Kate Chisholm becomes our youngest British Medalist at only just 11 years old.

Kate entered the British Minors Championships 2018 with no expectations. Purely to gain experience.

But with true grit and determination, focus and weeks of training, a spectacular result happened. Kate won all fights up to final on Ippon, having a tough opponent in the final, meant she walked away with Silver. An outstanding performance considering her experience and age. Congratulations Kate, very proud.

Lisa Lindberg, our Swedish warrior has been excepted in a school in Sweden with some of the best judoka in her country. Yes, she is living her dream.

This is an amazing achievement for Lisa. She has worked so hard for years to be given this opportunity.It just goes to show what you can do if you want it bad enough.

R.K Judo will miss her deeply but she will always be a raider and no doubt her visits will be special.

As coaches we are so thrilled to have been apart of Lisa's journey, and wish her all the very best of luck for the future.

Our one and only Princess Warrior Lindberg.

Ben Barkby and Lisa Lindberg have had a fabulous year so far. Winning almost every event they have entered, gaining promotion both in the British Judo Council, Ben to 3rd Kyu 2 black tabs and Lisa to junior Black belt, and the Fanjyda, Ben to 2nd kyu and Lisa 1st Kyu and most recently have been selected to fight in Holland at the Den Helder International for the BJC, later in the year. Both eager to finish school and follow their dreams of becoming an international judoka and hopefully an olympian one day. Wishing them the best of luck in everything they do.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the quick response of a dear friend and fellow judoka in the UK, Mr Gareth Meredew from Addington Judo club, we now have a new dojo, new tatami and our home of judo again. Gareth started a just giving page on our behalf and with the generosity of many friends and family, as well complete strangers and clubs all over the world ,we managed to raise enough for us to start all over again. Same area but three floors up in the old Mayfair Acadamy in Costa sol Urbanisation. We are very lucky to have such support. A massive thanks to everyone involved. We converted the old school into our new home with lots of help from club members. We really do have some very kind hearted people in the club, kids and adults alike.

So its now onwards and upwards. No more wet feet. We are now fully open. Please see classes page for information on days and times. R.K.RAIDERS ARE BACK.

 

 

 

WHAT WAS A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR OUR CLUB, ENDED IN DISASTER IN DECEMBER, AFTER THE EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS THE COSTA DEL SOL HAD, FLOODING ALMOST EVERY PART OF THE COAST. OUR CLUB COULD NOT BE SAVED. THE ENTIRE DOJO WAS SUBMERGED IN WATER FOR AT LEAST 24HRS. OUR EQUIPMENT WAS FLOATING AWAY AND TOTALLY DESTROYED. AMAZING FRIENDS AND MEMBERS RUSHED TO BAIL US OUT AND START A BIG CLEAN UP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. UNFORTUANATLEY THE CLUB COULD NOT CONTINUE IN THESE PREMISES.

ITS NOT BEEN 2  MONTHS SINCE WE HAVE HAD A CLUB. WE HAVE NOW MOVED TO LOCAL 31 IN THE SAME COMPLEX, ABOVE THE FERRETERIA. STILL A WORKING PROGRESS TO MAKE IT INTO OUR 'HOME OF THE RAIDERS' ONCE AGAIN. WE HOPE TO BE UP AND RUNNING SOMETIME IN MARCH. WAITING FOR A COMPLETE NEW TATAMI IS PUTTING IT ON HOLD. IN THE MEANTIME WE HAVE HAD A KIND OFFER OF USE OF THE MARBELLA GYMNASTICS CLUB TO CONTINUE TRAINING AS BEST WE CAN.

OPENING DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

 

 

 

In 2015 we decided with the forever growing number of members we needed a bigger dojo. So we moved two doors down into a double unit. After knocking down a few walls, and 3 months of hard labour, we finally had a place that looked like a dojo. We are so pleased with the new premises. We have since had more new members and now have plenty of room to accomodate all. Its still a working progress, with more things to add, but little by little, and with the great support we get from parents etc, we are sure to have one of the best dojos around. Our pride and joy.

 

 

Our 1st Club invitation championships was run this year in April, and what a success. With over 60 competitiors from our own club, Cai Club Algeciras and La Linea and Judo Club San Roque, it really was a great morning of judo. We are hoping to run another event later in the year and will invite other clubs too. Thanks to everyone involved.

 

 

FOUR OF OUR TOP PLAYERS HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM THE UK AFTER AN 11 DAY TOUR. THEY DID EVERYTHING FROM TRAINING AT VARIOUS CLUBS, COURSES, SQUADS, SWIMMING, DAY ACTIVITIES, GRADING AND COMPETITION. ACCOMPANIED BY OUR HEAD COACH SENSEI RODD THEY COULD NOT HAVE HAD A BETTER TOUR. TO END THEY ALL ENTERED IN THE SHIZENTAI RUMBLE, NORTH LONDON AND ALL WON GOLD MEDALS. PERFECT END TO A FABULOUS TRIP.

 

 

DURING THE SUMMER WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO  HAVE A VISIT FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS JUDOKA AND SUPERSTARS CHAMPION, BRIAN JACKS. HIS VISIT WENT DOWN A STORM WITH THE KIDS AND COACHES OF THE CLUB. HE TOOK THE EVENING SESSION AND SHOWED US ALL WHY HE WAS AND STILL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST JUDOKAS OF ALL TIME. A TRUE INSPIRATION AND LOVELY MAN. THANKING HIM FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COME AND SEE US WHILE HERE ON HOLIDAY. HOW LUCKY ARE WE. SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THIS DAY.

 

 

 

YET ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL INVITATION  CHAMPIONSHIPS. NOVEMBER 2016. THANKS TO THE OTHER CLUBS THAT ATTENDED AND MADE THIS A GREAT MORNING OF JUDO. MANY HAPPY SMILEY FACES FROM ALL THE KIDS AND SOME BRILLIANT LITTLE FUTURE STARS HERE IN SPAIN. ROLL ON NEXT YEAR WHEN WE HOST OUR 3RD.

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