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This week, our #FunFridayTravels takes us on towards Auckland, New Zealand. We have currently reached Prague in the Czech Republic, which is due to host the European Judo Championships in November 2020 (having been rescheduled due to Covid-19).
Prague previously hosted the European Championships back in 1991, where 2 Scottish Judoka competed.
Loretta Cusack-Doyle took silver in the U52 category, losing out in the final to Jessica Gal of the Netherlands, while Billy Cusack took 5th place in the U71 category, losing to Magomedbek Aliev of the Soviet Union in the bronze medal match.
Billy went on to represent Great Britain in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, while former World, European and Commonwealth Champion Loretta won the European Championships a year later in Paris in 1992, an incredible 9 years after first winning the European Championships in 1983 (Genoa).
Both continue to be highly active in the judo world, as I’m sure everyone will know. Billy has coached at all levels including Olympic Games, and still coaches at Edinburgh Judo where he is the Director Of Coaching. Loretta is a board member of British Judo, and works for both the IJF and EJU, after a successful career both as a competitor and a coach.
Please continue to send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise.
Let’s see where we can get to next week!
We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of our contributors so far - see if you can find your name in our logo in the picture below!
Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe.
If you haven’t yet but would like to contribute (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance or a photo, alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag
Thanks to a massive effort this week from JudoScotland members, we have reached Manchester, which hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Many thanks to all our contributors throughout the journey so far, including some new contributors this week: Jimmy Purves, Tammy Davidson, Kenny Carson, Iain Wishart, John Allan, David Stewart, Joshua Stewart, Kenny Carson, Jessica Clegg and Paige Sutherland.
Like in Glasgow 2014, Judo was Scotland’s most successful sport in the Manchester Games, where Scottish judoka won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze medals! In fact, some of the judoka from Manchester were directly involved in the huge success in Glasgow. David Somerville was the Head Coach and Graeme Randall was the Team Manager for the Glasgow Games, while Sarah Clark and John Buchanan both fought (and medalled!) in Glasgow, having also fought in Manchester 12 years earlier. Many of the judo players from the Manchester team are also still currently active in judo in Scotland, helping to develop the next generation of budding judoka.
We would like to also take a moment to remember Stephanie Hart, a bronze medallist in Manchester, who has sadly passed away.
If you have any memories or photographs from Manchester 2002, we’d love to see them, please share in the comments below.
Now that we have reached Manchester in our tour of Commonwealth Games judo venues, the next stop is Auckland, which hosted the 1990 Commonwealth Games. This is going to take a huge concerted effort from our membership, as Auckland is around 11,272 miles away!! We have managed to add an extraordinary 584 miles this week alone however, so if we can keep this going, we’ll be in Auckland in no time.
We’d love to see even more of our members getting involved, or even whole clubs, so please continue to send in your distances. Let’s get back in the saddle or get those trainers or trunks on and count up those miles. While helping to contribute to this goal, we also believe you will feel the benefits of being more active, with physical activity shown to help improve not only physical, but also mental and emotional health. We are accepting any form of physical activity be that walk, run or cycle (we've even had open water swims included!) it’s your choice. Please remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet but would like to contribute (no distance is too long or short) please email email@example.com
Thanks to the combined efforts of all the #FunFridayTravels contributors, including some new contributors this week, Luke Hunter, Del Imrie and Stephanie Fordyce, we have reached Glasgow, the most recent city to host a Commonwealth Games including judo, in 2014, which I’m sure most of you will remember.
In 2014, the Scottish team took 13 medals in the judo event, including 6 golds, making it the most successful Scottish sport at a single Commonwealth Games. In fact, judo has been Scotland’s most successful sport at every Commonwealth Games where it has appeared!
If you have any memories or photographs from Glasgow 2014, we’d love to see them, please share them with us on social media.
Now that we have reached Glasgow, let’s push on and see if we can reach Manchester, which was the previous Commonwealth Games to host judo, in 2002.
We’d love to see even more of our members getting involved, or even whole clubs!
Let’s get back in the saddle or get those trainers or trunks on and count up those miles. While helping to contribute to this goal, we also believe you will feel the benefits of being more active, with physical activity shown to help improve not only physical, but also mental and emotional health. We are accepting any form of physical activity be that walk, run or cycle (we've even had open water swims included!) it’s your choice. Please remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe.
If you haven’t yet but would like to get involved (no distance is too long or short) please comment on our FunFriday social media post with your distance or a photo, alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels.
Photo by Phil Reid on Unsplash
We would like to say a thank you to all #FunFridayTravels contributors as we bask in the glory of arriving at the location for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham. After the success of this combined effort reaching a total of 557km through the hard work of Callum Call, Cameron Edwards, Finlay Strang, Maureen Purves, Patrick Dawson, Marc Preston and staff at JudoScotland we are very much considering a continuation of our Commonwealth Games tour. . .
Are we ready to keep going and push on……
We think it may be nice to focus on ‘traveling’ back through Commonwealth Games cities that have hosted Judo and maybe even highlight some of our wonderful memories.
With that being said it's time to get back in the saddle, trainers or even trunks and get active. Obviously, Glasgow 2014 is our next location!!
As we know from our #WellnessWednesday pieces, physical activity not only improves our fitness and strength levels it also has a huge impact on our emotions, anxiety and overall mental wellbeing. So, if during lockdown you haven’t yet been as physically active as you would like, maybe this is your opportunity. We are accepting any form of physical activity be that walk, run, swim, cycle it’s your choice. Please remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government.
If you haven’t yet but would like to get involved (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance or a photo, alternatively please email email@example.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels.
We are doing quite well on our #FunFridayTravels as we embrace the journey through our beloved Commonwealth.
We have set off on a trip from the JudoScotland office to the host City of the 2022 Commonwealth Games by accumulating our mileage from our physical activity, hopefully arriving before we come out of lockdown and get back to our clubs.
We are inviting all members of JudoScotland to join us by sharing a screenshot of your walk, run, cycle etc with the hashtag #FunFridayTravels. Thank you to all the contributors that have added to our total of 376k.m so far, if you would like to contribute please post your distance below or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While examining the route map we notice how many clubs we would pass close to on our imaginary journey and we thought we would say a little ‘Hello’ to
Jidel Judo 93, Destination Judo, Infin 8 Judo, Whitburn Judo Club, West Calder Judo Club, Dynamic Judo, Hibari-Kan, Outreach Judo, Castle Douglas Judo Club and Dumfries Judo Academy.
We look forward to seeing you all again in the future! #FunFridayTravels
Fancy a trip round the Commonwealth?
We have set off on a trip to the host City of the 2022 Commonwealth Games by accumulating our mileage from our physical activity, hopefully arriving before we come out of lockdown and get back to our clubs.
We are inviting all members of JudoScotland to join us by sharing a screenshot of your walk, run, cycle etc with the hashtag #FunFridayTravels
Colin and Tony have set us off this week, let's see where we end up!! #JudoScotland
We thought you might want to have a go at another challenge from Judo Kawi Lausanne. Send us your videos if you give it a try, we'd love to see them!
This week's Fun Friday tastes a bit different. Why not, as a family, try out something new for dinner with a Japanese feel?
After much discussion within our virtual office, and high recommendations from Chef Burton, we suggest trying out a Chicken Katsu curry dish. Full cooking instructions and ingredient list are in the link below.
Get the kids involved, and post a photo on our Facebook page of your dish.
Our Wellbeing and Safeguarding Officer Colin tried it out with his family yesterday and they all loved it.
Fun Friday for today is taking part in the International Judo Federation's 'The Great 8' competition. This competition is open to anyone under 14 years of age, and gives you the chance to win a customised Judogi, or a mascot or T-shirt from the IJF.
To enter, all you have to do is visit the website: https://8.ijf.org/ and submit artwork depicting one of the 8 values in the Judo Moral Code (all pictures must include a judogi). Entries close on Wednesday 20th May 2020 so don't delay. If you missed the IJF competition, please send in your pictures to JudoScotland, we would still love to see them.
If you are in need of inspiration, check out Sally Conway (Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist) and Sam Ingram (Double Paralympic Medallist) talking about what the moral code means to them on the JudoScotland website: https://www.judoscotland.com/judo-zone/judo-moral-code
During lockdown we have seen some amazing creativity from coaches and judoka to get us practising our skills at home. We are especially impressed with how many different ways we have seen your judogi (judo kit) being used. Are you training at home with your coach? Has your coach set activities using your judogi to practice judo skills, get fitter or stronger? See Junna Kikuchi's efforts below, show us what you have been doing with your coaches.
We thought you might want to try out this great challenge from Judo Kwai Lausanne, comment with your videos if you have a go. Be creative, if you can come up with your own versions we'd love to see them!
Flick over to our Facebook page to see the video and take the challenge or go straight to Youtube
A big thanks to all the clubs and judoka that are getting involved in our #FunFridays. Todays challenge comes from Sunny and Ali from Just-Judo Yoshin with their attempts at the #bottleflipchallenge. Let's see your best & most creative attempts and remember to get mum/dad/carers permission!
Every Friday we will be posting a new physical challenge for all members of your family, the first challenge we will be starting with is ....
#Fun Friday 17/04/20
TikTok Judo challenge from Eilidh of Titan Judo in Clydebank
#Fun Friday 10/04/20
Juggling from Tammy of Castle Douglas Judo Club
Please use the challenges below, each of these can be made easier or more difficult to suit you and your childs needs.
1. Show you are a good friend and member of your club.
2. Are you willing to help others when needed?
3. Are you able to play fair in competitive situations?
1. Can you balance on one leg standing still for 3 seconds?
2. Can you hop down the mat?
3. Can you balance on one leg whilst doing a reaping motion with your other leg?
1. Can you Tai Sabaki?
2. Can you adapt to your partner's shape when they attack?
3. Can you show any stage of waza? (i.e. Te Waza, Kuzushi & Tai Sabaki)
1. Can you do a basic squat and maintain good body posture?
2. Are you taking the time to perform these exercises correctly?
3. Can you do Tasabaki the demonstrate a correct squat position?
I'm a Star
1. What is an important stage of a Kai syllabus technique?
2. Can you perform the technique with an Uke?
3. Can you perform the technique whilst moving?
1. Why is shrimping important in Newaza?
2. Can you demonstrate the shrimping motion?
3. Can you shrimp away from Uke as Osae-komi is being applied?
C & C
1. Why is Coordination and Control important when doing judo?
2. Are you coordinated whilst doing basic warm up activities?
3. Can you keep control while throwing with any Kai Syllabus technique?
1. Can you show a front roll and do Mai Ukemi correctly?
2. Can you pay attention when Uke is practising?
3. Can you demonstrate allowing Uke to execute their Nage waza?
Hall of Fame
1. At what weight does Sally Conway fight?
2. What medal did Sally Conway win at the Rio Olympic Games?
3. What is Sally Conway's training Motto? (Hint you will find it in the athletes area )
1. Can you move freely around the mat without falling or crashing into other judoka?
2. Can you demonstrate Tsugi Ashi?
3. Can you demonstrate Tsugi Ashi with a Uke?
1. Who is Jigoro Kano?
2. Can you tell your coach something interesting about Jigoro Kano?
3. What is special about the date 28th of October?
Rhythm & Timimg
1. Why is Rhythm & Timing Important when we are doing judo?
2. Can you demonstrate a sweeping rhythm when sweeping the Ashi bag?
3. Can you time the start of an Ashi-Waza correctly?