Coach Andrew Gadsby attains 2nd Dan

As of last week, Andrew Gadsby (or Andrew the coach for some of you!) joins Chris Claydon and David Booth in having achieved the extremely prestigious Second Dan black belt.

We would all like to place on record our congratulations for Andrew, and our ongoing gratitude for his coaching.

Meanwhile, keep watching the website and the Facebook page over the coming weeks for some exciting news…

Grading Success

Dave Horton-Jones, 7th Dan, presented 29 members of Wymondham Judo Club with certificates and belts following a very successful grading, before leading the second class and groundwork class on the 18th May.

Coach Andrew Gadsby was extremely pleased with the performance of everybody who graded, and Dave was very impressed with the technical ability on show during the session.

We look forward to our next grading later in the year, and congratulate all of those who successfully achieved their next grade.


Upcoming Events

Below are a list of upcoming events and competitions – some of these will be promoted in-club, but if you would like further details on any mentioned then please either speak to a coach, or get in touch. If you are not sure whether a competition will be suitable for you or your child, then again please do not hesitate to ask.

Katame no Kata Course – 9:30 am Sunday 15th May – Lopham – £20

For those who wish to learn the ground-fighting kata of Katame no Kata, this course can serve as either an introduction or as an examination. If you wish to obtain a Katame no Kata certificate, then you must have completed additional training prior to attending to meet the minimum training requirement. Please speak to a coach regarding the suitability of this event for you, and please note that places are limited.

Eastern Area Squad Training – 9:30-13:00 Sunday 15th May – Thetford – Free to Area Closed Medallists or £3 otherwise

This training session is suitable for all players who want to expand their judo horizons, and to train with partners of all abilities, from red belts to high-level competitors. We have had players attend previously who have very much enjoyed the day. There is no need to book – you can pay on the day.

East Anglian Fours –  Sunday 12th June – Thetford

Details to follow

Littleport Green & Under Open – Sunday 3rd July – Littleport – £15

For those competitors who are perhaps not as far into their judo career, but have a fair amount of competitive experience under their belt, this tournament will be a very good test. In previous years the Littleport events have been hotly contested, and so it is vital that you speak to a coach prior to booking this event.

Littleport Youth & Senior Open (over 14s only) – Sunday 27th November – Littleport – £18

For those looking for a high-end competition, or to score points towards their dan grade, this competition is ideal. However, it is unsuitable for most competitors without significant contest experience. Please speak to a coach if you are considering attending. There is also a Masters (30+) category available for Men. There is also a dan grading immediately following this event, priced at £15 – or £30 for both the competition and the grading).



Our latest beginners course for junior beginners starts on Monday 1st June 2015 – 6.30-7.30pm.

First session is free, then it’s £3 per session after that.

Once the 6 weeks is up you can train at any of our classes on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

The course is open to ages 6-15 years.

For those aged 11+ we STRONGLY recommend that you register with Yellow Belt Challenge
– because you’ll get a free judo suit, a free licence for a year, four free gradings and 6 free classes with us. It’s a national scheme to get 11-25 year olds into judo, and will save you well over £100!!


BJA events in 2015

Below is an email from our BJA Service Manager, Laurence Kenyon:-

If you’re interested in any of these, just let us know.

Coaches/Referees – you can book yourselves on these courses 🙂

Happy New Year to you all,

I hope that you have all had an excellent Christmas and a fun New Year so far.

Just a quick update regarding a few events that are coming up pretty quickly in the very near future;



Very Urgent – Referees Course at Kumo Judo Club –  Saturday 10th January for New Junior and Senior Referees 11th January for Updating existing Referees (detail attached) follow these links;  Prospective New Junior (12+) and Senior – Referee revalidation event

Please, Please could you use all your electronic contacts to get this course out, sorry the timescale is so tight.

Anyone who is interested needs to get in touch with Mark Waterhouse urgently  Tel: 07768 683 604  Email:

Safeguarding Children and Time to Listen courses

17th January at Kettering Premier Judo Club

15th March at Harlow Judo Club

13th June at Norwich Premier Judo Club

17th January at Kettering

Safeguarding 9.30am – 12.30am application form

Time to Listen 1.00pm – 5.00pm

15th March at Harlow Judo Club-

Safeguarding 9.30am – 12.30pm – application form

Time to Listen 1.00pm – 5.00pm

13th June at Norwich Premier Judo Club

Safeguarding 9.30am – 12.30pm

Time to Listen

It is essential that Welfare Officers for clubs attend, preferably with the club coach.

TO BOOK – Complete application form and return with course fees to AMANDA SMITH at Head Office (details on form) or call her to pay by Credit Card. Please do not return to me

Dan Gradings;


Eastern area Competitive Dan Gradings first of 2015 Sunday 25th January, detail attached


Eastern Area Technical Dan Grading Course 11th/12th April –




County Training;


Eastern Area Training  18th January – with Dave Southby and Sam Dunkley. Venue Thetford

Hertfordshire Open Randori 25th January at Melbourn Judo Club – the 2nd event in the Open Randori Programme (detail attached)






Lots of British Schools qualifiers coming up, events that follow the same guidelines as the highly successful National event, so no National medallists, Squad players etc.


Midland Area British Schools Qualifier 18th January –


Northern Home Counties British Schools Qualifier 24th January –


Eastern Area Low Grades Invitation 25th January  –


Eastern Area British Schools Qualifier 1st February –


Nottingham Red Belt Rumble 8th February –


Northern Home Counties Orange and Below  8th February –



Thanks for your time,

Laurence Kenyon
Service Manager
British Judo Association

Some not-to-miss BJA events in early 2015

For the BJA players – please find below links to some events….including the chance to train with a World Champion, and an all important Dan Grading for our (too!) many Brown Belts 🙂

Couple of events for our younger players too.

2015 Littleport Mini Mon Inv – 15 Feb 15

2015 Technical Dan Grade Course 2015

Competitive Dan Grading Dates

agm Workshop Eastern Area 1 March 2015

eastern area britsh schools

Low Grade invitation January 2105

Referee Course Advert – 20150110

WJC Christmas times





Thank you for helping us have yet another great year – British Schools, BJC(MAC) Nationals, BJA Nationals, National Squad players, BJA Area Champions, BJC(MAC) Regional Champions, New beginners, New coaches, and much much more…!!!

England Eddie !!!

Well done to Eddie Elliott, who has just been selected onto the 2015 England Squad.

Eddie lost fighting for Bronze at this years British Championships – his first year at pre-cadet level. He won Bronze last year at the age group below, and has always achieved great results at high level events.

This honour gives Eddie the opportunity for additional elite level training and events, and he joins an increasing list of WJC players to reach the level.

Well done Eddie ‘The Hulk’ Elliott, we’re all proud of you 🙂


eddie elliott


We await the cadet list announcement in a week or so to see if any of our older juniors join him.

Eatern Area Champions

We congratulate everyone who entered the 2014 Eastern Area Championships at Thetford on Sunday.

EVERYONE gave a great performance, and we returned with some great results AND the best club trophy too!

The event is open to BJA players from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and part of Essex.


AREA CHAMPIONS 2014 :Jonathan Booth, Amy Mollan, Emma Merryweather, Charlie Morris, Kieran Evans, William Booth, Toby Goodrum,

Silver: Thomas Goodrum, Jojo Mollan, Piotr Stempniak, Al Gill

Bronze: Kasia Stempniak, Eddie Elliot, Jon Morris

Ezra Morris fought really well, but didn’t reach the medal rounds – but still earned a point for the club in the Best Club award!

Many thanks to David Booth, Andrew (and Megan) Gadsby, George and Stacy Borrow for providing matside support.

The medallists earn automatic places on the Eastern Area Squad and a possible place at a European event next year.

team wjc 1 best club trophy