Our School and Community judoka welcomed an Olympic superstar to our Mega Judo Day at Kingsley School on Saturday.

On Saturday, double Olympian Ben Fletcher was our guest coach for the second Kingsley School Judo Mega Day. Our judoka from both our School and Community-based Judo clubs welcomed Ben, who competed in the 2016 Rio Games and the 2021 Tokyo Games. Aside from Ben’s Olympic accomplishments, Ben also won a Junior World Championships Bronze Medal in 2011 and followed this up by winning 7 IJF World Tour medals and 10 World Cup medals during his career. Ben started his Judo at the famous Pinewood Judo Club before training full-time at Bath University under the expert coaching from Jurgen Klinger.

Ben ran two outstanding Masterclass sessions for our judoka. Both sessions were skilfully delivered, so our judoka could fully connect and understand the finer points of the techniques, which allowed them to perform these new skills and improve their own Judo. A massive thanks to Ben for visiting Kingsley today; it is a unique and rare opportunity for our judoka to share the dojo with such an Elite Level Judoka. It certainly inspired and motivated our judoka to some outstanding practice.

We held the second round of our Grand Prix league in the afternoon. The objective of the league event is to give our judoka a great experience within a competitive environment where they can practice their skills against other children of a similar size and level. It also gives the children a chance to gain confidence and build a greater understanding of competitive Judo. For many of our younger children, this was their first judo event, and what a fantastic success all our newcomers made of their opportunity. Yet again, this proved that anyone could step up to the challenge and overcome any nerves and quite simply get on and have a go.

Congratulations to all our judoka who took part in the day, and we look forward to seeing how well you do as the league season continues.

Mr Simon Ward