Holbrook Judo Club

Holbrook Judo Club


SUN, 25 NOV AT 10:00
Hampshire Junior Judo Training Session
Brune Park Community School · Gosport
Guest Coach will be Sarah Hopkins !
George’s new-found love of Judo 💙. Thank you for making him feel so welcome, Holbrook Judo Club. 😊
Team HOLBROOK Juniors attending this Sunday 01/07/2018 Hampshire training session at Scorpion Judo club 12:30 - 14:45 please see below :-
The postcode to the community centre for SCORPION JUDO is SP11 6RD.. However if you add this into the satnav you will end up in the residential side with NO FREE PUBLIC PARKING! To make sure you go the correct way (with FREE parking) you will need to go via Viking Way SP10 5QQ.
The link is attached which should take you the correct way https://goo.gl/maps/PvjFeSd88BE2


George Curl Way to Augusta Park Community Centre
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My son is a newbie here, during half term I wonder if there's any training in Gosport
tonight? Thanks all
This Saturday 16 September 2017 we have a visit by Shannon Barrow who has been coaching for camp USA all summer !
to reserve a place please comment on this post, or place names on the list at our sessions
6 Kano
in Judo & in Life
Brian N. Watson
‘Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.’
Aristotle (384-322 BC)
A courageous act can sometimes save a life. A firefighter say, rescuing a victim from a blazing building, while on the other hand, a courageous act could be one of pure recklessness that benefits no one. For example, a mountain climber, who happens to be a compulsive risk-taker, scales dangerous peaks or a tightrope walker, who fearlessly crosses a rope attached to high buildings.
In daily life, acts of bravery are typically displayed when facing physical dangers. Certain occupations expose workers to a variety of hazards. For instance, hospital staff members at times treat patients suffering from highly infective and virulent diseases. The test pilot flying prototype aircraft faces much uncertainty. Will he be able to take off, accurately control in mid-air, and land the craft safely? Fortitude is often personified by the soldier under heavy fire in a war zone or the lifeboat rescue crewman braving stormy seas, so too the bomb disposal squad member and the construction worker actively engaged on tall structures. All such duties are at times acts of daring in the physical sense.
Because courage is a virtue with several definitions, let’s look at some of the less obvious forms. What about perseverance? This is frequently shown by a determination to stick to one’s guns. The man who has to maintain a long-term strict diet in tackling obesity, say, or the alcoholic who resolutely resists the temptation to re-start consuming alcohol. The truly strong-willed individual is not content to merely hold his ground; he is continually striving forward, even in times of great difficulty and perhaps has to contend with derision from others. To fail repeatedly, but to spend oneself in a worthy cause until achieving success can be a praise-worthy trait in one’s character.
Moral backbone is sometimes manifested by one’s resolve in facing ethical issues. This is reflected in the man who faithfully holds onto his convictions when his values are severely put to the test. He defends a moral principle while others may prefer to choose the safer aloof detachment from the issue at hand. Such a resolute attitude displays the preservation of one’s integrity and can serve as a role model for others to emulate.
Next, the man in a position of leadership has at times to show intellectual bravery by adopting a willingness to consider new ideas and deal with any attendant difficulties. By placing honesty as the basis of the decisions he makes, often requires a commitment to do what is right rather than what is expedient or most convenient. He needs the nerve to be curious, to check facts, and ask questions since he risks making errors of judgment. This strategy can be a form of daring. The man with intellectual tenacity takes whatever time is necessary in order to gain a thorough understanding of the issues. He is dissatisfied with a superficial overview. He listens intently and takes into consideration the opinions of others by seeking out opposing views relevant to the problems. Such a man is not afraid to question others repeatedly until he has gained a clear understanding of the situation and the probable consequences of his actions. This is the toughness often needed in order to carry out leadership duties in a responsible and constructive manner.
Another element of this multi-faceted virtue is spiritual resolve. We live in a fragmented world, divided by sectarianism, intolerance, hatred and greed. Boldness is necessary in speaking one’s mind to a hostile audience on contentious issues, especially so when the legs are quivering. Again, there may be times of urgency when we are thrust into a role that we have no wish to fulfill or for which we are totally unqualified for, and become as it were ‘a square peg in a round hole’. To do one’s best in taking on such a stressful challenge and to complete one’s relevant duties satisfactorily, can again be a courageous act. And moreover, an obvious example is the man of supreme will who is unafraid of the prospect of his own demise. Such firmness was demonstrated by judo expert Gunji Koizumi (1885-1965), who indicated in his diary several months prior to his end that he planned to take his own life.
Moving on to judo, the sport has undergone revolutionary changes since the early 1960s when weight categories were first introduced in many competitions. Before that time, championships were open-weight events with far fewer restrictive rules than today. Therefore one customarily met a wide range of opponents, from lightweights to heavyweights. Contestants had more freedom to grip all parts of the opponent’s arms, legs, jacket and trousers and, a greater range of techniques were allowed. Occasionally, the smaller highly-skilled judoka would courageously tackle and at times throw their heavier opponents. Such feats were regularly greeted with loud applause from spectators. Multiple rule changes have over time placed increasing restrictions on such former freedoms. I would also add that in some competitions, the open-weight All Japan Judo Championship, for instance, contestants do not use blue judogi, all are in white.
Fortitude in judo provides us with much to consider. Indeed, in the case of injury during a bout, do we withdraw from the competition or tough it out even though we are in pain and greatly handicapped? A case in point occurred at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games +100 kilos category final bout when Yasuhiro Yamash*ta, who had suffered a leg injury prior to the final, limped onto the mat to face the biggest man in the tournament, the 190 cm. tall, 140 kilogram, Egyptian heavyweight, Mohamed Ali Rashwan. Nevertheless, the Japanese public deemed it Yamash*ta’s duty to ignore his injury and capture the gold medal for Japan no matter what. Fortunately, he managed to secure a hold down during a ground work tussle and surprisingly did indeed win Olympic gold. This particular incident gained Yamash*ta nationwide publicity and made him a most suitable icon for the rising generation of Japan.

1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
Left, Mohamed Ali Rashwan, Centre, Yasuhiro Yamash*ta

Yasuhiro Yamash*ta & Brian N. Watson
Tokai University 1985

Again, I recall former leading British judo contestant, Karen Briggs, -48 kilogram world champion in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1989 who continued fighting until the finish in a bout at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder. Another instance concerns Jigoro Kano’s strength of character. Once, according to a Japanese embassy official who was with him at the time, they were on a coach travelling through mountains in Italy. Their coach was involved in a traffic accident; it left the road and came to rest halfway over a steep cliff. Panic broke out among the passengers, who feared that the coach might fall. The embassy official said that Professor Kano kept his composure. He was well aware that it might go over at any second, but he remained cool. His attitude in the face of potential catastrophe helped restore calm among the other passengers and they all got off the vehicle quietly. A number of Kano’s early students lost their lives in warfare. One in particular who saw military action during both the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), was Hirose Takeo. He was commander of the Fukui-Maru and was killed by enemy cannon fire as he desperately made a third heroic attempt to rescue his warrant officer, Sugino, during battle at Port Arthur. He was 57 at the time of death, following which Kano awarded him a posthumous 6th dan judo grade on April 8, 1904.

Some people succumb easily to temptation, the habitual gambler who eventually loses all, and the seasoned alcoholic are, for whatever reason, seemingly bereft of self-discipline. Our judo training, if it has been thorough, should have intensified our willpower. The fully-trained judo man should therefore have enough inner strength to overcome such temptations and be able to keep his desires within sensible bounds. Today we often see judoka acting like footballers and some other sportsmen. They display a lack of self-control when they win; they jump up and down punching the air, while the loser often looks a forlorn, dejected spectacle. They need to show some humility and empathy when they win. Traditionally, at the conclusion of a budo contest, neither winner nor loser showed any emotion. They both accepted the status quo with equanimity. These days it is only Japan’s sumo men who seem to have preserved the budo tradition of stoical calmness and composure at the end of a contest. Thus, the judo instructor, who from his long experience has acquired a measure of self-discipline, sets his students a good example. This should empower students likewise and help them to further their efforts in the pursuit and eventual fulfillment of their own personal goals throughout life.
Looking back at notable courageous events in the 20th century, we see that there were many who were decorated for outstanding gallantry, including those engaged in the conquest of Mount Everest, in single-handed global marine navigation ventures and in polar exploration. But perhaps the most famous individuals of that era were those who bravely pioneered space travel. I am thinking here of the Russians Yuri Gagarin, (1934-1968) and Ms. Valentina Tereshkova born 1937, and Americans John Glenn (1921-2016) and Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). But in my estimation, we should also include the man who took on the might of the British Empire and WON - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). A man of infinite moral courage, he led the Indian independence movement against British rule and eventually achieved independence by employing a strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience. By becoming an exemplar of moral courage, Gandhi’s legacy inspired many others around the globe. Among his most well-known adherents was Dr. Martin Luther King (1929-1968). An American Baptist Minister, King became head of the US Civil Rights Movement and eventually achieved some objectives for the benefit of the African American community.
Finally, we should also not forget the name Malala Yousafzai, born on 12 July 1997 in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan. This young lady, in October 2012, miraculously survived a Taliban gunman’s murder attempt. A well-known activist for human rights, especially so for female education, became at the age of 17, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She received this prestigious award for her struggle against the suppression of the right of all children to receive education. Similar to Gandhi, Jigoro Kano and others, her advocacy has become a worldwide movement. These outcomes demonstrate the fact that nonviolent methods, and here I include Jigoro Kano’s efforts in transforming jujutsu into nonviolent judo, can sometimes have a wide-ranging and beneficial influence on society.
Brian N. Watson
Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2017

Saving Japan’s Martial Arts, Christopher M. Clarke, Canyon Press, 2011
The Father of Judo, B.N. Watson, Kodansha International, 2000, 2012
IL Padre Del Judo, (Italian) B.N. Watson, Edizioni Mediterranee, 2005
Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, B.N. Watson, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 2014
Memorias de Jigoro Kano, (Portuguese) B.N. Watson, Editora Cultrix, 2011

(This report may be translated into your local language and passed to others. B.N. Watson)

Information about Holbrook Judo Club, we have classes 6 days a week at varying locations in the sout This page is to inform Facebook members about Holbrook Judo Club and who we are and what we aim to do.

We have classes at :-
Bedenham Primary School in Gosport Mondays
Henry Cort School in Fareham Tuesdays
Hook With Warsash Primary School Wednesdays
Brookfield school n Sarisbury Green Thursdays
Brune Park School in Gosport Fridays & Saturdays
We welcome all new members, and those who have practiced at other similar clubs in the past. We are a family friendly club and welcome parents input we hold r

Operating as usual

Photos from IJF - International Judo Federation's post 27/05/2021

Photos from IJF - International Judo Federation's post

[05/27/21]   Ok team in a changed decision we will be back on the mat from half term, all at Brune Park, Mondays 18.00 - 19.00, Fridays 18.00 - 1900 & Saturdays 10.00 - 11.00, places on a first come first served basis, you must fill in an athlete indemnity form and sign in to each session.
For more information and to register please message me ASAP.
Many thanks.


When your club asks if you have been keeping fit during lockdown........


Merry Christmas & Happy New year to all Holbrook Judo Club players & families.
See you all in 2021.

[10/03/20]   Two weeks in and the sessions are going well.
Still a few places available on all sessions if anyone wishes to join us !

covid19.nhs.uk 24/09/2020

The NHS COVID-19 app support website - NHS.UK

As required by UK Gov law, from today you can scan the clubs QR code using the NHS trace and test app. It is not necessary that you use the app but it is available if you wish to. The QR code poster will be displayed by the dojo entrance.

To use the NHS test & trace, you need to download the NHS app by following the link below:


covid19.nhs.uk Help stop the spread of coronavirus by downloading the free NHS COVID-19 app. Find out more about the app and how it works.

britishjudo.org.uk 10/03/2020

British Judo Update on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - British Judo

Update !

britishjudo.org.uk All sports have been in regular contact with the British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport and Public Health England over the past couple of weeks regarding the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) across the world. We are currently taking advice from all parties but see no reason why this sh...

[03/04/20]   Hampshire Judo are monitoring the situation with regards to advice from Government and the BJA concerning Coronavirus.
As it stands, all Holbrook sessions are still running, the County session on 15th March at Fleming Park is still running & the Hampshire County Closed on 29th March will be going ahead as planned. If things, change, we will update here and also contact those that have entered. Please follow the advice and guidance given by NHS England and ensure that good cleanliness is maintained which will assist in restricting the spread of the disease.

[02/29/20]   Well done all who attended today, good to see you all participating.


All Holbrook players are invited to attend these sessions.

2020 started with a great first Hampshire judo squad session. 9 clubs came in great numbers for a masterfull training. We like to thank all who came and would like to extend the open invitation to all Hampshire judoka's and their coaches to come to our next session on Sunday 16 February at Places for People Eastleigh.


Neil Adams Effective Fighting Ltd

Holbrook Judo Club have classes on the following days & times.
Mondays 18.00 - 19.00 Brune Park Gym 1 Military Road Gosport, Mixed ability class aged 4 - 12 years of age.
Tuesdays 17.00 - 18.00 4 - 9 year olds & 18.00 - 19.00 9 - 12 year olds Henry Cort Gym, Hilson Drive, Fareham.
Wednesdays 16.30 - 17.30 Mixed ability class aged 4 - 12 years of age Hook with Warsash Academy, Church Road, Warsash.
Fridays 17.30 - 18.30 4 - 9 year olds, 18.30 - 19.30 9 - 13 year olds & 19.30 - 21.00 13 year olds - Adults.
Brune Park Gym 1 Military road Gosport.
We currently have places available on all classes which are free for the first month & we also have new members offers where kits and membership packages are available at reduced prices.
For more information contact Paul Vella on 07766522264, email on [email protected] or comment "interested" on here and we will be in touch.

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Dont forget - Clocks go back one hour tonight so an extra hour in bed ! Weigh in times are 08.30 boys adaptive 09.00 senior men 11.00 & all females 12.00, see you there team.

[10/25/19]   Message from Hampshire Judo :-
Don’t forget tomorrow’s masterclass and coach session with Dave Starbrook at Fleming Park 1300-1730. Juniors free Seniors and coaches £20
Just turn up if not pre booked

[10/14/19]   This Saturday Under 8's Kano grade preparation session.
10.00 - 11.45 Brune Park Gym 1

[10/14/19]   This Friday Blindfold Judo on the youth & adult session 7.30 - 9.00

[10/10/19]   Confirmed Sam Potts will be running this Saturdays session, anyone wishing to sign up please comment below so i can update the list.

britishjudo.org.uk 02/10/2019

The Physical and Mental Benefits of Judo for Children - British Judo

Its what we as judo players and coaches know but good info for newbies - https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/thephysicalandmentalbenefitsofjudoforchildren/

britishjudo.org.uk Judo was founded in 1882 by D. Jigoro Kano and means the “gentle way.” It teaches people of all ages the importance of flexibility when applying technique. In judo, when performing a throw or other skill, emphasis is placed on flexibility and efficiently using your leverage and balance for every...


Here we go team !

Good morning from the fourth day of #2019CJAChamps and the Pre-Cadet Competition!

Live Draw and Results: https://tinyurl.com/CJADraw
Mat Order: https://tinyurl.com/CJADraw

Live Stream:
Mat 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrQlSK0i9n4
Mat 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2HLF3qPCSk
Mat 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yArwGkce5ZE


Live streams available !

Good morning from the third day of the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships and today sees the Veterans take to the mat with over 300 athletes competing today!

Live Draw and Results: https://tinyurl.com/CJADraw
Mat Order: https://tinyurl.com/CJADraw

Live Stream:
Mat 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QENAHHtq0Y
Mat 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQkYBNIAK_s
Mat 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg16YW_Owz4

[09/03/19]   Anyone with friends who want spaces for kids ?
I am already getting enquiries and classes are filling up fast - Remember i need to know new players chosen class & name age & a contact phone number in a DM please i will place the child on the list for that class if there is a place !

[08/02/19]   Reminder - Holbrook Judo Training session tomorrow Brune Park Gym 1 10 - 11.30 See you there !


British Judo Association

Relive the moment Gemma Howell claimed Gold at the Budapest Grand Prix 2019 - 13/07/2019

[04/29/19]   Reminder - Monday summer hours both classes combined 6.00 - 7.00

[04/24/19]   *** URGENT ***
The final Hampshire squads training before the intercounties championships.
Places Leisure Eastleigh at the following times:-
Juniors - under 16 years of age 10.00 - 11.30
Seniors - over 14 years of age 11.30 - 13.00
open to all Hampshire registered players.
£5.00 mat fee

[03/23/19]   Well done all the Holbrook players who turned out today for our junior grading. 20 players graded many thanks to Jan Botting, Nick Western & all those players/parents who support the sessions, next weekend will be a randori session and yes there will be music booming out !


Neil Adams Effective Fighting Ltd

Holbrook Judo Club have classes in Gosport at Brune Park Military Road Gosport PO12 3BU Mondays & Fridays 5.30 - 6.30 4 - 8 year olds and 6.30 - 7.30 9 year olds and over also Fridays 7.30 - 9.00 youth and adult classes.
For more info :-
Phone 07766522264
Email [email protected]
Website www.holbrookjudo.co.uk

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[10/30/18]   Saturdays Guest coach is Sam Potts 3 times National Champion and as one of our players from 4 years of age i think a great inspiration for our kids.
At the moment there are 7 names on the list and although i dont want to postpone Sam til December if numbers dont increase i will have to make that decision.
So come on team Holbrook judo come and meet one of our past champions and who knows what you could achieve !

[10/03/18]   Todays sessions at Hook with Warsash are cancelled today !
Apologies everyone.

[09/20/18]   Last call for names for Sarah Hopkins session 29/09/2018 Brune Park gym no 1 Military Road Gosport po12 3bu
10 - 11.45
I need names by Sunday please

[09/13/18]   This Saturday 10 - 11.45 come on down to Brune Park we will have the 2nd hand kits on sale !


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[08/30/18]   New Term starts Monday 10th September.

[03/03/18]   Message from Peter Blakemore Hampshire County competition organiser - Hampshire Closed - It looks like the weather has improved enough to allow the competition to go ahead, so I am pleased to announce that the Judo Competition will go ahead as normal. Please take care when travelling early as there may be ice around. See everyone tomorrow. :-D




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Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Friday 17:30 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00
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