On a sunny Good Friday afternoon, a seven-strong Rush Judo competition squad travelled up to Edinburgh to compete in the Sportif International ranking event – a high level competition followed by an intense three day training camp.
The JudoScotland-Sportif International is the UK’s premier international tournament; a strong event with nearly 500 players from all over Europe – and even Canada – in attendance.
Lewis Fryer (minor boys) had three great wins by an ippon, yuko and a waza-ari; narrowly missing out in the final to take the silver medal, a fantastic achievement in group of 15.
The pre-cadets category saw a well executed waza-ari throw from Hannah Niven pave her way to a silver medal.
Haydn Williams was pleased with strong ippon and waza-ari wins which took him to the semi-finals, narrowly losing out to the eventual gold medallist while gaining a very creditable fifth place in a large group.
Gergo Berendi continued in his usual fine form with a particularly impressive second round ippon to earn ninth place.
In the cadets, Charlie Bennett had two great ippon wins which helped him to seventh place in a large group and some very valuable points in the BJA Ranking system.
Michael Fryer was in a group of 36, with waza-ari wins helping him gain ninth place, with Emily Niven also taking ninth after a particularly impressive ippon.
Coach Laurie Rush was extremely pleased, saying: “They all competed at this level; none were out of their depth and some exceeded expectations. All in all it was a long, hard, tough but rewarding day”.
Rush Judo run classes for all abilities and ages. Contact Laurie on 07949 609569 for more information or visit www.rushjudo.co.uk