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Josh Katz – European Open Glasgow Scotland  6-7 Oct 18

  • Josh departed for Europe on 24th Sept, following the Sydney International, where he trained in Camberley for the Senior European Open (World Cup) on the 7th October in Glasgow, Scotland. His first match was against an awkward German athlete Pachel, who had already beaten Great Britain. GER immediately threw his arm cross-shoulder attacking with Ouchi and Uchi-Mata.  Josh controlled this with double lapel gripping but this made attacks more difficult. Just past half-way Josh started to make progress with Kouchi and drop Sode attacks and solid ground-work. More attacks from both took them into Golden Score with no scores or penalties. More defending the grip by Josh, and with just over a minute of GS gone, Josh found an opening for Kouchi-Makikomi scoring Waza-Ari and the win. The Quarter-Final was against Dumontier FRA who had already beaten athletes from Great Britain and Italy. The first two exchanges saw attacks with Kouchi from both players and transition to ground. After just over 1 minute, FRA threw his arm cross-shoulder simultaneously attacking with Osoto and catching Josh for Ippon. The repechage match saw a match against Pisco from Portugal, who had beaten athletes from Spain and The Netherlands in his pool. The first exchange saw an Uchi-Mata-Makikomi attempt from POR after holding a one-sided grip. This was followed by a Kouchi chop to groundwork. Josh then started working back with a good Kata-Guruma and groundwork transition. An Uchi-Mata followed by Sode attack from POR using a pistol grip saw Josh spinning off in defence and conceding a Shido. POR continued cross-gripping without receiving a penalty allowing another Uchi-Mata attack. Josh attacked well in the next couple of exchanges with drop Morote and Kouchi bring POR to his knees and conceding Shido. Golden Score saw POR attack with drop reverse Seoi-Nage and Josh spinning off beautifully to his feet. However, despite any ability to avoid head contact with the mat, the referee ruled that Josh used his head as a defence and he was disqualified. This was very disappointing for Josh but also showed his solid international competitiveness, in particular after a long lay-off from this level of event.  Josh will next compete in the Malaga (Spain) Senior European Cup on 20th October followed by some training in Germany before returning to Perth on 9th November for the Oceania Open.  We wish him all the best for his upcoming events.


Senior World Championships Baku Azerbaijan 20-26 Sep 18

  • Nathan had a great preparation in Sydney, then Munich Germany and finally at Camberley UK, and was feeling strong for this event. He drew the very awkward and aggressive left Egyptian Abelrahman in the second round. EGY came out throwing the left arm and was penalized in the first exchange for holding the belt. EGY was quick to take the sleeve arguably with an illegal pistol grip which allowed him to continually throw his left arm pulling Nathan down and frustrating him. Nathan did well to defend but was penalized for stiff arms. Nathan dropped a Morote Seoi-Nage and EGY came back with Harai. Nathan was finally able to get the sleeve and attacked with a good spinning Tai-Otoshi which was well defended. Going for the lapel first allowed Nathan to move but getting a sleeve advantage was a challenge. Each time EGY took the sleeve, he attacked quickly forcing passivity Shido on Nathan. A couple of better exchanges for Nathan with Uchi-Mata and Tai-Otoshi but always after a frustrating battle with grips. The last exchange near full-time was another flurry of gripping by EGY with no real intention to attack and in a bizarre decision, the referee gave EGY and Shido for a grip infringement but also a Shido to Nathan for passivity. It begs the question how does an athlete attack (and then be penalised) if the opponent is gripping illegally? So ended a frustrating match and one in which Nathan was disappointed in himself with the knowledge that he could have done more. EGY won the next round to TJK and then lost against UKR in the QF. We are confident that with his high Judo level, continued experience and dedication, close encounters such as this will go in his favour in the future. Nathan arrived home a couple of days later training at the club before flying to Cancun Mexico on 9th October for a Grand Prix event on the 12th. He will be home for just over a week and then fly to Abu Dhabi for the Grand Slam, then home until the Perth Oceania Open in November.  We wish him every success for these events.


The club’s performance at the Sydney International this year was very encouraging, with some athletes testing their performance at this level for the first time.  It was a shame that we had a number of athletes unable to compete in this event due to being overseas or still recovering from injury: Beth Wade, Ali McPherson, Will Zollinger, Emma Leishman, Kyle McIndoe, Nathan Katz, who was competing at the Senior World Championships, Logan O’Brien and Naomi De Bruine. Their participation would have given the club another 8 participants in 11 divisions making 37 athletes in 49 divisions. Thanks to all the many Budokanis who stepped up to volunteer to support the Sydney International, including some of the athletes mentioned above who were unable to compete.  This shows great spirit in supporting NSW’s premier competition event of the year. 


Judo Australia is running its second Futures Camp at the AIS Canberra for athletes who were born in 2004 and 2005, are Green belt or higher and who have competed at the Nationals in 2017 or 2018.  Cost is $300 and Budokan athletes interested in this should discuss their participation Rob and Kerrye before applying. For more details and to complete an Expression of Interest, go to the Judo Australia link at


  • Saturday 22nd September – no Saturday club training
  • Sunday 23rd September – Sydney International Open – Standard Entry Fee to 9th September after which late entry fee applies to 20th September. On-line entries only.  
  • Saturday 6th October – Judo NSW Junior Development Squad (no Budokan Saturday session)
  • Sunday 21st October – Danny Simmons Memorial Competition – Woy Woy