IAPS Judo Tournament 2020

10 March 2020

 

For the fourth year in a row, Caldicott boys took part in the annual IAPS Judo Tournament this week. Seven boys competed and they all showed great determination at being the best they could be.

With over 100 boys from 29 different independent schools, they were split into two age bands (10 - 11 years and 12 - 13 years) and then into their weight categories. In the 10 – 11 years section: Toby W (U30k), Harry B (U34k) and George M (U38k). In the 12 – 13 years section: Charlie V, Dengiz P, Ben S (U55K) and Jack (U55K).

Toby was the most inexperienced member of the team, with only one term of judo under his belt. It was his fighting spirit displayed in his few classes that convinced Sensei Basil to include him in the team. He did not disappoint. Fighting with great spirit and determination he won the first medal for Caldicott this year; a well-deserved bronze medal.

Next up was Harry. Competing in the largest group of the day, he put up a brave display but unfortunately lost his first contest. He then produced two fantastic body slams to make it into the last section. Unfortunately, a 2nd defeat put Harry out of the event, but ended the day in a very commendable 7th place out of 18.

George was in scintillating form. Producing well timed throws and showing great spirit. He won all contests to put him through to the semi-final, but a slight mistake unfortunately cost him a place in the final. In his bronze medal contest, George was in no mood to be defeated and produced another excellent throw and pinned his opponent to secure that medal.

Charlie was returning to the event after missing out on a medal last year. Unfortunately, Charlie had to compete in the higher weight category but with a refined focus and the experience of last year, he approached his contests with renewed self- belief. After three energy sapping contests, Charlie ended the day with a silver medal.

Dengiz had a great competition with impressive composure and attitude. After a 1st round loss, he then won his next two contests with superb shoulder throws to set up a semi-final contest. He suffered a loss but claimed a magnificent bronze medal.

Next up were Ben and Jack, both competing in the u55k category. It was a very tough group with very experienced competitors. It proved to be too much for the boys, but they both fought with great heart and spirit. Ben pulled of a well-executed counter technique to put him into the bronze final, but unfortunately just missed out on the medals. Jack also fought with great heart and will have gained great experience to take to the event next year.

A silver and three bronzes is a fantastic result for Caldicott with year on year improvement at this event.

Caldicott boys at the IAPS Judo Tournament