Monday, May 29, 2017


3rd Generation Winner

The IBF Multi Nation Judo Championships was held in Kortrijk Belgium on Saturday May 27 as President IBF UK I felt duty bound to attend as it was just across the channel I have not been at the event for some years always sending a representative. Have to admit I have lost my enthusiasm for Judo with all the rule changes. It seems that Judo is more about what you cannot do then what you can do.

My grandson Lewis Clarke asked for me to take him and Oh Boy I am glad I did. His nerves excitement rejuvenated me and when we walked into the venue I was invigorated. The memories of the past 50 years of competing, coaching etc. all came flooding back and more was to come.

17-year-old Lewis won not only his age group but also the adult section with some brilliant throws a real Clarke. What Lewis did not realise was that he was the 3rd generations of Clarke to win this event, I had won the event throughout the 1970’s my son John went on win many in later years

Unless you have been there it is hard to explain the excitement of watching not just a club member but also a family member, I felt a very Proud Grandfather.  Lewis is joining the Navy later this year maybe we will see a Combined Services Judo Champion who knows

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