Junior coaches Andrew Buxton ( Canterbury Judokwai ) and Ryan Morrow alongside senior club member Dyfed Edwards took on the best of Britain this past weekend ( September 30th ). This is the competition for players aged 30 or above. Tough groups for all the players in only the 2nd competition of the year for them. Andy faught in the M2 -81kgs and had 1 win and two loses putting him narrowly out of medal contention. He did however go on to compete in the 2nd dan open catagory winning both his fights and gaining 20 points towards his 3rd dan.
Ryan faught in the M1 -81kgs, loosing his first quickly he went into his 2nd fight with ground work the highlight. After several submission attempts he was caught late in the fight in a hold down which saw him exit the competition.
Dyfed faught in Mk2 -73kgs with a pool of 3. His 1st fight was lost on a strange refeering decision which we couldnt appeal. His 2nd was much more promising with great movement culminating in a excellent sumi gaeshi attempt. His opponent did well to twist out and secure a hold leaving Dyfed without a win.
Honourable mention to friend of the club Jeff Dodson from Thanet who also narrowly missed out on medals.
However as the phrase goes "you win or you learn". Its a great achievment to even be there fighting amongst the countries top competitors so well done to them.