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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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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Team Scotland Judo Success

It was a fantastic weekend for Team Scotland as they competed in Switzerland in the run-up to this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Rachel Tytler and David Ferguson – two of our senior coaches – did really well and benefitted hugely from the trip.

Rachel won an outstanding silver – her first senior European medal.

David was on track to fight for bronze but picked up an injury and had to retire –  but not before some excellent judo was displayed.

These European tournaments are a tough test which our players passed with flying colours.

It is a massive testament to the JudoScotland program and to the dedication of our athletes that the guys were able to perform so well.

The countdown to Birmingham is well underway and Rachel and David hope to build on these results. Be sure to follow their progress from August 1st to August 3rd.

We are very proud of all our full-time athletes and it is a privilege to have them working with the kids at our club.

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Pro Judo Club Competition 2022

Our first club comp since the pandemic and the first one at our new city centre dojo.

Over 150 judo students took part in our charity fundraising club competition – and every one of them did themselves and their parents proud.

Each competitor fought in a group of four and had at least 3 fights.

The under 8s all received their gold medals from club performance coach – Claire, following a super tournament where we saw the little ones take their first steps onto a competitive mat. They seemed to take things in their stride and there was certainly a lot of promising judo on display for proud parents.

After lunch – the over 8s competed for gold silver and bronze – but every single player was a big winner in our eyes.

Our Judo mums and dads were on top form – cheering the players and starting to learn a bit more about our wonderful sport.

Coaches and volunteers had a ball – and we were able to let some of our squad players and seniors experience what it’s like to referee or to keep scores.

It was lovely to see neighbours from local clubs come along and take part.

A great day all round. Some unforgettable judo memories, lots of smiles and some much-needed cash raised for Sporting Chances our parent charity. Thanks and well done to everyone who took part.

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Northern Ireland Open 2022

Two of our minors gave outstanding performances in the Northern Ireland Open winning silver against tough odds.

Oscar Reid was fighting in the weight category above his normal – and battled through to the final.

Luke MCafferty meanwhile – had to re fight two of his contests due to being tied. He came through well winning quickly with ippon to take a well deserved second place.

The big guys fought on the day before with solid effort by Alice, Hattie and Cian. Eden managed to win his group to retain his Northern Ireland title for the third time.

This competition is a real favourite for the club. The organisation is great, the country is beautiful and the people extremely friendly. We are looking forward to taking a bigger team next year.

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2022 British Schools Judo Success

On another frantic weekend for projudo, we had eleven young competitors at the British Schools championships in Sheffield.

Arad, Alice, Hattie, Rachel, Esther, Charlie and Noah led the charge on day one.

Oscar, Cassidy, Finlay and Lewis fought on day two.

The hard work in training continues to deliver results and our fighters left nothing on the mat.

Team coach , Jack Murphy, was pleased with the medal tally of 1 gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes – but was bowled over with the skill, effort and commitment from all of our judoka.

The parents did a wonderful job of supporting all the players as they once again displayed courage and real team spirit – with no shortage of fabulous judo on display.

Whilst all this was going on, our Team Scotland Development players – ineligible for the British schools- were being put through their paces by JudoScotland coaches at the National Centre in Ratho. Mark Goldie was there to lend a supporting hand to the National coaches – not just for the benefit of our players – but also to assist the athletes from other clubs.

Despite so many players being involved in competition or at National training – the rest of the squad were kept busy at the city centre dojo where Claire McDonald took the opportunity to introduce the athletes to some new strength and conditioning skills.

Saturday is one of the busiest days of the week for Projudo – with classes right across the city and beyond.

It is thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm and a real love for judo from our superb coaching team that we are able to run lively and exciting judo sessions for everyone across the entire club with all this going on as well.

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