Stanford Warriors attended the 'OFFICIAL' governing bodies NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS on 6/4/2013. We took a team of 11 and walked away with an impressive 22 medals including 6 students becoming BRITISH CHAMPIONS with a total of 9 gold medals.
Team Warriors traveled to Walsall, Birmingham for the years premier Ju Jitsu event. This is the official British Championships so as expected the standard was very high and for many of the team this was there first time attending the competition.
Sensei Brian Mallon, Sensei Steve Calder and Sensei Scott Mallon were very proud of the team and their exceptional performance.
Sensei Nicky Hales: Bronze Weapons Kata, Silver Pairs Demo.
Sensei Claire Laing (British Champion): Gold, Random Attacks, Silver Pairs Demo and Bronze Open Hand
Amy Mallon (British Champion): Gold Continuous Fighting, Gold Weapons Kata, Gold Open Hand Kata and Gold Random Attacks
Callum Calder (British Champion) Gold Random Attacks
Cameron Page (British Champion) Gold Continuous Fighting
Nancy Baillie (British Champion) Gold Continuous Fighting, Bronze Open Hand Kata and Bronze Random Attacks
Isaac Baillie (British Champion) Gold Continuous Fighting
Rhiannon Hales: Silver Continuous Fighting, Bronze Random Attacks, Bronze Open Hand Kata
Elliot Page: Silver Continuous Fighting
Jacob Evident: Silver Continuous Fighting
Tea' Stock: Silver Continuous Fighting, Silver Open Hand Kata
The team were supported by Jill Mallon, Kay Mallon, Karen Calder and of course the parents and family that brought them along and spent the day encouraging and supporting all of the competitors.
Sensei Receives his 7th Dan
After the competition some of the team attended the annual gala dinner where the success of the day was capped by Sensei Brian Mallon being recognised by the National Governing Body and awarded his 7th Dan Ju Jitsu. Sensei Mallon stated that the award was not for him but a representation of all the hard work the club, its coaches and most importantly its students do however, I am sure we would all like to congratulate Sensei Mallon and the team for their achievements at the weekend.
At Stanford Warriors we pride ourselves on quality. The quality of our teaching, the quality of our students and the quality of our Ju Jitsu. This association with quality is one of the reasons we are proud to be a member of the National Governing Body, the BJJA GB. Through this we have had the opportunity to work with some of the best Jitsuka in the world, such as Professor Kenny Blundell 9th Dan.
Sensei Blundell, picture here with Sensei Mallon prior to the 2013 national championships is a true master of the art and we would recommend any to take the opportunity to train with him on the mat
During October Sensei Mallon and Sensei Quint were invited by Sensei Terry Parker 10th Dan along with other senior figures in British Ju Jitsu to visit Jikishin International Schools in Malta.
Following on from Sensei Mallons successful trip to Israel both he and Quint were a massive hit and were invited back on a second day to teach a number of the Maltese black belts.
Also on the trip was Sensei Martin Dixon (chairman of the British Ju Jitsu Association) who was so impressed with Sensei Mallons teaching and the practicality of the techniques taught that he has also given Sensei Mallon an open invitation to teach at Sensei Dixons academy.
The success means that Stanford Warriors has taken another step towards being recognised as a significant player in the British Ju Jitsu.
Sensei Mallon would like to thank his Malteese hosts for all their hospitality.
below is a video of Sensei Mallon and Sensei Quint in action