Members of the Hucknall-based EDGEWOOD JUDO CLUB have been rubbing shoulders with one of the best judokas in the world.
For six of the club’s members took part in a judo masterclass with former world champion Craig Fallon.
The sextet were Jozef Arkle, Dylan Green, Nathan Henshaw, Molly Pullen, Jai Raison and Sam Watson.
In 2005, Fallon (30) won the -60 kg weight class at the World Championships in Cairo. He became only the third British male to win a world title, following Neil Adams in 1981 and Graeme Randall in 1999.
Meanwhile 34 Edgewood members achieved new promotions at a technical grading session hosted by the British Judo Association at Skegby.
The successful members were: James Heathcote (11th mon, green belt and two tags), Danial Khiari (tenth mon, green belt and one tag), Harry Shotton and Oskar Wrzesniewski (ninth mon, orange belt and three tags).
Ryan Bell and Jai Raison (eighth mon, orange belt and two tags), Joseph Allsop, Curtis Flint, Ethan Gascoigne, Harry Hibbert and Molly Pullen (seventh mon, orange belt and one tag), Joseph Allitt, Nathan Henshaw and Benjamin Watkin (sixth mon, yellow belt and three tags).
Aaron Rogers and Callum Smoczyk (fifth mon, yellow belt and two tags), Dylan Green (fourth mon, yellow belt and one tag), Jack Nash and Oliver Smith (third mon, red belt and three tags), Harry Orton, Ellise Palmer, Emile Palmer, Ciaran Wright and Reece Wright (second mon, red belt and two tags).
Bethany Campton, Connor Easom, Liam Gwynn, Jake Henshaw, Ebony McCarthey-Large, William Midgley, Alisha Norman, Dylan Shattopn, Kyle Smith and Oliver Townsend (first mon, red belt and one tag).
Two of Edgewood’s judokas also made their competitive debuts at the Nottingham Red Belt Rumble event.
Harry Orton, fighting in the under-28kg category, and Dylan Green, competing in the under-47kg category, both achieved bronze medals.
Edgewood coach Steve Wilkins said he was delighted with the efforts of all members in recent weeks. Wilkins himself has also been in the spotlight because he attended the Midland Area Coach to Coach Course in Walsall.