We are very proud to announce that that Budokan Judo Club won the NSW Club of the Year for the fifth year in a row. This is a great achievement and the result of a consistently huge effort by all the club’s coaches, Committee members, volunteers, and in particular all the athletes who do all the hard work on the mat. In addition to winning Club of the Year, Budokan was also nominated for Junior Development Club of the Year and the Club with the Best Website. In terms of individual NSW awards, there are 10 available NSW Best in Age Category awards and for the second year in a row, Budokan athletes won 5 of them, which is really amazing.
4 more of our athletes won awards in Special Needs, Kata and NSW State Coach nominated awards. In all 27 Budokan members were nominated 43 times in 28 available individual award categories.
Cathy Roach who at last year’s Annual Club Awards night was presented with the club’s Distinguished Service Award. 2 weekends ago, after some months of hard training and practice, this almost 76 year old Grandmother, who is a valued Assistant Coach at this club, and who achieved her 1st Dan Black belt 30 years ago, successfully completed her grading to 2nd Dan. Cathy’s achievement shows that you can never be too old to achieve great things.
We have seen a 50% increase in membership in just 3 years from 120 members in 2015 to 180 this year. This week we peaked at 188. We also have the second highest number of female members of any club in Australia.
Overall, 9 athletes had 3 World Championship and Youth Olympic selections; YOGs 7th; Grand Slam and Grand Prix R16; Senior World Cup Gold, Silver, Bronze and 3 x 7th places; Senior European Cup Bronze ; Junior European Cup 7th; Junior Asian Open 5th; Cadet Asian Open Silver, Bronze and 2 x 5th places; 4 Golds and 3 Silvers at Oceania Championships;
Our athletes also attended numerous international camps including the pre-YOGs camp in Tunisia, National Cadet Training Camp in Japan, as well as 5 athletes selected to the National Cadet and Senior Boys/Girls Futures Camp at the AIS, and 4 athletes selected to the NSW Junior Development Camp at the AIS.
National Results were amazing considering one-third of our athletes had never competed at Nationals before: 6 Gold, 2 Silver, and 7 Bronze medals, plus 1 Bronze in Kyu Grades, 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze in Special Needs, and 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals in Kata, a total of 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 11 Bronze medals.
Our club participates in all State Opens and is one of only a couple of clubs who still host the MONSter League and Junior competition. This year was our 17th MONS and Junior Boys & Girls competition and in March we also ran our third MONS-only event
For a complete description of Budokan's achievements for 2018, read the attachment below