The anticipation is reaching its peak as we’re all eagerly awaiting the start of The Gathering 2023 this weekend, taking place at the prestigious sportscotland National Centre in Inverclyde.

This year, we are delighted to welcome Shohei Ono, the reigning Olympic Champion and a three-time World Champion. He is set to join forces with the legendary Masashi Ebinuma and Kana Ebinuma, promising an unforgettable weekend.

Following their resounding success at The Gathering 2022, where their sessions left attendees equipped with new-found knowledge, Masashi Ebinuma and Kana Ebinuma are back by popular demand. Adding to the star-studded lineup, Shohei Ono will conduct a special guest session, generously sharing his remarkable skills with our Judo community.

Yet, The Gathering is more than just on-mat action. Dr. Mike Callan will start this weekend by taking us all on a journey through the rich history of Judo in the United Kingdom, with a particular tartan tinge.

The event will then showcase the extraordinary talents of Masashi and Kana Ebinuma and Shohei Ono, featuring a dynamic lineup of sessions throughout the day. On Sunday, the weekend’s culmination will see Kana & Masashi Ebinuma delivering two more outstanding sessions, ensuring a remarkable conclusion to The Gathering 2023.

This year’s edition of The Gathering promises to be the busiest event yet, with Judoka representing over 40 clubs for this sold-out event. The Judo community in Scotland is bracing itself for a historic weekend of Judo that is poised to leave a lasting mark on the sport and martial arts in Scotland.

For those lucky enough to have secured tickets, The Gathering 2023 is primed to deliver a Judo spectacle like no other, featuring the finest talents in the sport, rich historical insights, and the spirit of camaraderie that defines Judo.

Stay tuned for a weekend of Judo excellence that is sure to be talked about for years to come. The Gathering 2023 is about to make history!

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