Sunday, 28 October 2018

Big Judo Success at New Zealand Nationals


Very proud this weekend. Team Big performed really well at the New Zealand Judo Nationals.

Noah did very well in the Junior Men's Division. Winning a Bronze in the very competitive -81 kg Division. This was a magnificent performance considering the size of the pool, the quality of the competition and the fact that Noah is actually a Cadet. No wonder Nelly looks like a Cheshire Cat!



Noah then came second in the Junior Men's Open. No shame in that.  Keightly Watson fresh from the Junior Worlds is some pretty tough competition.



The next day, fight in his age group,Noah won two Golds one for his weight and one in the Open!



Scott placed third in the Senior Boys - 66 kg division..

Big's youngest competitor Wiremu had a good day.  With no other boys in his weight he had to fight in the next weight division up. Hey, no problem he won that then went on to win the Junior Boy's Open.  What a day three Golds!


And last but not least big ups to Jacob and Don.  Jacob is working hard and fighting well but breaking into a competitive weight division is really hard.  And Don well he certainly has the warrior spirit but it is now in a 58 year old body,  

Most importantly it is a day we can all be proud of because Big Judo is team effort.  With the exception of Don all of our fighters are people trained from the start and Big Judo.

The coaches work together and support each other.  

The parents and senior students support us and together we are starting to build some good Judo players within a strong Judo family.  Its awesome. 

No wonder these guys are smiling!



Sunday, 21 October 2018

Big Judo Pukekohe

Big Judo isn't just 'big' in Sandringham. The Pukekohe crew are also pushing forwards and growing the team. Look at all the kids, especially the new ones.  Better yet we have really supportive parents and four experienced instructors. Even better Tracey was back on the mat last week and it was fantastic to see her. Awesome work!




Saturday, 20 October 2018

Big Blue Judo Machine 2018 AGM

Big Blue Judo Machine gives notice that the 2018 AGM will be conducted on Saturday 3 November  2018 at 4.30 pm at the Sandringham Dojo.

As per Article 11.2 of the Constitution the business of the Annual General Meeting shall be:

(a)         To receive and approve the Annual Report and Financial Statements.
(b)         To elect officers.
(c)         To consider motions of which notice has been given.
(d)         To transact general business.




Members of Big Blue Judo Machine are welcome and will be emailed an agenda before the meeting. 

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Big Visitor = Big Fun

This week was a big week at Big Judo,.  Keightley Watson came to visit. Keightley is a big young New Zealand Judo player weighing in about 150 kg and with nice technique that he has recently been honing in the Netherlands it was fantastic to host him.  He is on his way to the Junior World's in the Bahamas. 

So Big Judo rolled out a crew of our big boys (even I had a wrestle with him and Sam Rosser came down too) and we all had good time.  

Keightley is a great young guy he trained hard, didn't beat me and the other oldies up too much and we all had good time. It was also nice to discuss Judo with him and see a few of the techniques he has picked up in Europe. 

After the Saturday session.  

After Thursday night training.

Made sure I got this photo so that I could give you an idea of the size of good heavyweights. I am in the centre with the black t-shirt and Keightley is on the left and Sam Rosser who represented New Zealand at the Commonwelath Games is on the right in blue.  The other guy is Don ''Man of War' Fairley 58 and still going hard,

The best thing about hosting Keightley was that he was such a nice guy. Judo's not just about beating people up and winning its about relationships. Talking to him I thought a lot about Wanganui Judo Club, his Uncle Wayne and my mate Shaun Walton. Great guys and hopefully, this will be the first of many visits between Big Judo and Wanganui Judo Club and that those relationships will continue into the next generation.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saturday at Big Judo - Reflections

Another nice Saturday at Big Judo. Its the end of the third term and a chance to reflect. 

We have recently had a group of little kids move up to the big kids class.  Its great to see the strategic plan is slowly taking shape.  Years ago we started with group of six-seven year olds and slowly but surely we have gone from little kids to bigger kids. We now have a couple of Green Belt kids and look at all the Orange Belts! A few years ago all we had was White Belts so it is enormously satisfying to see this progression. 


Even more important we have guys like Noah, Jacob, Geoff, Kyl, Trevor, Tony and Tracey who in the next year or two will move from Blue to Brown to Black who are all helping out with coaching.  My aim to become redundant is approaching! It also so important that we get our young competition players working with kids and coaching.  They are the future. 


Adults are growing in the same way. We started off with a gang of Dads.  Slowly over time we have brought young people through from the kids into the adults and attracted more senior players.  Now we have Green and Blue Belts who have come right through with Big Judo.  It  is very satisfying. 

We have also slowly qualifying or attracting good instructors. Nelly coming back on the mat as a coach has improved our standard of Judo enormously.  Tony finally completed his coaching qualification.  Todd joined us last year and is a Shodan with a Level 1 Coaching Qualification

By 2021 we will have a really good group of Blues, Browns and Blacks. Providing a good base for further growth. 


This is photo of Cherry (Chisato) who we will farewell soon.  It is sad to see her go. She is a lovely person and fights like a demon. She has been an example of courage and determination and raised our technical standards.  We will miss her terribly.  She is the second good female player that has come and trained with us. Pia from Germany was the first and she was awesome too. 

Big Judo is like a family and we are proud that Cherry and Pia both had a good time, were well looked after and will always be part of Big Judo. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Big Judo Visit Howick


On Monday night Big Judo took a crew over to Howick Judo Club for a visit.  We all had a great time. Howick is fifty years old and is a very well established Judo club. 

Most of the Big Judo team arrived at about 7pm and so trained with Howick's large class of young players.  Then  we trained with the adults from 8-9.30pm.

Inter-club visits used to be common and have dropped off in recent years. But Big Judo is keen to reverse that trend. You get better at Judo by doing Judo especially with the different people.

Even better,  its fun!  We all had a good time. Our young competition players had good workout against some strong opposition.





And the oldies got on the mat and shared their experience with younger (i.e. smaller )  players.

Ben from Big Judo squashes  a poor young cadet from Howick.  Actually he is teaching him about using Kosen style 'point control' position to dynamically control someone. 



Andd just so you know its not just Big Judo who brutalizes smaller people in the guise of learning here is Mike from Howick brutalizing a sweet young Japanese lady from Big Judo.


All joking aside.  Thanks heaps to Lawrie, Craig and Lester we all had a fantastic time and enjoyed their warmth, friendliness and good natured Judo.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Cool Old School Photo



Saw this photo on the web and it brought back a lot of memories.  It is a cool old photo from about twenty years ago. 

University Judo Club at a competition.  Not sure which because it was one of many. 

Nelly is in the bottom left with Rick (when he had black hair!)

Beside Nellie is Morgan Endicott-Davies. Ivor Endicott-Davies is an old mate of Rick's from Japan days. Morgan his son  trained with Rick at University for reasonable period of time probably a year (could be wrong) but it was fun. Morgan was a tough fighter. 

Beside Morgan is the ageless Mike Sethna,

In the back row are Craig Bartlett (who is a Howick man but still a good guy) me, Don Fairley and Andrew Pragnell. All looking younger. 

Good times.