reader® Required Eulogy to Tony Grigg (from Sensei Otani - BJC President)

Posted: 16 September 2017

Thank you to everyone for all your support and kind words over the last few days.

Tony's funeral will be held at 3:30pm on Friday 29th September 2017 at Westerleigh Crematorium (see below for full address). It was Tony's wish to only receive flowers from close family. For everyone else, he wanted the money that would have been spent on flowers to be donated to St Peter's Hospice in Bristol, who have been so helpful and supportive for the entirety of his battle. We have set up a just giving page for this:

Alternatively, cheques made payable to St Peter's Hospice can be sent to the Downend branch of Co-op Funeral Care for the attention of Rachael Beadle (see address below). There will also be collection boxes at the crematorium. After the service, there will be a wake held at The Major's Retreat, Tormarton. All are welcome to attend and it will start from around 5.30pm.

Once again thank you to everyone for your support during this difficult time.

Westerleigh Crematorium Westerleigh Road Westerleigh Bristol BS37 8QP

Coop Funeral Care 1 Cleeve wood Road, Downend, Gloucestershire, BS16 2SF

The Major's Retreat HIgh Street Tormarton South Gloucestershire GL9 1HZ

Dr Penny Grigg PhD

Posted: 08 September 2017

Congratulations to the following who received dan grade promotions:

Don Ellis - 6th Dan
Christopher Neate - 5th Dan
Ron Knapper - 5th Dan
Keith Henson - 5th Dan
R J Twitchen - 4th Dan
Miles Johnson - 4TH Dan
Lukash Klimek - 3rd Dan
Thomas Lish - 2nd Dan
R P Camp - 2nd Dan
Zoltan Borzak - 2nd Dan
Tracy Shaw - 2nd Dan
Barnaby Taylor - 2nd Dan
Khalid Sheikh - 2nd Dan
Fiona Hildred - 1st Dan
Adrian Leibert - 1st Dan
Jack Revely - 1st Dan
Sam Hill - 1st Dan
Francis Sanderson - 1st Dan
Luis Sanders - 1st Dan
Gillian Elliott - 1st Dan

Posted: 10 July 2017

On behalf of myself & the family thank you all for your kindness to the family & me on the death of Eddie. People have been so supportive sending flowers, cards and donations for the Newcastle RVI ward 36, who 14 years ago saved Eddie's life. We have sent a £525 cheque today to the ward. There are so many people to thank that it's impossible for me to get around to saying thank you to you all. The turnout at his funeral was amazing and everyone has being saying the same thing, Eddie was a gentleman who would help anyone special in Judo, which was his passion.

Joyce Kenny

Posted: 29 June 2017

Congratulations to the following who received dan grade promotions:

Paul Laskey - 7th Dan
Beryl Cooke - 7th Dan
Jacky Gray - 7th Dan
Simon Mazzullo - 7th Dan
Richard Raymond - 7th Dan
John Simmons - 6th Dan
Ann Scott - 6th Dan
Danny Anderson - 5th Dan
Neil Corin - 5th Dan
Daniel Harrison - 5th Dan
William D Kent - 5th Dan
Mark Abberton - 4th Dan
Michael Bourke - 4th Dan
Ian Butterworth - 4th Dan
Richard Pincombe - 4th Dan
Robert Piper - 4th Dan
Nigel D Pope - 4th Dan
David Rand - 4th Dan
Richard Laird - 3rd Dan
Riki Urquhart - 3rd Dan
William Lavender - 2nd Dan
Ian Newbury - 2nd Dan
Gemma Paveley-Burns - 2nd Dan
Emma Stevens - 1st Dan
Jason Whiteley - 1st Dan
Michael Heller - 1st Dan
Paul Hewlett - 1st Dan
Daniel Proctor - 1st Dan
Jane Sharp-Hall - 1st Dan
Jason Shipp - 1st Dan
Harry Stone - 1st Dan
Jason Thomas - 1st Dan

Posted: 3 May 2017

BJC Open National Results 2017 (30th April 2017)


Posted: 24 March 2017

BJC National Kata Tournament Results 2017


Posted: 24 March 2017

British Judo Council 2016 Award Winners

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Award Winners

Posted: 23 March 2017

Congratulations to the following Dan grade promotions:

Eddie Kenny 7th Dan
John Chrisp 6th Dan
Ian Bailey 6th Dan
Stephen Addy 6th Dan
Tony Grigg 5th Dan
Kevin Rand 4th Dan
Steve Smith 2nd Dan
Dean Hall 2nd Dan
James Robinson 1st Dan
Marcin Reterski 1st Dan
Lee Bourke 1st Dan

Posted: 7 February 2017

2016 BJC Awards

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Shortlisted Nominees

Posted: 16 December 2016

BJC head office will be closed from the 23rd December and reopen on the 3rd January.

Can we take this opportunity to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Posted: 14 December 2016

Congratulations to following who achieved a BJC Dan grade award in 2016:

G R Mealing - 8th Dan
J Cole - 7th Dan
R Cleevely - 5th Dan
A Harrison - 4th Dan
J Anderson - 4th Dan
G Merredew - 4th Dan
A Caffary - 3rd Dan
A Matthews - 3rd Dan
M Hope - 3rd Dan
J Hall - 2nd Dan
R Sadler - 2nd Dan
M Hill - 2nd Dan
K Jackson - 2nd Dan
M Lish - 2nd Dan
N O’Rourke - 2nd Dan
T Morris - 1st Dan
D Morgan - 1st Dan
W Iles - 1st Dan
C Nash - 1st Dan
T Lish - 1st Dan
G Matthews - 1st Dan
L Williams - 1st Dan
S Hamilton - 1st Dan
A Gatenby - 1st Dan
N Broome - 1st Dan

Posted: 22 November 2016

The BJC events brochure for 2017 is now available.

For a copy please call 01692 580900 or email:

Posted: 21 November 2016

BJC Closed National Results 2016 (20th November 2016)


Posted: 8 November 2016

BJC Open National Results 2016 (1st May 2016)


Posted: 10 October 2016

Hosaka Kwai Sale Judo Club donates to the MacMillan Nurses
Hosaka Kwai Sale Judo Club donates to the MacMillan Nurses
On 22nd of September Hosaka Kwai made their annual donation to Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan cancer support provides specialist healthcare, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support’s goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.

The donation, raised from internal fundraising activities including a weekly internal lottery, is made each September by the club, in recognition of the tremendous care and support provided by the Macmillan nurses to the club founder, Akinori Hosaka, 8th Dan Kodokan, during his battle with cancer and death In 2010. The Club has raised money for the Macmillan Nurses each year thereafter.

The 2016 donation was made to Karen Morris, Macmillan Cancer Information Assistant, based at the Macmillan Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital on behalf of the judo club by Mr. Tom Brookes, Chief Coach, assisted by the club Treasurer, Mr. Bernard Tunney and Mr. Harry Isalski the club Secretary.

The Club has a healthy membership of children and adults of all ages where judo players can progress from basic judo for sport and personal development or carry on further into competitions. The club has had a world champion, national and international players who coach and practice at the club.

Those who may be interested in the sport may visit their website or mail

Posted: 13 July 2016

From Annette HQO
It is with sadness I report the passing of Jenny Hussey of Bushfields & Focus Judo Club Peterborough. She was a key member of Team BJC for many years arranging trips and events for the squads, she was also a successful member of the British Masters Team, a very kind person always willing to help others. Of late she had been technical officer for the Area since the passing of Cyndy Newman earlier in the year.

From Sensei Robin Otani - BJC President
I am so sorry to hear of Jenny’s passing and I send my sincere condolences on behalf of the BJC membership to her son Farron, contest 2nd Dan Cromer 2000, and her family, friends and Club members. Jenny was a hard worker for the BJC and on the mat, always striving to achieve her best in contest. Although a quiet lady she had strong resolve and will be missed by her Clubs, Peterborough Area and the BJC.

Posted: 11 April 2016

Matthew King’s funeral will take place on Friday 15th April, 11am at Coity Crematorium. Followed by a reception at the Watermill in Ogmore by Sea.

No flowers, instead the family would like charity donations to Wales Air Ambulance or the BJC British Judo Foundation.

Posted: 20 March 2016

BJC Awards - Gallery Photos

Posted: 16 March 2016

British Judo Council 2015 Award Winners

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Award Winners

Posted: 10 March 2016

BJC National Kata Tournament Results 2016


Posted: 23 February 2016

Tributes to Cyndy Newman

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Tributes

Posted: 2 February 2016

2015 BJC Awards

PDF - Adobe Reader® Required Shortlisted Nominees
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