Brechin Judo club held its first officially sanctioned Dan (black belt) grading at the weekend.
This saw Dan grades from as far afield as Carlisle contesting for grades.
This is the first time in its history that the club has been able to hold such a high level grading and the first in the North-East of Scotland for well over 15 years - a testament to the club’s continuing success in attracting and training senior players.
The two-day course and grading was overseen by the British Judo Council’s Area Technical Officer Sensei John Barton 4th Dan and Sensei Chris Neate 4th Dan.
Several members from Brechin were contesting for grades but big news of the day was the long overdue promotion of popular local man Ahmed Mahmood, the club’s long standing assistant coach, to 1st Dan black belt.
Ahmed achieved it in convincing style winning four out of four contests with Ippon, two of which were against higher grades, including submitting another local player with a well executed armlock.
Under the BJC’s demanding requirements for this grade Ahmed was also required to perform the technically challenging nage-no-kata and katame-no-kata a requirement that sets the BJC apart in terms of difficulty from other organisations.
Ahmed has been a club stalwart since he was a youngster and his promotion to black belt will be well received by those who know him. This makes Ahmed only the second player entirely trained at the Brechin club to attain the grade.
Club coach Mark Arbuthnott received his 2nd Dan and senior players Jordan Lamont, Matthew Shaw, Patrick Murphy, Harry Runcie and Jamie Ewen were all promoted as well as junior players Cody Duke and Frazer Baldwin.
The club has a burgeoning senior section but is always looking for more players.
For more information visit the Brechin Judo Club facebook page or website or call coach Mark Arbuthnott on 01356-626791.