We are delighted to invite friends from the UK and around the world to our first "Kettering International Charity Judo Championships" which will be held on the 22nd and the 23rd September 2018.

With your support this tournament will raise funds for 2 special charities. The Teenage Cancer Trust and the British Heart Foundation. You can find more details about the charities we are supporting by going to the charities page.



Kettering Arena Sports
Thurston Drive
NN15 6PB


The Championships are being organised by Roger Harris, British Judo Council National Tournament Director and Chair of the National Events Committee. Annette Shaw, Secretary of the British Judo Council and National Events Committee and Bob Cleevely, National Events Committee.

We are delighted to have a number of key clubs and personnel sign up to assist in the organising of this event including the Millennium / London International Tournament Director, Bernard Richmond 6th Dan, who is also Chair of the British Judo Council Headquarters Committee.



By Robin Otani: – British Judo Council President

It is often said that when you become a Judoka you become part of a very special family, a family whose origin is in Japan and has spread its reach across the Globe.

Judo is without doubt more than a sport or martial art, to most it becomes a way of life. I am sure most experienced Judoka will acknowledge that to achieve good Judo takes a lot of hard work and dedication. We understand and respect each others efforts in trying to achieve that aim, we share the highs of success and the lows of defeat, the frustrations of training that is not fully working. Throughout these experiences we support and encourage each other, we develop a special bond with all Judoka and experience being part of the 'Judo Family' wherever we visit to train or compete at home or abroad.

The strength of this bond was recently very evident when Scottish Judoka Stephanie Inglis was critically injured in an accident abroad. Clubs and individuals helped raise over £300,000 to repatriate her and help pay for the specialist medical care she urgently needed. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.

As President of the British Judo Council (BJC) I am very pleased to endorse the Charity International Judo Championships and wish to extend a very warm welcome to all volunteers and competitors from the BJC, BJA, AJA and to our friends from abroad. It is my hope that BJC Judo and its traditional values has an positive influence on those taking part.

Thank you for supporting this event and by doing so helping to raise much needed money for the chosen charities. Heart disease and cancer affects a huge number of people both young and old and can strike at the core of family life – the loss of a parent, brother, sister, child or friend is truly devastating. So, we come together as a judo family for two great causes – together our efforts will help!

I would like to extend my sincere best wishes to everyone involved with this wonderful judo event. I hope we can make it a great success on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Yours Sincerely
R. Otani

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