Giles Hillson

Richard the Third Murphy!

Richard Murphy, Seniors’ and Competitions Coach at Oranmore Judo Club, recently passed his Dan Grading to attain the Black Belt 3rd Dan Grade. Pictured here  with Sensei Tony Allen (4th Dan), Richard shows his new belt and Certificate of grading from the Irish Judo Association.

The smile says it all. Dan, Dan, Dan!

The smile says it all. Dan, Dan, Dan!

Congratulations to Ellen and Rachel… Effort and Achievement

Grading up for Ellen and Rachel. On Wednesday last Ellen Greally passed her test to gain her Orange belt and Rachel Howarth moved up from yellow to yellow/Orange. Congratulations to both ladies: Kano says ‘Where there is effort, there is always achievement’ – as you two demonstrate. Pictured is Sensei Tony Allen presenting our judoka with their belts.

Passing the grade, Rachel, Tony, and Ellen.

Passing the grade, Rachel, Tony, and Ellen.

Red and White and Read All Over

Fionn shows his new Red/White belt, earned through a lot of practise and regular attendance at the club. Congratulations, judoka!

A proud smile from Fionn, with Richard (l) and Tony (r).

A proud smile from Fionn, with Richard (l) and Tony (r).

Richard Grabs UK Gold!

Richard Murphy has added another Gold to his impressive string of wins this year, taking top spot at the High Wycombe Judo Masters Open in the UK last weekend (May 28th).

Pictured (centre) with his Gold medal, Richard fought and won the M2 Under 66kgs, with Ben Clayden (left), of Athenry Judo Club, who took Silver in the M1 Over 100kgs; and Mattie O’Loughlin (right), of Galway City School of Judo, who gained a Bronze in M2 Under 90kgs, at the hard-fought and well-attended international event.

Richard (Gold) with Ben (Silver) and Mattie (Bronze). The Irish Squad acquitted themselves well!

Richard (Gold) with Ben (Silver) and Mattie (Bronze).            The Irish Squad acquitted themselves well!

 

 

 

Mikey getting better!

Michael Melville just graded to Red. The founder of Judo, Professor Kano wrote ‘It is not important to be better than another, but to be better than yesterday’. Keep getting better, Mikey! Congratulations!

Michael Melville makes the grade!

Michael Melville makes the grade!

No Accident!

Luke and Eireann Murphy, who have both fought well in recent contests for Oranmore Judo Club, just graded up! You did not get those belts by accident. Congratulations, guys!

Luke and Eireann Murphy show their new belts, with proud father and Club Seniors Coach, Richard.

Luke and Eireann Murphy show their new belts, with proud father and Club Seniors Coach, Richard.

Sean Goes Red!

This is not an Orange belt! Looks good on you though – so something to aim for!

Congratulations on achieving your Red, Sean.

Ceci n'est pas un ceinture orange.

Ceci n’est pas un ceinture orange.

Grading to the Max!

Max graded up to full Yellow belt last Friday! Nice one Max! – with a smile that spells achievement!

Max shows off his new belt - better by the day.

Max shows off his new belt – better by the day.

Galway Open

At the recent Galway Open competition in Calasanctius College, Oranmore, the judoka of Oranmore Judo Club performed with style and skill; Eireann Murphy, Bronze; Sylvia Bandura, Bronze; Nicole Duffy, Bronze, Aisling Duffy, Silver;  Patrick McGrath, Silver; Richard Murphy, Two Gold. Luke Murphy retired injured. Fair Play; Well done!

Oranmore Judo Club is proud of all who took part. All the clubs who participated appreciated the venue, the Oranmore town environment and location and all those who hosted the tournament; thanks to ye all, you know who you are.

How Green is Dylan’s new belt.

Congratulations to Dylan on grading up to Green. We picture our latest graduate here with Tony.

Dylan dons the green. Well done, that judoke!

Dylan dons the green. Well done, that judoka!