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A history of Cumbria & the Borders BJC

Posted by john barton on May 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM



Cumbria and the Borders: An area of the BJC

A Brief History of the BJC in Cumbria

1998 John Barton makes contact with the BJC, which has retained traditional attitudes, including a balance between different aspects of judo, including kata.and Shiai. Watanabe kwai, the club John established in the 1986 becomes affiliated to the BJC in July.


2000 Alan Findlay's Brampton judo club joins Watanabe kwai in forming the Cumbria Area of the BJC. As an area, they are responsible for organising their own area events, such as championships, gradings and coaching sessions.


The area holds a kata course and dan grading with the BJC vice-president as senior examiner. These kata courses become an annual event, and in future years attract Angela Brown, Dave Reveley, Dale Fenwick and Norman Reveley - all kata experts and world champions.


2001 John Barton establishes Burneside judo club near Kendal.


Cumbria holds an FPJ Level 2 coaching course with Akinori Hosaka, kodokan hachidan(8th Dan). This attracts judoka from Scotland and the north of England.


2003 Stronger links are forged with St. Ronan's BJC judo club in Innerleithen, established by Dave Hammond. As the clubs regularly support each others events, St. Ronan's joins the area which becomes known as Cumbria and the Borders.


The Borders annual Summer School is established by Dave Hammond


Alan Findlay Sensei dies on August 19th. Brampton judo club, which Alan had founded 40 years earlier, continues for a few months before closing.


In November George Temperton, yodan, is invited across to hold a kyushindo judo course. George Temperton was one of Kenshiro Abbe's students and still practises and teaches Abbe's style of judo.


2004 The area badge is introduced. Designed by Derek Gove, it features kanji that read henkyo, which means borderland, or frontier.


2005 Dave Steadman's Seishin Judokwai joins Cumbria and the Borders based at Oxclose, Washington.


Dave Hammond moves to Dundee and establishes the Ippon Judo Club. He remains part of Cumbria and the Borders. The club quickly establishes itself in the University city.


2008 Mark Arbuthnott's Mudanshakwai JudoClub of Brechin joins Cumbria and the Borders.


2009 Innerleithen Judo club closes.


2009 John Barton establishes the Staveley Judo Club, Nr Kendal

2012 Dundee Ippon judo club withdraw membership from the BJC

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