Eden Judo Development – Progress
South African Open Tournament – July 2016
Two children from the original project at Herold Laerskool were selected for the Eden Judo Team. Although they didn’t fair well in the competition, they gained valuable experience. Quinton Jansen (on the left) was selected for the Western Cape Team in 2016.
Eden Judo Development grew with the start of 3 classes at Franken Primary School in Herold.
The children from Franken Primary School and Herold Laerskool are farm children from the Herold area. They train with such enthusiasm on less than standard equipment.
We started a competition squad training every last Saturday of the month in George, to give all the children from all the clubs a chance for extra training in preparation for competitions in 2017. Franken Primary School’s principal, Mr. Carolus, arranges a bus for the children and parents of his school to attend.
The children from Franken attended their first competition on 29 October 2016 and returned home with a staggering 35 medals.
Our first competition in 2017 will be 28 January 2017 in Cape Town. I as their coach can not wait to see how they do.
Right from the start all judoka take part in the Advanced Open tournament only. Two reasons for that, firstly because the judoka cannot afford to enter Novice and Advanced, and secondly, I as coach needs to see how the judoka fair against experienced judoka. Judoka can only be selected for the Eden team if they took part in the Advanced tournament.
29 January 2017 – Cape Winelands Open and 1st tournament of the year, also 1st ever judo tournament for 99% of the 47 judoka that competed. The team returned with:
12 Gold,6 Silver, 6 Bronze
25 March 2017 – Cape Winelands Open
37 Judoka competed
13 Gold, 11 Silver, 5 Bronze
13 May 2017 – Western Cape Open and final team trials
37 Judoka competed
18 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze
Interesting, looking back on the achievements, how the medal takings show progressive improvement!
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN 2017 – BLOEMFONTEIN (July school holidays)
This is a major National tournament and as coach I never expect medal takings from new judoka on their first SA Open.
27 judoka from the Eden Development JC were selected as part of the team.
Much to my amazement the results were as follows:
3 silver, 3 bronze
Boys 11 & 12 year team Bronze in the team event
26 August 2017 – National Ranking event – East London
A small group of 10 judoka, 9 development players, aged 13 and up attended this tournament in the attempt to earn much needed National points.
4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
20 points for Gold, 15 points for Silver and 10 points for bronze.
9 September 2017 – Cape Town Open and Western Cape Team Trials
Only the judoka who represented Eden attended this tournament to qualify for the Western Cape Team to compete against EP 28 October in an Inter-Provincial Team event in George.
11 Gold, 10 Silver, 5 Bronze
13 judoka selected for the Western Cape Team, 12 of which are development players.
7 & 8 October 2017 – SA Schools – Soweto Gauteng.
22 Judoka attended this tournament, 20 of these children were from Eden Development Judo Club (Franken Primary School). This was the results!!
13 medals – 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze
28 October 2017 – Eden Open – George.
35 Eden Development Judo Club took part in this event. During this tournament, the judoka chosen for the Western Cape Team also took part in the Inter-Provincial Team event against Eastern Province. Except for the Group 1 & 2 boys team, every other team won against EP.
NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP – JANUARY 2018
NATIONAL TRIALS – FEBRUARY 2018
Three children from Franken Primӫr, and one from George, Eden Judo Development Club has been invited to the National Training Camp in January 2018 as well as National Trials in February 2018.
CHALLENGES – ASSISTANCE NEEDED
- Travel assistance
Each judoka pays R400 for the weekend travel to Cape Town based competitions which includes, transport, entry fee, food and accommodation. For most of the development players this becomes a costly affair and numbers start to decrease and talented judoka mostly fall away.
The tatami (training mat) that the judoka train on currently are of sub-standard, 20mm thick. This should be 40mm to ensure SAFE training. I travel with a 5m x 5m 20mm thick every week as it is the only number of mats that fit into my vehicle and it is the tatami used at the head dojo in George.
- Judo attire
We are desperate for travelling suits, suits that can be kept with the coach for training sessions. Wearing the correct attire is extremely important to teaching correct technique applications.
Competition suits – The normal training suits are enough for training and novice tournaments. During higher level tournaments, the judoka are required to wear IJF (International Judo Federation) approved suits that are costly @ approximately R2 000 per suit. Currently we have 15 group 3, 4 and 5 judoka (age 13 and up) in need of such suits.
- Entry fee – Local, Provincial and National tournaments
Every judoka currently must pay R80 to enter local and provincial tournaments, R100 for National Ranking events and R400 for SA Open and SA Schools tournaments.
We averaged 35 judoka during 2017 and hope to increase entry on this level to at least 40. During 2017 we attended 5 tournaments in Cape Town, 1 SA Open in Bloemfontein, 1 National Ranking in East London and 1 SA Schools in Gauteng. If we want more judoka in National teams, we need to attend all 3 National Rankings during the year. The next ranking is as early as 9/10 February 2018.
- Capacity building
During the year, judoka and adults are introduced to being officials. This process takes time and money, not only in courses but also attending competitions to practice the skills they have learnt during courses and club competitions. Officials gets upgraded after each year of experience.
We need higher skilled and qualified officials to host such courses.
Becoming an official opens other avenues of involvement in the sport other than competing.
We hope that you can see what a difference we are making in the communities and will help us continue doing what we love the most.