09:00AM, Saturday 21 May 2022
Bea Parry, Otto Parry and Magnus Read flew the flag for Maidenhead’s Kazoku Ju Jitsu club at the Southend International Championships on Saturday, May 7.
Returning for the first time in three years following the COVID pandemic, the championships are one of the biggest events in British ju-jitsu calendar and students and sensei’s from across the country, as well as Europe and further afield, travelled to take part.
Kazoku’s small but talented squad brought back two medals from the championships, a gold for orange belt Bea in the Random Attacks category and a bronze for Magnus, an orange-stripe belt, also in Random Attacks.
The Maidenhead club has a long history of producing champions and medal winners in national and international competitions, and this year’s squad once again did them proud.
Head coach, Sensei Dan Verghese, a third-degree black belt, said “I’m so proud of our junior team members, some of whom have been with us from a very young age, returning after all the lockdowns and pandemic disruption. Their dedication to training is paying off on the national stage.”
Dan acted as a tournament official on the day, which started with a fun training course for all the participants, taught by the UK and Europe’s most eminent ju-jitsu experts, before the competition in the afternoon.
Kazoku Ju Jitsu has taught children and adults in the Maidenhead and Wycombe areas for many years and is steadily expanding.
It has recently launched an after-school club at St Luke’s CofE Primary School, Maidenhead.
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.