There was much to celebrate this weekend at Leigh Judo Club with over 30 junior and senior members recently passing their grading examination and achieving new coloured belts. All of those who graded were praised for their theory content and determination in putting in the practice. For some junior members, it was their first time at a grading but they did not let the nerves get the better of them. Head Coach Luke Brown said, “I’m really proud of all our members and what they’ve achieved, the quality was high and they showed great discipline. It will really boost their confidence.”
The Olympic inspired club has continued its rise in popularity with many parents realising the benefits of judo. “As well as being fun, increasing fitness and strength, judo develops skills and character such as discipline, respect and sportsmanship as well as confidence and self-esteem” said the BJA 3rd DAN Black Belt Brown. The award winning club are also achieving success with senior members Stuart Holden and Jessica Martin winning bronze and silver medals in a recent regional competition. Despite competing against much higher graded and experienced opponents, the pair fought valiantly and are already looking forward to their next event. Bronze medal winner Holden said,
“It was my first judo competition so I was a little nervous but with the support of my coach and club motivated me. It was a great experience, it’s made me want to train harder and learn more.” said bronze medal winner Holden. With former GB International coach Brown, Leigh Judo Club has a history of bringing in high level players to inspire their members having previously had Olympian Sophie Cox visit and Commonwealth champion David Groom visit the club. With strong values and a fun environment, the club looks to continue its rise long into the future.