The Kingsley School Judo team fought tremendously well in the Devon Kyu Grade Championships in Kingsbridge on Sunday.
The tournament – for non-Black Belt competitors over the age of 16 - attracted more than 100 younger and older fighters from clubs throughout the West of England, including three members of the Kingsley School Bideford club.
6th former Samuel Foulser was in outstanding form, winning all four of his bouts with classic “Ippon” knock-outs, clinching the Gold medal in the 1st Kyu -66kg category and earning 40 points towards his 1st Dan Black Belt.
Sam was naturally very happy with his performance. “I had a game plan and stuck to the techniques I had been training hard to develop for competition. Everything went to plan and winning 40 points was a brilliant bonus”
Gregor Herkewitz, an 18-year-old Kingsley Gap Year student from Germany, who is part of the British Judo Association adult beginners’ course at Kingsley, with only a few weeks’ training under his belt, picked up an incredible silver medal in his category. He won three out of his four bouts against much more experienced and higher-graded opponents.
Ryan Ashton also won a valuable ranking position. He fought in the novice to Blue belt 2nd Kyu 81kg class, with a well earned 5th place finish. .
Kingsley School’s Judo Club is an open Community club. Anyone in the Bideford area is welcome to join one of our free Tuesday or Thursday Taster sessions. Call 01237 426200 for further details from Coach Simon Ward.