NEW students at Battlehill Judo Club have completed a six-week introductory course where they have learned the Olympic martial art.
Following the success of the course, the members are now training on an additional day with sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at Churchill Community College.
Additional funding secured through Sport England is enabling the club to offer additional free six-week courses for both children and adults.
A parent of two of the new students said: “I was looking for an activity for my sons and I heard about the six-weeks free judo sessions at Churchill Community College.
“The second my wife and I walked in we were made to feel so welcome and my sons immediately enjoyed the training.
“They teach young people to work hard, be disciplined, show respect and above all have fun.
“I was so impressed I joined a month later.
“At 39-years-old I never believed that I would have the confidence to take judo up.”
Three of the clubs students have recently returned from Scotland, where they took part in the International Budo Federation’s Scottish Open Judo Championship.
Damien Anderson was runner-up in the senior men’s black belt event, whilst Tonicha Brown, of Cramlington, won all her contests to secure the gold in the girls’ U54kg category.
Joe Moody, aged eight, from Wallsend, secured gold in the 19kg event, and bravely entered the under-12 year U25 kg category where he was narrowly defeated in the final to gain the silver.