MATCH REPORTS Jul - Dec 2015

4th July - National Team Championships, Walsall, Midlands


Our club members represented London proudly, with EJC fighters in all 4 teams: Men, Women, Boys & Girls. This is the first year we have had men in the team.

BRONZE Giovanny Antalika
BRONZE Vladimir Oleinic

GOLD Harkirat Sekhon
GOLD Julia Scardone
GOLD Jess Gordon-Brown
GOLD Charlotte Potter
GOLD Sammie Grant

SILVER Tohgo Kimura
SILVER Showgo Kimura
SILVER Ryan Burt

SILVER Megan Walmsley
SILVER Sofija Bojat
SILVER Harkirat Sekhon
SILVER Jess Gordon-Brown

11th July - British Senior European Cup, Wembley, London


Our 4 girls each put in solid performances, with Harkirat winning her first ever European Cup medal, a bronze, Juliam placing 5th and Nekoda winning gold. Jes also fought and despite not placing, fought very well. This was her first Senior European Cup.


12th July - Dorset Red Belt Championships, Creekmoor, Dorset

We had a very successful day in Dorset at this friendly club event. Thanks to Luke Davies for helping to warm the team up. Luke and our travelling fan club of parents and families was in fine form.


GOLD Aniss Rabia
GOLD Peter Davies
GOLD Dlair Singh
GOLD Mehdi Rabia
SILVER Tyler Offiah
BRONZE Alexey Beliakov

This was Dlair's Ealing debut and he gave it absolutely everything!

18th July - Russian Grand Slam, Tyumen, Russia

Nekoda represented Team GB at this Olympic qualifier. She lost in the first round to home girl, Kazenyuk and this put her out of the event.

26th July - West of England Open, Weston-Super-Mare

GOLD Tohgo Kimura
GOLD Megan Walmsley
GOLD Luke Davies
GOLD Peter Davies
GOLD Poppy Love
GOLD Scott Turner
SILVER Showgo Kimura
BRONZE Ryan Burt
BRONZE Jess Gordon-Brown
BRONZE Sammie Grant
BRONZE Giovanny Antalika
5th place Rhys Connor

Oscar and Dominic did not place today.

26th August - World Championships, Astana, Kazakhstan


Nekoda was feeling very positive, ready to compete and give her best. In her first contest she threw Ilieva of Bulgaria for Ippon. In round two she threw Hevondian of the Ukraine for Ipon. In the last 16 she came up against world and Olympic medalist Pavia of France, where she was held at almost full time. Losing before the quarter finals means no repecharge at this level, so despite being on excellent form Nekoda had to settle for an earlier exit than planned. It was a good day overall and Nekoda earned some more valuable Olympic qualifying points.

5th September - Bratislava European Cup, Bratislava, Slovakia

Julia was our lone ranger today, making the brave journey to Bratislava without the team. She gave a gutsy performance, losing out nto World Champion Kelmendi of Kosovo in the first round. Kelmendi pulled Julia back into the repecharge where she lost to Stangar of Germany. 

Competing against world class opposition is always worth the effort. Well done Julia!

12th September - Metro Mini-Mon, Kidbrooke

Little Peter Davies was our only competitor today. He had 4 contests and won 2 of them, to bring home a bronze medal.

19th September - NHC Red Belt Championships, Harlow

GOLD Peter Palotas
GOLD Viktoria Palotas
GOLD Mehdi Rabia
SILVER Alexey Beliakov
BRONZE Jaap Kaur
BRONZE Nina Beliakova
BRONZE Aniss Rabia

20th September - Devizes Annual Tournament, Wiltshire

Under 12
GOLD Luke Davies
BRONZE Mounir Baaziz
Jaap, Peter Davies & Dlair missed out on medals.

Under 16
GOLD Megan Walmsley
GOLD Sofija Bojat
GOLD Showgo Kimura
SILVER Tohgo Kimura
BRONZE Adam Burt
Oscar fought well but without a rostrum finish.

GOLD Ryan Burt
GOLD Giovanny Antalika
SILVER Sammie Grant
Joao gave a good account of himself but with no medal-winning finish.

26th September - London Green Belt & Below, UEL

Red & Yellow
GOLD Jaap Kaur
BRONZE Viktoria Palotas
BRONZE Poppy Love
BRONZE Maddy Birri
BRONZE Peter Davies
BRONZE Dlair Singh
despite some good performances Aniss, Mehdi, Samuel and Peter Palotas were unable to finish their day on the podium. 

Orange & Green
GOLD Luke Davies
BRONZE Oscar Gjesdal
Oliver missed out on the medals this time.

3rd October - Finland Senior European Cup, Tampere, Finland

Jess Gordon-Brown and Julia Scardone travelled with Jo to this European ranking tournament. Neither of the girls came away with a result.

9th October - European University Championships, Reims, France

Julia Scardone & Harkirat Sekhon qualified for this event back in February, after winning gold medals at the British University Championships. It was a very tough field, with particularly strong French and German teams in attendance. Neither girl won a medal but it was a great experience to be part of a multi sport Games.

17th October - Paris Grand Slam, France

Nekoda lost in the first round to European and World medalist Sabrina Filzmoser of Austria. We are looking forward to the next Paris Grand Slam, back where it belongs in the calendar, in February next year.

17th October - British Masters Championships, Walsall

Giovanny Antalika became British Masters Champion for the second year in a row, while John Hough missed out on the medals this time. 

18th October - British 'A' Band Championships (for under 12s), Walsall


We had a fantastic day at the British Under 12 Championships, with 5 of the Tiny Mighties competing.

Samuel made a great start, winning his first contest confidently, but this form didn't continue and Samurl went out in the pool stages. Mounir had 6 challenging contests, including some refights. At the end of it all he placed 7th. 

Maddy and Poppy each weighed in at u32kg and were placed in opposite pools. Maddy won 2 and lost 2 contests, placing her 5th at the end of the event, having beaten the eventual gold medalist along the way. Poppy, however, won all 4 contests in her pool, to head into the semi final. There she lost and had to settle for bronze. It was an excellent performance at her first national event.

our travelling fan club was in full swing all day, as can be seen here.


Luke Davies was our final competitor of the day. He has been in great form all year, with his eyes firmly on the rostrum today. He had 7 tough contests in total, but never looked in trouble, handling all situations professionally. He won every round and became National champion. It was a fitting end to his fantastic year. 

Congratulations to to the whole team. They were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to helping them develop much further in the coming months and years.

24th & 25th October - Southend International, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

GOLD Luke Davies
GOLD Viktoria Palotas
SILVER Salah Rabia
SILVER Jess Gordon-Brown
SILVER Jaap Kaur
SILVER Valentine
SILVER Ryan Burt
BRONZE Tohgo Kimura
BRONZE Rhys Connor
BRONZE Megan Walmsley
BRONZE Joao Lobato
BRONZE Showgo Kimura
BRONZE Scott Turner
BRONZE Chloe Page


We had a number of other members who despite not medaling, were fantastic supports and warm-up partners for those who did medal. Well done for their team spirit: Connor Gossedge, Dominic Griggs, Adam Burt, Francesca Birri, Pierre Powell, Karl-Kareem Melaini, Mounir Baaziz, Peter Davies, Aniss Rabia, Mehdi Rabia, Peter Palotas & Alexey Beliakov.

27th October - Ealing Judo Club Under 9s Invitation, Ealing, London


We had great support from club members to help run this small friendly event: Ryan, Sammie, Erik, Oscar, Luke D & Peter D. Thanks also to Osterley, Windsor and Harlow Judo Clubs for their participation and good spirit. 

GOLD Ellis Davies
SILVER Jack Devaney
SILVER Callum Burt
SILVER Robyn Davies
SILVER Jaap Kaur
SILVER Phoenix Offiah
BRONZE Louis Gerard-Hay-Brown
BRONZE Edouard Gerard-Hay-Brown
BRONZE Angela Fuksza
BRONZE Chloe Page
BRONZE Matthew Bailey 

30th October - Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, UAE

Nekoda and Jo made the long trip to the Emirates, where Nekoda fought for more Olympic qualifying points. She lost, however, in the first round, against former Junior World Champion Podolak of Poland.

1st November - Flanders Cup, Belgium

Sofija was our Lone Ranger in Belgiun, representing EJC and the Ebland Squad. She won two and lost two contests and finished outside the medals. 

14th November - British Schools London Qualifier, UEL

GOLD Maddy Birri
GOLD Erik Gee
SILVER Francesca Birri
BRONZE Dlair Singh
BRONZE Luke Davies
BRONZE Adam Burt

Well done also to Peter Davies, Oscar Gjesdal, Rhys Connor, Karl-Kareem Melaini and Connor Gossedge, who all fought well but without placing.

15th November - London Universities & Colleges Open, UEL

Jess won gold in the Youth section and silver in the senior age group, only losing to our Harkirat, who won the senior gold. Ryan won bronze in the youth section and silver in the senior group. Well done to the team and to coach Sammie.

21st & 22nd November - Welsh Open, Cardiff

SILVER Showgo Kimura
SILVER Ryan Burt
7th place Cameron Harvey

Juniors (u21)
SILVER Showgo Kimura
Ryan Burt was unplaced

SILVER Jess Gordon-Brown
BRONZE Sammie Grant

26th November - Jeju Grand Prix, Jeju, Korea


Nekoda had a fantastic day in Jeju, competing in her first Asian Open. She had a bye in the first round and then beat Mueller of Germany in the second. In the quarter final she faced former world champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil and Nekoda won by a waza-ari throw To reach the semi-final. I the semi Kim fought a tenascious contest on her home soil, bit Nekoda stayed controlled and dominated the gripping exchanges to win on shidos. In the final she met Jandi Kim who seems to have the Midas touch at the moment. Only a borderline yuko separated them and Nekoda's silver medal and Olympic qualification points are a very welcome reward. 

5th & 6th December - British Cadet & Pre-Cadet Championships, Sheffield

EJC had a tough weekend but with some notable performances. Showgo and Sofija won bronze medals in the Cadet age band, in very strong fields. Rhys placed 5th in the Pre-Cadet u50kg group, after some great ippon wins early in the day. Erik Gee and Tohgo Kimura placed 7th in their respective Cadet weight groups. Cameron and Afam missed out this weekend. 

Well done to all. The national championships is never easy, but we had a professional and positive team. 

12th & 13th December - British Junior (u21) and Senior Championships, Sheffield

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