SEISHIN IS PRESENTED WITH SPORT ENGLAND
On Monday 19th May Andrew Moshanov 6th Dan ex Olympic Coach
for the Chinese National Team and the Russian Women's National
team and Technical Director for the British Judo Association
came to Seishin Judo in Burgess Hill to officially present
them with the prestigious Sport England Clubmark and the Bronze
level of the British Judo Association Club Recognition Scheme.
And to teach the Junior and Senior sessions.
Sport England Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation
for clubs with junior sections. It is awarded by National
Governing Bodies in the case of Seishin, the British Judo
Association and County Sport Partnerships to recognise and
reward examples of good practice within clubs that are promoting,
delivering and coaching Judo. This means that a club that
has been awarded Clubmark has high standards of Child Protection
and Safety, Quality Coaching, Equal Opportunities and Good
Management. Of course, those very same principles apply to
the senior membership as well.
In addition to presenting the awards, Andrew also ran both
the Senior and Junior Sessions that evening
This involved, varied and strenuous warms ups, varied practice
drills and a range of techniques in both Newaza and Tachiwaza
which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those present.
Chief Instructor Bruce Scrivens said It was a great
honour to receive this award from Andrew. He is a well respected
coach in Judo and he has said that he will come down again
in the future.
Seishin travel to The Dai Nippon Butokukai 3rd World Butoku
Sai and Commemorative Rensei Taikai
On Sunday 20th April, Bruce Scrivens and John Boulderstone
travelled to Japan along with good friend Mike Selvey and
his group to attend The Dai Nippon Butokukai 3rd World Butoku
Sai and Commemorative Rensei Taikai.
First stop was Tokyo and whilst there we visited, amongst
other sights, Sengaku-Ji, the legendary the Temple of the
47 Ronin, Mount Fuji and the Imperial Palace.
On 24th we moved down to Kyoto to take part in training and
seminars with Honbu Instructors and to demonstrate at the
3rd World Butoku Sai and Commemorative Rensei Taikai along
with well over 600 other International Members from over 40
Details As follows:
April 25th -
Orientation sessions in the Budo Centre and historic
April 26th -
Training in Butoku Den and Budo Centre
April 27th -
April 28th -
Official Beginning of WBS with Procession and Declaration
of Third World Butoku Sai. Sosais
Greeting followed by greetings from Dignitaries
April 29th -
The World Butoku Sai, Heian Shrine Dedication Ceremony,
then demonstrations in Butokuden, including a demonstration
of Iaido by Seishin
April 30th -
DNBK International Division Rensei Taikai where Seishin
again demonstrated Iaido
Seishin were honoured to receive the following awards, Doryuko
Sho for the Dojo, Doryuko Sho for Iaido at World Butoku Sai
and Rensei Taikai and Leadership Award for Bruce Scrivens.
In addition Bruce Scrivens was awarded the grade of Godan
(5th Dan) and title of Renshi in Iaido and John Bouldertstone
the grade of Nidan (2nd Dan) in Iaido.
Under Dai Nippon Butoku Kai our dojo name is now SEISHIN
The next few days were spent sightseeing in Kyoto including
Nijo Castle, Heian Shrine, Ryoan Ji Temple and Kinkaku Ji
Temple to name just some.
Back to the UK on 4th May.
February saw students from Seishin attend a multi style Iaido
seminar. It has always been our belief that by taking part
in such events a greater knowledge and understanding can be
achieved. Not just by learning varied and applied techniques
but perhaps, most importantly, the history and associated
culture behind the martial arts of Iaido, Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu.
The styles represented were Muso Shinden Ryu, Muso Jikiden
Eishin Ryu, Toyama Ryu, Tenshin Ryu and Shinkage Ryu. There
will be others in the future!
SEISHIN AWARDS FOR 2007
Family, friends and guests packed into Clair Hall in Haywards
Heath on Friday 8th February as Seishin held its 5th Annual
Awards Night. Since its beginning Seishin has grown in all
aspects with an increasing membership in both Judo and Iaido
(The art of the Japanese Sword)
Family, friends and guests packed into Clair Hall in Haywards
Heath on Friday 8th February as Seishin held its 5th Annual
Awards Night. Since its beginning Seishin has grown in all
aspects with an increasing membership in both Judo and Iaido
(The art of the Japanese Sword)
Those present were treated to a very full programme starting
with a traditional opening ceremony known as Harai no Gi.
This was followed by demonstrations of Judo, Iaido, Karate
Judo showed a range of basic and advanced techniques and
a traditional kata called Nage no Kata. Iaido, saw a demonstration
and explanation of techniques, including two man Iaido known
as Tachi Uchi no Kurai and ending with Tamishigiri (actual
cutting of prepared targets) Also demonstrated were Karate
and Kendo by good friends of Seishin
As always, a highlight of the evening was the presentation
of awards for 2007.
In the Judo section Stefan Abram was named Best
Junior Newcomer with Ritchie Pomfret and Joe
The Award for Enthusiasm went to Thomas Chellow
with r/u Emma Viney and Harry Grimmett.
Most Improved Judoka was won by Matthew Waller,
r/u Marcus Battrum and Sam Blake was awarded
Most promising Junior with Joshua Alfredo r/u.
In the under 9s Group, Jo Jo Bach was awarded
Junior Girl of the Year, Elia Bach r/u; Alfie
Coke was the Boys winner, with Ryan Pearce
and Tom Chivers r/u.
In the 10-12 age group Bryony Chellow was Junior
Girl of the Year with Ellie Powell and Matilda
Coke r/u; Sam Battrum was the Boys winner,
Edmund Coke and Luke Macklin r/u.
In the 13-16 age group Jazmin Rainger was Junior
Girl of the Year with Dominic Young winning the
Boys title, Dan Bolland and Charlie Jeyes
The Sportmanship Cup went to Joe Bolland, George
Horn r/u; Junior Fighter of the Year went to Justin
Macklin. Tom Ransom r/u.
Gareth Young won the Spirit of Judo Award and
was voted the Players Player.
The Seishin Shield was won by Rob Lightfoot.
From the seniors, Darren Pacey was Best Newcomer,
Alexander Walker r/u; Senior Fighter of the Year,
Oliver Young and Danny Gregory r/u; Most Improved
Senior went to James Stringer. Iaidoka of the
Year was won by Philip Orchin and Most Improved
Iaidoka went to Colin Hampton.
Chief Instructor Bruce Scrivens commented On a personal
level the past year has been difficult and the next few months
will be somewhat testing. However, to be part of and share
evenings like this is a rare treat. To see so many people
gain well earned awards is a great thrill, well done all of
Black Belt for James
James Stringer gained his 1st Dan Black Belt at a recent
competitive grading held in Worthing.
At the age of 16, James is the youngest player from Seishin
to attain this coveted grade which he did, in style, on the
day. To do so he won two fights by an `ippon` (full point
score) to qualify for a `line up` of three consecutive contests
all of which he won by `ippon`.
Chief Instructor, Bruce Scrivens said This is a great
achievement for James. He is a popular young man and this
will be an inspiration to the other young players.
Seishin judoka selected to join the World Class Start Squad
Joe Bolland has been selected as a member of the World Class
Start Squad which is a development Programme with the aim
of identifying talented young players and nurturing those
players (both physically and mentally) for future long term
success at major Senior Championships, such as the World Championships
Seishin attend Tenshin Ryu Seminar
Saturday 21st April 2007 saw students from Seishin travel
to Croydon to take part in a very well attended seminar on
Tenshin Ryu Iaido.
Close friend and Chief Instructor Kyoshi Mike Selvey, gave
instruction in Iai Jutsu, Sensei Glenn Coxon in Iaido and
Sensei Geoff Murray in the philosophy and history of Tenshin
The afternoon session was split into two sections, one area
for Tenshin Ryu Kata using daito (katana) and area two using
Seishin have attended many seminars in Iaido/Iai Jutsu as
is our belief that it strengthens our knowledge of the long
history, techniques, philosophy and therefore understanding
of the many different styles of Iaido.
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MEMBERS OF SEISHIN FIGHT FOR SUSSEX
Four members of Seishin Judo were selected to fight for their
county at the South of England Team Championships in Portsmouth
on Sunday 13th May. This Competition has five teams competing:-
Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and the Channel Islands. On
the day, the boys teams which included Dominic Young, Justin
Macklin and Gareth Young took Bronze and the Mens team which
included Oiliver Young took Silver.
Gaining a third place bronze for Sussex were Dominic Young
U34kg, Justin Macklin U46kg and Gareth Young U55kg. All three
boys fought extremely well with Dominic winning all of his
fights for the team while Justin and Gareth winning all but
one. Justin was moved up to the under 46kg category and therefore
had too fight against heavier and taller opponents.
Oliver Young, who is in his first year as a Senior Judoka
won a silver medal in the men's team after pulling off a winning
performance in the final fight, a hold down.
Bruce Scrivens commented "A great result for Sussex
and a great result for Seishin. As always, Seishin players
fought extremely well, no wonder we are proud of all of them".
Seishin 4th Annual Awards
Almost 300 members, family and friends packed into Claire
Hall, Haywards Heath as Seishin Judo held its 4th Annual Awards
Night on Friday 9th February. Seishin has gone from strength
to strength in the last year with an ever growing junior judo
section and a steadily increasing number of Seniors.
Iaido, (The Art of Japanese Sword) has also become a key
part of the clubs success. In the course of 2006 the Club
won 55 medals at competition and two juniors were identified
to train with the National Judo Squad a remarkable
The audience were treated to a very full programme starting
with a traditional opening ceremony called Harai no Gi. Judo
demonstrations included basic and advanced training techniques
followed by an impressive Iaido demonstration all performed
with enthusiasm by Seishin students. A traditional Judo kata
called Goshin Jitsu (kata of Self Defence) was demonstrated
by gold medal winners Oli and Gareth Young.
Special Guest David Ansell and his students from Shin Ichi
Do gave a fun and lively display of Kendo, and finally, a
display of Iaido by David Ansell 6th Dan and Bruce Scrivens
4th Dan included an exciting demonstration of Tameshigiri
As always, a highlight of the evening was the presentation
of Trophies for 2006.
Best Junior Newcomer - Harry Braid
Runner up - Jordan Murphy
Malcolms Award for Enthusiasm - Daniel Barlow
Runner-up - Connor Murphy
Most Improved Judoka - Edmund Coke
Runner-up - George Horne
Most Promising Junior - Jazmin Rainger
Runner-up Matthew Waller
Juniors of the Year Girls under 9 - Ellie Powell
Runner-up Bryony Chellew
Juniors of the Year Boys under 9 George
Juniors of the Year Girls 10-12 Matilda
Juniors of the Year Boys 10-12 - Justin Macklin
Runner-up Alex Faria and Sam Battrum
Juniors of the Year Boys 13-16 Rob Lightfoot
Runner-up Matt Lasis and George Tester
Sportmanship Cup Dominic Young
Runner-up Dan Bolland
Junior Fighter of the Year Gareth Young
Runner-up Joe Bolland
Players Player Edmund Coke
Senior Fighter of the Year Oliver Young
Best Senior Newcomer Mike Maclean
Runner-up Mark Michaels
Most Improved Senior Judoka Danny Gregory
Iaidoka of the Year John Boulderstone
Runner-up Kelly Sole
Most Improved Iaidoka Michael Shipman
Runner-up Philip Orchin
Spirit of Judo James Stringer
Runner-up Charlie Searl
Chief Instructor - Bruce Scrivens said This Awards
Night was a great success and I would like to thank all the
members, young and `old`, parents and friends who made it
possible and who have supported us again this past year and
for all those who helped on the night
British and Commonwealth Judo
Champion Simone Callender visits Seishin Judo
On Sunday 4th February Seishin Judo held a high performance
judo training session at its Dojo in Burgess hill run by Simone
Callender. Simone is the current Commonwealth Judo Champion
at Over 78kg and recently retained her British title at the
British Open Championships at K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.
Three sessions were held, the first for lower grade juniors,
followed by a session for intermediate grade juniors. The
final session of the day was for Senior and youth players.
The sessions contained strenuous warms ups, varied practice
drills and a range of techniques. This proved to be a great
success with over 70 players including some from Phoenix Star
Judo Club enjoying instruction from one of Britains finest
Due to the great success of this event Seishin intends to
hold further sessions in the future with others stars from
the world of judo world passing on their experience to Seishin,
one of the most successful clubs in Sussex.
Seishin is Awarded Clubmark
Seishin gains the prestigious Clubmark Bronze Award, the
first Judo Club to do so in Mid Sussex
Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for
clubs with junior sections. Nearly half of all children and
young people are members of sports clubs outside school (Young
People and Sport National Survey 1999). It is vital that they
serve young people well.
Sport England Clubmark is awarded by National Governing Bodies
(NGB`s) in our case the British Judo Association and county
sport partnerships (CSPs) in recognition of a quality club.
The national scheme has been in place since 2002 and there
are now over 1,250 accredited clubs. It is envisaged that
by 2008 this will have increased significantly and that Clubmark
will become the quality mark that everyone looks to see attached
to a club.
NGB (National Governing Bodies), in our case the British
Judo Association, accredit clubs that comply with minimum
operating standards in four areas:
The Playing or Participation programme
Duty of Care and Child protection
Sports Equity and Ethics
As a single, national standard, Clubmark provides clubs
of all kinds with a structure and direction that will benefit
them in several ways:
Being able to demonstrate that a club has addressed issues
such as equality and child protection gives confidence to
parents choosing a club for their children.
The foundation for any club is its youth structure. So, by
encouraging and attracting young members, it is building a
Developing coaches and volunteers
As part of the accreditation scheme, a club will be given
help and advice to develop the skills of everyone involved.
Raising the profile
Once accredited, a club will be listed on the national
database and in other sporting directories. This will help
it to attract new members and to grow.
Clubmark your questions answered
What is Clubmark?
Clubmark is an accreditation scheme run by Sport England
which sets the standard for all quality sports clubs in England.
What does Clubmark stand for?
Clubmark stands for higher standards of safety, fairness,
coaching and management. That way the nations sports
club infrastructure will be safer, stronger and more successful.
This means that a club that has been awarded Clubmark has
high standards of child protection and safety, quality coaching,
equal opportunities and good management.
In essence a club which qualifies for Clubmark is a well
More details to follow..
High Performance Training at Seishin
On Sunday 4th February Seishin will hold a high performance
training day run by Simone Callender, British and Commonwealth
Champion. This will be by invitation only.
Simone Callender has an impressive competitive record, just
some of which are listed below:-
2006 British Closed - Gold
2006 GB World Cup - Bronze
2005 British Open - Gold
2004 Warsaw A Tournament - Bronze
2003 British Closed Championships - Gold
2003 Barcelona Open Tournament - Silver
2003 Senior Europeans (Open weight category) - 5th
2003 Dutch A Tournament - Silver
2003 Moscow Super A Tournament - Bronze
2002 Commonwealth Games - Gold
2002 Polish A Tournament - Silver
More details to follow
Second Seishin judoka selected to join
the World Class Start Programme
Rob Lightfoot an Under 73 Kgs player has been selected to
join the World Class Start Programme which is a development
Programme with the aim of identifying talented young players
and nurturing those players (both physically and mentally)
for future long term success at major Senior Championships,
Bruce once again to take part in Residential
High Performance Coaching at Bath University
Some of our players will be taking part in this extremely
intensive course under the instruction of the Team Bath coaching
team which includes:
Roy Inman OBE 8th Dan, Technical Director, Roy was
awarded the UK Coach of the Year in 1991, he has coached at
3 Olympic Games, and his players have won 6 Olympic medals
and 13 World Championship titles. Roy is a Director of the
British Judo Association.
Juergen Klinger 6th Dan, High Performance Judo Coach.
His main role is to build a high performance group for the
Olympics in 2012.
Darren Warner 4th Dan, BJA National High Performance
Coach based at the University. Darrens role is to work
with the High Performance players to prepare them for international
Kate Howey MBE 6th Dan, BJA National High Performance
Coach based at the University A world champion and double
Olympic medallist, Kate works with the National Development
Norito Katabuchi 3rd Dan is the Assistant Coach.
Norito is a graduate of Tokai University in Japan where he
studied a degree in Judo. Norito is also a support coach for
the National Elite Performance Squad.
Hidemi Soda 3rd Dan, Japanese Visiting Coach. A former
All Japan Champion, Hidemi is also a graduate of Tokai University.
Tom competes for Great Britain in
Tom Ransom travelled to Holland to take part in his first
International Judo Tournament for the Great Britain squad
in Venray. Although he failed to get amongst the medals this
time, he was able to get his first taste of competition against
players from almost 20 countries.
Bruce commented This is invaluable competition experience
for Tom will help in his forthcoming competitions
Seishin invited to demonstrate Judo at
the ever popular Cuckfield Country Fair
Monday 29th May saw players from Seishin demonstrating Judo
at the fair held at Haywards Heath Rugby grounds at Cuckfield,
Haywards Heath. Despite the wind and rain, which appeared
a few times, the crowds enjoyed some fun and enthusiastic
My thanks to all of those who turned up to help...... Bruce
Seishin 3rd Annual Awards Evening 2006
Seishin held its 3rd Annual Awards Night at the Martletts
Hall on Friday 24th February to an audience of nearly 300
people. The Club, which trains at Oakmeeds School in Burgess
Hill and the Wallis Centre in East Grinstead, has grown to
a Junior Section of over a 100 and a steadily increasing number
of Seniors. In the Club's second full year some 30% of the
Juniors entering competition were medal winners with twice
as many medals won as in the first year. Iaido, (The Art of
Japanese Sword) is also becoming an increasingly important
part of Seishin with a steadily increasing number of students
The evening commenced with a traditional opening ceremony
called Harai no Gi. Judo displays included a variety of basic
and advanced training techniques including Ukemi (Breakfalls)
and Nagewaza Throwing techniques. followed by a demonstration
of Judo 'Katas'.
A demonstration of Iaido concluded with an exciting display
of Tameshigiri (actual cutting) by Bruce Scrivens and David
Ansell . This was followed by a fun and lively presentation
of Kendo given by David Ansell.
In addition, as in previous years there was also a fun demonstration
mini competition by the younger Judo players with our young
The evening concluded with the awards presentations:-
Best Boys Newcomer 2005 - Luke Constable with Runner-up
Best Girl Newcomer 2005 - Francesca Allen
The Award for Enthusiasm 2005 went to Harry Grimmett
Runner up Lee Frisby
Most Improved Judoka 2005 - Tom Ransom, runner up Jared
Juniors of the Year 2005 were:
Girls - Zoe Boulderstone, runner up Georgina Simmonds
Boys - Mackenzie Simpson, runners up Maxime Oulton
and Edmund Coke
10 to 12 Years
Girls - Jessica Plumtree, runner up Sophie Cummings
Boys - Joe Bolland, runners up Sam Battrum and Justin
13 to 16 years
Girls - Lindsay Haggart
Boys - James Draper, runner up Luke O'Boyle
Sportsmanship Cup - Toine Hodgkiss
Junior Fighter of the Year - Oliver Young
Senior Fighter of the Year - Chris Godsmark
Iaidoka of the Year - James Stringer
Player's Player Awards, voted by the players themselves,
Oliver Young at Oakmeeds
James Draper at the Wallis Centre
Spirit of Judo Shield 2005 went to Rob Lightfoot
Closing ceremony of Osame no Gi performed by Bruce Scrivens
Chief Instructor Bruce Scrivens said 'We would like to give
our thanks to all the players, young and old, parents and
friends who have made this Award Night possible and who have
supported us again this past year'.
Seishin help out at the European Masters
The European Masters Judo Championships took place at the
Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill over the 5th and 6th
Seishin was invited to help at the Opening Ceremony and the
Medal Presentations by the British Judo Association and the
European Judo Union.
Twelve of our young judoka took part at this prestigious
event and they were a credit to themselves and Seishin.
Their help was acknowledged by a personal `thank you` from
Densign White 7th Dan, Chairman of the BJA.
The photograph below shows our youngsters after a long day
at the event.
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Seishin Player joins the BJA World
Class Start Programme
Tom Ransom officially becomes a member of the BJA World Class
The World Class Start Programme is development Programme
with the aim of identifying talented young players and nurturing
those players (both physically and mentally) for future long
term success at major Senior Championships, namely the Olympic
Games and World Championships
Young Novice players achieve medal
Young players from Seishin Judo took part in the Sussex Junior
Red Belt Invitation Competition at Worthing on Sunday 31st
Also on the same day was the Sussex Blue Belt and under,
again at Worthing where our single entry, Sophie Kinnear,
gained a Bronze medal in her first senior competition since
becoming a senior at the age of 16.
Chief Instructor, Bruce Scrivens commented "This was
the first time that any of these young players have competed
at any event and to achieve such great results is superb.
Not only did they fight well they also demonstrated great
sportsmanship and attitude. These novice players are the future!.
We at Seishin believe that Judo is not just a sport but also
a martial art and as such we teach both traditional and competitive
Judo. Competition is just one aspect"
Medal Success at Hampshire Open
3rd July 2005
A small team travelled to the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth
to represent Seishin Judo at the Hampshire Open Judo Competition
on Sunday 3rd July.
This was a tough competition and the players fought extremely
well in their respective weight categories and gained the
U38 Kgs James Draper - Bronze
U57 Kgs Lindsay Haggart - Bronze
U60 Kgs Rob Lightfoot - Bronze
U63 Kgs Lenka Yascurova - Bronze
U81 Kgs Chris Godsmark - Bronze
U90 Kgs Rob Braint - Bronze
Chief Instructor Bruce Scrivens said "As usual, all
our players fought with determination and tenacity. Well done
to all of them."
Kent International 2005
Seishin recently returned from the Kent International with
another new medallist. Under 66kg player, Tom Williams came
away from his first ever tournament with a well earned bronze
medal. Another notable performance was that of Jessica Plumtree,
who again competing in her first ever competition achieved
a very good fifth place. Along with eleven other team-mates
Tom and Jessica were competing at one of the premier International
events in the calendar. Seishin coach Tim Draper praised the
whole squad's performance, many of which were competing for
the first time at this level of competition. The complete
squad list was as follows:-
Richard Bartlett, James Draper, Ben Fletcher, Brad Hunt,
Chanelle O'Dwyer, Lindsay Haggart, Tom Williams, Jessica Plumtree,
Emily Hunter, Sam Loome, Toine Hodgkiss, Ashley Howells and
Chris gains his Black Belt
Chris Godsmark gained his Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) at
the competitive Judo Grading on 12th June at Worthing. Special
congratultions must go to Chris who gained his Black Belt
winning 5 fights by Ippon throws on the day! and all at the
age of just 16 years.
Bruce Scrivens, Chief Instructor at Seishin said "This
is a great result for Chris. The dedication that Chris gives
to his Judo is absolute and he has worked very hard to gain
this very special grade. Well done."
Members of Seishin's Iaido group achieve
On 14th and 15th May four members of Seishin's Iaido group
took part in the Open Iaido Rensei Taikai held at Bewbush
Leisure Centre in Sussex.
Over 100 people attended this event conducted by Mano Noburo
Sensei 8th Dan Iaido and 7th Dan Kendo who was making a return
visit to the UK. Several different styles of Iaido were represented
by those attending.
Scrivens, Chief Instructor at Seishin was honoured to have
been selected by Mano Sensei to give an Embu (Demonstration)
alongside high ranking instructors from a number of Iaido
The highlight of the weekend was a grading conducted by Mano
Sensei. Two students from Seishin took part in the grading
and as a result, John Mackintosh gained his Shodan (1st Dan)
and James Stringer his Ikkyu (1st Kyu) a great result, well
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Success for Seishin players at the British
Schools Judo Association Nationals
On Saturday 23rd April seven players from Seishin travelled
to The University of Wolverhampton in Walsall to represent
their school at the British Schools Judo Association National
Individual Championships. This competition attracts the very
best young Judo players from England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland. The standard of Judo was extremely good
and they all gave their best
Medal winners were:-
Rob Lightfoot - Gold in the Under 60Kgs category
Lindsay Haggart - Bronze in the Under 57 Kgs
Oliver Young - Bronze in the Under 50 Kgs, and
The other four players were Gareth Young (who gained a fifth
place) Matthew Lasis, Tom Ransom and James Stringer
Chief Instructor Bruce Scrivens commented "This is a
very tough National competition and these young people were
a credit to their school, Seishin and themselves. They all
fought extremely well".
Medal success for Seishin at the Sussex
County Judo Trials
20th March 2005, Durrinton Leisure Centre, Worthing
On Sunday 20th March, players from Seishin travelled to Worthing
to take part in the annual Sussex Trials. This competition
is open to Junior and Senior players from Judo clubs in Sussex
with medallists forming part of the Sussex Judo Squad. Those
gaining Gold medals also become Sussex Champions for 2005.
Seishin ended the day on a high by winning the Meeksan Trophy,
awarded to the club gaining the most medal points from the
junior trials and making Seishin officially the most successful
club in Sussex. The top award was secured by no less than
18 individual junior medals picked up by Seishin players.
Bruce Scrivens said "Our players gave a superb performance
with determination and sportsmanship. The effort they put
in, not only at the Trials, but in preparation at their weekly
training sessions helped Seishin to win The Meeksan Trophy".
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Ben Wins His Black Belt
6th March 2005, Durrington Leisure Centre, Worthing
Earlier this month senior Seishin judo player, Ben Sanderson
was celebrating the achievement of a long held ambition. After
an outstanding performance at the Sussex BJA Grading he won
promotion to 1st dan black belt. Ben was typically modest
about his achievement and stated that he now plans to continue
his judo development and qualify as a coach.
Seishin coaches Bruce Scrivens and Tim Draper were with Ben
when he received his promotion and Coach Bruce stated that
"This continues to demonstrate that we have a strong
senior section to compliment our successful junior squad".
Tim added "Everyone at Seishin congratulates Ben and
we are all delighted for him".
12 - 13 February 2005, Excel Centre, London
Seishin players rubbed shoulders with competitors from all
over the UK and Europe at the London International Judo Competition.
The event attracted a total entry of some 1,390 competitors
and is one of the most important dates in the UK calendar.
Seishin medal winners were as follows:-
Rob Lightfoot Under 60 kgs (aged 12 to 13 yrs)
Matthew Lasis Under 49 kgs (aged 10 to 11 yrs)
Joe Bolland Under 43 kgs (aged 10 to 11 yrs)
James Lasis Over 40 kgs (aged 8 to 9 yrs)
Fifth places were also taken by Dominic Young, Dan Bolland
and James Stringer in their respective groups.
Ben Sanderson Under 90 kgs
The London International is also well known for the very
high standards of competition in its kata contest. This year
was no exception and our junior pairing of Oliver and Gareth
Young acquitted themselves exceptionally well in the nage-no-kata
section where they competed on equal terms against adult teams.
This group was eventually won by the current Dutch National
Commenting on the event Bruce Scrivens said "This was
a tremendous result for our young players at a very tough
tournament. As always we are extremely proud of them all"
2nd Annual Seishin Award Night
4th February 2005, Burgess Hill
A packed audience at the Martletts Hall in Burgess hill attended
the second Seishin Judo Club Awards Night on Friday 4th February,
to celebrate the remarkable success the club has enjoyed in
the year. The evening started with a traditional Japanese
opening ceremony called 'Harai no Gi'. This was followed by
a display of Iaido (the art of Japanese Sword) by David Ansell
6th Dan and Bruce Scrivens 3rd Dan including an impressive
display of tameshigiri (actual cutting). A first this year
was a kendo display also by david Ansell. There were a number
of displays by Senior and junior judo players including an
impressive judo kata and some real competition from the juniors.
Coach Tim Draper introduced the various events throughout
the evening, which concluded with the awards presentations.
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NEW 10th July 2004
Sport Relief Donation
Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC SPORT to tackle
poverty and disadvantage, both in the UK and internationally.
Its debut in 2002 raised more than £14 million and in
2004 Sport Relief is aiming to do even better. The vision
is to harness the power, passion and goodness of sport to
help change the world. Seishin Judo joined thousands of other
sports clubs and individuals across the country on July 10th
by making a donation of £100 to the Sports Relief fund.
Sunday 13th June 2004
Seishin judo players attended the Sussex County
Gradings this weekend. This month, we put forward a smaller
number of entries than usual as we have a number of players
entering competitions, and it is vital that they remain in
their selected grade categories. In today's contest everyone
did their best and that is all anyone can ask for.Those who
were not so succesful this time will have their day!
Full details of results can be found on the results
Sunday 21st March 2004
Seishin junior and senior teams excelled this weekend
with a thrilling debut at the Sussex Closed Trials in Worthing.
Seishin were competing in this tournament for the very first
time, and have certainly now claimed their place amongst the
elite clubs in Sussex.
The junior squad ended the day with a haul of 13 medals,
including golds from Dominic Young, James Draper and Gareth
Rann. Five of the junior medallists were also competing at
this level for the very first time, collecting four silvers
and a bronze between them.
To cap a perfect day, the Seishin Junior team also came within
one point of claiming the coveted Meeksan Trophy for the most
successful junior team, finishing in second place. Head coach
Bruce Scrivens commented, "This was our first Sussex
County Trials since our formation in late September 2003 and
the junior squad have exceeded our very best expectations.
Those players who have chosen to join us were well represented
here and what a result! They have worked very hard in preparing
for this tournament, and through the guidance of the coaches
and more experienced players, have been well rewarded for
their efforts." Bruce added "We are a new
club, and expect to improve further on these results. With
many new players still to come through the ranks it all bodes
very well for the future."
The Seishin senior squad also did not disappoint with a total
of four medals including two golds. A special mention should
go to both Robbie Braint and Ben Sanderson, both of whom have
recently moved from the junior ranks straight into the under
90kg mens catagory. Both of these players acquitted themselves
extremely well and were not phased by the event.
Sunday 29th February 2004
Seishin junior and senior players enjoyed a very
successful day at the Sussex gradings this weekend. In all,
seven junior and five senior players were successful in improving
their grade. Bruce Scrivens, head coach commented ...
"Seishin continues to improve with both junior and senior
players achieving success. These are competitive gradings
and advancement is never easy. It is important to remember
that everyone at the club plays a part in the success of others"
Monday 16th February 2004
London International Judo Tournament
Seishin Judo had a very good medal return from the
London International Judo Tournament held at the ExCel Centre
in Docklands this weekend. This tournament is one of the premier
events on the UK judo calendar and was attended by judoka
from all over Europe. As a result competition was tough and
everyone from Seishin Judo distinguished themselves well.
In all, ten Seishin players were fighting over the weekend
Dominic Young - Group B3, boys aged 8 & 9 under 28kg
Joe Bolland - Group B7, boys aged 8 & 9 under 40kg
James Lasis - Group B8, boys aged 8 & 9 over 40kg
James Draper - Group C2, boys aged 11 & 12 under
31kg (representing Sussex County)
Oliver Young - Group D4, boys aged 12 & 13 under
Jack Tottman - Group D9, boys aged 12 & 13 under
Lindsay Haggart - Group D20, girls aged 12 & 13 under
55kg (representing Sussex County)
Rob Braint - Group F5, men 16 to 18 under 81kg
Paola Gallelli - Group F9, women 16 to 18 under 57kg
Nicole Berry - Group H12, womens open under 78kg
Everybody fought extremely well in groups where there were
no easy fights.
Dominic Young having moved up a weight category put in a
very worthy performance by reaching the latter stages of a
very large group. James Lasis narrowly missed out on bronze
in his last fight, and was also responsible for the throw
of the afternoon with a superb harai goshi.
Lindsay Haggart and James Draper, both selected to represent
the Sussex County Team at this event did not let down their
club, or county, by winning 3rd place bronze in their groups.
James Draper achieving his bronze win in a very tough "golden
score" final, testing the nerves of the club and county
coaches by winning in the dying seconds with a seoinage throw.
Nicole Berry succeeding in winning a silver medal in the
women's open category. A very commendable achievement underlined
by a brief visit to casualty for a sore neck. Nicole thankfully
suffered no lasting effects.
The gold medal victory from Joe Bolland came as no surprise
to coaches Bruce Scrivens and Tim Draper. Joe has emerged
this year as a real competition contender, and disposed of
his opponents very efficiently, putting on a very strong demonstration
of contest groundwork on the way.
Head coach Bruce Scrivens commented that to get four medals
from ten entries was an exceptional performance in such a
high level competition. He added that every single Seishin
player put in very strong and determined performance and that
the medal winners deserve special praise for their achievements.
To see the full results of the tournament, visit the tournament
website over the next week where the full results will be
here for the tournament page
Sunday 1st February 2004
Seishin Annual Award Night
Was a great success, attended by over 200 people.
This was our first
and inaugural presentation evening.
The evening was attended by our sponsors BOC Ltd.
David Ansell (Shinichido Iaido) conducted the opening cleansing
ceremony, and together with Bruce Scrivens gave an enthralling
display of sword work
Full details and pictures to follow.
here for photos
Kingsmill Bread Sports Equipment Promotion
Kingsmill bread are running a "Kingsmill Free
Kits For Clubs" promotion. We are asking everyone to
collect the tokens from this promotion. There are tokens on
bread and rolls and we can exchange them for various sports
goods. There will be collection envelops for the tokens at
both the Park Centre and The Wallis Centre. See the Kingsmill
Kit For Clubs website
for more details. Contact Jo Draper if you have any queries.