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#Fun Friday 09/10/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Thailand, having covered an amazing 10,015.15km since we started our journey!

Thailand was the host country for the 2008 World Junior Championships, where a Scottish Judoka, Ashley Fleming, took a silver medal, losing out to a Japanese player in the final.

JudoScotland athletes are continuing to contribute their training distances during lockdown, which we will be adding over the coming weeks.

This week we have added Rachel Tytler and Josie Steele’s distances that they have covered during training, which have been a huge boost to our total.

Josie Steele clinched gold at the European Open in Glasgow in 2018. Josie won the Junior European Cup in Paks, also taking a silver medal at the Junior European Cup in Malaga in 2019, adding to a bronze medal at the Junior European Cup in Leibnitz and a silver medal at the Junior European Cup in Berlin. Josie also captured her second British senior title in Sheffield in 2019.

Rachel Tytler was the 2019 Commonwealth Tournament Champion, and also took a silver medal in the La Coruna Junior European Cup in 2016, also taking a 5th place in the Coimbra Junior European Cup the same year, and a 5th place in the Uster-Zurich Senior European Cup in 2018.

The Fun Friday challenge is continuing, so please send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far.

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance. alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com, #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

 

#Fun Friday 02/10/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in India, having covered an amazing 8333.77km since we started our journey!

India’s most successful judoka has been Kalpana Devi Thoudam. In 2010, she won a bronze at the IJF World Cup in Tashkent. In the same year, she won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Judo Championships in Singapore. In 2013, she became the first Indian to win a medal at the IJF Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she won a bronze medal. In 2014, she also took a bronze medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

JudoScotland athletes are continuing to contribute their training distances during lockdown, which we will be adding over the coming weeks.

This week we have added Alex Short’s distance that he has covered during training, which has been a huge boost to our total.

Alex won a gold in the 2018 Glasgow European Open, and has also taken a 5th place in the Malaga European Open in 2019, also taking 7th in the Luxembourg European Open the same year. The SIS supported athletes returned to on the mat training this week, where they continue to work hard in preparation for a return to competition.

The Fun Friday challenge is continuing, so please send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far.

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance. alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com, #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

 

#Fun Friday Travels 25/09/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Pakistan, having covered an amazing 7382.37km since we started our journey! Pakistan’s most successful judoka has been Shah Hussain Shah, who won a silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, also coming 5th in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. His father was an Olympic bronze medallist in boxing.

This week we have had some JudoScotland athletes contribute their training distances during lockdown, which we will be adding over the coming weeks.

This week we have added Sally Conway’s distance that she has covered during training, which has been a huge boost to our total.

Sally is an Olympic bronze medallist from Rio 2016, as well as having a World Championship bronze (Tokyo 2019), European Championship silver (Tel Aviv 2018) and Commonwealth bronze (Glasgow 2014) amongst a host of other medals, including Grand Slam golds  and Grand Prix golds during a glittering career (including gold in the tough Paris Grand Slam in 2018). Sally is currently continuing to train hard in preparation for a return to the mat.

The Fun Friday challenge is continuing, so please send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far.

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance. alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com, #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

#Fun Friday Travels 18/09/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Tajikistan, having covered an amazing 6387.94km since we started our journey! Tajikistan’s most successful judoka has been Rasul Boqiev, who won a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, also coming 7th in London 2012. Boqiev was also a World bronze medallist in 2007.

Our competition that was running over the last 2 weeks for the club who contributed the furthest distance in that period has ended, and the results will be out soon!

The Fun Friday challenge is continuing, so please send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially our new contributors Kayah Burns, Jamie Stewart and Molly Quinn

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance. alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com

  

Our #FunFridayTravels Competition results are in!

In 3rd place was West Calder Judo Club, narrowly beaten by Just-Judo who took 2nd place, with both clubs having been regular contributors to the Fun Friday challenge throughout lockdown.

The club who won the competition with an incredible 870.52km in 2 weeks was Castle Douglas Judo Club and Dumfries Judo Academy.

The club have embraced Fun Friday as a way to motivate their members to continue with their training and physical activity during lockdown, with their members accumulating over 4000km between them during the whole of Fun Friday.

Castle Douglas and Dumfries returned to indoor training this week, and almost 86% of their pre-lockdown members have either attended or booked sessions already, with 2 new members booked in for next week, which is great news in these uncertain times.

The competition prize of 5 sets of Uchi Komi bands for the club will hopefully be useful now that they are back to training. #playingourpart #funfridaytravels

 

#Fun Friday Travels 11/09/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Uzbekistan, having covered an amazing 5821.8 km since we started our journey!

The Uzbekistan Judo Federation will organise the Judo World Championships in 2021 in the city of Tashkent. For the first time ever, the IJF and the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) are planning to host a joint 2021 World Judo Championships, with the IBSA competition immediately following the IJF worlds. Uzbekistan has had 2 world champions in judo, Rishod Sobirov in 2010 and 2011 and Abdullo Tangriev in 2011, and the current National Coach is judo legend Ilias Iliadis.

This week, we are continuing our  competition for JudoScotland member clubs. The club whose members contribute the furthest distance between them (by close of business on Thursday 17th September) will win a prize for the club.

The prize for this will be 5 sets of Uchi komi bands for your club, which could be very useful, whether your club is able to return to indoor sport now, or if you are continuing with outdoor or at home training.

Please continue to send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count), and let us know which club you are from.

Please send us evidence of your distance, such as a screenshot of the distance on your phone, or if you use an activity tracker, include a photo of the screen. Please include your name and club name when you enter.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far!

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your entry, alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com, #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

#FunFridayTravels 04/09/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Turkmenistan, having covered an amazing 5400.32 km since we started our journey!

Turkmenistan has had some success in International judo, with their best result being a 5th place in the World Championships in 2015 for Gulbadam Babamuratova, who also competed in the Rio Olympics alongside Rushana Nurjavova.

This week, we are launching a competition for JudoScotland member clubs. The club whose members contribute the furthest distance between them in the next 2 weeks (by close of business on Thursday 17th September) will win a prize for the club.

The prize for this will be 5 sets of Uchi komi bands for your club, which could be very useful, whether your club is able to return to indoor sport now, or if you are continuing with outdoor or at home training.

Please continue to send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count), and let us know which club you are from.

Please send us evidence of your distance, such as a screenshot of the distance on your phone, or if you use an activity tracker, include a photo of the screen. Please include your name and club name when you enter.

Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far!

Remember to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your entry, alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com, #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

 

#FunFridayTravels 28/08/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Azerbaijan, having covered an amazing 5132.67 km since we started our journey, which is an increase of an incredible 725.23km in just one week!

Azerbaijan has won 4 Olympic medals in judo, including gold for Elnur Mammadli in 2008. They have also won 12 World Championship medals, including Elkhan Mammadov who became World Champion in 2013.

They have also been successful in European Championships with  Rustam Orujov becoming champion in 2016, and Elchin Ismayilov being 3 times European Champion!

This video from the International Judo Federation gives some information about Azerbaijan and judo in the country.

https://youtu.be/6ctDlnGbifA

JudoScotland athletes have had some success in Azerbaijan through the years, with many medals in Grand Slams including a gold for Sally Conway in 2015, and in the 2018 World Championships, Sarah Adlington took 5th place, with Sally Conway also taking 7th in the same event. National High Performance Coach Euan Burton also took a bronze in the 2011 IJF World Masters.

Please continue to send in any distances you cover, whether walking, running, cycling or any other form of exercise (now that schools are back, remember PE and walking/cycling to school all count). Let’s see where we can get to next week!

We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially our new contributors this week Murray Poole and Simon Little.

Remember to  follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and stay safe. If you haven’t yet contributed (no distance is too long or short) please comment below with your distance or a photo, alternatively please email info@judoscotland.com,  #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart AzÉ™rbaycan Cüdo Federasiyası / Azerbaijan Judo Federation

 

 

#FunFridayTravels 21/08/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Georgia, having covered an amazing 4407.44 km since we started our journey, which is an increase of 524.5km in one week!

Georgia is another country with a strong judo history, especially when you consider that the country is smaller than Scotland both in area and in population.

Despite its diminutive size, Georgia has won 8 Olympic medals in judo, including 3 Olympic Champions, Zurab Zviadauri, Irakli Tsirekidze and Lasha Shavdatuashvili.

Georgia has also won 4 men’s World Championship Gold medals, 10 Silvers and 17 Bronze medals, along with 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals in the World Team Championships.

Georgia also won 22 European Judo titles, including Varlam Liparteliani who was European Champion three times.

Some examples of Georgian Judo can be found in the following YouTube clip from ‘Judo World’:

Georgian Judo

This is a great record for any country, but when you consider the size of Georgia, it becomes incredible!

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially our new contributor this week, Paul McWatt. Please continue to send in your distances!

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels

#PlayingOurPart

#FunFridayTravels 14/08/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have just arrived in Russia, having covered an awesome 3882.94 km since we started our journey!

Russia is a country with a strong judo history, and this continues with President Vladimir Putin being awarded 8th Dan in 2012. He is also the Honorary President of the International Judo Federation

Russia has proven to be a tough hunting ground for JudoScotland athletes over the years, however there have been some successes including current JudoScotland athlete Sally Conway taking a 5th in the European Championships in 2016, while then Ratho based Colin Oates also took a silver in the same event. In 2012, Sarah Clark took 5th in the European Championships in Russia, while Sally took a 7th place.

There have been a number of medals and placings in Grand Slam and European Cup events over the years, from the likes of Sally, Sarah Adlington, Stephanie Inglis, Louise Renicks and Chris Sherrington amongst others.

Current National High Performance Coach Euan Burton won a Super World Cup in 2007, one of the few Gold medals to come out of this highly competitive country.

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, please continue to send in your distances.

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels

#PlayingOurPart

 

 

#FunFridayTravels 07/08/20

This week in our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have arrived in Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe and one of the youngest countries in the world, having covered an incredible 3748.3km since we started our journey!

Ukraine has produced some great judo players over the years, but today we are going to focus on 2 of their most famous, Daria Bilodid and Georgii Zantaraia.

Daria Bilodid is a 2 time World Champion, winning her first in 2018, making her the youngest World Champion ever at the age of 17. Bilodid went on to win her second World Championship Gold in 2019, also making her the youngest ever double World Champion (male or female). Daria Bilodid has also won 2 European Championship gold medals, like her father who is himself a double European Champion. Daria was the World and Junior World Champion at the same time, actually winning the senior title first. She was also the only judoka to win cadet, junior and senior European titles within 1 year. Daria Bilodid has achieved all of these amazing achievements and is still only 19 years old! Some of her highlights can be seen on the IJF facebook page here:

IJF Facebook

Georgii Zantaraia was the 2009 World Champion, and has an incredible 6 World Championship medals between 2009 and 2018, and is also a 3 time European Champion. Zantaraia is known for an unorthodox style and a cat like ability to avoid landing on his back. Zantaraia visited Scotland in 2014, and the video at this link from his visit to Ultimate Judo shows him demonstrating his judo with former JudoScotland athlete James Millar:

Ultimate Judo Zantaraia

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, please continue to send in your distances.

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels

#PlayingOurPart

 

#FunFridayTravels 31/07/20

This week, our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have arrived at Romania, having covered an incredible 3553.16km since we started our journey!

Romania hosts a European Open event, which has seen some success from JudoScotland athletes over the years. Amongst other results, Scott Thomson took a bronze medal in 2019, with Stuart McWatt going one better with a silver and Kimberley Renicks finishing in 7th place in the same year. Sally Conway took a silver medal in the 2017 European Open.

Back in 2004, Sarah Clark took her first European Championship medal (bronze) in Romania, with Current National High Performance Coach Euan Burton taking 5th place, and John Buchanan taking 7th.

At the same event, Romania’s Alina Dumitru won the -48kg category, which would be the first of 8 European Championship golds. Dumitru also won the 2008 Olympic Games, beating the legendary Japanese player Ryoko Tani (7 times world champion and double Olympic Champion) in the semi-final.

Some fun facts about Romania:

The first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics, Nadia Comaneci, was representing Romania.

Europe’s oldest humanoid fossils were found in Romania, dating from 35000-40000 years ago!

Romania was also the home of Vlad the Impaler, who the vampire Dracula was loosely based upon.

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially our new contributor Sam Brown.

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

  

#FunFridayTravels 24/07/20

In our virtual journey towards Auckland, in our tour of Commonwealth Games Judo venues, we have reached Hungary, just on the border with Ukraine, having covered an incredible 3072.94km since we started our journey!

Hungary is another country where JudoScotland athletes have had success over the years with, amongst others, Sally Conway taking a bronze medal in the 2018 Budapest Grand Prix, and Josie Steele taking a gold medal in the European cup (U21) in 2019 and also a bronze in the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival.

JudoScotland’s East Regional Development Officer also had a successful time in Hungary, taking golds in both the 2015 IBSA World Cup and the 2013 IBSA European Championships.

Some fun facts about Hungary are that the inventor of the Rubik’s cube was born there, as was the inventor of the biro pen. Hungary was also the birthplace of Harry Houdini, the legendary escapologist. According to encyclopedia.com a Birmingham judo expert gave Houdini his toughest ever test, creating a set of handcuffs that almost caused public humiliation after he took an hour and half to escape from them, after initially refusing 3 times to take the challenge.

Another interesting fact is that the Hungarian language is reputed to be one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially

our new contributors Stephanie Inglis and Jo Imrie.

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels

#PlayingOurPart

#FunFridayTravels 17/07/20

We have arrived in Slovakia, an old stomping ground for some JudoScotland athletes. In particular we had a very successful year at the 2013 Slovakia European Cup in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow. At the event Sarah Clark and James Austin both took Gold, Connie Ramsay secured a Bronze, Jodie Mullen and Euan Burton both took 5th whilst Stephanie Inglis came 7th. Good times!!

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 the #FunFridayTravels contributors so far, especially our new contributors Louis Tams, Kieran Carson, Piotr Zielinski and Claire Fairley.

Remember to please 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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

 

#FunFridayTravels 10/07/20

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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag

#FunFridayTravels #PlayingOurPart

#FunFridayTravels 03/07/20

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 info@judoscotland.com 

 

#FunFridayTravels 26/06/20

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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels.

#PlayingOurPart

Photo by Phil Reid on Unsplash

 

#FunFridayTravels 19/06/20

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.

#staylocal #PlayingOurPart 

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 info@judoscotland.com or use the hashtag #FunFridayTravels.

 

 

#FunFridayTravels 12/06/20

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 info@judoscotland.com.

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

#FunFriday 05/05/20

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

#FunFriday 29/05/20

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!

Link to Challenge

 

#FunFriday 22/05/20

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. 

https://www.gousto.co.uk/…/chicken-reci…/chicken-katsu-curry

#FunFriday 15/05/20

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

 

 

#FunFriday 08/05/20

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.

Junna Kikuchi Uchikomi

#FunFriday 01/05/20

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

#FunFriday 24/04/20

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.

  • Moral Code

    Moral Code

    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?

     

  • Balance

    Balance

    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?

  • Waza

    Waza

    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)

  • Kenko

    Kenko

    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

    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?

  • Smooth Moves

    Smooth Moves

    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

    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?

  • Uke-Tastic

    Uke-Tastic

    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

    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 )

  • Smooth Moves

    Smooth Moves

    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?

  • Kano's Gems

    Kano's Gems

    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

    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?