A coach at Bradley Stoke Judo Club (BSJC) has achieved the prestigious 5th Dan grade following an outstanding performance at a big tournament last weekend.
Three Bradley Stoke Judo Club coaches were in action at the Samurai High Grades and Masters Competition in Kidderminster. Pete Douglas, Nick Brace and BSJC’s newest addition to the coaching team, Trevor King, all went there looking for points towards their next grades.
Five times British Champion Pete Douglas had not fought for over a year due to injury and other commitments. He had a massive 13 fights on the day. After a slow start, he came back to win ten fights, all of them with the maximum score – earning himself a total of 60 points and, more impressively, his 5th Dan, the highest grade that can be achieved as a fighter.
Nick Brace co-started the club back in 1999 along with Steve Westlake. Nick, who won his fourth British title in a row this year, had three fights at the weekend, earning himself 30 points, and that was enough to earn him a very well deserved 4th Dan.
And finally, Trevor King had ten fights, winning five of them with the maximum score, a result that gained him 50 points towards his next grade, 4th Dan.
BSJC’s Gem Gale told The Journal:
“Pete is the first ever 5th Dan at Bradley Stoke Judo Club, and we are all very proud of him.”
“These are incredible achievements for these coaches, and adds to the achievements of the rest of the club as it continues to grow and move from strength to strength.”
“This year alone, 12 junior players have made it into the top five in the country, with eight of them winning medals at the British Championships, and three of those becoming British Champion.”
The club always welcome new members, and with players of every age, shape, size and ability, there is always someone to train with.
Details of classes can be found on the club website: www.bradleystokejudoclub.co.uk
Photo: Trevor King winning one of his matches in Kidderminster.
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