Monday, February 26, 2018


Faversham Invitation

FAVERSHAM Invitation Judo Championship

On Sunday I attended the Faversham Judo Club’s Invitation Judo Championships, which attracted over 100 Judoka. The event was very well run and I was particularly impressed with the standard of Dress of officials All with Dark trousers, white shirt or blouse. Men wearing IBF Ties with Faversham Judo Club embossed on them, this reminded me of the days when all IBF Officials wore Blazers etc. and looked smart. Today it is difficult to get Officials and most want to have casual dress. Miles Brown and has done a good job in promoting Referees and this showed with many more probation referees learning their trade at this competition and I was quite impressed with them. Faversham have good support from all its members and parents and this paid dividends when organising this tournament. Well done Trevor Davies George Holbrook Sue Tanner Miles Brown and all those who helped

IBF Clubs have several Judo Comps for the Future, Faversham Judo Club are running a major tournament later on in the year in a much bigger Hall, Spitfire Judo Club will be organising a major event at the Burston Hotel Folkestone and next year the IBF multination’s will be held at the same event. Young Judo Club have 4 tournaments this year to be held at their Dojo in Sittingbourne. There is also IBF Open in Holland in April anyone interested should contact Colin Carrott.

The one thing we do need is Referees so if you are interested in becoming a referee contact Miles Brown

Attending these competitions are always fun but when you have your youngest grandson George entering his first big competition and winning Gold it always makes the event better. I had intended retiring as IBF UK President in 2 years time but I have been inundated with people asking me to stay plus I feel I have still a lot to offer so my retirement will be put on hold

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


IBF News

Dear Members

Membership for Individuals, Coaches, Clubs is due March 28th once again the IBF has kept the price the same as previous years, can I remind you that once your membership expires so does the Insurance. Membership decreased by 25 people last year , so we need you all to promote the IBF

Keeping people interested in what we do is becoming very difficult apart from the hundreds of different Martial Arts Styles and Associations; Society has change dramatically in the last 20 years. The Computer age has produced people who want something instantly and we all know to be good at Martial Arts you need to train long and hard. Standards throughout have also changed when I started Judo back in the 1950’s someone who had a Blue Belt or Brown Belt was held in awe then we moved to the 1970’s and a Black Belt was someone special the late 1990’s you saw the occasional Red & White Belt an honour bestowed on exceptional Martial Arts Practitioners, now it seems that this high accolade is given just because of longevity rather then ability, we even have 6 year old Black Belts.  So Martial Arts has certainly changed over the last 60 years is it for the better or worse that is for you to decide

The IBF recently held its AGM and the main subject was Judo, Greg Garside brought up the need for change with regard to 1st Dan examination this was discussed at length and was agreed to have a radical overhaul of the Syllabus this will be for our IBF Technical Panel of Trevor Davies 6th Dan, John Clarke 6th Dan, Colin Carrott 5th Dan and Keith Costa 4th Dan to organise and hopefully will be concluded ASAP

Miles Brown brought up the subject of Judo Referees and how we are short of these people; he also went on to explain the new IJF Rules, which seem to change on a regular basis. I suggested that a referee’s award be included in the 1st Dan syllabus this was roundly rejected. The emphasis should be on the Coach to encourage their student to become Referees

John Clarke said he running many small Judo tournaments in Sittingbourne which are very popular

Trevor Davies also told us of a Major Judo Tournament in Faversham organised by Faversham Judo Club the last one the club held was a great success and had entrants from many different Clubs and Associations

Colin Carrott will be taking Judoka to IBF Dutch Open in April anyone interested should contact him direct. He also said that IBF International have asked him and John to organise the IBF Multi Nations in 2019. This will be held at the Burston Hotel Folkestone. Colin will be running a Judo event later on in the year’ at the Venue in preparation for the 2019.

Please find attached forthcoming events 

Monday, February 19, 2018


Open Jubilee European Cup

IBF Poland

 XX Open Jubilee European Cup for Juniors and Seniors 2018

semi contact / kata/ weapon kata/ synchron-kata/weapon synchron-kata/ 
animal-like kata/ DUO-System

Organizer:                                 IBF Poland; (Big Budo Poland Association)

Leader:                                       Wiesław Bigos

Main referee:                            Jacek Sobczyk (kata/ semi contact)

Date:                                           28  April 2018

Location:                                                Poland – ul. Licealna 17 a, 43-150 Bieruń

Weight in:                                             
28 IV – from 8:00 to 9:00 – Open European Cup for Juniors and Seniors

28 IV –  9:00   – Open European Cup for Juniors and Seniors

                                                 9:15 – kata, weapon kata, synchron-kata, weapon synchron-kata                 
                   animal-like kata/ DUO-System

                                                   10:00 –fights (semi contact)                                                
Age categories:
                                            Children:           up to 8 years
                                         Children:          up to 10 years
                                         Youth:                         from 11 to 15 years                                                                                                     Seniors:            from 16 years
Men and women categories. Synchron kata  – together. (No age categories, men and women together, three people in team). 

Weight class:   
Junior 10-11 years   
-25,-30,-35,-40,-45,-50,-55,-65, + 65 kg        

Junior 12 to 15 years           
-30,-35,-40,-45,-50,-55,-65, + 65 kg   

Ladies from 16 years   
-55,-65,-75,+75 kg      

Men from 16 years      
-60,-65,-70,-75,-80,-90,+90 kg

If there are not enough competitors registered for a certain weight category the organizer can decide to combine some weight categories together.

Registration to:              As soon as possible, however the final date is 22.04.2018
                          (post, by fax, or by e – mail).

            43 – 150 Bierun, Poland          e – mail:
            Oświęcimska 423 street                        

Registration fee:            15 Euro for Juniors and Seniors. Synchron kata 40 Euro for team, DUO System 25 Euro
Rules:                             Rules of IBF – INTERNATIONAL

Competitors:                  Each competitor is obliged to insure himself against accidents. Everybody starts on his/her own risk.

Equipment:                     Binding clothes – adequate to the style presented by the competitor. No T – shirt (only club T – shirts).

Referees:                                    Only with IBF licence.

Prizes:                            In all categories: ranks 1-3: medal and diploma; All participants will receive Diploma of Attendance
— for the competitor of the best technical skills  in each age category of semi contact fights, and kick-light fights;
-— for the best male and female participants of  each  age category,

Accommodation:           Organizer can book hotels for all the participants of the competition. Prices of hotels, depending on standard, are between 70 and 200 PLN (that is between 17 and 67 euro) per night, including breakfast.

Route:                            Organizer ensures sending the map of routes from hotel to Sports Hall for all interested people.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Sambo Training and British

English Sambo Federation 
Sport Sambo Squad Training at Sittingbourne
under the direction of John Clarke BSF National Coach
All preparing for the British Open in April

contact Colin Carrott

Thursday, January 04, 2018


Folkestone Judo session

Over the last few years I have lost interest in Judo for many reasons. 1) My injuries make it unsafe for me to practice  2 replacement knees replacement hip 2) Having Taught both John Clarke and Colin Carrott  I feel they have learnt most of what I know so there is no need for me to Coach as they are both doing a good job 3) The continual rule changes by the IJF has made Judo  a different sport from 20 years ago that is one of the reasons I am keen on Sambo 4) the lack of dedication and the willingness to advance by today’s judoka is depressing.

So when Colin invited me to attend his Judo Bash at Folkestone I thought OH NO another boring afternoon. How wrong I was I walked I to the Hall with about 40 adult Judoka all of a reasonable standard on the Mat, the atmosphere was electric. This is why I started Judo some 60 odd years ago ‘this is what Judo was about. I even started getting up down in my seat as Judoka were performing good technique and with my 17 year old grandson Lewis just back for the Navy I could not resist shouting Coaching hints most probably to the annoyance of his opponents. Someone said it has been years since you have been so enthusiastic,, well that is true because here was a bunch of Judoka  who just wanted partake in Judo. They came from many clubs and several different associations nobody cared about the politics of Judo and lets be honest with the decline of participants in judo over recent years, all of us need to work together for judo to succeed. If you asked me a Month ago I would say Judo was dying after last Saturday Honestly believe we will see the steady rise of Judo and Sambo in GB

Maybe next time I will be invited to do a 10-minute spot.

Well done Coaches John Clarke 6th Dan, Trevor Davies 6th Dan, Colin Carrott 5th Dan, Oleg Sibilev 3rd Dan, Alan Lingham 5th Dan Chris Coulson  2nd Dan, Dick Scopes 5th Dan

Martin Clarke 8th Dan

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Finals O100k 1985 World Games Sombo

Monday, December 04, 2017


Megyn Kelly Supports 'Honor Diaries'

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