Thirtieth birthday plans

For 30 years the Brechin Mudanshakai judo club has been a part of Brechin’s community.

To mark its 30th birthday the club will be holding special events for both the junior and more senior members of the club.

Saturday, November 26 will be the date for this special occasion and in the morning the junior members will be treated to a visit to Dundee’s Sensation Science centre.

In the evening it will be the turn of the senior members, parents and former Senseis, including the club’s founder Gordon Cooney, to celebrate and to do so they will be attending a celebratory meal and social at The Caledonian Hotel, starting at 7.30 pm.

There are still a limited number of places still available for the meal and all former members are welcome to attend this and the social later in the evening. Contact Mark Arbuthnott on 626791 by November 23 if interested.

Three of the judo club’s young members, together with their parents and assistant coach Ahmed Mahood, made the long journey to Aberlour on October 29 to compete in the Dufftown open judo championships.

Cody Duke, Stuart and Kain Anderson were well briefed that the jump from club to contest judo would be tough and so it proved.

Only current primary champion, Kain, managed to come away with a win in what proved to be a harder competition than billed.

This was a character building experience from them and has not dampened their resolve to compete. All players are keen to compete again now that they know what to expect.

A spokesperson from the club said: “For their first competition, which was always going to be a tough transition, the players performed well and were denied wins by some questionable officiating.

“In terms of etiquette and behaviour on and off the mat the three youngsters led the way, with many competitors apparently ignorant to the finer points of judo, a worrying trend in modern sport judo which, thankfully, is not reflected at the Brechin club.”

Coach Ahmed Mahood stated that it was with some regret that the club decided against taking its older juniors to the event, as he felt that those who had come through the club’s current coaching framework for a greater number of years were demonstrating better technical judo than had been on display at this competition.