Bremen Masters Cadet European Event 2017 - Germany

Well done to Connor who recently competed against the best of the world in the Bremen Masters European International. No British based player has medalled for over 15 years at this event so gaining experience was key. Teams from Canada, Brazil, France, Russia, Germany and Japan. Unfortunately Connor suffered an early defeat which ended in his elimination however he excelled during the three day training camp often being partnered by the Japan National Squad which is an achievement in itself.

Connor Leonard Training and competing with the Japanese National Squad.

North West Area Ranking Event 2017 - Blackburn

Chatsmore Catholic High School's judo star Josh Leonard recently competed in the British Judo Associations Northern Area ranking event held in Blackburn. Josh who is currently ranked number one in his weight category, has already won three national ranking events this year, saw his impressive form continue as he won the gold medal in emphatic fashion.  Josh started the event with a ippon victory within just 30 seconds over one the northern area county squad players which was also followed up with another ippon win to set up a mouth-watering encounter with Max Major. Major is the current u55kg British National Champion and had now moved up into this weight category.

Leonard U60kg British National Champion v Major U55kg British National Champion

The contest area had attracted quite a big audience for this encounter, but it was Josh who went straight on the attack. His aggressive and intimidating style had Major on the run before he unleashed another brutal ippon throw in just 9 seconds to reach the final. Once again the gold medal would be contested against Ryan Doyle from Vale who himself is having an impressive start to the year. Doyle has quite a height advantage and Josh has always said he is an awkward opponent to compete against. Doyle almost had the victory as he used a neat take back technique to score a wazari, but with both players on the ground Josh used his speed and pinned Doyle down using an advanced ground hold to secure the victory.  

Above: Josh wins Gold in Blackburn

Josh has an unrivaled national record at any level with 13 straight victories, 12 of them coming from ippon throws holding the best record at national level across the country.

Older brother Connor was also in impressive form, an opening victory inside 10 seconds against one of the Sussex County players was followed up with two more ippon throw victories over a couple of England squad players as he blitzed his way into the final. He would face his friend and England Talent Development Squad mate Lewis Widdicombe from Devon. There is nothing between these two judo stars with their last encounters being won by a low score either way. Connor and Lewis both played their part as they showcased an attacking and entertaining final, however today belonged to Lewis as he held on to his score to win the gold with Connor settling for a solid Silver. Connor and Josh head to Edinburgh later this month as the both compete in the Scottish Nationals which is followed by a trip to Northern Ireland for the extremely competitive Irish Nationals.

Above: A solid Silver for Connor in Blackburn

Above: Connor in action at Blackburn

Connor has also been able to celebrate his double international squad selection as he will represent England at the Czech Cadet European International held in Prague which is followed up by the German Cadet European held in Bremen later this month.

English Open Ranking Event 2017 - Thetford

Josh and Connor recently competed in the English Open Ranking Event. An extremely competitive tournament with contests starting at 10am and finishing long after 8pm. As always all the countries top players were out in force and on first was Josh, who was once again in sizzling form. The classy youngster dispatched his first opponent in 8 seconds and his impressive form continued as he secured wins over two more National medalists including a semi-final victory over the current National Silver medalist in just 20 seconds.

Above: Josh in action in the semi-final

A final against Scotlands Cameron Henderson was over after 60 seconds with Josh securing his victory by ippon.

Above: Josh wins Gold and a closer look at the National Medal.

Connor was also in good form and he secured some impressive early ippon victories. A frustratingly narrow defeat by a low score against Arron Miller from Scotland dropped Connor into the repechage, he went on to his win his contests without dropping any points to secure the bronze medal. 

Above: Connor secures another impressive Bronze suffering a defeat to the eventual gold medalist

Midland Area Ranking Event 2017 - Walsall

The Midland Area event is the first ranking tournament of the year and always attracts the countries top players as they each look to improve their position on the ranking league. Josh was in superb form as he breezed past his first two opponents in just under a minute securing victories by ippon. In the semi-final, Josh was once again in destructive form as he dispatched his opponent in just under 20 seconds to set up a final with Ryan Doyle from Vale.

Above: Josh secures Gold at the Midland Ranking Event.

Doyle himself is the British National Bronze medalist and showed no fear as he came in for a surprise attack. Leonard who himself is extremely quick was alert to Doyle's tactics and countered the moved with a sweet foot sweep to clinch the gold.

Older brother Connor of Chichester College was also in fine form as he competed in both the u18 and the u21 years of age categories. He secured a solid bronze in the u18s winning 4 out of 5 contests suffering a narrow defeat to Arseniy Khovanskiy, the current Israeli National Champion who went on to win gold.

Above Right: Connor wins 4 out of 5 contests to secure a solid bronze.

In the U21 years of age category Connor was at his very best as he blitzed his way past some quality older opponents to reach the final. Despite giving away 4 years of age and experience Connor secured impressive victories using arm locks, choke holds and ippon throws. Unfortunately, he was defeated in the final by the narrowest of margins however he was extremely pleased with his performances over both days. Connor claimed "To compete in both age groups and secure medals is obviously pleasing. I was disappointed to lose to Khovanskiy on Saturday, he was incredibly strong and I was not surprised he went on to win the gold. But today went very well, whatever I went for worked and I think winning my opener in less than 20 seconds gave me a huge confidence boost. To have 9 contests in two days and win 7 of them is pleasing. Its been a great weekend for me!"

Above: Connor with his U21 Junior Silver medal.

Matsuru Dutch Espoirs National Ranking Event 2017

Josh recently returned home from Holland after competing in the highly competitive Matsuru Dutch Espoirs International Judo Competition held in Eindhoven. The event was extremely busy with over 1900 competitors from most European countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan with countries like Guinea and South Africa also taking part.

Above: Venue at PSV Eindhoven

Josh found himself in the last 16 of a huge category. A stunning throw for ippon against Jess VAN KRUISTUM from Doorn Sportschool was followed by another devastating throw against one of the tournament  favorites   Willem VRIELING of Judo Instituut Noord to reach the final four. A semi final encounter with Moreno FELIDA who was representing the Dutch National Squad saw both boys compete to an extraordinary high level, but the Ferring star snatched a score from a sublime technique as he booked his place in the final. Finn VAN DAATSELAAR of Theo Meijer Sport would provide a stern test for Leonard and both boys competed with flair and style. Josh managed to score early and for most of the contest had the Dutch number 1 on the ropes. Despite looking the stronger player and with several scores on the board VAN DAATSELAAR came in for a lazy attack which would normally be penalized in the UK, however, the official awarded the Dutch player with an ippon leaving Josh to settle with the Silver.

Above Left: Josh on the podium with his Silver medal.

Josh Leonard - Showreel 2016

Above Video Template by Steve Leonard

 

 

 

British National Championships - Sheffield

Ferring Judo brothers Connor and Josh Leonard were once again in formidable form at the recent British National Judo Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. On Saturday 3rd December Connor competed in the U81kg category which hosted over 20 players including the top 2 ranked players from Scotland. The Great Britain star who has been ranked number 1 for almost 18 months blitzed his way into the final including an opening ippon win in just 25 seconds. Connor handed out another big ippon throw in just over a minute to set up a semi final tie with the much fancied Samuel Petgrave from Surrey.

2016_British_ConnorAbove: Connor reaches the final for the second year running after throwing Petgrave!

A relatively open contest allowed Petgrave to produce some fast attacking judo but as the encounter went on Connor started to outclass his rival and threw him for ippon with a huge aggressive throw to reach the final. Connors opponent would be Aaron Miller from Judo Scotland, an extremely talented player who had moved up in to the U81kgs a few months ago. The contest started well with Connor finding his form early on and he could of had the victory after throwing Miller in the early stages but unfortunately the throw was reduced to a single score. Miller began to grow in confidence and capitalised on a rare mistake made by Connor and caught him with a beautiful throw to take the title. 

2016_British_07Above Left: Connor on the podium.

Connor praised his opponent and was graceful in defeat, “Aaron is a great player, we have only fought at international training camps and I knew it would be a tough battle! Credit to him he is a worthy champion! I am disappointed for sure, but pleased with my consistency, to reach the final of the biggest competition in the country two years running is something I can be proud of!”

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The following day was the turn of younger brother Josh, who was the first player in his age group to be selected for the England National Squad prior to the event even starting. His fine form over the year and finishing ranked 1 was enough to warrant his place. Josh more than matched the excitement shown by Connor as he competed in the U60kg category. A strong victory in his opening contest was followed up by a big ippon throw win in just 20 seconds against a top player from Scotland. A good start against a strong player from Guernsey saw Josh go a waz-ari score up in the opening 10 seconds, it wasnt to long before another big ippon throw sent him in to the finals.  Josh who has spent this year fighting a year up and competing abroad really started to show his experience during the final contest as he began to shine.

2016_British_04Above: Josh throws for ippon

His opponent had little chance to show what he could do as Josh went for the kill from the start and in just under 30 seconds he won by ippon to be crowned the 2016 British National Champion.

2016_British_06Above: Josh celebrates becoming 2016 Britsh National Champion!

The achievement was also improved upon as he didn’t concede a single point during the tournament. Josh who also won The British Schools title early in the year and a Bronze at the National Teams Championships was pleased to secure his third national medal of the year. 

2016_British_06Above: Josh on the podium!

Both boys also celebrated their arrival to the England Squad. Connor has secured his place for the fourth year running while Josh, who has beaten most of the countries National Medalists all year finally earned his place with Connor at the highest level.

2016 - End of Year Review

Please enjoy this family video looking back at the boys fantastic year!

Above Video Template by Steve Leonard.

 

 

 

Welsh National Ranking Event - Newport

Congratulations to Connor who recently won the Silver medal at the Welsh Ranking Event. This was the last ranking event of the year before the British Nationals in December. Despite losing the final to a single penalty Connor's impressive form this year will see him remain number 1 in Great Britain for the second year running.

CelticJudo_Wales2016Above: Connor finishes the year on a high.

Connor will have to be at his very best if he is to win the Nationals in December, but all at Celtic wish you the very best of luck :)

RankingLeague2016Above: The final standings for 2016 - Congratulations Connor.

Alkmaars Dutch National Ranking Event - Holland

Connor and Josh were both in formidable form at the recent Dutch International Judo Competition held in Alkmaar, The venue was large and impressive hosting twelve contest mats with over one thousand entrants. Connor who was competing a year up in the U18 years of age category was in a group of twenty players. The Great Britain number one was tested in his opening contest against a very strong player from Norway. Withstanding his opponents best attacks Connor was able to launch one of his own to take the victory by ippon. Connor went on to beat  several players from Holland including a tight semi final win over the Dutch number 2 as he secured his place in the final.  The Swedish number 1 Karl Edlund is a force to be reckoned with and he and Connor produced some breathtaking judo in a closely contested encounter. The Swede was able to use his height advantage to maximum effect as he managed to keep Connor at bay as he defended his yuko score. Despite some genuine cases for scoring points Connor was unable to break down his opponent and had to settle for the silver medal. 

AlkmaarJudo01Above: Chris explains to Connor he is one fight away from the final!

Josh was also in fine form, recently elevated to Great Britain number 1 after a string of amazing results in the UK, found himself in a pool of 30. The all action young star was also competing a year up in the U14 years of age group and secured 3 opening ippon victories including a 10 second win over a handy player from Sweden. Josh had won some incredibly tough contests to reach his pool final, a victory here would see him go straight into the final. A very close battle which he eventually lost on a single yuko score meant that he would drop into the repecharge, a straight knock out to compete for bronze.

AlkmaarJudo2Above: Josh celebrates winning the Bronze medal

The Sussex star won all his contests with relative ease only to be told that both the bronze medalists would have to fight for the single medal on offer. Josh took his place on the mat for one final time for his seventh contest and after a closely fought encounter Josh secured the scores to win his first International medal.

AlkmaarJudo3Above: Josh and Connor with their medals.

Celebritity Status for Judo Boys in Worthing!

Connor and Josh of Tonbridge Judo Club were asked by their head coach and 80's Olympian Chris Bowles to assist him at a Olympic Masterclass event at Worthing Judo Club. Worthing coach Chris Cooper said to have two talented young players who are both ranked number 1 in Great Britain joining an Olympic Coach is fantastic for his own club.

CelticJudoChrisBowles01Above: Chris demonstrates advanced techniques with Connor.

The evening ran from 6pm until 8:30pm with the boys working with all grades and age groups. The boys were given free access to Worthing Judo Club and were happy to have photos taken with the children and adults.

CelticJudoChrisBowles02Above: Chris Bowles and Josh of Tonbridge Judo Club, Chris Cooper and Chris Jnr of Worthing and Connor.

East of England Open Ranking Championships

Josh fought in Thetford in the last ranking event of the year in and competition dominated by European players. However Josh was in rampant form and secured the Gold is stylish fashion.The result will see Josh ranked number 1 for the British Nationals in December 2016.

Connor was unable to compete due to training commitments with the England Squad.

2016CelticJudoEasternJoshAbove: Josh was the youngest and lowest grade but still took Gold today!

Above: Watch Josh compete in Norfolk.

West of England Open Ranking Championships

An amazing display from both Connor and Josh who each won gold at the West of England Ranking Event. Connor also secured his final ten points required to gain his 1st Dan (Black Belt) which at the age of 15 is a real achievement.

CelticJudo2016ConnorWesternAbove Right: Head Coach Chris Bowles watches as Connor throws for Gold

Josh was at his best after defeating several top players before defeating the current GBR number 1 who had not lost for over 18 months.

2016CelticJudoWesternJoshLeonardAbove: Josh was in superb form as he powers his way into the final.

CelticJudoJoshLeonard2016Above: Josh takes Gold and hands Zain-Prosser (left) his first defeat in 18 months!

CelticJudoWesternPodiumConnorAbove: Connor secures Gold and remains number 1 in Great Britain.

Sainsbury's School Games - September 2016

Connor returned home from Loughborough University with a superb Bronze medal! Connor was selected by the English Schools to compete against Scotland, Wales and Ireland over 2 days.

2016CelticSchoolsAbove Right: Bronze for Connor at the UK School Games.

You can view the medal presentation here

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The British Teams National Championships.

Connor and Josh Leonard were both recently selected by John Malkinson, the Southern Area National Judo Teams head coach to take part in the prestigious British National Teams competition held at Walsall on the 2nd of July. The event is famous for its intimidating atmosphere and loud support.

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Above: Team South of England 2016
The Pre-Cadet Southern Area Team qualified top of their pool with a close 4-3 win over the Western Area followed by an emphatic 5-2 win over the Midlands. Josh who is currently ranked 3rd on the Great Britain Pre-Cadet League showed why after the talented youngster unleashed wave after wave of huge attacks and breath taking techniques which many of his opponents had no answer to as he helped his team climb the group. The boys then swept aside Scotland 6-1 to set up a semi final with the tournament favourites London.

CelticJudoTeamSouth2016_2Above: Team South of England Pre-cadets 2016
An exciting battle between the two areas started off with the strong London side taking a quick and early lead. Despite this and against the odds Team South fought their way back with some outstanding displays from its players to tie the match 3-3. The final contest would decide the finalists which unfortunately the more experienced London team won. London can boast several players on the national ranking system and cruelly snatched the victory right at the death of the contest to book their place in the finals, which they went on to win.

CelticJudoTeamSouth20163Above: Josh with his National Teams model with good friend and GBR number 1 Shaun Malazarte (right)
The much fancied Southern Area Junior side had to re-shuffle at the last minute as Connor was unable to compete. The current Great Britain number 1 had only just returned home a day earlier from an International Training Camp in Copenhagen where he sustained an injury which required surgery and ultimately ended his tournament Connors decision proved to be the right one as the Southern Area Juniors were rarely troubled as they swept aside the Midland Area 5-2 , Team North 7-0, followed by a 6-1 win over the West of England. They faced the Midland Area again this time for gold which they won 6-1 to win the event for the third successive year!

IJF International Training Camp Copenhangen, Denmark.

Sussex judo stars Connor and Josh Leonard were part of a 10 team squad from the Tonbridge Judo Club sent out to train with the Danish National Judo Squad. This would be Connors thrid camp and Josh's second this year. Connor was fortunate to spend most of his time training with the current Danish Senior European Silver medalist while Josh proved more than a handful for the home nations up and coming cadets.

CelticJudoDenmark2016Above: Tonbridge Judo Club's Denmark Squad

BJA London International Ranking Event

Connor and Josh performed superbly in the recent London International competition. The event is held at the UEL in the Docklands and attracts the top players from all across Europe. Josh fought in the U55kg Pre-Cadet category which is now home to 6 National medalists and is the group of death. A difficult opening contest against of the top Dutch players went 4 minutes into Golden Score where Josh was eventually given a penalty point and lost the contest. Josh then bounced back to win 5 in a row including wins over to older England squad players to secure himself a well earned bronze.

CelticJudo_JoshLeonardLondon2016Above: Josh powers his way to Bronze

In the cadet category Connor powered his way into the final four with a stunning ippon win over the current British National Champion. It was the first time the pair met since the National final last December so the victory was a good boost for Connor. Unfortunately the victory came with its issues as Connor struggled with an elbow injury after escaping from an arm lock. A disappointing defeat to a lad from Poland in the semis left Connor also with Bronze.

CelticJudo_ConnorLondon2016Above: Connor ippons the current British National Champion

BJA Southern Area Inter County Championships

Worthing played host to the 2016 Inter County Championships with the boys home county of Sussex winning the tournament with its u15 boys and girls teams last year. Some say it was fortuitous as it was held on a England Squad Training day with Surrey, Kent and Hampshire all having National Champions and squad players so they could only field weakened teams, whereas Sussex had no national players!

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This theory was concluded as correct with Sussex unable to cope with the other three full strength counties and incidently finished last in the tournament. Connor who represents Kent had a great tournament as he won all his fights including a ten second win over the Sussex County Champion. Unfortunately on the day the Surrey boys were just a little to strong and won the event beating Kent to the Gold. The Kent girls had a great day and secured the Gold in style and at one stage were 8-0 up against Sussex.

BJA Northern Home Counties Open Championships

On Saturday 23rd April Josh was in fine form at the Northern Home Counties Open Event in Hornchurch. Despite a year younger than most of his opponents, the current British Schools Champion produced a memorable display as he blitzed his way in to the final. A strong opening victory with some very advanced ground work saw Josh eliminate his much taller opponent which was followed by another impressive victory over one of the London Area’s top players. Josh then had to face one of the top Sussex County players for a place in the final and with memories of the North West Area event still fresh in his mind the young star was fired up for the contest.

CelticJudo2016NHCThrowAbove: Josh unleashes a big throw for ippon to reach the final.

From the moment the clock started Josh was all over his opponent who offered very little in return. Josh picked up his customary penalty point before he unleashed a top level and incredibly brutal throw to send his rival crashing to the mat to secure a very classy victory. In the final Josh was up against GBR Number 1 Harry Zain Prosser who also a friend of Josh’s. Despite a good start Josh was caught by a top level throw leaving him with the Silver. A nice touch was seeing Josh helped up from the mat by the Zain Prosser which is normally a sign of respect between players at the top level.

CelticJudoNHCPodium2016Above Right: Josh secures an ippressive Silver, beaten by his friend and GBR #1 Harry Zain Prosser.

BJA Kent Area Teams Event - Dartford

On Sunday April 17th Josh was team captain in the Kent Area Teams event for Tonbridge Judo Club held at Dartford. Josh was the middle weight player in the team and showed some good organisational skills. Josh won all his fights on the day and with wins from his other team mates they secured the  Gold medal.

CelticJudoKentTeams2016Above Right: Josh (middle) with his Tonbridge Team securing Gold.

Team USA Olympic Training Camp - Boston, Massachusetts’

Connor was recently offered a unique opportunity to take part in a 14 day training camp in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA  at the Pedro’s Judo Training Center. USA's head coach Jimmy Pedro trains several current olympic atheles including 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison,  2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy and Travis Stevens who placed 5th at the 2012 Olympic Games. These players are just a few of the USA stars who  are competing at  the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in August and whom Connor will be training alongside. 

CelticJudo2016KaylaHarrisonAbove: Kayla Harrison celebrates Gold at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold Medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the sport of judo. Her victory marks another step in a career characterized by success at the sport’s highest levels. Kayla’s judo career has been undeniably impressive. However, it is her perseverance through incredible personal struggles that is truly inspiring.

CelticJudoKaylaConnorAbove: Connor formed a great new friendship with Kayla, another trip on the cards soon from what we hear!.

Above right: Team USA Head Coach Jimmy Pedro with his 2016 Olympians. Connor behind Stretching.

Connor also paid huge thanks to his kit sponsor Mr John Whyte, Managing Director of Celtic Contractors Limited from Morden, Surrey. John Whyte has supplied both boys with IJF approved kits for the past four years and his generosity towards them both has been remarkable. When he heard the the trip had been sanctioned Mr Whyte was quick to make a another generous donation to help Connor!
"Mr Whyte has been a legend! Whenever I have needed something expensive or financial support John has always been there for me. Its great that I have this kind of support from him - Thank you John and the Celtic Contractors Team!"

Above: Team USA Olympic athletes, Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy and Travis Stevens.

Connor has described the camp as very tough and that Kayla Harrison has smashed him all over the dojo. He is in fine spirits and has thanked the USA for inviting him over and providing him with a 4* hotel.

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Northern Ireland International - Londonderry

Connor recently returned home from Londonderry with two medals at the Northern Ireland Open Championships. The current Great Britain number one was is in superb form after he secured an incredible bronze medal in the U21 years of age group. Fighting opponents as much as 5 years his senior, he was unfazed for his debut. Despite suffering a defeat in his opening contest, Connor bounced back with some fantastic performances in the repechage to give himself a shot at the Bronze medal. His opponent, Bradley Howell, is a full time athlete from Bath University and currently ranked 7th in the Junior age band. The contest was surprisingly even and although Connor was a score down he still looked like he could win the encounter. Connor managed to shift his opponent to one side which was followed by a strong attack catching Howell by surprise to secure himself the Bronze.

CelticJudo_ConnorNIJuniorsAbove 2nd left: Connor was in oustanding form taking Bronze in the U21's

The following day Connor fought in his own U18 age band and secured the Gold medal in style which included two ippon wins in under 20 seconds. ConnorNiAbove: Connor gets matside coaching before his final contest.

2016_ConnorMedalsNIAbove: Connor with his U21 Bronze and U18 Gold.

BSJ British Schools Judo Open Championships - Sheffield

On Saturday April 2nd, Ferring judo star Josh Leonard was crowned British Schools Champion 2016 competing the in the U55 kilogram category. The event took place atthe EIS Arena in Sheffield with the contestants having to qualify for the competition from their respective counties. The Chatsmore Catholic High School year 8 student competed in the year 8-9 academic band and was in the biggest group of the tournament with 27 entrants.

2016_schoolsJoshAbove: Josh impresses his head coach Chris Bowles with another outstanding victory..

Josh had a tough opponent from the very strong Lycée Francais Charle De Gaulle school (London) in his opening contest however he was first in with his attacks and a sublime foot sweep gave Chatsmore Catholic High School the victory. Josh was again in fine form for his second contest as he secured another ippon win in just 40 seconds, this time against a player from The Bishops Stortford High School. Josh eliminated one of the competition favourites from the Q3 Academy based in Birmingham in a highly exciting encounter. An incredible contest saw Josh outscore his opponent in the last 10 seconds to progress in to his qualification final where he would face another strong opponent from Ernest Bevin College in London. A tough opening minute saw Josh take and defend his opponents best attacks when the quick footed Sussex star produced an exquisite counter for ippon to secure his place in the final without dropping a point in any of his contests.

2016_JoshJudoSchools2Above: Coach Chris Bowles gives Josh some advice before the final.

Chatsmore Catholic High School would take on The Matthew Arnold School in Surrey for the title. Josh was straight into his opponent and took a waz-ari lead with just under 30 seconds gone. His opponent tried to defend the constant attacks from Josh but another quick throw allowed him to secure one of his advanced ground holds to win the Gold medal and become the British Schools Champion 2016 for Chatsmore Catholic High School. Headmaster Mr Mike Madden described the result as "absolutely superb!" after hearing the news, while head Coach Chris Bowles was quick to praise his young player "Josh has put some serious hours into our very demanding training sessions and his hard word ethic is producing the results he deserves! An outstanding display!"

2016_joshpodiumAbove: Josh creates a bit of Sussex history, the youngest age group in the biggest pool he secures Gold..

Sportif 6 Nation Teams International - Edinburgh.

Connor was also asked to represent England in the Sportif International 6 Nations Team Championships.

CelticJudo_6nations2016Above: Connor bottom left with 5 England Team Mates in the 6 Nations

England won their opening contest 5-1 with Connor winning his fight by ippon. England were defeated 5-1 by France where Connor lost against Axel Haulet in a much closer contest.

2016_celticteams2Above: Scotland gave Connor a tough time in Edinburgh so he enjoyed his victory over their Number 1 player.

England had to beat Scotland to reach the finals and despite Connor throwing rival Saez for ippon other results went against England and unfortunately the team lost 4-2. It was no suprise that France won the tournament as they defeated Scotland quite convincingly in the final.

CelticJudoeng2Above: Connor with his England Team Mates celebrating Bronze.

Sportif Scottish International Ranking Event - Edinburgh.

Next up was the Sportif International Tournament which this year hosted some of  the top cadets and junior players from France, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, Australia, Spain and Denmark. Connor would face the current French National Champion Axel Haulet from Pole Bourgogne, France in the final. A great encounter which saw Connor battle well but Haulet was in formidable form as he managed to defeat Connor by a ground hold. The silver was a fantastic achievement for Connor who has managed to reach the final in each of the four elite competitions held this year.

2016_connor_sportifAbove Left: Connor was in fine form in Scotland.

Josh took part in a huge U55 kilogram Pre-Cadet category. A fine ippon victory in his first contest over one of the top Scottish players from the host club Sportif settled any nerves, before he aced his way past three more top level opponents to reach the final. A very strong boy, Matus Gasparovic from Slovakia managed to defeat Josh who also had to settle for silver in this top level tournament.

2016sportifJoshAbove Left: Josh was outstanding in Edninburgh as he won the Silver medal.

2016 Southern Area Open Ranking Event - Crawley

Connor was in fine form at the recent Southern Area Ranking event held at K2 in Crawley. He breezed in to the finals by winning his three opening contests without dropping a point before a huge ippon throw against his England Squad colleague from Devon in just under 30 seconds secured him the Gold medal. The 100 national ranking points for the gold extended his lead at the top of the National Ranking Table where he remains number 1.
Younger brother Josh was also in fine form in the Pre-Cadet category as he powered his way into the final four with some of his best judo this year. A semi-final defeat to the current U55 kilogram number one ended his chances of winning the gold but Josh fought superbly in the repecharge to secure the Bronze, his first Pre-Cadet medal this year.

2016_k2JudoAbove: Josh & Connor celebrate their success at K2 in Crawley.

2016 Cadet North West Area Ranking Open - Blackburn.

Connor returned home from the North West Area Ranking tournament held in Blackburn and the end of February with a Silver medal and 75 more National Ranking Points. Connor was in fine form and after he defeated the Scottish Number 1 in the semi finals in avery exciting contest he would face his England squad rival in a repeat of the Midlands Area event in January. It was a closely matched contest between the current ranked 1 and 2 players but Connor's opponent caught him with a superb throw to take the Gold medal. Connor still remains number 1 in the u81kg category and will be looking to be in the medals in the Southern Area Ranking event with tips to Scotland and Northern Ireland early April.

2016ConnornwaAbove 2nd Left: Connor celebrates with his friends and medalists in Blackburn.

Younger brother Josh was also in action the following day. He is in the Pre-Cadet U55kg category which is probably the group of death as it host 6 National medalists and a British Schools Champion and any of 6 of the or so boys who enter could easily medal.

2016JoshNwa2Above: Despite a year younger and smaller Josh is performing weill in a tough U55kg category.

Despite a great start and winning his opening contest, Josh landed a the National Silver medalist in the next round. He fought without fear and had his opponent the ground in the early stages but he was thrown midway by a really nice throw. Josh was now in the repecharge and had an awkward fight. For the duration of the contest Josh scored several points which were not awarded and his opponent should of been penalised for illegal actions. The contest went into Golden Score and despite Josh throwing his opponent to the floor with a strong attack, upon the restart the official gave Josh a penalty for not attacking which ended his competition in a bizarre fashion. Several coaches from the players on the podium expressed their support to Josh which was a great jesture.

2016_JoshNWAAbove: Josh secures another big score which was unawarded.

2016 Cadet Midland Area Ranking Open - Walsall.

Connor competed in a large pool which hosted five of the top six ranked players in the country and he was also joined by the number 2 ranked player and national silver medalist from Scotland who moved up into his weight category on the day.

2016_ConnorMidlandsAbove 2nd Right: Connor celebrates his first Ranking Gold and becoming GBR Number 1

A strong start by Connor saw him secure a win by ippon in just over 30 seconds to set up a second round contest the player from Scotland. Both players have dominated their respective weight categories over the past 12 months and despite the Scottish player being a year older it was Connor who threw his opponent at the half way stage of the contest in a closely fought battle. Connor went on to defeat an England squad player in the semi final with another strong performance to set up a final with the current number 3 ranked player who is also on the England Squad. Connor has had several encounters with his opponent and each time its been very close. Connor looked the stronger player and as they contest went on his older opponent began to tire. A relentless final minute of constant attacks finally broke his opponent down and Connor took full advantage of this and secured the victory winning his first ever gold medal in a national ranking event. The 100 National Ranking Points which accompany the gold medal were enough to elevate Connor back up to number 1 in the National Rankings.

 Josh who is still only a first year pre-cadet fought superbly as he continues to upset the odds at the major events. A fine opening win was followed up with a fantastic victory over the current British Schools Champion. A narrow defeat to a current England squad player left Josh fighting for bronze. Josh gave everything he had but unfortunately the contest was decided by a very late score against him in a very even fight. Josh placed 5th and was congratulated by rival coaches from elite clubs for his performances.

2016_MidlandJoshAbove: Josh wins his opening contest in the Pre-Cadets

2016 Southern Area U15 Open Championships - Worthing.

  Josh took part in the Southcoast Open Championships for players aged 12-15 which was held in Worthing. A good test for Josh who was giving away up to 3 years of age in tournament. Despite the disadvantages Josh qualified from his pool and went on to defeat a top player from the London Area in the semi final. A close encounter with another older player in the final was settled as Josh threw him for ippon in the final stages of the contest to secure a hard earned gold.

2016_JoshWorthingAbove: Josh 12yrs wins Gold in the U15yrs Open Championships in Worthing!

2016 British Schools Southern Area Qualification - Gillingham.

 Josh represented Chatsmore Catholic High School at the Southern Area Schools Qualifiers in Gillingham. Josh who is in year 8 fought in the Year 8 to 9 category where he competed in the U55kg weight group.

2016_SchoolsJudoJAbove: Josh Throws for Ippon in his first fight in Gillingham.

Josh showed fine form and took out the group favourite from Redbridge inside 20 seconds with a huge ippon throw. Josh secured another fine victory in his second contest with a quick throw to ground hold transition. In the final he faced a player from the Hampshire county squad. His opponent received two early penalties for being negative and from here on Josh started to control the fight and secured several scores before he eventually threw his opponent for ippon to secure the gold medal and more importantly qualification for the School Championships, which are held at the Institute for Sport in Sheffield early April.

2016 Senior Kyu Grade Cup - Dartford.

Connor competed in his first ever senior event held in Dartford at the Kyu Grade Cup. A huge challenge for the 15 year old who had to compete against men in the U81kg category. Despite a nervous start Connor soon found his form with his strong opponents and as his confidence grew he started to take control of his contests. A fantastic ippon throw victory in one of his earlier contests was matched by a waz-ari score victory in the extremely exciting final to secure the gold medal on his senior debut.

2016_ConnorSeniorsKyuAbove Right: Connor is congratulated by his opponent after winning his first Senior Gold.

2015 British National Championships - Sheffield.

It was a day to remember for many of the 287 competitors in action today at the British Championships.The Cadet Boys and Pre Cadet Girls competitions took place today at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield.

CelticJudoConnor2015BritishNationalsAbove: Connor celebrates his semi final win!

Connor Leonard, competing in the Cadet u81kg group. A former British Champion at pre-Cadet level this was to be the first time that Connor tested himself in the ultra-competitive Cadet age band at the National Championships. He did not disappoint his supporters and stormed to the final with a series of very impressive performances. He fought extremely well in the final but did not quite have enough to finish it. However a silver medal is hugely impressive and again, the margins at this level are very small. He will be pushing all of the players in this group very hard throughout next year. Connor now moves to number 2 in the British rankings.

2015 British National Championships - Connor's fights!

On day two, Josh Leonard stepped into the limelight. Again, a former British Champion at under 12 level, this was Josh's first foray into the Pre-Cadet age band.

CelticJudoJoshBN2015Above: Josh takes on the Number 1 seed in the semi-finals!

The day started with an unexpected move into the next weight category, the -55kg group. Not deterred by giving away more than 4kg to most of his opponents, Josh threw himself into the action with relish. Josh took the group by storm and despatched his opponents in a series of clinical and highly impressive fights to make it to the semifinal. The semifinal ended with a loss for Josh but was nonetheless impressive in the way that he seriously tested the eventual gold medalist in what was probably his hardest fight of the event. Josh finished the weekend with a very impressive 5th place. It is clear that Josh already has everything in place to take on this group in the coming year. 

2015 British National Championships - Josh's fights!

Both boys finished the year on a high! Both Connor and Josh express their huge thanks to the Celtic Directors who have been generous with the supply of the super expensive judo suits which allow them to compete and train at the very highest level.

Both boys are also grateful to the many coaches from all across the UK who wish them well at competitons and always say "hello"! The boys train at Keisen in East Grinstead, Tonbridge Judo Club, Brighton Judo Club and Micklefield Judo club where they are supported by the best coaches and instructors in the South.

A suprise visit from Olympic Rio 2016 hopefuls Owen Livesey U81kg and Ashley Mckenzie U60kg to the Tonbridge Judo Club was enough to offer motivation to push on for the new year!

CelticContractorsRio2016JudoAbove left to right: Owen Livesey, Josh, Connor and Ashley McKenzie.

2016 is already looking busy for both boys with Connor entering the European National Championship circuit and Josh getting ready for the British National Schools.

End of year review :)

2015 Ippon Trophy Antwerp.

On Sunday 30 November, Josh headed to Belgium to take part in the Ippon Trophy Competition 2015. Ippon Trophy Antwerp is a fusion of Open Wilrijk and the Tournament of Merksem, an ideal combination for a successful tournament. Open Wilrijk is a prestigious international tournament in our province since 1982, with judokas coming from 10 European countries, including national and international selections.

Josh had a very good day as he brushed passed all his opponents with relative ease to secure the Gold medal.

CelticJudoAntwerp2015Above: Josh won Gold with his longest fight just lasting 20 seconds.

2015 Welsh Junior and Senior Open Ranking Event.

On Saturday, 21 November Connor was back in action the Welsh Open Championships! Another Level 4 Ranking Event which would be the last one of the domestic year. The tournamen took place at The Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Only a Silver medal would elevate Connor up to Number one to make him top seed for the British Nationals at Sheffield in December.

CelticJudoWales01Above: Connor took just 10 seconds to win his first contest.

A great opening victory against on the older seeded players from Ireland was followed up by another quick win over a black belt from the London Area. Connor would now meet the U16 Filipino Champion in the semi-finals. Connor would want revenge for the narrow loss he suffered in Bradford.

A very close fight against a tricky opponent was about to bring out the best from Connor. He was in control of the fight from the start but with over 2 minutes gone there was still no score for either player. Connor then rushed a move and was caught for a score. However upon the restart Connor went in for a big throw which was successful as he ipponed his rival for the victory. Connor fired up after the win as he roared to the crowd as he booked a place in the finals. Connor would be up against his friend Alan England from Bristol who had made the final without breaking a sweat. Alan who helped Connor mat side with advice and had also helped him at recent England Squad training session in Wolverhampton was just to good him today.

CelticJudoWalesMedalAbove: Connor won Silver and the 75 National Ranking points sent him top of the ranking table.

2015 Help The Heroes Charity Event.

On Saturday, 8th November both Connor and Josh took part in the 'We Will Remember Them' event for 'Help The Heroes'. The event was held at The Army Gymnasium in Gillingham. Connor won all his fights to take the Gold while Josh also won Gold with his longest fight lasting just 10 seconds.

CelticJudoHelpTheHeroes2015Above: Josh & Connor both put on a show for the audience.

2015 The Great North Open Area Ranking Event.

On Saturday, 3 October, only a week after the long trip to Bradford, Connor had to travel to Newcastle for the Great North Open. Again this was a Level 4 event for experienced and aspiring players. The tournament took place at the Gateshead Academy of Sport and was full of top level players.

CelticJudoNewcastle01Above: Connor secures a place on the podium with another fine performance.

Connor had a fantastic start in the competition as he elimated one the older and higher ranked players in his first contest. A disappointing mistake against one of the Scottish Squad players meant that he had to win his next contest to take a place on the podium. Connor was extremely fired up for this encouter which was over in just 8 seconds. Another Bronze and another 50 Ranking Points in the bag for the youngster from Sussex.

CelticJudoNew02Above: Connor was the youngest today and the only player not a Black Belt to make the Podium.

2015 Yorkshire & Humberside Northern Area Ranking Event.

On Sunday, 27 September Connor had to travel to Bradford to take part in the North of England Championships. This is a BJA Level 4 event, for experienced and aspiring players. The event is both ranking and point scoring. Connor had a very good day as he ipponed a black belt player from Manchester, following another big ippon win over a player from Ireland. A defeat to one of the older England squad players was followed by a defeat by a single score against the U16 Filipino National Champion

CelticJudoBradfordConnor02Above: Connor throws for ippon as he secures the Bronze medal.

Connor finished wiht the Bronze medal which gave him another 50 National Ranking Points.

CelticJudoConnorLeonardBradford01Above: Connor was disappointed with his result today. A sign that he is maturing on the circuit.

2015 Heart of England Open Championships.

On Saturday 5th September Connor took part in the Heart of England Open in the Midlands. He was in the U81kg Cadet category which hosted some fine players from the England squad as well as players from Ireland and Latvia. Connor got off to a great start as he threw his England team mate in just under 10 seconds before a superb win over a rival from Latvia to finish top of his group.

HeartOfEnglandConnorLeonard2015Above: Connor throws for ippon in his opening contest.

Connor then beat a strong player from Ireland in the semi finals to set up a final with the British Wrestling Champion and Latvian Junior Judo Champion Artjoms Jurkjans. The final was close but unfortunately Jurkjans had to much in his tank and caught Connor with a nice throw. The players will meet again in December at the National Championships in Sheffield.

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Above: Connor makes the final!

2015LatestRankingAbove: Current Ranking List, its very close but Connor is still 25 ranking points ahead.

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CelticJudoConnorWesternArea2015PodiumAbove: Connor on the podium with his Silver medal..

2015 Western Area National Ranking Event

On Sunday 27th July Connor & Josh Leonard, both travelled to Weston-super-Mare for the British Judo Association's West of England Open Championships which is a Level 4 National Ranking Competition. Connor, who is enjoying the best from of his career started extremely well and had his first contest won by a massive ippon throw in just 9 seconds. His impressive form continued as he executed a another big throw in under 15 seconds against another older England squad player from Vale. Both Victories placed Connor in to the medal contests where a swift victory in the semi final over the current Sussex County U81kg Champion set up a final with his friend Alan England from Bristol who is currently ranked 5th.

CelticJudo_Connor_WesternAreaAbove: Connor throws the Sussex County Champion for a place in the final.

Despite a great attempt, Connor just could not break down the 17 year old black belt from Bristol and at the half way stage of the contest Alan caught Connor with a very nice counter. Connor's silver medal came with 75 National Ranking Points which elevates him up to 5th in the national ranking table.

CelticJudoConnorLeonardAlanEnglandAbove Right: Connor with Alan England on the medal podium.

Josh secured the Gold medal and became U50kg West of England Champion in style. Josh had his first contest won in just 15 seconds and his second opponent could not stop the formidable star from Sussex as he caught him for ippon with a stylish foot sweep in under 20 seconds. Josh also entered the U55 kilogram category and faced his rival from Kidderminster who he beat in the A-Band National Championship Final last year.
Josh was once again victorious as he secured the victory using some advanced ground work techniques.

CelticJudoJoshLeonardWesternArea2015Above: Josh was narrowly beaten in the final of the U60kgs, after winning the U50kgs and U55kgs

Josh was finally beaten in the U60 kilogram category after offering his services to a player who had nobody to fight. Giving away over 10 kilos and about 5 inches in height was just to much on the dayl, despite endless attacks Josh was unable to secure a score and was caught in the final stages of the contest the finish the event with 2 Golds and a Silver.

CelticJudoConnor&JoshWA2015Above: Josh and Connor in the medals at the Western Area Ranking Event.

2015 BJA Don Werner Memorial Trophy

Sunday 19th June Josh was the only player from Sussex to enter the Don Werner Event, held at High Wycombe Judo Club. The event is extremely hard on younger players due to the U15 age group.

CelticJudoDonWernerAbove: The Late Don Werner: Four Olympians: One Olympic Silver Medal: Nine European titles: Two Commonwealth Titles: 28 World Medals: 132 Black Belts: 144 British National Squad Members; Just some of the statistics and medals, that Don has produced, and that he would admit now and then to being 'moderately satisfied' about.

The Pinewood Judo Club won the event however Josh, who was once again grateful to Micklefield Judo Club for mat side coaching, performed extremely well in difficult circumstances topping his group with three big ippon wins to secure a place in the semi-finals.

CelticJudoJoshDonWernerAbove: Josh in action

Josh was unlucky in the semi finals but found his good friend Joe from Micklefield in fine form and it was Joe who won a very close encounter leaving Josh to settle for the Bronze.

Connor & Josh are both in action at the Western Area Open which is a ranking point scoring event for Connor!

2015 BJA Sainsbury's School Games.

Congratulations to Connor who was recently selection by England to take part in the International School Games. The event is U19 age band so Connor who is 14yrs can be proud of his selection.

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2015 BJA Kent International

On Saturday 27th June Connor and Josh both took part in the British Judo Associations Kent International held at Medway in Gillingham. It is considered as one of the toughest competitions on the circuit as is attracts many top players from Europe and its also open to players from 8 up to 16 years of age. Josh was making his debut in the higher grade section and being the youngest and lowest grade in his category the odds were already stacked against him. He was fortunate enough to have head coach Samantha Dobrowolski from the Northern Home Counties Squad where he trains several times a year matside for his contests to coach him.

CelticJudoKentInternationalJosh_1Above: Samantha Dobrowolski coaches Josh at the Kent International.

Josh put in a great performance and qualified from his pool which including two good wins over older rivals. A tense encounter in the quarter finals saw him battle hard but with neither player having a point and the end of time the contest went to golden score. Josh was unfortunate to be given a penalty in the early stages of the fight which ended his competition, but he finished a solid 7th which in itself is a real achievement at this level.

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Connor was called up shorty after and his competition started extremely well as he threw a England squad player in just under 15 seconds to take his first victory. His second contest was against an older player who regularly competes at the national ranking events but despite his aggressive start Connor threw him for ippon within 10 seconds. Connor once again defeated the Sussex County Champion by throwing him for ippon in just 8 seconds to take the gold and the Kent International Championship title.

CelticJudoKent2015_Connor1Above: Connor wins Gold at the Kent International 2015

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2015 Northern Home Counties Ranking Open

On Saturday 7th June Connor headed to Harlow, Essex to take part in the N.H.C. Ranking Event. These events are where the countries top players battle it out with the winners earning points to push them up the National Ranking System.

CelticJudoNHC015HeaderAbove: Connor in action at Harlow

Connor had a good event and performed extremely well. He knocked out one of the group favourites in the quarter finals. A 4min contest which saw Connor losing on a penalty point which he picked up early on in the fight but with just 9 seconds remaining Connor caught his opponent with a classy foot sweep to take the win and a place in the semi finals. Connor faced the #4 ranked player Alan England who is 3yrs his senior. Connor fought England extremely well but despite a good effort England caught Connor in the later stages of the contes to take the win. England went on to win Gold while Connor dropped into the repecharge where he would face his rival and current U81kg Sussex County Champion for the Bronze.It was the second time in a month that they met and Connor was once again victorious as he threw him for ippon in 8 seconds. Connor took the Bronze and with it 50 National Ranking Points. Connor has now moved up to 6th in the Cadet Ranking System!

CelticJudoConnorNHC50Above: Connor alongside Gold Medalist Alan England.

A nice gesture for Connor came from Alan England after the competition where he congratulated him on his performance against him.

You can view Connor's Bronze medal contest below. Connor is left of the screen.

2015 Micklefield Judo Club Elite Squad Training Session

Both Connor and Josh were been invited to High Wycombe to train with the Northern Home Counties Squad as guests of head coach Samantha Dobrowolski. Dobrowolski is the reigning European silver medalist as well as Commonwealth and British Masters champion. Samantha has always taken a keen interest in the boys so it was nice for them to share the mat with her as an instructor. The event was a success and the boys will be heading back to High Wycombe in the near future.

CelticJudoMJCAbove: Josh and Connor at Micklefield Judo Club.

CelticJudoMJC2Above: Far right Samantha Dobrowolski with the squad.

2015 Britsh Judo Association's London International

The 2015 British Judo Associations London Open was held on Saturday 23rd May. Held at the SportsDock, University of East London, Docklands Campus. A ranking event which attracted players from Germany and Luxembourg including the top level players from all across the United Kingdom.

CelticJudoLondon2015Above: Josh & Connor share a word with current U21 British Junior & Senior National Champion Nina Solley.

Josh who has been in fine form this year powered past his opening opponents using some advanced and aggressive judo to set up a final with a player from Middlesbrough. It was Josh who started the stronger and his opponent was on the back foot from the start. With just 15 seconds on the clock Josh had thrown his opponent and held him down for 15 seconds to take Gold and the London Open Title.

CelticJudoJosh2015LondonOpenAbove: Josh with his Gold Medal

For Connor the competition was one level to much. He performed well to make the second round. He suffered an ippon defeat to the eventual Gold medalist from Poland then narrowly missed out on the Bronze play off.

CelticJudoConnorLondonAbove: Connor battles against the eventual Gold medalist from Poland.

2015 High Wycombe Open Championships

On Sunday 17th May Connor headed up to High Wycombe to take part in the Open Championships for players U15 years of age. Connor has been in fine form of late and his impressive run continued as he won all four of his fights to secure the gold medal. Two of his fights were won in under 10 seconds. The young GBR star beat the current Sussex County Judo Champion in the final.

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It was a good day for Connor as he never dropped a point in the event! He and Josh now prepare for the London International Ranking Event next weekend.

Above: YouTube footage or Connor in High Wycombe.CelticJudo_Connor61_HWBelow Left: Connor wins Gold.

2015 Northern Ireland National Championships Ranking Event

On Sunday 26th April Connor was once again invited by Tonbridge Judo Club to join them in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Nationals. After a successful trip to Scotland earlier, the young star defied the odds as he won Silver, his first medal at a ranking event. Connor ipponed a black belt lad in his first contest and survived the full four minutes with his second opponent while defending his yuko score advantage. He was eventually beaten in the final by his England team mate who is 2 years his senior. Connor earned himself 75 National Ranking Points for his efforts and with the 25 he won in Liverpool he now sits in the top 10 ranked cadets in the UK. Amazing achievement for him.

CelticJudoConnorBelfastAbove Left: Connor on the podium in Belfast

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CelticJudoBelfastSquad2015Above right: Connor with the Tonbridge Judo Squad in Belfast

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Josh was the only the only player from his club to take part in this very competitive London Area event. Lots of the top London clubs took part making the event very busy. Josh is quite well known in the London Area and was welcomed by his friends at Micklefield Judo Club to join them.

CelticJudoCrayford2015Above: Josh was simply to strong today

Josh wasted no time today. His club coaches at Keisen and Tonbridge have been drilling him with ground hold techniques and it was fitting he won all his fights on the ground. His speed and experience at advanced level competitions was evident from the start as he took another Gold medal.

CelticJudoJoshcrayfordAbove: Josh with his Gold Medal, his 20th since returning from his broken arm in March 2014

2015 Sportif - Scottish International

On Friday April 3rd April Connor met his team mates from Tonbridge Judo Club at Dartford Train Station and headed to Edinburgh for the Sportif International. The squad also stayed for a further 3 days to participate in the 3 day International camp training with France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Holland as well as the Home countries and Ireland.

Connor put in a superb performance holding his own but suffered a defeat to Sjoblom from Sweden and then lost to the current GBR #1 Seb Potter who went on to win Gold. He finished 5th in the event which is a fantastic achievement and also earned high praise from other National coaches during his time at the training camp.

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Special Guest coaches; George Kerr CBE 10th Dan, Richard Kenney 7th Dan
Lead technical coaches; John Buchanan GB - World Medallist – Olympian, Craig Fallon GB - World & European Champion, Scott Tanner Can - Judo Canada High Performance Coach & Jesus Perez Esp - BJ – Newasa expert.

CelticJudoSportif2015_TonbridgeAbove Right: Connor at Edinburgh train station heading home with head coach Colin Eldridge and his squad.

Connor moves up to 7th in the national ranking system and heads off to Belfast on 24th April for the Northen Ireland Open 2015 once again as a guest with Tonbridge Judo Club.

2015 BJA Southern Area Open - K2 Crawley

On Sunday March 15th both Connor and Josh took part in the Southern Area Open held at K2 in Crawley. Its always nice to attend an event a bit closer to home and the boys did not disappoint. Josh had his weight category merged wth the U55kgs and the U60kgs. He made short work of his opponents as he took the Gold medal in style.

CelticJudoJoshk22015Above Right: Josh wins gold in 3 different weight categories!

Connor was on shortly after and he was also in superb form. The dominance of the young GBR star was for all to see as he beat the current Sussex Squad Member in the final in just 6 seconds to secure Gold.

CelticJudoConnork2-2015Above Far Right: Connor wins gold in style!

Watch both Connor & Josh win their Gold medal final contests on YouTube.

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2015 BSJ British Schools Judo Championships

On Sunday March 8th Josh headed to Sheffield's ICE Arena to represent his school, Chatsmore Catholic High in the very competitive Schools Judo Championships. Its the first time his school of just 600 pupils has been represented at this level. Josh was going to be up against it today and really had no right to win a medal at this level, he would be the youngest, lowest grade and after moving up in the the next weight category, the lightest.

CelticJudoBritshSchools2015The IceArena - Sheffield

Josh made a flying start and secured a fine first win in his new category to settle the nerves. His next opponent was one of the favourites but it was Josh who scored first with just 20 seconds remaining. Despite this advantage his opponent threw everything at he had as Josh and just as the clock hit 0.00 he caught Josh to snatch the victory. Josh was now in the repecharge a straight knock out for Bronze. Always a nervy place to be but a fine win would set him up with another top player from Camberley. But he was dispatched quickly which put Josh in the Bronze medal final. Another tough battle in yet another David & Goliath situation saw Josh produce his finest form yet. Despite all the disadvantages, Josh dominated the scoreboard and never look threatened as he battered his opponent until the very end of the fight to win the bronze! Head coach Tim Draper was over the moon with his performance and said "Josh is always at his best when fighting against the odds!" Another nice touch for Josh was Samantha Dobrowolski head coach of Micklefield whom should be a rival club was waiting to congratulate him after another impressive display which caught her eye!

CelticJudoSchoolsSamJosh finishes with Bronze and is congratulated by one of the countries leading coaches Sam Dobrowolski.

CelticJudoJoshBSJ2015Right: Josh wins 4 out of 5 fights to secure a hard earned Bronze medal in Sheffield.

Josh had represented his school with pride & dignity and he was given some fantastic feedback from School Headmaster Mike Madden, who was very proud of Josh and his outstanding achievement in Sheffield.

2015 BJA North West Area Ranking Event, St Helens

On February 14th Connor headed to St Helens, Merseyside to take part in the North West Area Ranking event. Its another tough test for him and after drawing the number 2 and 4th Ranked players in the Midlands then today would be even harder. He was drawn against the number 1 ranked player who has been number 1 for two years now. Despite giving a good account of himself, Connor was beaten by an ippon throw in just under a minute but he remained focused and some good form and a massive win against a player from Europe set him up with a shot at the Bronze medal, an incredible achievement! Unfortunately Connor got the tougher draw and have to face the number 4 ranked player who he lost to at the Midlands. Williams is a great player and he beat Connor to take the medal. Despite the defeat Connor managed a 5th place finish which earns him his first seet of ranking points which is incredible considering his 2year age difference!

CelticJudoConnorLiverpool2015Above left: Connor had to fight the number 1 ranked player Seb Potter, Then produced his best yet to finish 5th.

2015 BJA Northern Home Counties Orange & Under

On February 8th Josh took part in the highly competitive Northern Home Counties Orange & Under event held at High Wycombe. This event is always well organised and attracts some of the countries in the south. Josh had no long delays today and comfortably took the Gold medal in style. Both his fights can be viewed on youtube below.

JoshGold2015WycombeAbove Josh wins Gold, Middle-left Micklefield head Coach & Friend Samantha Dobrowolski watches on :)

2015 BJA Midlands Area Ranking Event

Both boys headed to Wolverhampton for the Midlands Area Ranking event. The first competition of the year where Connor could win Ranking Points. Its highly unlikley due to his age but the experience of competing against the best players in the UK is valuable. Connor had the tougher of the groups which hosted the number 2 and number 4 ranked players. Both players are black belts compared to Connor's green belt but he done himself proud. He was unable to secure a victory today but fought extremely well and only lost by a narrow margin.

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Tough Times - Above left: Connor v Mahoney Jones (Ranked #2) Right v Williams (Ranked #4)

Josh had to wait until 18:00 for his competition to begin. He was also in a tough group which had two of the top players from Scottish Club Sportif. Josh totally dominated his first fight and although some obvious scores were not awarded, he was given a penalty point (shido) in the last seconds to put him in the repecharge and fight for bronze. He upped his game in his next contests which were both won in under 25 seconds to take the bronze.

CelticJudoJoshMidlands2015Above Josh dominates the scores but only a shido was awarded.

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Above: Josh wins Bronze in a very tough group.

2015 British Schools Qualifier - Northern Home Counties

Josh was in action at the Northern Home Counties British Schools Qualifying Event on Jan 24th. One of the biggest competitions of the year and the only one where you need to qualify to secure a place in the finals at Sheffied in March. The Southern Area do not run qualifiers so Josh had to enter the NHC Schools Open held in High Wycombe. The event is closed to GBR squad players but still attracts the 5th or 6th ranked fringe players making the event quite prestigious.

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With the support of his coach Tim Draper, Josh represented Chatsmore Catholic High School from West Sussex and competed against opponents in academic years 6-7. Josh put in another fine performance as he won all four of his contests by ippon including a victory in 5 seconds. Josh now heads to Sheffield in March to compete for the British Schools Championship Title 2015.

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British National Cadet Championships 2014

After a hugely successful year for Connor, it was time for the transition from Pre-Cadet to Cadet to take place. This is probably the hardest and brutal part of a players career and one which sees many players leave or quit due to the toughness of the age category. Connor now finds himself as a 14yr old up against International Ranking players of the age of 17yrs, so making his debut at the hardest competition in the country says something about Connor. It was fair to say that a medal would be a ridiculous request, the top 5 or 6 players were seasoned Cadets and many will leave Dec 2015 as they head up to junior level. But for Connor this is the beginning of a new chapter and he knew the top 6 places were already taken, it was just what order the winners finished in.

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Connor fought against the number 4 seed and the 6th seed, both from top clubs in the UK and several years older and two or three grades higher. He didnt look out of place just out muscled. What he did today took bottle and he made these players work for their victories. The number 4 seed went on to take Bronze. The good news for Connor was the British Judo Association had seen enough for them to offer him a place on the GBR Cadet Squad for 2015. This achievement is a massive boost for him as there are not many players who make the transition from Pre-Cadet to Cadet let alone at International Level. So well done Connor, a great end to 2014.

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Connor trains at Keisen Judo Club, Tonbridge Judo Club (twice a week) and at Brighton who he thanks for all their valuable input from all the clubs top level coaches who have constantly helped him to achieve high goals.

British National A-Band Championships 2014

Josh Leonard was crowned BJA "A-Band National Champion" last month after winning all six of his fights at the Glades Sports Center in Kidderminster. The event attracted all the elite and up and coming talented players from all across the United Kingdom. Josh had set his heart on winning this event way back in 2013 when he suffered a broken arm so this competition was one he was looking forward to. His first fight should have been over much sooner due to many points missed by the officials. Once Josh had secured the victory his fast and attacking style remained true as he racked up 3 more wins to reach the semi-final. A strong player from Scotland was soon eliminated as the young Sussex star reached the finals in record time. His opponent had also shown good form in the qualifying rounds but he could not match the skill and determination of Josh. After outfighting his opponent Josh eventually scored the winning throw to take the deserved title in style.

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Josh fought superb today and is a worthy National Champion as he joins his older brother Connor as current British Judo Association National Champions - a superb achievement.

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Josh takes the Gold Medal and the British Champion Title

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Flanders 2014 - Belgian National Judo Championships

Connor recently competed in the Belgian National Squad Selection Championships in Lommel. Medalists from the home nation would find themselves in the Belgian National Squad. The importance of this event was evident after Connor eliminated the host nations contender in his opening contest. He was clearly upset and threw water bottles and kicked the advertising boards as he walked off the contest area.

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Connor went on to quality from a very tricky group to secure a place in the quarter finals after some excellent fighting and would be seeded against the top ranked player from Holland. It was an exciting contest with two very strong boys battling hard. Connor took the lead with a superb counter sweep in the early stages of the fight and with stood everything is rival threw at him, that was until the clock was in the red with 5 seconds left. A slip was enought to allow his opponent who charged at him like a bull to almost suplex Connor out of the competition. It was a cruel way for the young GBR star to lose and although he was disappointed, both players were able to talk off the mat with a great deal of mutual respect. Connor finished 7th while his rival went on to take Gold.

Lommel - 3 Day International Training Camp

Both boys have been on form for quite some time and their achievements and hard work was enough for one of the strongest clubs in the south of Great Britain to invite the boys to take part in this training camp. Tonbridge Judo Club has had a reputation for producing national level players so to be given an opportunity like this both accepted gratefully. Josh was 2yrs to young and his grade is to low to take part but after securing his National Title the club were more that happy to let him take part. They joined up with the Tonbridge Squad which boasts Cadets and Juniors who are either ranked #1 or #2 in the UK aswell as National Champions at all levels.

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Both boys worked extremely hard and trained with many of Europes top level players. The days were long and the squad in general stood out with everyone fighting well. Connor was the target for various Black and Brown belts while Josh picked of the German youth squad one by one. The mat had squads from Israel, Luxembourg, Germany, Scotland, Belgium, Holland and France to name but a few.

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GBR - Flanders International Judo Cup - Belgium

Very best of luck to Connor who has been selected for Great Britain to fight in the Flanders Judo Tournament where he will take on Europes National players.

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Sussex Area Graded Open Championships 2014

Josh set a record which will probably stand for quite sometime after winning his 11th BJA Gold medal in a row at the Sussex Area event on Sunday 21st September. This event would be his last before he heads to Kidderminster for the A-Band National Championships in October. It was another powerful performance from the youngster which included two victories by ippon in under 10 seconds. Josh secured impressive victories in his other two contests to take the Gold. Head coach Tim Draper was pleased to see the advanced techniques he has been working on at training paying off. "Josh has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to this sport, he trains hard at three top clubs, here at East Grinstead, Tonbridge & Brighton and sharing the mat with some of the countries top national level players will only help him progress."

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Above: "Sin City" - Josh takes Gold.

 

BJA Dartford Orange & Under Open Championships 2014

On Sunday 14th September Josh headed to Dartford Judo Club to take part in the clubs U15 Grade Banded Open Championships. Josh has a good record at Dartford as he is unbeaten in 8 contests. His level of training has increased over the past three months, he finds himself fighting and training with players who are not only in the GBR squad but also ranked number one within it. Josh wanted Connor to coach him matside using his brothers contest experience to share, Josh made short work of his first opponent scoring the ippon win before the officials had even started the timer with an aggressive throw. A much heavier opponent was ipponed in the early stages of the second contest and although it was not given by the officials, Josh repeated the throw seconds later so there could be no mistake. A final victory to secure the Gold was won in 9 seconds! A throw his coaches from both Keisen & Tonbridge have been working hard with him to improve on certainly paid off. Josh now fights on Sunday at Worthing his final event before the British National Championships for 10/11yr olds at Kidderminster in October. Josh has now won 10 Golds this year since his return from the broken arm.

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Above: Josh with his Gold Medal at Dartford.

BJA Heart of England Championships 2014

Saturday September 6th Connor headed to Walsall to take part in the British Judo Associations Heart of England Open. An event which is regarded as an elite competition with competitors entering from all over the UK and Europe. For Connor this would be his final Pre-Cadet event before the change over to Cadet so it was important he went out on a high. He was in a group of 15 including GBR squad and county level players. With his head coach Tim Draper at his side confidence was high!The young star elimated his opening two opponents in quick and stylish fashion to settle the nerves. As other players were elimated from the tournament Connor secured his place in the final with an ippon win over one of his seasoned rivals from Stoke. The group also contained a player from Russia who was also destroying all who stood before him and when these players met in the final it was a battle not to be missed. Connor started well and secured several low scores early on before executing an higher score from a throw which was close to being an ippon. The Russian was proving to be an awkward opponent and he capitalized on a careless mistake from Connor and secured a strong headlock. Despite a furious struggle the victory finally went to Russia. An exciting contest which both boys showed a mutual respect for each others talent afterwards with surely more encounters to follow on the international circuit.

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Above: Connor secures Silver in the Heart of England 2014

BJA Eastern Area Open Championships 2014

On Saturday 17th August both Josh and Connor took part in the Eastern Area Open Championships held in Thetford, Norfolk. It was the event where Josh broke his arm in the final last year and would provide a strong test of character. Connor was looking to add the Eastern Area title to his list after securing the Western Area a fortnight ago.

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Above Left: Josh Returns to Thetford where he broke his arm in 2013

Josh was in action first and he would only have two contests due to a few no-shows. His opponent was a much higher grade but today the youngster was firing on all cylinders and he won the first contest in 4 seconds the second contest in just 8 seconds to secure the Gold.

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Above: Josh and Connor, East of England Champions 2014

Connor was in fine form today and the recent high level training sessions he has attended have added a sharpness to his style. Fired up and focused he made short work of his opening opponent as he secured a fine ippon victory. His next two opponents are both on the Great Britain Squad but neither had a solution to stop him as Connor ipponed them both in just under a minute. His final contest was over in just 7 seconds as he performed his trade mark throw to take the gold. Connor still remains unbeaten in his age band, a superb achievement!

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BJA Micklefield's Banded Open Championships 2014

Josh headed to High Wycombe on Saturday August 8th where he took part in the competitive age banded championships, hosted by Micklefield Judo Club. Still one of the youngest in the age section and one of the lower grades the stylish fighter remained unfazed for his group. Josh has been fortunate enough to train with some new coaches who are helping him develop his competitive style. It all seems to be working as he made short work of his opponents and took the gold without dropping a point. Josh continues to impress up and down the country as he secured his 7th Gold this year since returning from his horrific broken arm injury.

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Above: Josh wastes no time taking taking the Gold.

BJA Western Area Open 2014

Congratulations to Connor who recently won the Western Area Open Championships for the first time on Sunday 3rd August. Connor was in fine form and started off in confident fashion with his first ippon win coming just after 8 seconds. A tough second contest against a rival from Stoke was ended by a counter foot sweep. His third fight would be against a fellow GBR youth squad team member from London but again Connor was in no mood for slowing down as he managed to secure an early victory. His opponent in the final towered above him and was almost 16kg heavier and proved to be an awkward opponent. Connor picked up several scores early on and although he did not have the contest all his own way, it would be his fitness and constant attacking that eventually saw him throw his opponent for the Gold.

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Above: Connor in action at the West of England Open and with his Gold.

Connor has been fortunate enough to train with rising GBR star James Draper who is currently ranked 3rd in the UK. James has been instrumental with Connor's training programme and with head coach Tim Draper taking Connor under his wing, the hard work starts now!

Venray Judo International, Holland 2014

Well done to Connor who recently represented Great Britain in the 40th Anniversary Venray International.

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A tough event which is best suited for international players. Connor's group was incredibly tough with opponents representing Russia, Latvia, Israel, Greece, Holland, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. Connor suffered an early defeat by a strangle-hold to the eventual Gold medalist but he went on to win his next few fights before losing to Latvia in the Bronze medal contest by a penalty point. This was given with only a few seconds left on the clock. A valiant effort which was rewarded by some positive feedback from the National Squad coaches.

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Above: Connor in action at the Venray Judo Tournament for Great Britain

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Above: Venray medal play off mat.

BJA Kent International 2014

Connor and Josh recently took part in the British Judo Associations Kent International. For Josh this would be his first major test but with recent competition form the signs looked good for a medal. Josh powered his way into the final knocking out a host of top county level players from across the UK. Despite being the lowest grade and youngest player he secured the Gold with an ippon within 30 seconds. Josh becomes one of the first players from West Sussex to win this event two years running, add that with a broken arm inbetween and it becomes quite an achievement.

Connor had a tricky start and lost his opening contest to an older Great Britain squad player. He then went on to ippon the rest of his opponents which was enough to secure a bronze.

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Above: Josh & Connor with their medals from the Kent International.

Belgian Judo Grand Prix - Marcinelle 2014

Judo stars Connor and Josh returned home from the Belgium judo grand prix each with a medal. European events are extremely tough and to return home with medals especially as they entered independently makes this all the more of an achievement.

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Josh eliminated players from Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany while Connor secured victories over Belgium, Holland, Germany and Sweden.

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Above: Connor (left) with Josh who secured Bronze & Gold in Marcinelle.

BJA Orange & Under Crayford & Metro, London

Congratulations to Josh who recently took part in the U12 London Competition in Lewisham. The event hosted many top players from the London and surrounding areas including the West Sussex star Josh Leonard. Mat side assistance would come from Connor and together they was able to bring home the Gold. Josh won all four of his fights in a tough pool to secure another Gold medal to his comeback year!

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Above: Josh secures another Gold medal, this time in Lewisham.

Sportif Scottish International 2014

Seven days after winning the London International Connor added the Scottish title to his CV after winning the Sportif Scottish International held in Edinburgh. A long journey for the judo star who had to wait almost all day before he took to the mat. Connor won all his qualification fights to finish top of his group. He soon secured a place in the final and once again his fine form was enough to see him win the Gold.

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Above: Connor with his Sportif Title.

BJA London International 2014

April proved to be a busy month for Connor as the International competitions came up. The London International is a recommended choice of the GBR coaches for squad players to attend and Connor done himself a big favour by winning all his fights to secure another International Gold.

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Above: Connor & Josh with his Gold medal at the London International 2014.

BJA Southern Area Open Championships 2014

Early Arpil both boys took part in the Southern Area Open Championships held at K2 in Crawley. A competition that brings out the elite players not only from the South but across the UK. Connor would be iin the U16 years of age category and with the age disadvantage of 3 years he would certainly be up against it. Josh who was in the U12's once again sent out a message that he was back as he secured his third gold this year to take the title winning all 4 of his fights in style.

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Above: Josh Leonard secures the Gold medal and the Southern Area Title 2014.

Connor was also in fine form for this difficult group and despite winning his opening three fights in style, including two ippons in under 30 seconds, he was eventually out muscled in the finals. He finished the event with the Silver medal withthe 2nd place finish being a personal best in the U16's.

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BJA Northern Home Counties Orange Belt Open 2014

On Sunday 6th April Josh competed in the NHC Open held at High Wycombe. The event is very tough and with Josh giving up 2yrs of age this would be another strong test for the young star. His group had some great players from all across the UK all looking to take the Gold. This would be Josh's second event since the arm break so many of the spectators would watch with interest.

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Above: Josh Leonard in action with his proud brother Connor.

Josh had 5 fights all of which provided a tough challenge! Despite still lacking his fitness,he was still in great form. Josh was coached by his brother Connor, whose contest experience played a vital role in his success today.

BJA Kidderminster Orange Belt Open 2014

On Saturday 1st of March Josh headed to Kidderminster to make his return to competitive judo since breaking his arm last August. Its been a tough time for the talented youngster, the break had many complications and he had to endure plenty more fustrations along the way to recovery.

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Above: Josh Leonard - Main Attraction!

Josh was eventually called up and had his first contest won in less that 10 seconds with a strong throw to ground hold. A devasting ippon throw which had the audience clappping in just under 15 seconds secured his second victory and the gold was won in 4 seconds as he dropped his opponent for ippon. A great return for Josh but still room for improvement.

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Above: Josh Leonard gives a gentle reminder that he is back.

BJA North West Ranking Tournament 2014

On Saturday 22nd February Connor took on the countries best in St Helen's at the North West Ranking tournament. His third national ranking event this month. The event was entered by many the the top English clubs however this location attracted many of the top Scottish clubs too. He continued his great form and won all his fights to take the Gold, this is his fifth gold in 2014 and remains unbeaten within his age band.

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Above: Connor Leonard - North West Area Champion 2014

The icing on the cake for him would be to attend the National Squad Opening fighting session held at Wolverhampton a few days after the event. On the mat with several 2012 olympians and many national squad players was a surreal moment for the Southcoast Judo Star. His invite to return as and when he could is a great reward for all his hard work and dedication.

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Above Left: BJA HQ Wolverhampton, AboveRight: Connor Leonard middle right.

BJA Northern Home Counties Championships 2014

On Saturday 8th February the Judo Road Trip continued as Connor headed to Harlow in Essex to compete in the Northern Home Counties Open Championships. Like the Midlands Area Event the week before the level of contest was a 4 star ranking event which brings out the top players from across the country. Another tough event for Connor who once again showed his strength of charater as he defeated both of his opponents without to much trouble to secure his second Gold in successive weeks!

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Above Right: Connor is presented his Gold from Great Britain Olympian Ashley McKenzie.

BJA Midlands Area Open Championships 2014

On Sunday 2nd Connor travelled to Wolverhampton to take part in the first Pre-Cadet event of the year which he is required to participate in under the National Squad guidelines. The high standard of this event would attract the elite clubs from all across Great Britain allowing the top players to test themselves. It was a tournament which saw Connor produce some of his best judo as he took the Gold in style to become the BJA Midlands Area Champion 2014.

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Above: Connor is presented his Gold from Great Britains top rising player Nekoda Davis of Ealing Judo Club.

Belgium International Meeuwen-Gruitrode 2014

On January 4th Connor took part in the the Meeuwen-Gruitrode International Judo Festival as part of the British Judo Associations Sussex Area Squad.

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The Sports Arena is located on the Belgian border, with big squads from Holland, France, Germany Sweden, Belgium and even Russia dominating the medal table. Representing Great Britain Connor found his form and with some sublime performances found himself with a shot at a medals. A big throw ended his opponents hopes of Gold as Connor secured victory by ippon and booked a place in the final.

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A higher graded player again from Holland, who was not only a staggering 8 kilo's heavier but several inches taller was all that stood between The Iceman and the Gold. The spectators were treated to an exciting final with both players showing some great skills. Defending a barrarge of early and aggressive attacks Connor caught his opponent with a stylish counter to pick up a waza-ari. Sensing his opponents fustrations Connor was awarded 5 more Yuko's before sending his opponent crashing to the mat for a sweet ippon victory.

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A fine performance to start the year & Connor now heads of to Walsall in January to train withGreat Britain followed by the Southern Area Open, February he visits Wolverhampton for the Midlands Open, followed by a trip to Essex for the Northern Home Counties Open then the following week he has to travel to Liverpool for the North West Area Championships a very busy early schedule.

British Judo Associations National Championships 2013

Great Britain’s most promising judoka descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield this weekend for the British Championships for Pre-Cadets and Cadets.

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Athletes travelled from across the UK to battle on the mat to win the prestigious title of British Champion and they all produced some excellent judo in their pursuit of gold.

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Above: Connor works his way through his opponents.

Connor has been working exceptionally hard all year for this one event and despite the nerves towards the build up, the cool attitude he has shown all year did not let him down. A really strong opponent in his first contest would give The Iceman the most trouble, but after some fine attacks Connor was able to throw his opponent for ippon in just under a minute to secure the victory. His second contest would see a more confident player fighting and this was shown after Connor set up a huge ippon to put himself in the final.

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Above: Connor powers his way to becoming British National Champion 2013 to the delight of Lisa Harrison.

His opponent in the final would be the against the National Medalist he beat in the final at Nottingham in the East Midlands Event. The title was there for the taking now and in just 18 seconds Connor threw his opponent to win the competition and be crowned British National Champion 2013 and secures a place on the British Judo Associations England Squad. A massive achievement. Well done Connor, who is the first player at the club to take Gold at this event.

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Above: All the finalists enjoy the medal parade and Connor with head coach Lisa Harrison.

Connor Leonard is welcomed to the England Squad.

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Connor starts 2014 on January 4th with the Sussex Squad to fight against Holland, Germany, France and Belgium then in February he will be fighting in Walsall and Liverpool as he looks for another successful year.

British Judo Associations East Midlands Cadet Event

On Sunday 1st December Connor took part in the East of Midlands Cadet event which was held in Nottingham. Another high level competition which featured many if the top players from across the UK all looking to prepare themselves for the British Nationals in Sheffield.

For Connor, a good performance was needed and he did not let himself down. In his group he would have the current A-Band Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists plus others. A slow start saw him eventually throw his first opponent for ippon then he dropped the current Gold medal holder in under 10 seconds inflicting his first defeat of the year. Connors next 3 fights were all over in 20 seconds or less as he took the Gold in destructive fashion.

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Above: Connor today sent out a huge warning that he is on form and coming for the top players at the Nationals in Sheffield in December.

British Judo Associations Kidderminster Open 2013

On Sunday October 20th Connor made the journey to Kidderminster to take part in the competitive Kidderminster Open. Another tough event in the U16 age category and with the British National Championships looming in December Connor needed to put in a special performance and The Iceman didn't let us down!

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His first contest would see him against an opponent who he defeated a few months ago at the BJA Kent International and after several attacks Connor soon pulled off a big ippon throw to take the victory. His second contest would be against a lad who is usually in the Over 66kgs, a big and strong opponent who came at Connor with some very aggressive moves early on. But he was soon thrown hard into the mat after Connor's superior skill and advanced arsenal of moves left his opponent a little shocked and his big fanbase silent as he secured his second victory and a place in the final.

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The final was against one the Kidderminster players who was strong, fast and very skilled. But with confidence high Connor was in a destructive mood and sent his opponent crashing to the mat in the first 10 seconds. It sure looked like an Ippon but to avoid any confusion Connor threw him again several seconds later to take Gold in a group where he was once again 2/3 years younger than his opponents.

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Well done to Connor who not only beat three awkward opponents but he also went top of his clubs medal table. He became the first player this year to knock his younger brother Josh off the top who would of won it if he had not of suffered the broken arm in August. A fantastic achievement in a very competitive club.

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News update regarding Josh who suffered a very nasty break to his left arm. He had the cast removed today (03.10.13) and are pleased to report that the fracture has healed extremely well. There was some bad news as the wire running down his arm is exposed at the elbow and he will need another operation in the next week to have this removed, the wire is also very close to his thumb muscle has he is having problems moving it. The four metal plates and both the metal rods will be inside his arm for a further 5 months. The wait continues for Josh who is eager to return to training.

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BJA Heart of England Open 2013

On Saturday 7th September Connor headed to Wolverhampton University to take part in the highly competitive "Heart of England" Competition. Its been described as the second toughest event of the year, narrowly behind the British Nationals which is normally held in Sheffield's ICE Arena in December. For Connor this would be a learning curve as fighting some of the National Champions from England and Scotland whom are 2yrs older would be a lot ot ask. In a group with 15 other top players Connors task was made even harder as he was drawn in the harder side of the group.

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Connor fought bravely and put in his usual gritty performances as he rattled several of the countries top players. Despite winning two contests the Iceman finally fell to a top player from London who eventually went on the final. The top four players will all be gone from Connors category next year due to the age band change and should even up the contests. His club sent 4 players to the event and despite being the youngest and less experienced he was the only one who finished in the top 10. A 7th place finish was mor than anyone expected. Well done.

Connor now has to prepare for the BJA Open event held in Kidderminster in October.

BJA East of England Championships 2013

On Saturday 17th August Team Celtic headed to Thetford to take part in the BJA Eastern Area's National Ranking Event. As usual, for Connor & Josh, these events are extremely difficult due to the age disadvantage they both have to deal with. Josh would be in a very tough group which included players from Ealing and Enfield, the latter having one of the top 12yr old boys in the country. Connor would also be in a very competitive group which included the West of England International and London International runner up along with the current Great Britain Number 1.

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Josh started this event in his typical destuctive fashion and after several fine wins he would find himself in the semi-final against Awiti-Alcaraz of Enfield, a player who everyone, well nearly everyone expected to win the competition. With just over a minute gone, Josh out-foxed his rival and executed a huge ippon leaving his opponent shocked and the watching crowd stunned. For Josh the final did not go as planned, despite dominating a tough opponent, during a throw both boys landed awkwardly leaving Josh in severe discomfort! After being rushed to hospital the news was not good. A double bone break to his left arm has ended his fantastic year early. Two metal pins and 4 plates will certainly need the 6 months rest advised. Head coach Lisa Harrison is currently in contact with the Bristish Judo Squad's Head Physio for advice on getting Josh a programme ready for his return!

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Connor would be left to fight without family support in a group which required as much support as you could get. A great start saw him ippon his first opponent in under 20 seconds. Seemingly fired up, The Iceman outfought a top player from Ealing and narrowly lost to the current GBR number 1 with 11 seconds left on the clock! This was all that stood between Connor and the Gold. A hugely improved performance and a massive confidence boost as he takes another medal he had no right to win! Well done young man!

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BJA West of England Championships 2013

Saturday 27th kick started the West of England Championships, held in Swindon. A brutally tough event which attracted the countries top players all looking to pick up some ranking points. Connor and Josh are still too young to earn these but that did not stop them ruffling a few feathers. As usual the heat in the contest arena was humid and muggy so not the best to compete in. Connor started the event and despite some great performances, including taking the current London Open Champion to distance strength and age was the winner as The Iceman suffered several point defeats and was simply outclassed and thrown for ippon by the other players. 5th was just one place off the podium today, despite some good performances, it wasn't to be. Connor was able to walk off with his head held high as not many boys his age would entertain these opponents.

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Above: Size does matter! Connor is dwarfed by his opponent.

Josh had to wait until the late afternoon before he made his tournament debut, as the group made its way to the contest area it was clear to see that as usual, Josh would be the lowest grade and at 10yrs of age the youngest. In his group would be 3 of the top 5 u38kg players, two of whom are national medalists. Problem was, these players are 12yrs-of-age and fighting to stay under the 38kg limit, where as Josh is 35kg. Josh was first out and had to take on one of the strongest players in the country. An amazing fight unfolded with Josh upsetting the odds to take the victory. He then went on to win his second fight but a defeat in his third contest meant his shot at Gold was over but would have to fight for Bronze. Unfortunately Josh, who was exhausted at this time, had to fight his first opponent and despite neither boy being able to win by ippon, Josh eventually lost on points. After the fight both boys collapsed to the floor with exhaustion with Josh having to settle for 5th. But the performance certainly was more important than any medal today and despite the 2 year age difference, Josh had them on the run and has certainly put himself on the map. Fight footage from Josh's event can be seen below.

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Above: The need for speed! Josh was to quick for anyone today.

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Both boys performed well and were each up against the ropes from the start. Each continue to impress and have another hard event the BJA East of England Championships on the 17th August.

BJA Kent Summer Class Masters 2013

On Sunday 21st July Connor & Josh travelled to Tunbridge Wells to take part in the Summer Class Masters event. Always a tricky event and although it does not quite have the WOW Factor like some of the other events the boys have entered, Tunbridge Wells can never be under estimated.

Connor was on first and found himself a large pool with a couple of familiar faces from the International circuit. He was giving up 2 years of age and as usual would be one of the lowest grades. Connor dominated his first fight and it wouldn't be long until he had the Ippon win. A tricky second battle against a player from his own club was eventually settled by an ippon throw. The Iceman had his third contest won by Ippon in just under 5 seconds to set up the match against the group favourite from Kent. Even with the age disadvantage, Connor held his own and despite taking his opponent almost to time, he was eventually thrown. Looking for Silver now, Connor had to fight the second favourite from Kent and this turned out to be the fight of the day. The Iceman took a few early hits before unleashing a huge ippon throw crashing his opponent to the mat, despite not getting the instant win, Connor was able to secure a strong ground hold to take the Silver.

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Josh was once again in fine form and even though he was moved up to a heavier weight and older age group to give him more of a challenge the outcome was still the same. Josh had 3 fights which were all won by big ippon throws with the longest contest lasting 8 seconds. This year he has constantly fought against much older and more contest experienced players and the good results he has had so far is probably why he is on fire.

BJA London International 2013

On Saturday 13th July the BJA London International took place at the University Of East London, Docklands. One of the toughest events on the circuit due to the older Cadet players being able to gain points towards their next grading. Connor and Josh are both a few years away from the points ranking system, but they are not players to shy away from a challenge and they took on the top players in their categories with no fear or excuses.

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Above: London International, SportsDock at UEL Docklands Campus

Josh was first up in the U38kg category and he looked at ease as he quickly ipponed his first opponent without too much trouble. The second contest would see Josh pick up a shido (penalty) for pulling down, however on the restart Josh ipponed his opponent to secure another good victory. Josh was in a fine position now for a shot at a medal but standing in his way was the current U38kg British Schools Champion, a player who has much respect on the circuit. The fight was exciting with Josh scoring points left right and center, but experience began to tell as our dazzling and flamboyant youngster was eventually beaten. His opponent offered a fine respectful handshake gesture after the contest as he went on to take the Gold. Josh would now need a win to take Bronze. His final opponent had no answer to Josh's aggressive style but suprisingly enought Josh was unable to score a point. The contest went in to Golden Score and after 20 seconds his opponent finally made his first attack of the fight and the official awarded the point as Josh went down. Nobody was really sure why the score was awarded, but no excuses, Josh had fought incredibly well and 5th in another large and competitive pool was a real achievement. The top players will be out of this category next year due to their ages and will have to take on pre-cadets, but Josh still has two years left to improve.

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Above: No fear from Josh or Connor as they both out peform some of the top boys in the country.

Connor was also in a tough group, at 12yrs of age he would be against pre-cadets all 14/15yrs and 95% wearing the England Rose. These squad players will be full cadets next year and gone from his category but Connor's no fear attitude has served him well over the months and today was no different. He was called out first to take on the group favourite from London. A huge lad, a current blue belt, made short work of Connor who was ipponed after 40 seconds. Connor's next opponent had retired from the event early so Connor was awarded the win. The Iceman remained focused for his next contest against another useful player! A fired up Connor went in from the start and executed a perfect ippon throw to take the victory leaving his opponent smashing the mat in fustration. 11 seconds was the quickest throw of the afternoon and a Bronze medal at the least was secured. His final fight for Silver was against another England player, despite not having it his own way for most of the contest, The Iceman was finally eliminated by a superb thrown by his opponent. Both the players who beat Connor took Gold and Silver, but once again, despite being up against the ropes, Connor had won a hard earned Bronze in an event he should not be winning fights in until this time next year.

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Connor was the only player from his club to win a medal while Josh was the next closest finishing 5th. They both work hard and train four times a week so its only fair they get the results they do.

BJA Kent International 2013

On Saturday 29th June, the boys took part in the British Judo Associations Kent International 2013, which welcomes many top clubs from France, Belgium, Holland and even Poland. This event is held over 2 days attracting over 1000 entrants whom are all highly skilled with many of the Team GBR pre-cadets taking part and all looking to impress.

CelticKentInt2013HeaderAbove: Kent International, Crystal Palace Sports Arena

Josh was on first and again in a huge pool of quality players from several of the UK’s top BJA clubs. But today Josh was on fire and after he eliminated the favourite from London, Josh went on to win his remaining fights and then win the Gold by Ippon. More impressive statistics, at 10 years of age not only was Josh the youngest, but also the lowest grade in this group. An amazing achievement for the youngster.

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Connor has worked extremely hard for this event and with the age and strength disadvantage it was going to be very hard. But like any sport, preparation is key and his hard work was soon rewarded as with some great ippon judo, Connor found himself in the final, where he would face a very strong player who also had a European Judo Union Level 4 Coach in his corner. The fight was even to start with but Connor soon upped the tempo and despite the blistering heat in the sports hall, his stamina and constant attacking was too much for his rival who was eventually penalised for unfair play. His opponent, who was not only a penalty point down, was also starting to tire but had to come out and attack. Connor remained calm and after several more fast attacks he eventually caught him to secure a deserved point and with it the Gold medal.

Both boys took Gold in this event, a superb achievement against some very good players, but today was about the Leonard boys! They still have some very tough events to come this year with Connor preparing himself for the trip to Sheffield in December for the British Open Championships where a good result could give him a place on the Great Britain Pre-Cadet Squad. 2014 will also provide a huge challenge for the brothers as they head to the USA to take part in the Miami Open in July.

Sandokan Open Championships, Eindhoven, Holland

On Sunday 23rd June Connor & Josh headed to Holland ot take part in the very difficult Sandokan competition. A well supported event which would see them as the only players from the UK to enter. Both boys are undergraded for the event, Connor & Josh's yellow belts did not match the Green Belt minimum required although for the sake of the event, they was allowed to participate which was agreed prior to entering. Connor was on first and it was soon clear today was going to be very tough. Blue and Brown belts surrounded the contest area all towering above him by quite some height and most were double his size. Connor was, as usual unfazed by the opponents and The Iceman put in some great performances but after winning his opening two fights, he was eventually beaten twice and found himself in the Bronze medal play off! A tricky opponent was eventually eliminated by Ippon as The Iceman defied the odds to take home Bronze.

CelticJudoSandokan2013Above: Sandokan, Eindhoven, Holland

CelticJudoSandokan2013Josh was also in a very tricky pool with over 30 fighters taking part. Like his older brother, Josh looked small compared to his opponents. But The Joker got off to a flying start and secured 3 ippon victories over some tricky opponents until a road block a few years his elder stood in his way. A strong blue belt boy took many of The Jokers best shots and with Josh given a shido (penalty) for pulling down it was going to be hard to claw this back. Despite his opponents negative tactics and straight arms it was he who went through thanks to the penalty. Josh went on to win his next fight but another points defeat left The Joker to have to fight for Bronze. Josh had the win in less than 10 seconds to secure another International award.

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Bois du Cazier International Grand Prix, Marcinelle, Belgium

On Saturday 1st June Josh headed over to Marcinelle, Belgium to take part in the 'Bois du Cazier' International Grand Prix. An extremely tough event with over 800 participants from 60 clubs and over 9 countries including; Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Italy, England, Germany, Holland, Russia and Ireland.

Internationals are extremely tough but exciting to be part of and Josh was certainly up for this one today! In a pool of 16 and in the U38kg category The Joker looked relaxed as he warmed up on his own in the Marcinelle Dojo. A total of 4 mats spread across the floor in close proximity of the hostile audience made the atmosphere here quite intense.

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Above: Josh Leonard - The Joker

With the group under way Josh was eventually called out. His opponent stood tall and looking confident he made his way to the center of the mat. With his aggressive technique Josh went straight at him and battered his opponent with several hard blows before executing a perfect Morote Seoi Nage slamming his shocked opponent in to the mat in the opening 10 seconds. After waiting for the first round of fights to be completed, it was Josh who got round 2 underway. His opponent was very erratic and despite his height disadvantage he was very strong. He came at Josh from the start, but the King of The Counter Move was having none of it. Josh stepped aside and using a basic Tai Otoshi he threw his opponent straight into Kesa-Gatame to hold him down to take the win. With other results going opposite ways, Josh had the most points and went straight into the final. The repecharge seemed to go on forever and it was no suprise that the older and stronger boy made the final. A home crowd cheered hard as their player walked out but the Belgians were soon silenced as The Joker dropped him with a neat Tani Otoshi. Continuing his fine ground work form Josh managed to hold him down to secure a Yuko and a Wazari score. Despite throwning everything at Josh, The Joker was simply to quick and with time running out Josh threw him again to secure the Gold and send his travelling family wild!

BJA Keisen Inter-Club Team Tournament

On Saturday 29th May, both boys represented Kin Ryu Judo Club as they took on arch rivals Judo Club Keisen on their home patch in East Grinstead. Unfortunately no photographs were allowed however Josh won all his 3 fights to take Gold while Connor won 2 out of 3 to take Silver. Kin Ryu won 16-14 with Connor securing 'The Throw Of The Day' awarded to him by Keisen's head Sensei to finish off a good day for them and the club.

BJA High Wycombe Open

On Sunday 19th May the boys travelled to High Wycombe to take part in the Judo Club 61 Open. A tough event based on weight and in an open age group. These events are particularly tough as it would see Josh in with players who were 12 & 13yrs of age. In a group of 16 Josh was in one of the biggest pools of the day and he soon had the nerves settled with a 5 second Ippon over his first opponent. A lengthly wait until he was called out again would see him against a much taller opponent from one of the countries strongest clubs, Pinewood. Josh flew into his rival and spent most of the time constantly attacking, but he was unable secure a score. With the clock on 9 seconds, Josh performed his final and fast attack which caught his opponent to secure a score with just 2 seconds left to take the win and avoid the new Golden Score rule. Josh would now need to win his third contest for a shot at the Gold and standing in his way was a lad who we see regularly at the big events. The official started the contest and The Joker blitzed his opponent with his fast and aggressive style, his opponent looked shocked as Josh executed a quick Ippon win in under 10 seconds to book his place in the final. The final would be yet another hard encounter, Pinewood had another big medal winner in this event and like Josh, had made the final with out too much trouble. The contest got under way and Josh performed very well however his tall and awkward opponent kept him at arms length and not really doing much else. Josh was eventually countered by a good move and today The Joker had to settle for the Silver.

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Left: Josh Leonard - Silver, Right: Connor Leonard - Gold

Connor had slightly less of a problem in his group. The only player that could cause him trouble would be the Pinewood Cadet. Connor got off to a good start securing a score in the first 15 seconds.He continued to build on this throughout the contest and managed to secure more points on the board. A moment of madness almost saw him throw the fight away but he managed to escape the ground hold he put himself in. From this, Connor got up and threw his rival to take the Ippon win over a much fancied opponent. With several players dropping out, The Iceman secured two byes which took him in to the final. His opponent was new to us and had a few wins from this group so caution would be needed. However The Iceman dropped his opponent in 5 seconds with a huge throw to secure the Gold.

Connor was the only player from his club to secure a Gold and in a very competitive judo club he currently sits top of the medal table with Josh in second place.

London British Open 2013

Saturday 11th May, Connor & Josh were both invited to help with the countries bigggest event on the judo calendar. Chosen to help with medal presentations and flag bearing they was given exclusive access to meet many players who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games. An experience both will remember for a while and a great opportunity to see how the professionals deal with the pressure.

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Latest Results Round Up - Sussex Inter-Counties 2013

On Sunday May 5th, Connor represented the BJA Sussex Judo Squad in the Inter-County Team Championships against, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey. The event was held in Redhill, Surrey and provided plenty of entertainment. A New challenge for Connor and a new format of event made the day exciting. All the weight category winners from the trials would walk out together and face their opponents, then walk off the mat leaving the lightest players to fight first. 9 team contests would always find a winner. Sussex was probably the youngest squad in the event and certainly the most inexperienced, let down by two players they had an uphill challenge as they would be 2-0 down against each county before the start. Connor performed very well and held his own and helped Sussex to a team Bronze medal.

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Above: Connor Leonard - Third from right.

Latest Results Round Up - De Soeverein JudoCup, Belgium

On Saturday April 13th Josh Leonard took park in the De Soeverein Judo Cup in Lommel, Belgium. An event which is classed as one of the largest events in Belgium which attracts players from all over Europe. Josh was fighting in the U38kgs and in the Under 12 age category.

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Above: De Soeverein Cup, Lommel, Belgium

A tough group in a hostile arena saw Josh at his best. All alone with no support The Joker soon settled and found his form early, a stunned Belgian crowd and loud coach was soon silenced as he ipponed his opponent for victory. The Joker was once again on form for his second contest, a tricky and aggressive opponent battled hard and gave Josh a real test, however Josh was scoring points from each attack and with a comprehensive lead he made sure of the win with another big Ippon throw with 5 seconds left on the clock. Josh was now in the final and up against a lad from Holland. A contest which was very evenly matched saw both boys score points from each other but neither could get the killer move, As the contest went on Josh was on top and secured what looked like the winning throw but the official didn't give it. The contest was coming to an end and Josh's opponent was given a massive advantage when the official awarded him a score despite both boys falling to the floor. It was a hard one to take, but no excuses, Josh fought amazingly well and a Silver is a tremendous result.

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Connor took to the mat on the Sunday and in the U66kgs it was fair to say at 12 years of age, he was out of his depth. His opponents all blue and brown belts and 15 years of age put him in a difficult position. A big group and a tough first match gave The Iceman a difficult time. His opponent had every score possible on the board but couldn't finish Connor off and to his credit, Connor finished the fight standing after the 3 minute limit expired to a big applause from his rival, a true mark of respect from his opponent. A second contest against a brown belt standing almost 6ft tall threw Connor with in 10 seconds and ended The Icemans tournament. Both Connor & Josh learned a lot from this experience and to be here alone and performing well is a credit to themselves and to those they represent.

Connor and Josh both now have to prepare for the High Wycombe Championships - May, The International Grand Prix Bois du Cazier in Marcinelle, Belgium - June, The Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Holland - June and the Kent International in June, a busy month for the boys.

Latest Results Round Up - Sussex Closed, Squad Trials

A tough event due to the fact that the weight categories force the groups. Josh would be in with boys 2 and 3 years his senior as would Connor. Both boys fought extremely well with Josh finishing 3rd while Connor produced some of his finest fighting skill and determination to become the U66kg Sussex County Champion 2013.

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Results

Date Event Player Finish
Sept 2011 BJC Welsh National Championships 2011 Josh Leonard Silver
    Connor Leonard Gold
Oct 2011 JBA Holland International - Reuver JC Josh Leonard 4th
    Connor Leonard Bronze
Jan 2012 BJA Southcoast Open Area Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
Feb 2012 BJC Leicestershire Area Age Banded Open Josh Leonard Gold
Mar 2012 BJC Leicester Leys Open Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
Apr 2012 BJC Leicester & Northamptonshire Open Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
Apr 2012 BJA Dartford Open Challenge Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Silver
May 2012 BJC English National Championships Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
May 2012 BJA Midland Area Open Josh Leonard Silver
    Connor Leonard Bronze
May 2012 BJA Ipswich Open Josh Leonard 4th
    Connor Leonard Gold
June 2012 BJC Midland Open Championships Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
June 2012 BJA London International 2012 Josh Leonard 5th
    Connor Leonard Gold
June 2012 BJA Kent International 2012 Josh Leonard 5th
    Connor Leonard 7th
July 2012 BJA Class Masters Tunbridge Wells Josh Leonard Silver
    Connor Leonard Bronze
August 2012 BJA East of England Open Championships Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
Sept 2012 BJA Sussex Area Open Championships Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Silver
Nov 2012 BJA Sussex Masters Open Championships Josh Leonard Bronze
    Connor Leonard 7th
Nov 2012 BJA National Ranking Event Southern Area Josh Leonard Bronze
    Connor Leonard 7th
Dec 2012 BJA Class Masters Tunbridge Wells Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Silver
Jan 2013 Belgium International - Meeuwen-Gruitrode Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard 5th
Jan 2013 BJA Soutcoast Green Belt Championship Josh Leonard Bronze
    Connor Leonard Bronze
Feb 2013 BJA Midland Area Ranking Event (11yrs Min) Josh Leonard n/a
    Connor Leonard 6th
March 2013 BJA Kidderminster Area Open Championships Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
March 2013 BJA South of England Championships - K2 Josh Leonard 5th
    Connor Leonard Bronze
March 2013 BJA Area Championships Tunbridge Wells Josh Leonard Gold
    Connor Leonard Gold
April 2013 BJA Sussex County Open Squad Trials Josh Leonard Bronze
    Connor Leonard Gold
April 2013 Soeverein Judocup - Lommel (Belgium) Connor Leonard 6th
    Josh Leonard Silver
May 2013 Sussex Inter-Counties Tournament Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Bronze
May 2013 61 Judo - High Wycombe Open Championships Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Silver
May 2013 Keisen Inter-Club Team Tournament Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
June 2013 International Grand Prix Bois du Cazier - Marcinelle (Belgium) Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
June 2013 Sandokan Championships, Eindhoven (Holland) Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Bronze
June 2013 The BJA Kent International 2013 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Gold
July 2013 The BJA London International 2013 (3 Star Ranking Event) Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard 5th
July 2013 BJA Class Masters Tunbridge Wells Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
July 2013 BJA West of England Championships (3 Star Ranking Event) Connor Leonard 5th
    Josh Leonard 5th
August 2013 BJA East of England Championships Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Silver
October 2013 BJA Heart of England National Championships Connor Leonard 7th
    Josh Leonard n/a
October 2013 BJA Kidderminster Orange and Under Open Championships Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Nov 2013 East Midlands Cadet Open 2013 - Nottingham Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Dec 2013 BJA British National Championships 2013 - Sheffield Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Jan 2014 Belgium International - Meeuwen-Gruitrode Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Feb 2014 BJA Midland Area Open Championships 2014 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Feb 2014 BJA Northern Home Counties Open Championships 2014 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Feb 2014 BJA North West Open Championships - Liverpool Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
March 2014 BJA Kidderminster Orange & Yellow Belt Championships Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
March 2014 BJA Southern Area Open Champioships 2014 Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
April 2014 BJA Northern Home Counties Orange & Under Open Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
April 2014 BJA Metro & Crayford Open Championships Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
April 2014 BJA London International 2014 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
April 2014 Sportif Scottish International Championships 2014 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
May 2014 BJC National open Championships 2014 Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Bronze
May 2014 Belgium International Open Judo Tournament 2014 Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Gold
June 2014 BJA Kent International 2014 Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Gold
August 2014 BJA West of England Open Championships Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
August 2014 Micklefield Judo Club Orange & Under - High Wycombe Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
August 2014 BJA East of England Open Championships Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Gold
Sept 2014 BJA Heart of England National Championships Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
Sept 2014 Dartford Judo Club Orange & Under - Dartford Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Sept 2014 Sussex County Yellow & Under Open Championships Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Oct 2014 BJA A-Band British National Championships 10/11yr Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Oct 2014 Team GBR - Flanders International - Belgium Connor Leonard 7th
    Josh Leonard n/a
Nov 2014 Southern Area Pre-Cadet / Cadet Championships (Ranking) Connor Leonard  
    Josh Leonard n/a
Dec 2014 British National Championships Cadet Ranking Connor Leonard 8th
    Josh Leonard n/a
Jan 2015 British Schools Qualifiying Open Northern Home Counties Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Jan 2015 BJA Midlands Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard 5th
    Josh Leonard Bronze
Feb 2015 Northern Home Counties Orange and Under Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Feb 2015 BJA North West Area Ranking Event - Liverpool Connor Leonard 5th
    Josh Leonard n/a
Mar 2015 BSJ British Schools Judo Open Championships - Sheffield Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Bronze
Mar 2015 BJA Southern Area Open Championships - K2 Crawley Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Gold
Apr 2015 Sportif Scottish International Championships 2015 Connor Leonard 5th
    Josh Leonard n/a
Apr 2015 Metro & Crayford Open Championships Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Apr 2015 Northern Ireland National Championships Ranking Event Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
May 2015 Judo Club 61 Open - High Wycombe Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
May 2015 BJA London International - Ranking Event Connor Leonard 9th
    Josh Leonard Gold
June 2015 Northern Home Counties Ranking Event Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard n/a
June 2015 BJA Kent International 2015 Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard 7th
July 2015 BJA The Don Werner Memorial Trophy Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Bronze
July 2015 BJA Western Area Open Ranking Event Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Connor
Sept 2015 BJA Heart of England Open Championships Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
Sept 2015 Yorkshire & Humberside Northern Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard n/a
Sept 2015 The Great North of England Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard n/a
Oct 2015 We Will Remember Them - Help The Heroes Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Gold
Nov 2015 Welsh National Open Championships Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
Dec 2015 Antwerp Ippon Trophie International Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Dec 2015 British Championships for Pre-Cadet and Cadet Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard 5th
Jan 2016 British Schools Judo Southern Area Qualifiers Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Jan 2016 Kent Kyu Grade Senior Cup Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard n/a
Jan 2016 Southern Area Green 12-15yrs Open Championships Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Jan 2016 BJA Midlands Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard 5th
Feb 2016 BJA North West Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard 7th
March 2016 BJA Southern Area Ranking Event Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Bronze
March 2016 Sportif Scottish International Ranking Championships Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Silver
April 2016 BSJ British Schools Judo Open Championships - Sheffield Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
April 2016 Northern Ireland National Championships Ranking Event Connor Leonard Gold &
      Bronze
    Josh Leonard n/a
April 2016 BJA Kent Area Teams Event Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
April 2016 BJA Northern Home Counties Ranking Event Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Silver
May 2016 BJA Southern Area Inter Counties - Team Kent Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
May 2016 BJA London Open National Championships Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Bronze
June 2016 British Team National Championships Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Bronze
July 2016 Western Area Open Ranking Event Connor Leonard Gold
    Josh Leonard Gold
Aug 2016 Eastern Area Open Ranking Event Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Gold
Sept 2016 UK School Games Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard n/a
Sept 2016 Heart of England Open Championships Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Silver
Oct 2016 Dutch Open Drentse Judokampioenschappen Connor Leonard 7th
    Josh Leonard 5th
Oct 2016 Dutch International Open Alkmaars Judo Tournament Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Bronze
Oct 2016 Welsh National Championships Ranking Event Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard n/a
Dec 2016 British National Championships Ranking Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
Jan 2017 Dutch National Championships - Eindhoven Connor Leonard n/a
    Josh Leonard Silver
Jan 2017 BJA Midland Area Ranking Event - Wolverhampton Connor Leonard Bronze
  Juniors - U21yrs of Age Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
Feb 2017 European: Fallonica Cup Italian Championships Connor Leonard dnf
    Josh Leonard n/a
Feb 2017 English National Championships - Thetford Connor Leonard Bronze
    Josh Leonard Gold
Feb 2017 BJA North West Area Ranking Event - Blackburn Connor Leonard Silver
    Josh Leonard Gold
March 2017 European: German Cup Championships - Bremen Connor Leonard dnf
    Josh Leonard n/a
March 2017 European: Czech Cup Championships - Prague Connor Leonard  
    Josh Leonard n/a

Boys Profiles & Press Releases

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Career Opportunities

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Our policy is to avoid conflict at all times, be pro active and adopt a flexible approach to all works undertaken. Most of all to work in partnership with our clients and associated companies to reach our common Goal.

 

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Our continuous growth means we are always looking for ambitious new team members. We are always interested to hear from quality people looking for new opportunities.

If you are interested please send us your CV which will be kept on file for future opportunities for the attention of Martyn Stewart.

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