Rush Judo’s super seven on top form in Scotland

The Rush Judo competition squad travelled to Edinburgh to compete in the Sportif International ranking event

The Rush Judo competition squad travelled to Edinburgh to compete in the Sportif International ranking event

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On a sunny Good Friday afternoon, a seven-strong Rush Judo competition squad travelled up to Edinburgh to compete in the Sportif International ranking event – a high level competition followed by an intense three day training camp.

The JudoScotland-Sportif International is the UK’s premier international tournament; a strong event with nearly 500 players from all over Europe – and even Canada – in attendance.

Lewis Fryer (minor boys) had three great wins by an ippon, yuko and a waza-ari; narrowly missing out in the final to take the silver medal, a fantastic achievement in group of 15.

The pre-cadets category saw a well executed waza-ari throw from Hannah Niven pave her way to a silver medal.

Haydn Williams was pleased with strong ippon and waza-ari wins which took him to the semi-finals, narrowly losing out to the eventual gold medallist while gaining a very creditable fifth place in a large group.

Gergo Berendi continued in his usual fine form with a particularly impressive second round ippon to earn ninth place.

In the cadets, Charlie Bennett had two great ippon wins which helped him to seventh place in a large group and some very valuable points in the BJA Ranking system.

Michael Fryer was in a group of 36, with waza-ari wins helping him gain ninth place, with Emily Niven also taking ninth after a particularly impressive ippon.

Coach Laurie Rush was extremely pleased, saying: “They all competed at this level; none were out of their depth and some exceeded expectations. All in all it was a long, hard, tough but rewarding day”.

Rush Judo run classes for all abilities and ages. Contact Laurie on 07949 609569 for more information or visit www.rushjudo.co.uk