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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Ellie is our Judoka of the Year 2012 !

Ellie Hutton aged 8 years, joined the Bushido Judo Kwai on Friday July 1st 2011, and has won the clubs Judoka of the Year Award 2012, to win this award Ellie has won our clubs monthly trophy on four occasions this year, as well as turning up for sixty five training sessions and entering every judo championship that our club has been invited to, from Newcastle to Dumfries, Ellie currently holds the the number one position in our medal table for the Steve Milsted Award, our clubs most prestigious honour which is awarded on the clubs birthday in May.

Monday Training Sessions 2013

Due to a prior long term  booking, The Bushido Judo Kwai will not be able to use Kings Estate Residents Association Hall, on the above dates  (As per 2012)

Sunday, 9 December 2012

All England Judo Federation Northern Regional Grading.

Congratulations to everyone who was promoted at the All England Judo Federation Northern Regional Grading, which was held at at the Riverside Sports Centre, Morpeth on Saturday, when spectators were treated to some superb judo.

Top Photo - Contestants and officials from Ronin Judo Club Morpeth, Hokojun Judo Club Cramlington and Bushido Judo Kwai Wallsend.
Lower Photo - L/R,  Bushido Judo Kwai Members, Liam Banks 3rd Kyu (San) Blue, Robert Stuart 1st Kyu and Leon Milner 4th Kyu, WELL DONE LAD'S.

Photo's taken by Duncan Stuart.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai Parents and Instructors Christmas Party.

This was held at the Three Mile, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 1st December 2012.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai at The Parks, North Shields.

Photo's - Top,  Bottom            

Robert Stuart with his Gold Trophy presented by Sensei Eddy Kenny 6th Dan,
The Bushido Judo Kwai Squad, Our Team at The Parks, North Shields.
On Sunday 25th November our squad competed at the Northumberland Clubs for Young People, Junior and Senior Judo Competition, at The Parks, North Shields.  Robert Stuart Gold, Callum McInnes Bronze, Ellie Hutton Gold, Jack Barnett Runner Up.  Jack Compton Runner Up, Jessica Cairns Silver and Liam Banks Bronze, our team gave 100% effort as always, regardless of the colour of the medal.
To see more photos go to - Picasa Web Albums Bushido Judo Kwai.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Return of Steve Compton to Bushido Judo Kwai

Photo,  L/R Back Row,  Steve Compton 1st Dan (Instructor), Rob Stuart (2nd Kyu) Senior, Liam Banks,
Sean Vallely, Johnny Lawson, Chris Dawson 7th Dan (Instructor),
 Front Row, Leon Milner, Jack Barnett, Jack Compton, Ellie Hutton, Callum McInnes, Jessica Cairns.

Steve Compton joined the Bushido Judo Kwai in 1984, he has won medals at Regional, National and International Championships and was promoted to 1st Dan on the 9th February 1998, We would like to welcome  Steve back as he has recently returned to the club as an instructor and is pictured here with our members on Friday 12th October 2012.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

North East Judo Championships, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

 Photo - Back Row L/R,    Robert Stuart, Liam Banks, Jessica Cairns.  Front Row L/R - Jack Compton, Jack Barnett, Ellie Hutton, Leon Milner.

On Sunday 30th September 2012 seven members from Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai competed at The North East Open Judo Championship at Westgate Centre For Sport, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Liam Banks won Gold in the boys under 60k, Jack Barnett won Gold in the  boys Primary under 34k, Ellie Hutton won Silver in the girls Primary under 27k, Jessica Cairns won Silver in the girls under 45k.  Both Jack Compton (7) and Leon Milner (11) competing in their first championship came away with runner up medals, senior member Robert Stuart (16) who was competing in his first senior event, gave a very good account of himself despite coming up against black belt competitors, but unfortunately didn't make it into the medals.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Butokokan Judo, Weekend Judo Course in Northumberland.

Photos courtesy of Duncan Stuart.

Top,      Group photo from the Saturday Session.
Lower,  Robert Stuart and Liam Banks.

The Butokokan Judo Weekend Judo Course was held on the 22nd/23rd September 2012 at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre, Northumberland.  The organiser of the event was Michael Douglass, 4th Dan assisted by Glen Douglass, 1st Dan and Andrew Douglass, 1st Dan with invited guest coaches, from - Scotland Dave Hammond, 4th Dan, from Morpeth - John Hall, 4th Dan and Juneielle Smith, 6th Dan, from Wallsend - Chris Dawson, 7th Dan.  The weekend consisted of Judo and Ju-jitsu techniques and was well support by local clubs.  The course was a great success, with everyone putting in a hundred per cent effort and I sincerely hope that Michael will be repeating this again next year.  The Bushido Judo Kwai was represented by Ellie Hutton age 7, Liam Banks age 12 and Robert Stuart age 16.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Steve Milsted, I Dont Believe It !!!!!!!

Above photo - Some of our members who were there on the night, 
Robert Stuart, Liam Banks, Roy White, Leon Milner, Ellie Hutton, Steve Milsted, Steve's nephew Chris.

It was Monday 3rd September 2012 and Steve Milsted walked into our dojo, it had been so long since we had last seen each other that  I didn't even recognise him.  Steve and I first met in 1975 when we both trained at Marine Park Judo Club, Hadrian Road, Wallsend.  Eventually on the 3rd May 1976 ten of us left Marine Park and founded the Bushido Judo Kwai.  In 1977 we had seven of our junior members qualify for the International Budo Federation European Schools Judo Championship in Frankfurt Germany.  The idea was for the club to pay for everyone but we were £200 short, not a problem for Steve, he did a sponsored run from Morpeth to Newcastle and raised the money.  We did very well when Steve Brown won Gold in his event and when we arrived back home we were on BBC Look North.
Steve Milsted had qualified as a chef and went to work at the Intercontinental Hotel, Flensburg, Germany. During that time Steve sent me some money to buy a trophy for the junior members to compete for annually, and that would go to the person who ended the year at the top of our medal table.  This proved to be very popular and even improved their judo, as the kid's were desperate to get into every competition that we were invited to, Jan Russell was the first member to win the Steve Milsted Award.
Eventually Steve emigrated to Australia and after many years I was able to make contact with him through Barry McSherry who as a junior himself had won the award three times.  In September Steve returned to England for one week to visit his Mum and Dad.  Brother Ian, who had also been a member of the club told Steve that he had a surprise for him and that was a visit to the Bushido Judo Kwai and what a surprise it was for me.
Thanks to Ian for making this happen.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai Compete In Dumfries Championship

Two junior members from our club, competed at the International Budo Federation, 2012 Scottish Open Judo Championship, Dumfries, Scotland, on Saturday 21st July. Jessica Cairns (11) and Ellie Hutton (8) both became champions, when they both won gold medals in there respective events.
Congratulations Girls.
Photo, L/R   Jessica Cairns, Ellie Hutton and presenting there medals, Robin Hyslop 5th Dan  (Judo)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Olympic Torch Comes To The Bushido Judo Kwai

On Friday 20th July Olympic Torch Bearer Bob Carpenter visited the Bushido Judo Kwai at the Kings Estate Residents Association Wallsend and gave our students a short presentation on the importance of fitness. This was a surprise to everyone and went down very well with all, all of the members having their photo taken with the torch individually.  The other big surprise was that Bob, along with his daughter Margaret and his son David had trained at the Bushido Judo Kwai as far back as 1978.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

All England Judo Federation Meeting in Northumberland

The technical board of the All England Judo Federation held two meetings in Northumberland on the 2nd & 3rd of July, Joe Norman (President) and Steve Butler (National Coach), both from Essex were present.  On Saturday evening, after a long day of discussions we all went for a meal in Cramlington.

From left to right - Chris Dawson, Steve Butler, Joe Norman, Babs, John Hall, Jack Hearn & Juneille Smith

Friday, 1 June 2012

Jessica win's The Steve Milsted Award

Jessica Cairns has won the Bushido Judo Kwai's highest honour, The Steve Milsted Award, this  is presented annually to the junior member, who has won the most gold medals on or around May 3rd, the club's birthday, the award was originally given by Steve Milsted in 1978, a founder member of Bushido Judo Kwai  who now lives in Australia.
Jessica joined our club on the 27th March 2007 and follows a long line of first class judoka to win this award, starting in 1978 with Jan Russell.
Michael Clark a very well respected member and a great friend to the  Bushido Judo Kwai, was invited to present Jessica with her trophy, Michael joined us in 1976, just months after the club was founded and has the grade of 1st Dan, Mick has also represented the club in Spain and Japan.

Photo, Jessica and Michael at our dojo on 1st June 2012

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai first training session at our new dojo.

Monday 28th May and this is our first training session at our new dojo, at Kings Estate Residents Association, Wallsend on Tyne, we are also having a training session on friday evenings.
Left to Right,  Liam, Roy, Leon, Ellie,  Jack, Callum and Laura with instructor Chris Dawson.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai at the Westgate Judo Club Open

Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai competed at Westgate Judo Club, Newcastle Area British Judo Council Grades Tournament at The Westgate Centre for Sport, Newcastle upon Tyne on Sunday 27th May 2012.  Jack Barnett (8) won his first judo gold with style in the boy's primary event.  Jessica Cairns (11) added to her two previous golds with a silver in the girl's 3rd Kyu event.  Liam Banks (12) took a bronze in the 3rd Kyu, under 60kilo event, in what turned out to be a very talented group.  Ellie Hutton (7) competing in the girl's primaries 5th Kyu, won a bronze.  Callum McInnes (10) and Millie Richardson (8) both received runner up medals.  We attend this excellent championship every year and would like to thank the organisers for yet another successful day.

Photo left to right - Jack Barnett, Liam Banks, Ellie Hutton, Jessica Cairns & Callum McInnes

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

New Dojo for Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai

Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai will begin training from Monday 28th May 2012 at its new dojo at Kings Estate Residents Association, Milfield Avenue, King's Estate, Wallsend, NE28 9JF. The move was prompted when Wallsend Boy's Club (our home for 25 years) was demolished.
When  I approached the Kings Estate Residents Association Committee with a view to us running our club from their premises they moved very quickly and soon gave me the go ahead, for which we are very grateful, as this is a perfect facility for our club.


Sunday, 20 May 2012

All England Judo Federation Northern Regional Junior & Senior Grading, May 2012.

The Northern Region of the All England Judo Federation held their summer grading at the Hadrian Leisure Centre, Wallsend, North Tyneside today.  Taking part in the grading were thirty three junior and senior members from The Hokojun Judo Club Cramlington,  Ronin Judo Club Morpeth and Bushido Judo Kwai Wallsend.
Our thanks to the staff at the Hadrian Leisure Centre, referees, timekeepers and students for making this a very successful event.
Photo taken by Louise Cairns.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai at 36

Bushido Judo Kwai  founded May 3rd 1976
is 36 today.  And still going strong, thanks to all of our members past and present. 

Monday, 30 April 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai European Tour 1980

May 1980 and the Bushido Judo Kwai were in Europe to compete against three other judo clubs. Our base for five day's would be at the Hotel Op de Boud, Parallelweg 5, Vallkenburg, Holland. Our first event was with Schinveld Judo Club, Holland, which we won, we also won the next competition against the Hei-Sei-Do Judo Club, Klimmen also in Holland. Next we travelled over the border to Germany to compete with Aachen Judo Club, who were in a far higher class than the two previous clubs, but our squad really did us proud and made it three win's to the Bushido Judo Kwai. Our team also included several members from NDLB Judo Club, Hull, Budokan, Leicester and GEC Judo Club, Leicester, three clubs that we always got on with, hence the invitation to join us on the tour.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai Senior Squad, December 1999.

This photo was taken at our dojo, on our return from the British Judo Council (MAC) Eastern Region, Open Judo Championship, in Fakenham, Norfolk, on the 5th December 1999.
L/R, Chris Heaney, Chris Dawson (Instructor), Steve Muckle, Scott Martin, Ian Biggins, Fred Ellerby (Instructor), Elliot Makin,
Billy Snowdon, Steve Compton, Steve Ellerby, Malcolm Young, Kevin Ellerby
and John Patterson.
Competitors and Medal Winners Were,
Steve Ellerby (Gold), Malcolm Young (Silver), Steve Muckle (Silver), Scott Martin, Steve Compton and Ian Biggins all won Bronze.


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bushido Judo Kwai success at the Newcastle Area British Judo Council Judo Tournament.

Photo by Duncan Stuart

Eight Bushido Judo Kwai junior members competed at the Newcastle Area, British Judo Council Championship, on Saturday 24th March, at the Parks Sports Centre, Howdon Road, North Shields.
Golds went to Jessica Cairns (11), Callum McInnes (10), Jack Ross (13), Joe Ross (15),
Jack Barnett (8) won a Silver at his first championship, Bronze went to Ellie Hutton (7), both Millie Richardson (8) and Liam Banks (12) fought well in hard groups and were awarded Runner Up medals. About one hundred judoka took part in what was a very good event for us, Our thanks to Joyce and Eddy Kenny.

To see more photos from BUSHIDO JUDO KWAI
go to Bushido Judo Kwai Picasa Web Albums.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

All England Judo Federation Meeting in Essex 25th / 26th February 2012

Photo L/R, Ted Turner, Darren Lyons, John Hall,
Joe Norman (President),
Shayne Thorn, Juneille Smith, Jack Hearn and Chris Dawson.

This was the first meeting between the All England Judo Federation and the recently formed Northern Region, which was held over two days at the Royal Hotel, Purfleet, Essex on the 25th - 26th February 2012.

Bushido Judo Kwai move to Whitley Bay

After 25 years at Wallsend Boys Club and following serious structural damage to the building, the Bushido Judo Kwai moved to a temporary dojo at the rear of the Mini Golf Reception, The Links, Whitley Bay, thanks to the kindness of Mick Clark 1st Dan.
Our first training session was on Friday 10th February 2012, fifteen junior members turned up for training and my thanks go to them, also to Wallsend Boys Club for the judo mats.

Training sessions are on Tuesday & Friday evenings 6.30 / 8.00.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

British Judo Council (MAC) National Judo Championship 1976.

This pool sheet was sent to me recently, it comes from The British Judo Council (MAC) National Judo Championships held at Alexandria Palace, London, on the 16th October 1976, it was an all Bushido Judo Kwai final, between two first dans Chris Dawson and Bob Paterson, who were both founder members of Wallsend's Bushido Judo Kwai in the May of that year.
I took the gold on this occasion but exactly one week later, at a championship held in the North East of England, Bob and i found ourselves against each other again in yet another final, this time he took the gold and i the silver.