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Monday, 26 July 2010

Second Generation Judoka

On Saturday 7th May 1988 members of Bushido Judo Kwai travelled to London to take part in the British Judo Council (M.A.C) National Judo Championships, which were held at the Latchmere Leisure Centre, Battersea SW11.
The above photo shows five members of our junior squad, they are left to right, Chris Woods, Steve Beck, Steve Ellerby, Elliott Makin and Steve Compton.
On Friday 14th September 2007 Steve Beck brought his young son David to join our club, David has done well since then, most recently on June 20th 2010 he won promotion to 3rd kyu (san, brown) and on July 17th 2010 David won a bronze medal at the Westgate Judo Club, Grade Tournament in Newcastle upon Tyne when he produced one of the most spectacular techniques of the day.
David is the only second generation member that we have.

Steve Ellerby would win promotion to Shodan in 1997 and Steve Compton in 2000

Friday, 23 July 2010

Bushido Judo Kwai Senior Squad, Circa 1977

Photo Taken By Robertsons of Gosforth.
The Bushido Judo Kwai Senior Squad. This photo was taken in our dojo at Rosehill Residents Hall ( The Hut ) Churchill Street, Rosehill, Wallsend. Circa 1977.
Back Row Left to Right, Steve Milsted, Terry Branighan, Bob Patterson, Chris Dawson, John Harvey, Chris Jones, Steve Makin,
Front Row, Stella Cairns, Linda Dawson, Jill Stephenson and five novice members whose names are unknown.
Early in 1979 we moved to St Marys Church Hall, McNamara Road, Rosehill, at this time in our club's history we had huge support from Wallsend Councillors Bill Rickleton, Molly Brown, Tom Healy, Brian Flood and Jim Cousins. Then in June 1987 we moved to our present home at Wallsend Boy's Club, Station Road, Wallsend.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

International Budo Federation, Junior Champioship Frankfurt Germany 1977

In 1977 the club had seven junior members selected to represent the area, at the International Budo Federation, European Schools Judo Championship, to be held in Frankfurt West Germany,they were Lorraine Birmingham, Jan Russell, Kevin Dobie, Brian Green, Steve Makin, Paul Davis and Stephen Brown.
We departed by train for London early in the morning of May 6th, after a few hours sight seeing, including a visit to Downing Street we made our way to LHR for our flight to Frankfurt, arriving early evening at the Haus Der Jugend Hostel our home for two nights.
The British team mamager Nobby Clarke had us at the competition venue in good time. Our big success came with Stephen Brown when he defeated the previous years champion, to win the gold medal in the boys under 27k event,a tremendous moment for him and all of the team, despite a good effort from the rest of our squad there would be no more medals.
When we arrived back home, Linda our secetary had arranged for us to go to the BBC for an interveiw and this was shown on Look North that evening.