26 June 2005
First stop on the programme, Jeju Island, Korea. 14th Pacific Rim
Judo Championships. I arrived on Jeju Island (apparently the Hawaii
of Korea) a few days early. I had no problems getting use to the heat
and humidity. Competition day came along, which started off with weighing
in. A couple of hours later, I was on the mat warming up for my first
round fight against Bagher Tooti of Iran. It was a long wait leading
up to the fight, then it was time. My opponent proved to be strong.
About 1 minute into the fight, due to my lack of defence, he got in
quick with Te-guruma (pick up throw) and threw me for ippon. The Iranian
went through the draw and was the eventual silver medallist, losing
to Japan. I ended up getting a repechage, which means another chance
to come through to fight for bronze.
17 July 2005
I am now currently based in Holland, staying at Sportcentrum Jan
De Rooys. Jan De Rooy is one of the Dutch national coaches and has
some of the top Judo players training at his place including Deborah
Gravenstijn, bronze medallist at 2004 Athens Olympics and Elisabeth
Willeboordse, gold medallist at the 2005 European Championships. I
have just arrived back in Holland from a training camp in France.
It was held at INSEP, Paris (French training centre), and lasted for
6 days. The training schedule consisted of two, two hour judo sessions
a day, just fighting against some of the best judokas in the world.
Some of the participating countries included: France, Japan, Great
Britain, Iran, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Qatar, Brazil,
Italy, Netherlands, Canada, USA and a few others. By the end of the
camp my body was almost dead. My defence and reacting to techniques
has already improved a bit. Although the training was hard, I enjoyed
it a lot. Apart from all the judo training I managed to do some sight
Just got back from another heavy training camp in Holland. The International
Dutch training camp is normally held at Papendal (Olympic Dutch training
centre), but because of the dates and expenses the Dutch Judo Bond
decided to have it in a town called Leusden this year.
15 August 2005
On 6th of August I competed in the German Judo Open held in Braunschweig, a small city halfway in between Berlin and Hannover. It was a bit of a mission getting there, taking 5 and a half hours by train plus an extra 2 hours trying to accredit myself for the competition (that’s what coaches and mangers are for). I also got the chance to catch up with some other fellow New Zealanders who are also travelling and training in Europe. They were also competing in the tournament over the weekend. Ryan Dill-Russel under 90kg, David Dill-Russel under 81kg, Joy Williams under 70kg and Kura Smith under 63kg.
Anyway competition day kicked off at 6.30am with the unofficial weigh-in
and 7.30am official weigh-in. The first fight of the day was actually
weighing in, because it was ‘random’ weigh in, which means first in
first served ? out of about 4 weight divisions (130-140 competitors).