I have just taken delivery of some excellent Reversible Jackets I have 25 of sizes 170/180/190 unlike the Blitz Jackets they are the same material at the single colour jackets price is £55
I have some single colour Jackets one Red 170 1 blue 170 2 size 180 in blue and red 5 190 in blue and red price £40
10 Blitz reversible size 200 £45 2 165 £45
Red Sambo Shoes £30 2 pairs of size 3 10 pairs 40 to 45
NEW Sombo Shorts with BSF logo suitable for Sombo, Swimming and General wear
I will be at the Red Star Sombo event in September and can take orders to bring with me alternatively I can send via post
contact me on IBFBCSA@Gmail.com
I have a Large Judo Cover for sale idea for MMA Comps 21m x 9m with 2 7 m x 7m fighting areas offers considered to make a new one like this would cost in access of £2000
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Ashley was participating in his 4th Dan Grading although he was not expected to do Nage No Kata Examiner Martin Clarke 8th Dan asked him to do so. His Uke was Danny Carrott 3rd Dan. The Kata was adequate what was special was these two have never worked together on this Kata both are International Judo, Sambo and Kurash Players Danny is 26 Ashley 31. Proving you do not have to be old to do Kata and Kata does not impede your fighting ability in fact it most probably enhances it
Throws from Ashley’s Grading
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
International Budo Federation
British CombatSombo Association
46th Annual Summer Camp
For 45 years the annual Summer Camp has been running ot was first held at St Mary’s Bay for the last few years it has been at the Army Cadet Camp Dibgate Folkestone. This year we could not get the Camp because of the Olympic Games it seems foreign teams had been allocated some ACF Accommodation and we were left out. So we altered the course to a 3-day event and the venue was the Swale Martial Arts Club Sittingbourne. Those who did not mind roughing it slept in the Dojo on Mats but this added to camaraderie.
The Instructors for the Camp were John Clarke 5th Dan Judo, Master of Sombo, Colin Carrott 4th Dan Judo, Master of Sombo, Ian Parker 3rd Dan Judo. The main theme of the Course was Judo with a little bit of Sombo; many had attended the course to improve on their Judo and Sombo Grades.
Every year we have an Annual Bash this where Jacket Grapplers (Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sombo, Kurash) turn up to fight each other the session is about 2 hours starts with Ground Work and then finishes with Up Standing, all accompanied on by the pumping music of Status Quo. This was started by Martin Clarke some 30 years ago and has always been a popular part of the Camp with people from far and wide attending not just fighters but Coaches and players to old to fight who want to be reminded of their past glories
John Clarke is now the Senior Coach on the Camp taken over from his father Martin Clarke as Martin did in the late 1970’s from his father John (Nobby) Clarke. The 3rd generation of Clarkes and waiting in the wings is John sons Lewis who only 12 years old is training with the Adults could he be 4th generation lets hope so.
Everyone was successful in their grading’s with the exam done over the whole 3 days but the grading every one was waiting for was the Black belt Grading late Saturday afternoon.
Vinney Drogoff Bedford Grappling Academy was attempting his 1st Dan /Degree Black Belt. Vinney comes from Lithuania and is a top class Sombo Player and fighting ability was well worthy of a Black Belt in Judo in fact if he joined an organisation that did not believe in the Tradition of Judo believing Judo is just a Sport is would have obtained the coveted Black Belt some time ago. The IBF believes that the theory, moral and philosophical parts of traditional Judo are as important as the competitive side if not more important. So those who are going for a competitive grade have to show:
1) Competition Record
2) Theoretical Knowledge
3) Kata (Sequence of pre-set movements)
For Competitive 1st Dan Black the Kata required is Nage No Kata Competitive 4th Dan Goshen Jutsu Kata. Non Competitive Grades would be expected to do Kata to a higher standard and each Dan Grade level would be expected to perform all Kata’s done in previous grading’s.
All Kyu Grades (student Grades) are also expected to perform certain section sections of the Nage No Kata (Formal Display of 15 throws done left and right) including juniors
The Grading panel for the Dan Grading were Martin Clarke 8th Dan, Trevor Davies 6th Dan, John Clarke 5th Dan, Colin Carrott 4th Dan and Ian Parker 3rd Dan a candidate only passes if there is 100% agreement by all panel members
Vinney performed some extremely good techniques which we expected an International standard Sombo player his hard part was the theory and Kata but with hard work he passes to 1st Dan successfully.
Ashley at 31 years of age has a wealth of experience in Sombo, Judo and Kurash, starting his Judo at the age of 5. His father Keith Costa is also a 3rd Dan Judo and is one of the IBF’s leading Junior Coaches. His training at the Young Judo Club/Warriors Grappling Academy Sittingbourne has been invaluable; coached by Martin Clarke and in latter years by his son John. Ashley is proof that learning Kata, theory etc. doesn’t hinder your competitive ability in fact it enhances it. As mentioned before Ashley had to do just the Goshin Jutsu Kata, which he done perfectly but Martin Clarke insisted that he do Nage No Kata as well, he selected 26 year old Danny Carrott as his UKE (Throwing Partner) who also is an International Judo, Kurash, Sombo Player. Both had never worked together on the Nage No Kata and both had not done it for some time. Yet they presented a very passable Kata, once again proof that if you understand Kata you do not forget it.
Kata teaches you the discipline of correct perfection of technique and the realisation that something’s in life can never be perfect, this in it self can enhance your skill level.
Results of Grading:
Ashley Costa 4th Dan
Andy Smith Brown Belt
George Watt Brown belt
Keith Brown Blue Belt
Mike Rudkin Green Belt
Keith Hadkin and Ollie Bruton Orange Belt
Richard Seaman Blue Belt 4 tabs
Lewis Clarke Blue Belt 1 tab.
Vinnie Dragan 1st Dan
Adam Dodds Brown
Any one Interested in Judo/Sombo contact John Clarke on 07825224940
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
MP Gordon Henderson’s Award
In recognition of Valuable Contribution to Sittingbourne & Sheppey Community
Our Local MP Gordon Henderson introduced this new award; it was his way of honouring local people a Constituency OBE. The first Sports People to receive the award were Judo/Sombo Experts Martin Clarke, John Clarke and Keith Costa.
Keith Costa 3rd Degree Judo has been with the Young Judo Club for 30 years he teaches the children on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday plus he organises competition and courses. His waste paper and can his collection has added much needed funds to the YJC all this and he is a carer for his wife who suffers with MS
John Clarke 5th Degree Judo Sombo National Coach/MMA National Coach. John has been participating in competition for the last 33 years since the age of 5 in that time he has won many national and international events in Judo, Kurash, Belt Wrestling, and Sombo. He has been responsible for rebuilding the Senior Section in the club and starting the only recognised MMA Club in the area
Martin Clarke 8th Degree Judo, 6th Degree Jiu Jitsu, GrandMaster Sombo started Judo in 1955 under his parents Nobby and Margret Clarke he is President of the Club.
Gordon Henderson has know the club for well over 30 years and has helped the club on many occasion and in appreciation for his support the Club organised the International Budo Federation to award him an Honorary Black Belt for Services to the Club this was last awarded to Sir Roger Moate in the 1980’s Roger was our local MP at the time and a supporter of the Young Judo Club
Lewis Clarke with Gordon Henderson MP 4th Generation Judo
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Here are details of the World Masters in Sambo Any Player from Great Britain wishing to enter can only enter through the British Sombo Federation and must hold a British Passport
Monday, August 20, 2012
FORTHCOMING EVENTS for 2012
ANNUAL BASH NIGHT
THURSDAY AUG 23rd 7.30pm
Saturday September 15th
Sombo/Full Contact Sombo Championship
Contact Robin Hyslop
JUNIOR JUDO TOURNAMENT
IN AID OF MS SOCIETY
Contact Keith Costa
World Open Semi Contact, Kata, Synchron Kata
Sunday 7th Oct 2012
Warriors Grappling Academy
MMA Grappling course (non jacket)
10am to 3pm £30 each (Min of 6 persons) Entries by September 30th money to Warriors Grappling Academy SMAC 127 East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 4BL
Tel: John Clarke 07825224940 email IBFBCSA@Gmail.com
John Clarke 5th Dan Judo and Master of Sambo
Colin Carrott 4th Dan Judo and Master of Sambo
WORLD SAMBO MASTERS
You have to be a member o a BSF association to enter All are welcome to enter
SATURDAY OCTOBER 13th
SOMBO CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
COMBATSOMBO INSTRUCTORS COURSE
Qualify as a CombatSombo Instructor
5 hour course 1pm till 6pm
entries by OCTOBER 3rd
£50 plus Exam fee
Instructor CombatSombo Fonder Martin Clarke
NOVEMBER 9th - 11th
WORLD SAMBO & COMBAT SAMBO CHAMPIONSHIP
Kano Jiu-Jitsu Training Day In Sittingbourne.
Tom Starling 7th Dan...
26th till 30th November
BEDFORD GRAPPLING ACADEMY
SOMBO/FULL CONTACT SOMBO COMP
Points Scoring Mini Judoka Championship
5,6,7 year old
8,9,10,11 year old
Swale Martial Arts Club
Kent ME10 2LP
British CombatSombo Association
Swale Martial Arts Club
CombatSombo Wrestling Jacket and NO Jacket Championships
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Free Style Wrestling Great Judo-Taekwondo-Greco POOR
As I have mentioned I was extremely disappointed with the Olympic Judo but tried to console myself with the fact that there was to be 3 mores styles of Combat to watch;
1st was Greco Roman Wrestling this has got to be more boring to watch then Judo, every match I watched went to the par terre position this where one wrestler is put on their hands an knees on the mat and the other is stood behind him and tries to turn him, you are put in this position when there is inaccativity When I first watched Greco some 20 years ago I seeing massive suplexes and hip throws not any more, Greco has gone the way of Judo with competitors relying on a penalty to win.
2nd was Taekwondo I first saw this at a Semi Contact Competition in Germany 40 years ago and it looked impressive as the rules of Semi – Contact suited this style of elaborate High Kicks and spinning kicks plus they were fast with their hands. Olympic Taekwondo is full armor with kicks and screams as for the arms you just as well cut them off, as they are never used cannot believe the Found of Taekwondo would be impressed with this. Mind you plenty of money to be made from this sport especially as they give Kids as young a Black Belt
3rd Free Style Wrestling what a joy to watch, different to Jacket Wrestling Sports like Judo, Sambo and Kurash but all action, no relying on penalties with this lot just get stuck in wrestle. Saw one great throw and the commentator had to use Judo Terminology for the throw, I found this quite insulting. Wonder why the BBC did not get someone who knew about wrestling rather then a Judo Commentator? Any rate watch it tonight and tomorrow a great sport
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
The Russians are Coming /Commonwealth Championships Cancelled
The British Sombo Federation has cancelled the Commonwealth Sambo Championships with only 2 countries entering England and Scotland it would be pointless. Some have complained that it should go regardless but their reasoning is questionable as they are more interested in saying their students are Commonwealth Champions if we allowed this to happen it degrades all Commonwealth Sports.
Yet there is always a silver lining, when the BSF decided to try and run a Commonwealth Championships on behalf of FIAS there was always doubts of it success, so Robin Hyslops’s Redstar Sombo was prepared to run an event on the same day at the same venue. This is now the case and we have entries form England, Scotland, US, Holland and most importantly the European Sambo Federations have informed us they will sending a team of Russian Combat Sambo Players as well as referees. Robin is now preparing visa application for them.
Over the last two weeks I have been inundated with people wanting Sombo Boots. The enquires are not just coming from Sombo players but from MMA players, Judoka and Jiu Jitsuka. Most have realised what I did 30 years ago that these soft-soled boots could save your feet and ankles from many types of injuries and foot disease. The latest comment was “Hi I am interested in purchasing a pair of your Sombo Boots as I have just broken a couple of toes in judo and don’t really want it to happen again I also do BJJ so thought these would be ideal. I am normally a size 10.5 so depending on how your sizes come up either a 44 of 45. Could you tell me how I go about purchasing them?
Sombo Boots are soft soled normally made of Leather and you can still feel the mat unlike hard soles Wrestling and Boxing Boots and at £25 a bargain
Sunday, August 05, 2012
The Judo has now finished and what a terrible spectacle that was. Competitors fighting like Kangaroo Boxers, matches going to the distance to be won on Hantei, rules that have become unintelligible to even the experienced Judoka. Yes there was the occasional glimmer of hope especially from our two English girls but the majority was abysmal. So has it done any damage for us in GB? NO with the Girls winning the medals British Judo got a lot coverage, which can only do the sport good. Will the general public be put off? I do not think so as it was quoted in the paper that the spectators at Judo Halls were full to capacity but only with the Judo fraternity i.e. no general public.
Yet the International Judo Federation have been bleating on about how Judo has been affected by to much wrestling, what they really meant was the influence of Russian Sambo and they wanted to return to Traditional Judo! Well as some one who has been in Judo since 1955 this new Judo has nothing to do with Traditional Judo. Judo was where a person got thrown, held down, arm locked or strangled. Interestingly enough they have changed the rules to help the re-emergence of Japanese Judo and stop the influence of Sambo yet who won the most Gold Medals? Russia and what is their Judo based on? Sambo. So maybe the time has come to bring in Sambo to the Olympics and see what people prefer?
The British Judo Association need a big shake up with our neighbour France and Germany coming above us in the medals tables something is seriously wrong with British Judo and it is no use just blaming the athletes although they are professionals. It is rumoured that the BJA have 90 employees if that is the case what are they doing? They claim they have more members the ever with its numbers being bolstered by the School Children membership of £5. The BJA have appointed coaches to go round schools and do a short period of teaching, they bring mats jackets etc. On the face of it this may seem a good idea but it is not working for once the kids have done there 6 weeks they very rarely if ever join a club. What they should do is either get the Schools to have Judo permanently on the curriculum or have a one day taster and then direct them to a Club. In the 1970’s when we were most successful in Olympic Judo all I can remember was a BJA staff of about 5 people yet we had Judoka who were true amateurs winning medals and a BJA with a massive membership and that was in the bad old days when you could only belong to the BJA and none of the other associations thankfully due to laws regarding restrictive practise that is no longer the case.
I think most of you know I much prefer Sombo/Sambo as a Jacket Wrestling Sport it is easier to understand, more dynamic and easy to watch, yet I still yearn for the return to Judo of my Hey day. The International Judo Federation has turned Judo into another form of Wrestling they have totally moved away from the original concepts of Jigaro Kano. During the 1960’s and 1970’s I trained with the British Judo Council (MAC) both my parents were on the Management Committee. The BJC like all Judo associations of the day believed that Judo was not just a sport but also a Martial Art and by Art I mean something that has imaginative skill coupled with aesthetic beauty. Of course I mean Kata and Kata made Judo different to all other forms of wrestling I would go as far as to say superior. Shiai and Kata were always part of the same, Judo. All competitors were made to do Kata myself included. To think it ruined our competitive skill was untrue you can see my own cv to see that was not true also one of GB’s finest Judo competitors was Brian Jacks and he could demonstrate the perfect Ju No Kata. Yet today Kata has no place in modern competitive Judo as the commentator continually said Winning an Olympic Judo Medal was all about tactics, seeing fight after fight going to Hantei or a win on a penalty was soul destroying the only saving grace was to see both our women gaining medals by scoring on their opponents and trying to win by a positive throw.
Of course no one will listen to me and most will ridicule me for my beliefs and I expect the IJF and BJA will bring out some new rules and blame others for there inadequacies but they need to look back when Judo was a true Martial Art and not just about winning World Class medals.
For those Judoka who like to throw, pin and gain a submission try Sombo/Sambo rarely if ever is a match won on a penalty or judges decision.
8th Dan Judo
FIAS Sambo Grand Master
PS, watch the video and see proper Judo from Y. Muneta throwing Tangriev in 2007 @ World Judo Championship (Rio).
Friday, August 03, 2012
On 3 August 2012 15:42, Caroline Robertson <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi Martin,I have been watching the success of the judo competitors in London 2012 Olympics.This inspired me to contact you in respect of my judo experience,. I was taught by your Mum at Sittingbourne Girls Grammar School (some 30 odd years ago) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Attending many meetings & gradings. My children in turn enjoyed a judo club in Maldon, Essex where I now live.This is just a thank you really to your late Mum in introducing me to the sport.Kind regards,Caroline
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Thursday August 2nd 2012 the day International Judo was saved
I have until today watched the Olympic Judo with dismay, disgust and bewilderment; this was nothing like the sport I took up in 1955, making reserve Olympic reserve 1980 and World Master Champion 2001. All I saw was so called Judoka spending 8 minutes fighting for grips looking more like a pair of boxing kangaroos, then winning on Hantei, , scores of Ippon for rolling someone on their back, disqualification for grabbing the legs and then someone scoring for grabbing the legs. Now if I cannot understand the rules of Judo how can the public yet the stadium was full? Fantastic until the commentator said Judo was the only sport where all the spectators were Judo supporters no general spectators, that must say something about JUDO?
I had enough I told every one I can not bear to watch this rubbish lets return to the days of Dave Starbrook, Brian Jacks, Neil Adams and Yamashita. My son John telephoned me and said you must watch the women’s u78k especially the rank outsider GB Judoka Gemma Gibson she is mustard, so I did watch. That is when my faith of Judo returned here was a British Judoka who could throw players and did not spend the whole time gripping her throw on the French girl in the Semi Final was what an Ippon should be a perfect throw to the back with impetus, my father Nobby Clarke 6th Dan always said 6ft up 8ft down is what an Ippon is and that is exactly what she done. This was an Ippon of 30 years ago proper Judo not a mamby pamby roll on the back or side but the throws did not stop there, as there were more Ippons to come from the women, never thought I would enjoy women’s Judo so much.
The men’s u100k also proved a great feast with the German in the Bronze fight treating us to an excellent Waza-ari and then came the final with Russia fighting Mongolia I have been to well over 20 World Sambo Championships so I was used too seeing these two nations fight and knew it was to be a tough one. Until this final I thought Gemma’s Ippon was the throw of the Olympics but the Russian surpassed her with a terrific Drop Seoi Nage and from a big man as well.
I thought at first Judo would be finished and be taken over by the Arse Kicking Taekwondo but know once people have seen today’s display I am sure we may see a bit of rival in Traditional Judo