Message from the JudoScotland Chairman

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Message from the JudoScotland Chairman

Posted: 18/12/2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Looking to the Future

There has certainly never been a year like 2020.

It seems a very long time ago now that we started the year by delivering one of the most successful Scottish Open Tournaments ever staged by JudoScotland. But with what has occurred since then, with every member affected – regardless of age – by the global coronavirus pandemic, we can only look forward to better times ahead.

The announcement in the last week or so of an effective vaccine has been enormously welcome, although we also appreciate that it may take some time for this to allow contact sport – and specifically Judo – to recommence as it was before the arrival of the pandemic. 

Throughout the pandemic, JudoScotland member Clubs and individual members have continued to play their part in contributing to Judo-in-Scotland being strong, capable and adaptable. The strength of commitment demonstrated towards Judo during some very challenging times has been very humbling and most certainly in-line with the original teachings of the founder of Judo, Professor Jigaro Kano.

Throughout the pandemic, Judo-in-Scotland has largely continued – albeit it with Covid-related adaptations. Some of our members have continued to work at developing their Judo and to attain new skills and competencies through grading opportunities, whether in person or ‘virtual’ in nature. Our most recent ‘bounce back’ grading has been taken up by a significant number of Clubs and we are now beginning to see new members join the JudoScotland family and take their first steps towards greater health, their first grading, or perhaps a future competitive career.

As we move out of 2020 and into 2021, members have the opportunity of participating in our inaugural festive season challenge “Fighting Fit”. A complimentary opportunity for JudoScotland members to begin to prepare physically for a return to Judo, whilst comparing yourself against the very best judoka in Scotland (including International, World and Olympic medallists). Even just entering the event can get your name in the draw for some of the biggest prizes on offer.

In closing, I would like to personally thank you for your forbearance and on-going support of JudoScotland during the immensely difficult year for us all. Although January 2021 may not see Judo-in-Scotland return to the previous ‘normal’ straight away, we are hopeful that as we move towards the middle 2021, that our collective activity will return and allow judoka of all ages to return to the tatami.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

Yours in Judo

Ronnie Saez

Chairman