This weekend saw a large 23 man team of UoB Jitsuka travel to Northampton to compete at the Randori Nationals. The event is a UK wide competition within the Jiu Jitsu Foundation, involving two days of training and competing with clubs and instructors from across the country. UoB jitsu had some really strong performances across the grades in both Tachi Waza (Standing Judo) Competition, and Newaza (Kneeling Judo) competition in the Saturday competitions, placing us in 16 different finals on the Sunday.
The club came back to Birmingham with a huge ten medal haul, which put them in joint second place in the country for the club shield. This is just shy of their performance last year when the club won the shield! UoB Jitsu are now looking towards grading coming up at the end of term, at which some members will be upgrading their grade level after the hard work and effort put in this year.
The medals in full from Randori Nationals 2020:
Gold: Sensei Jay Owen (3rd Dan)– Tachi Waza (Standing)
Kit Leyland (Green) – Tachi Waza (Standing) and Newaza (Kneeling)
Verity Poh (Light Blue) – Newaza (Kneeling)
Zhariff Hazali (Yellow II)– Newaza (Kneeling)
Silver: Sensei Jay Owen (3rd Dan)– Newaza
Verity Poh (Light Blue)– Tachi
Waza Eleanor Law (Yellow II)– Newaza
Bronze: Flick Hemming (Light Blue)– Tachi Waza
Leah Brown (Yellow II)- Newaza
The enjoyment and success of the weekend was thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the club members and dedicated volunteer coaches Sensei Jay and Sensei Lu.