Nathan Katz and Josh Katz departed on 5th January and trained at the OTC Mittersill 7-15 January which was very cold and very tough. They then trained at Grosshadern TSV Judo Club in Munich prior to competing in the Tel-Aviv Grand Prix 25 – 27 Jan followed by the GP training camp. Unfortunately Josh injured his knee in Munich and had to withdraw from the Tel-Aviv competition. The boys will then train in Israel prior to the Paris Grand Slam (9-10 Feb), participate in the Paris camp and then the Dusseldorf Grand Slam (22-28 Feb). This will be followed by participation in the Marrakesh (Morocco) Grand Prix (8-10 Mar) before returning home on the 10th March. A very busy schedule of OTC camp, 2 Grand Prix and 2 Grand Slams over 2 months.
It was a pleasure for Kerrye, Andras Koltai and I to partner one of our Junior Coaches and the oldest member of Budokan Judo Club, Cathy Roach for her Ni-Dan (2nd degree black) grading today conducted by Judo NSW at the Judo Nsw Training Centre Newington. Cathy did a fantastic job preparing solidly for months and showing that you can never be too old to achieve great things; in Judo it's always about education and development, and today she set a great example of that. Cathy did herself, us and Budokan Judo Club proud. Congratulations you legend.
Important dates for your diary:
Budokan Club Training Hall (dojo) will hold its major clean-up and mat scrub early in the new year: