Club was started around
1960 by Sensei Robert Eames. He started the club at 'The Grange Centre' in Pine Place, Hayes (hence the name !) It
then moved to Welbeck Church Hall, Welbeck Ave, Hayes. and was there for quite a number of years. Sensei Eames then
emigrated to Australia in about 1993 and Mike Gingell and Kevin Williams, both 1st Dans, took over the running of
the club. In 1995 the club moved yet again, this time to Barnhill Community Centre.One of the main reasons for this move was the fact
thatGrange Judo Club
was expanding quite rapidly and the Church
Hall wasn't big enough. In 1999 we were informed that the centre was to close to enable a new School to be built on
the site. We then had to start looking around for new premises, not an easy task, that would accommodate not only
all of our mats, but also to be able to use it at least twice a week at a reasonable cost. As luck would have it,
one of our parents was a member of Hayes Rugby Club, who have a large hall attached to the club. He asked if we
might be interested in using the hall. After a bit of a discussion with all parties, we all agreed that we would
move in April 1999. The week we were due to start, travellers moved into the car park. Fate was against us. Two
weeks later after all the mess had been cleared up we started.
The club is now run by a committee with
Mike Gingell, 6th Dan, as chairman and chief instructor. Mike is helped on the mat by Graham Briggs, 3rd Dan,
Eric Cranston, 2nd Dan & Ryan Harland-Smith, 1st Dan.
We started a new project at the end of
2002 to enable people with disabilities to benefit from Judo. This is still running on Thursday evenings, where we
have core of around 8 Children and Adults. We also have a Special Needs School come down every now and then
with around 6 to 8 children. We cater for most disabilities.
JudoClub is affiliated
to theInternational Martial Arts Federation -
Sensei Robert Eames was a founder member of
IMAF-Europe and was the Branch Director for GB. Since Sensei Eames emigrated Mike Gingell has taken over as Branch
Director GB. We also have strong ties with the British Judo Association. Eric Cranston is a Senior Club Coach with
the BJA and Eric is also a well known face on the BJA competition circuit as a referee. We also have guest
instructors down from time to time.
All our Judo classes and techniques
adhere to IJF (International Judo Federation) rules and regulations (the same ones that govern the Olympics) and
some of our players compete in many BJA competitions throughout the year. However, we also recognise that not everyone wants to compete in competitions so we also teach the
techniques which make up the old style Kodakan Judo, so that people can see that Judo
is not only an Olympic sport, but also a great wayto keep fit, meet new
friends and learn new skills.
Judo is an excellent sport for fitness,
fun, building co-ordination skills and self-confidence and also self-defence.
We also run Self Defence Courses for
women and have also held one's for young people at a local schools.
All members and instructors who train at
the club are covered under an insurance policy held by IMAF-Europe-UK when they take out a licence. The cost of the
licence is £15.00 and is renewed annually at a cost of £15.00 for juniors and seniors.