Episode 7 Gemma Gibbons

Featuring recently retired Olymic Silver medallist from London 2012 Gemma Gibbons.

Player of the week 24.5.17

Congratulations to Nathaniel Waite for being awarded Player of the Week this Wednesday. Keep up the great work Nathaniel!

Nominations for Committee at 2017 AGM

The following people have been nominated to stand at Hampshire Judo’s committee forthcoming AGM.

Chair – Adrian Dove – Osaka

Secretary – Bryan Andrews – Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy


Please let me know if you have any questions.



Secretary Hampshire Judo


Judo Chop Suey Podcast Ep. 24 - The Can-Am Connection

Not to be confused with the WWF tag team of Rick Martel and Tom Zenk, the Can-Am Connection for this podcast is a reference to my interview with a fellow who goes by the name of Kristian.  Kristian holds the rank of nikyu and he trains in Canada and the United States.  He gives his thoughts on Judo in the United States and shares his experiences and opinions on Judo in the United States compared to Canada.  We also have a fun conversation about the WWE.  As a side note I had connectivity issues throughout this interview so it was not my intention to talk over my guest at times.

The Judo Chop Suey podcast is now sponsored by The Nik and Si show.  The Nik and Si show can be watched at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/nikandsi    

The outline of the show is below:  

  • The Judo club has a new home! [2:42]  
  • Listener Reaction. [8:52]  
  • Interview with Kristian. [17:17]  
  • My rant on the current state of the WWE. [1:10:20]  

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Opening Music: Blade by Kynetic  

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Judo Grip: How To Get Correct Control Of The Inside Lapel

A Little Video On Judo Grip

Here is a little video (below)on Judo Grip, and it is very good advice.

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As anybody who has read my blog, would know that I think practicing grip fighting is a very bad idea. If you don't know how to attack from any grip you can get, you will be beaten by somebody who does. Your objective is to throw your opponent not get a grip on them.

Beside, watching two Judoka grip fighting in a competition is boring and looks like children playing patter cake rather than serious martial arts.

However once you get a grip you do need to know what to do with it and Matt gives a very good description on how to use and inside lapel grip. It is not enough to just simply have an inside lapel grip. You have to be able to take advantage of being in that position.

To Make this work as with anything you would have to make sure that you practice this grip until it becomes automatic. Seems obvious I know but a significant number of Judoka when they here this do not registrar the word automatic when they they are told this.

There is very little time between between when you take this grip and when you opponent will attempt to pull you in so you have you wont have time to think about how to use the grip. You have to respond instantly and that requires training until the movement is automatic.


Women’s sports news round-up – May 22

This week there were world cup medals across mountain-biking, sprint canoeing, para-cycling and Judo as well as a new world record for Sophie Hahn in para-athletics.


Mountain biking: Evie Richards wins Silver at Czech World Cup
Great Britain Cycling Team’s Evie Richards reached her first international mountain bike podium of the year as she took the silver medal at the first cross-country UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of 2017 in the Czech Republic. The 2016 under-23 cyclo-cross world champion has high hopes for herself in the mountain bike cross-country discipline, with a podium finish at the world championships in Cairns this September set firmly in her sights. Full story via British Cycling

Caneoing: Broughton secures silver on Canoe Sprint World Cup debut
Lizzie Broughton admits her first international sprint regatta could hardly have gone better after securing a silver medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup event in Portugal. Full story via TeamGB

Paracycling: Mel Nichols wins double bronze at the Para-Cycling Road World Cup
Mel Nicholls won two two bronze medals at the Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Belgium. A bronze in the H4 time trial on Friday and a second in the road race on Saturday morning. Full story via British Cycling

Para-athletics: Sophie Hahn breaks T38 100m world record
British Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn set a new world record by clocking 12.49 seconds for T38 100m at the Loughborough International Athletics 2017. The 20-year-old, who won the event at Rio 2016, improved on her own previous best by 0.11 seconds. Full story via the BBC

Judo: Natalie Powell wins judo Grand Slam silver in Russia
Commonwealth Games judo champion and Olympian Natalie Powell has won silver for Great Britain at the Ekaterinberg Grand Slam in Russia.The 26-year-old from Wales lost to Japan’s Mama Umeki having reached the final in the -78kg category on Sunday. Full story via the BBC

The Women’s Sports Magazine




It is perfectly possible that there was a collective sigh of relief from competitors entered in the -81kg category when they realized that world number one Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) and world number five Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) were sitting out the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam. However, filling one of the four places reserved for Russia as host nation was current Olympic champion Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) whose appearance helped to draw a large crowd on the second day of competition.

After a first round bye Khalmurzaev faced the relatively unknown WATANABE Hayato (JPN) whose IJF World Tour achievements amount to date to a second place finish at the 2016 Tashkent Grand Prix. But the 24-year old Japanese proceeded to give the Olympic champion a contest that he is likely to remember for quite some while to come. The total time spent on the mat was 17 minutes, albeit that part of that was taken up with a break to treat a blood injury to Khalmurzaev’s lip, and a finger injury sustained by Watanabe. Nevertheless, the pair battled away into golden score where Khalmurzaev eventually threw Watanabe with de ashi bari for waza ari to bring their marathon to a close. The contest gave every appearance of being a technical exercise for Watanabe rather than the usual head-to-head battle. But Watanabe (and those interested in assessing Khalmurzaev) will have come away with valuable footage of just how to make things difficult for the Olympic champion.

There were no favours being offered to Khalmurzaev and he was again made to work for his win when in the quarter final the fast improving Etiene BRIAND (CAN) took Khalmurzaev the distance, collecting a third shido with only 10 seconds left on the clock. In the semi final it was the turn of number one seed Frank DE WIT (NED) to take Khalmurzaev into golden score where after only ten seconds the Russian threw De Wit for waza ari with uchi mata. By now Khalmurzaev had warmed to his task and in the final it was the turn of UNGVARI Atilla (HUN) to be on the receiving end from Khalmurzaev of another trade mark uchi mata this time for ippon and the gold medal.

The gold back patch worn by all current Olympic title holders is without doubt a target. Today’s targeting of Khalmurzaev is understandable from a tactical point of view and is a reflection of the nature of competitive sport. Yet the concentration of efforts of those who seek to defeat Khalmurzaev may yet amount to little given that Russia may decide to offer up the likes of Khubetsov or Lappinagov during this cycle, any one of whom is capable of meeting any potential challenge.


A change of location saw Russia’s Grand Slam move from Tyumen to be staged for the first time in the city of Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Region. On hand to deliver gold for the home crowd on the opening day was Abdula ABDULZHALILOV (RUS) who showed both style and exceptional skill as he carved his way through the field to take his first ever IJF Judo World Tour gold in the -66kg category.

The 26-year old Abdulzhalilov began the day with a first round bye after which he faced Sacha FLAMENT (FRA). Both fighter took their time to battle for grips. But with 1:36 left on the clock, Abdulzhalilov launched a powerful right-sided morote seoi nage that brought Flament crashing to his back for ippon. In the quarter final it was the turn of Sergiu OLEINIC (POR) to be thrown for ippon, this time Abdulzhalilov employing right sided sode tsuri komi goshi after only one minute for ippon. In the semi final number two seed DOVDON Altansukh (MGL) was awarded hansokumake after he made a bridge when attempting to avoid a morote seoi nage attack from Abdulzhalilov.

In the final Abdulzhalilov faced double Grand Slam gold medal winner Charles CHIBANA (BRA). In what was a beautifully balanced contest between two exacting and attacking competitors, it was Abdulzhalilov (after a minor delay for a blood injury to Chibana) who launched yet another powerful seoi nage attack that this time had Chibana bridging on his head to avoid giving up a score. It is a pity that the contest had to end with Chibana’s disqualification. However, the first thing to remember is that the referee is obliged for the safety of the athletes to issue the hansokumake. Second, it is a measure of the efforts of Abulzhalilov’s opponents to avoid his techniques that these things occur. It is understandable given the Russian’s throwing skills.

Big changes……

Lots of people have asked me what is going on with “my job” at Anglia Ruskin so I thought it best to clarify my current position. I am a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin and was not employed for the judo at all, this was all something I did “as extra”.

In 2009 I started a judo club at Anglia Ruskin University, I remember telling the SU staff that I wanted it to be the best university judo team in the country and being laughed at. In 2010 the European judo union moved the performance coach awards to Anglia Ruskin with me as the course leader and this was the start of a “judo programme” that consisted of a high performance coach education pathway, full-time athletes, a community programme, the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, recreational judo and a judo research group. I am quite proud of what was achieved here, predominately in my own time and with no extra pay. As much as I enjoy research and coach education my real passion is in athlete development and ironically it was this part of the judo programme that would prove its eventual downfall.

I set the target of providing 20hrs of training a week and we managed this with the same support as other clubs had (often less) for a sustained period of time but eventually politics take over and to be honest the last two years have been very difficult and I feel quite betrayed by people close to me. In my time managing and coaching the athletes at Anglia Ruskin they have performed very well in the British University and Colleges Championships, the results are shown below for this –

  • 4 x mens team champions at BUCS (the only Anglia Ruskin University team to win BUCS) plus one bronze
  • Women’s team bronze
  • 10 individual dan grade gold medals
  • 3 individual dan grade silvers medals
  • 10 individual dan grade bronzes medals

Over the years thats is 288 BUCS points for Anglia Ruskin University. Add to that around 15 peer reviewed journal articles specific to judo, three judo PhD students, countless students who have attended the university because of judo, income generated and the marketing i’d say it’s not a bad job.  Still the head of sport decided he didn’t want me involved in the judo anymore and the faculty decided to support him in this, that’s life I guess.

So I move on! I will stay at Anglia Ruskin as a senior lecturer, a job I have enjoyed very much over the years to be honest and the one I am actually paid for. I think it is fair to say that my club that I have run for 18 years, Comberton Judo club, has suffered over the past 5-6 years with my main focus being on the Anglia Ruskin Judo Programme and the good news is that is changing and it is changing fast! Very fast! Comberton Judo club will now provide full-time training and many of the students who previously trained within the Anglia Ruskin Judo programme have moved to train with us.

I am now more positive and more confident in the judo I can deliver than I have been for a very long time, this might be a forced change but in many ways I feel it will be for the best. I would really like to thank the coaches and athletes who have stood by me throughout this two year period – Natasha Collins, Alex Hemming, Holly Newton, Ben Caldwell and Tara Fitzjohn have been particularly affected by all of this and have been strong throughout.

I will follow this post with another one about all the changes coming on board at Comberton Judo Club in the very near future (to be honest it might take more than one post!). In the mean time I wish the Head of Active Anglia and his new Head Coach, Michael Stewart, all the best for their venture into running a full-time training programme and we’ll see you on the mat!



Player of the week 17.5.17

Congratulations to Georgina Waite for being awarded Player of the Week this Wednesday. Keep up the great work Georgina!