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Sonkei Judo
1 day ago
A bittersweet moment as we have a great summer party, but also say goodbye to Grace as she heads off to university to study mental health nursing.

A fantastic club secretary and volunteer, the kids will miss her terribly (as will the 2 Marks who she organises!).

We’re grateful for everything she has done.

Juniors are taking a rest now over the summer, and our last hurrah is those fighting in the Schools Championship on Sunday.

Well done everyone on a great season of judo πŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
2 days ago
We have our first ever First Dan black belt. πŸ₯‹

Congratulations to Shay, who today qualified for his 1st Dan grade by completing a β€œline up”, fighting a fresh opponent 3 times, one immediately after the other.

PD also qualified for a line up by winning 2 contests, but was pinned in his first line up fight. However he leaves with a lot of experience and another 20 points to his black belt.

Both players were exemplary in skill, conduct and are ambassadors of the highest level for the club.

Proud of you both and well done all the team for pushing them to get there.
Sonkei Judo
8 days ago
Massive Monday! πŸŽ‰

New grades for our junior class, Shay coaching Coen for his schools championship contests, new grades for Finn, Boyd, Ice and Coen!

Awesome performance from team Sonkei πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
10 days ago
Some hard rounds of Randori on a Saturday, great work as we peak for Dan Gradings and the schools championship.

Also, a big happy birthday to the Ice Man.

Conal is the epitome of a martial artist.

Humble, hardworking, team oriented and an all around great guy. Very valued member of the team πŸ’™

From bottom left to top left, he’s getting colder and sharper as the years go by πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Well done everyone πŸ™πŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
12 days ago
Our junior team putting in work on Monday night, ready for a grading next week!
Sonkei Judo
22 days ago
No pics tonight as a full on session, but the prep for the Dan Grading and the Schools Championship is well underway.

Well done Team Sonkei πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
A solid day of competition for the team. Plenty to smile about, things to fine tune,

However it takes massive guts to stand on a mat and fight. The team put on a resounding performance.

9 competitors:

2 gold πŸ₯‡
3 silver πŸ₯ˆ
4 bronze πŸ₯‰

First up, Yvonne and Caitlin unfortunately drawn in the same group as the only 2 lighter females. First event for Yvonne against a seasoned opponent, but she was tenacious and strong against Caitlin. McBride had to dig deep into her techniques, and managed to pip Yvonne twice.

Ashling, showed massive heart stepping up to fight 2 brown belts! One a good few
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Full report to follow, but some fantastic performances and a lot of bravery and great technique shown ❀️πŸ₯‹
#teamsonkei
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Emotional moment of the day.

Conal won a contest today and dedicated his victory to Aaron, with a technique that he taught him. ❀️

Always part of the team πŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Relaxing before go time πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Tonight, Mark and Shay took a trip out of the dojo to stage a training session with the McQuillan GA & CC Ballycastle; MacUilΓ­n CLG Camogie team.

Getting the players used to grips, contact, looking for angles, breakfalls and a bit of fun thrown in as well!

Thanks to the players for embracing the session and welcoming us to the pitch.
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Last briefing before we compete πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
The team preparing to sharpen their swords, as the master and young apprentice gaze on πŸ˜‰

Sunday we compete.

A good team of us taking to the mat and we’re excited to see everyone, from experienced players to first timers show their skills πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Star Wars theme continues πŸ˜‚

Reminds me of 2 coaches πŸ€”
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Star Wars theme continues πŸ˜‚

Reminds me of 2 coaches πŸ€”
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
We have 3 new 6th kyus’s starting on their journey through the belts!

Congratulations to Joseph, Yvonne and John.

A high standard of technique and skill shown, and well deserved.

We may even see a few of them on the competition mats in a few weeks πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
1 month ago
Sonkei do Score ⚽️

Team Harris v Team Donald

Guest referee (and goalie) Marshall Craig

A back and forth battle of titans, where the score was irrelevant and the winners were sport, friendship and the Nando’s shareholders! πŸ˜‚

The only other winner was Yvonne, pulling out a stellar player of the match performance πŸ†

Great fun and team building before we have our biggest contingent of players competing next weekend in Derry.

Max was to be the only victim, but that was because he ordered his dinner too spicy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (last pic)
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
A fantastic Monday night of judo πŸ™Œ

Jayden grades to 7th Mon. 🟠

In our Junior team it’s:

2nd Mon πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘πŸŸ‘

Elsie

1st Mons πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘

Hannah
Eabha
Daithi
Emilee

Proud of all of you for putting in a lot of hard work and dedication.
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
The first week of β€œsmash Saturday”.

Quick warm up, then rounds (and rounds) of Randori πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Iron sharpening iron.

Ready to go for the 19th May competition.
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
The juniors had a tough technical session tonight, so at the end of the session we blew off some steam with a different type of rolling πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‚
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
The team and Shays breakfast are ready to go πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
With the Open on Sunday for our competition team, it was time to fine tune and look for counter opportunities to competition techniques πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
De Ashi Barai is a tricky technique to learn, so we use visual cues to break down the skills. Here Paige shows a great example and that size doesn’t matter in judo πŸ˜‚
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
An awesome martial arts Monday.

We have our 2nd, 1st Kyu with Shay absolutely smashing his techniques, and now on his path to the black belt!

Our junior team were on point as well, working through their techniques for the next grade coming soon.

Proud of you all, well done πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
3 competitors for the Open next week πŸ’ͺ

Shay under 73 junior
Finn under 66 senior
Paul masters / veterans

So compulsory coffee and buns, delicious as always at the Shorebird Coffee Hut.

Ciaran had a few crypto deals to complete before he had his power smoothie πŸ˜‚

Looking forward to seeing the team in action.

The full team will be fighting on May 19th πŸ’ͺ
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
We train hard and play hard.

Training is up a level with 3 of the team competing in the Open next week.

A well deserved rest during rounds of Randori, saw the perfect opportunity for some PD based photoshopping πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹πŸ˜‚
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
Our Junior team are working together towards their next grading!

Some solid Randori rounds as well put in.

Well done everyone πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹
Sonkei Judo
2 months ago
Today we got to train with and learn from Kelly Staddon.

5x British Champion
European medallist
3rd Dan Judoka
Professional MMA fighter

A great day, and Kelly was a great sport pulling out the β€œDiaz” for a pic πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Sonkei Judo
3 months ago
Taking a break for Easter, then eyes on the Open and Maxi / Kyu event in May.

Have a good Easter everyone.
Sonkei Judo
3 months ago
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.