Summer 2023 Class Schedule

Summer Timetable

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Scottish Judo Championships
Our Best Ever Scottish Judo Championship

The Scottish Judo Championship is a very special event in the Judo calendar. This year, Pro Judo had an amazing 41 entrants across all age groups. The club is going from strength to strength and the players managed to win an incredible 10 gold, 7 silver and 17 bronze medals. A fitting reward for the hard work and dedication throughout the year.

There were so many wonderful stories on the day. And plenty of fabulous judo to watch. As ever, the players did themselves, their families and the club proud – fighting with courage and demonstrating superb sportsmanship – whilst supporting their teammates to the hilt.

Rachel Tytler, our Commonwealth Games bronze medallist retained her Scottish title – adding another golden note to a very special year.

Bohdan and Platon – here in Scotland to escape the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine are wrestlers back home. Through hard work and application, they have taken to judo well. Bohdan created a stir at cadet u90kg, giving experienced players plenty of food for thought. His wee brother, Platon did even better. In a skilful group of pre-cadets, he fought through to the final to pick up a very well-deserved silver medal. We have been delighted to open the doors at the club to our Ukrainian friends and we hope that judo has helped make the difficulties they face, just a little more bearable.

Reza and Kawan are friends of the club who have settled in Scotland having fled their homes in Iran. International refugee coaches were here to offer a road back into international competition and the boys worked hard to secure their places. Kawan did especially well, retaining the u66kg senior title he won last year.

Largs local girl and a judoka with Projudo for 10 years, Esther won her first Scottish Gold on home soil. Having won the cadet title – she gamely fought in the senior group on Sunday, only to suffer a nasty shoulder injury. Esther also secured the final points required for her black belt. Eden Heffernan, back after five months following a nasty knee injury won the u73kg cadet title and then – much to our relief, came through the senior event unscathed – winning four fights and some much prized 2nd dan grade points.

Brother and sister Logan and Lois won their respective categories, cueing up some great family celebrations over the weekend – and ensuring that bragging rights were shared equally. Logan won his category as a first-year cadet a special achievement indeed.

And who could forget the tears of joy from Jack Docherty as he won his category in fine style. Or the sigh of relief from Finlay Whitelaw when – after a lot of close things at Grand Prix through the year, he was able to clinch the big prize with some wonderful throwing.

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Yoko Tanabe Visits New Pro Judo Dojo

Yoko Tanabe’s recent visit to our judo club was a momentous occasion. As our Vice President, Yoko’s presence was a great honour, and we were delighted to have her with us. The purpose of her visit was to run a session for our club and dedicate the dojo, marking its official opening. It was a great privilege to have Yoko lead the session, and her expertise in judo was evident in the way she conducted the training.

One of the primary aims of Yoko’s visit was to strengthen the relationship between our club and Japan, creating opportunities for us to visit Japan for judo, education, and cultural exchanges. Yoko will be our point of contact, which is an incredible honour for our club. Through Yoko, we can also open our dojo to any players from Japan who are looking for a contact or a dojo in Glasgow, further strengthening our ties with Japan.

Yoko loved her time in Glasgow and enjoyed the city’s sights. She was particularly taken with one of the remaining John Lewis stores, which she likes to shop in, as well as the local restaurants and the friendly Glasgwegians. However, what impressed Yoko the most was our dojo. The artwork, Japanese translations, code of conduct, and ambience created a fantastic teaching environment that Yoko could not stop raving about. She was also impressed by the behaviour and movement of our squad kids, describing them as well-behaved and aware.

Overall, Yoko’s visit was an unforgettable experience for our club. Her expertise, guidance, and friendship will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow and strengthen our ties with Japan. We are grateful for Yoko’s visit and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Joyce Heron & Yoko Tanabe
Pro Judo – Yoko Tanabe Session
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A Celebration of Women’s Judo!

Join Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Bronze Medalist Rachel Tytler and Auckland 1990 Silver Medalist Claire Shiach for a month of free female-only training for the month of November!

The once-a-week class will focus on a mixture of judo fitness and stretching suitable for all abilities, so whether you are trying judo for the first time or just looking to train with like-minded female Judoka these sessions are for you! Suitable for all females over 14 from any club.

What to Expect

The classes will be a mixture of techniques, fitness and stretching. The techniques part of the session will allow you to experience some judo moves in a safe and controlled environment. The fitness element is important as many of the throws in judo require a good level of fitness, power and explosiveness. The session will finish with a period of stretching to get your muscles and joint ready for your next session.

Classes will be run by 2 qualified female coaches Rachel Tytler (Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Bronze Medalist) and Claire Shiach (Auckland 1990 Silver Medalist). Both have extensive experience in coaching females of all ages and abilities.

Location

Princess House (5th Floor), 50 West Campbell St, Glasgow, G2 6QQ

Time

Wednesday – 6:30pm until 7:45pm

Travel

Free parking after 6pm, Glasgow Centre Train Station is 100 meters from the venue

How to Get Involved

We’ll be kicking things off on 2nd of November at our City Centre dojo and the sessions will free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to Sporting Chances Alba to help aid us in bring sporting chances to all please visit their just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/sportingchancesalba

To register you interest in joining this amazing opportunity please email support@projudo.co.uk

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Western Area Camp – Devon 2022

The annual Western Area camp in Devon has become a regular event for ProJudo team members.

This summer –  as in previous years – Simon Ward at Kingsley School put on a wonderful training camp.

The players enjoyed early morning PT and excellent judo sessions with world-class coaches such as Olympian Neil Eckersley. The camp also featured afternoon fun activities and as much delicious food as they could possibly eat.

The heat was a bit of a challenge at times – but our guys had plenty of sunblock – and the team of 10 to 16-year-olds worked really hard to improve their judo whilst forming new friendships and creating some amazing memories.

These events are supported by a subsidy from Sporting Chances and wouldn’t be possible without the incredible assistance of our volunteer parents who did an amazing job of making sure water and encouragement were in plentiful supply.

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David and Rachel Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games 2022 – Pro Judo Coaches

The East Dunbartonshire duo – Rachel Tytler and David Ferguson are thrilled to be named in the 11-strong judo squad for this year’s commonwealth games – to be held in Birmingham this summer.

Judo was a huge hit at the 2014 games in Glasgow when Team Scotland delivered a massive haul of judo medals.

Rachel and David are hopeful that the team can repeat that success at this year’s games and are keen to play their part.

The pair grew up in east Dunbartonshire and still coach at the ProJudoclub. They train full-time at the national centre in Ratho, Edinburgh, where the coaching team includes past medal winners Euan Burton and Billy Cusack.

For them, this represents a proud moment and a fitting reward for thousands of hours of hard work and preparation.

Rachel (24) – will fight at under 78kg. She said – the commie games are special and we all have great memories of Glasgow 2014. Normally we represent Team GB and the chance to fight for Scotland is a great honour.

David (24) is a 60kg player and added – being picked is a great buzz and we are both really proud to be going as part of a great Scotland team. The training is really hard – but enjoyable. Events like the games only come along every so often – so we are hoping to do well.

The countdown for the games in Birmingham has started and team Scotland’s judo preparations are well underway. Let’s hope Rachel and Davis can do well for Glasgow and Scotland.

Photo Credit – Louise Mallan Photography

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