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Judo competition a Great success.

Thirty clubs and more than 250 competitors from across England and Scotland took part in the inaugural Great Northern Open Judo Championships at Wallsend Sports Centre.

The event, supported by Connexions Tyne and Wear, aimed to establish a high-quality and accessible tournament to the young people of the North East.

Organizer John Chrisp said: "The event was an outstanding success with high-quality judo.

"Funds raised will be given directly back to the sport to continue the development of judo in the area."

Many of the clubs have committed themselves to returning next year, ensuring the championships becomes a regular part of the judo calendar.

Team Result: 1 Shiro Kwaido (Bristol), 2 Willesden, 3 Newburn, 4 Juno Michi (Blyth) 5 Kyu Shin Do Kan (South Shields), 6 Bushido (Wallsend), 7 Terminus (Newcastle), 8 Washington, 9 Kyu Shin Do Ryu (Chester-le- Street) 10 Ray Jones Judokan (Newcastle).

JOHN Bruce has thrown the opposition to strike gold at the World Shotkan Karate Association Championships in Switzerland.

The 19-year-old from Ashington was part of the Great Britain team in Zurich and took the top honours in the junior (under-21) men's kumite (fighting) competition.

He also gained a bronze medal alongside Liverpool's Chris Cray and Austin Shieilds of the West Midlands in the junior men's team kumite event.

A member of the Karate Union of Great Britain, Bruce took up karate aged six in 1990 and passed his black belt aged 10.

In the 1998 Shotokan Cup, the KUGB's most prestigious tournament, he won the boy's individual kumite title and in the following year silver in the National Championships. Since then he has competed all over the world for England and Great Britain.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2003
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