This is Ryan. For those that don't know him, Ryan was a member of R.K in Spain for many years. He started with us as a nipper and was with us until we left. A loyal raider, who developed an interest in coaching. He was one of our few Junior coaches at R.K. But before that, as he grew ( literally lots) lol into a fine Judoka, he travelled with us throughout Europe to compete. Winning many titles, international and National and gaining respect and friendship along the way. He achieved his Junior Black tabs with the BJC and 1st kyu in Fanyda ( Andulucia) at 14 years old. It's fair to say he's had his ups and downs, as all Judoka do, but he never disappointed. The quest of achieving his Dan grade unfortunately was interrupted due to his traumatic experience with his health in 2018.
Below Ryan tells us his story, his journey since that time. I think you will be amazed and inspired. I know we are. We saw him go through it, himself and his family, and it's fair to say it was very scary. Although the actual result is something many deal with through life, it was the time before, not knowing , the horrific change in his body and the crucial timing of admitting him to hospital that was the most worrying. But true to form, in his strong, determined ( sometimes stubborn) lol way, he has come so far since. Now a budding bodybuilder at the young age of 16years , he really has turned his life around. Mental health and physical are so important. I think this is a story that shows just that. Have a read.But for us , we would just like to say, Ryan you are incredible, inspiring and we are proud to know you and follow you journey to the end. Thank you for being one our of top Judoka and a valid member of R.K for many years. Lots of love matey ???❤️?️ suerte x
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My story By Ryan
"First off I want to say thank you to everyone that's followed the start of my journey n helped me in anyway possible, it means the world.
On November 15th 2018 (left) I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, at the time I was 14. The 3 days prior to this, I was extremely sick, I couldn't eat or drink anything and keep it down. Due to this I lost over 20kg in 72 hours, at this point I couldn't even walk out of bed to go to the toilet as I had no energy. The ambulance proceeded to come to my house and ended up rushing me into hospital as I had 700mg/dl blood sugar ( average human has between 80-100mg/dl of sugar in their blood) by the time they realised this I was semi-comatose and had to be taken to ICU (Intensive care unit) After spending 2 days there, the doctors finally got my blood sugars under control and officially diagnosed me with type 1 diabetes. This came to me as a shock as there is no history in my family of this disease, the doctor proceeded to explain everything that I had to know to be able to live my new lifestyle. This all happened fast and I was forced to grow up and sort myself out in order to live a healthy life.
Fast forward to September 15th 2019 (11 months since my diagnosis) Life since my diagnosis had been rough and very weird for me, however I was ready to turn the negative into a positive so I started going to the gym. The first few months were slow and steady but I was so motivated to make a change and try and stand out from the average teens. For the first few months I would go to the gym before school started, and some days even after. I was meal prepping for the week every Sunday night and making sure I ate enough food to grow.
As of today, September 15th 2020. I have been training for one full year, 365 days. If I was told one year ago how far I would of come in such a short amount of time I would have never believed it, however with hard work and dedication absolutley anything I mean ANYTHING is possible, just depends how bad you want it. I've come so far and I am not stopping anytime soon and there isn't one person in the world that could take this away from me.
YOU HAVE 3 CHOICES IN LIFE: GIVE UP, GIVE IN OR GIVE IT YOUR ALL".
She's done it again. Kate Chisholm age 12, after competiting in the British Minors last year and coming away with an amazing Silver medal, fought this year December 2019 in the British Pre cadet championships, a step up in expereince and age for Kate. Just one silly mistake cost her the final but she came back gunning and took home a Bronze medal. Very proud moment for Kate, her family and the club. One to watch this girl x
Ben Barkby was selected to compete for England at the Commonwealth championships Sept 2019. A great achievement for Ben and R.K.judo considering we lived abroad and training was limited. Unfortunatley Ben got injured during his secong fight and had to withdraw, but nevertheless we are all proud of him reaching this point. From a small family club to the big scene, it was alot of pressure but an enormous amount of experience gained. Onward and upwards
Yet another chance to bring one of rising stars through the coaching system. This time Alicia Fernandez Rivers age 16, doing a great job with all aspects of being a quality young Junior cub coach. Alicia has showed grea spirit within her own judo and this came across well with the youngsters. R.K.Judo club Junior club coach No.3. Well done x
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.
We always encourage our older judoka to try something new, coaching is a different path, but very much underestimated. For the older juniors to be able to teach the younger ones to a standard of their own is a great achievement. Here Ryan Whitehead age 15 is pictured recieving his R.K.Judo Club Junior coach award, completing all the elements, following the BJC FPJ1, first aid training and group coaching within the Club. A true delight to have awarded Ryan this accomplishment. Well done x
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.
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.