Saturday, 24 June 2017

4th Presidents Cup

4th Presidents Cup for Sambo
September 30th 2017
University of East London
Docklands Campus
University Way
London E16 2RD

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Young Judo Club Kokusai Karate Warriors Newsletter


Incorporating Kokusai Karate Club, Warriors Grappling Academy

Dear Members
I have tried something really old fashioned, I have produced a newsletter on paper and of course I have published it on Facebook and my Blog. So why have I done this?  Simple, the fact is that not everyone uses social media and often those who do, do not view everything.

The Young Judo Club was formed in 1957 by John(Nobby)Clarke 6th Dan 1927-1990 and Margret Clarke 4th Dan 1926-2004. The full story can be seen here:
I, Martin Clarke 8th Dan, took over the reigns of the club in 1971 and am still President, but my son John is now the Senior Coach at the club. Over the years we have had several Dojos, 3 in Milton Regis, 9 in Sittingbourne and now our second permanent Dojo here at Swale Martial Arts Club. Our first was at Benchley House for well over 10 years. In 1978 Margret Clarke purchased the Methodist Church, which was to become our home. In 2007 we celebrated our 50th Birthday, again details can be found at:
At our peak the Young Judo Club had satellite clubs in Bexley, Faversham, Ashford, Sheerness, Edenbridge, Tonbridge, Herne Bay, Tenterden, Selling, Teynham, Bredgar and Rodmersham and between us we had thousands of members, yes thousands. Those halcyon days have passed and we now have the YJC Sittingbourne and YJC Bexley in 2017. Judo in the 1970’s was very popular but with more and more Martial Arts appearing, those who wanted a Martial Art had a much more varied choice. The YJC has been a very successful club, training thousands over the years, many of those becoming black belts, Area, National and International Champions. I was a reserve for the 1980 Olympics, BJA British Trials winner, BJA All England Champion and World Masters Judo Champion. None of this would have happened to me if it were not for the Young Judo Club and the support it gave myself and many others.
Over the years YJC Sittingbourne has had many Coaches all products of the club. Now we have John Clarke 6th Dan Senior Coach, Keith Costa 4th Dan who has been with us for 25 years, Drew Cullen 2nd Dan who was a very successful junior player. His return as a master has been exceptional. Also we are continuing with the process of training coaches in house with Hayley White (nee Costa) Keith’s daughter, and Lewis and Connie Clarke 4th generation Clarkes. The club is always looking for more judoka who want to coach.
The YJC is becoming extremely cosmopolitan, as over the last few years the influx of Eastern Europeans who wish to settle in the UK, have been joining their children and on occasions have joined themselves. These people have been welcomed in the YJC and have increased our membership.
2017 is our 60th year so we would like to celebrate this by winning lots of medals. John will be organising several competitions at the club and there will be a trip to a tournament in Belgium during May. I hope you will continue to support one of the oldest judo clubs in the UK.

One point to all parents, we do realise that you are enthusiastic about your offspring’s advancement BUT shouting from the side-line whether it is for encouragement or advice is a hindrance, distraction and at worst a health and safety issue. The children need to concentrate on the coaches’ instruction not just for tuition but also to keep them safe from injury. When they enter a competition by all means shout encouragement BUT NOT when they are training.

Kokusai Karate Club:
The Cinderella of the Swale Martial Arts Club is the Karate. Kokusai was started in 1962, in those days it was known as Sittingbourne Karate. For those who understand Karate they will know there is many styles. Our first style was Shotokia followed by All Style and finalising with Shotokan. Resident Karate Instructor Paul Sargent has been coaching the club for over 25 years. He has also studied Judo and Jiu Jitsu and graded in both. He runs a small class on a Saturday morning and still has the enthusiasm of his youth, a valuable asset to SMAC

Warriors Grappling Academy
In the 1970’s I tried other grappling sports like Sambo and Free Style Wrestling. This led to several of our Judoka having a go at this different discipline. We then formed a Club called the Warriors Grappling Academy. Since then our Academy has tried and been successful in many Grappling Sports, such as Sambo, Kurash, MMA, CombatSombo Wrestling, Free Style Wrestling, Combat Sambo, Pankration, Belt Wrestling, Lucha Canaria. Our main style has been Sport Sambo where we are the most successful Club in the country. WGA  Sambo players have won World, European and National medals since 1975, and its present coach is John Clarke Master of Sambo.

The club is in the process of revamping our web sites but you can go to:

More information:

Friday, 9 September 2016

Come and Try Sambo

Judoka, Kurash Players, MMA Player, BJJ Players




Saturday 3rd December.
3pm start

BSF Centre of Excellence
127 East Street
ME10 4BL

Men Women Children
All players will be matched

Send Entry with weight, age and money by November 26th
Name Address Email Mobile No
To: John Clarke

Here is a chance for players from all different styles of Grappling, we are allowing you to wear Black, Red, Blue or White shorts, Judo, Kurash, BJJ Jacket and you do not need to wear Sambo Shoes. This is an ideal way for you to try Sport Sambo

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

IBF SE England Judo Championships

Spitfire Judo / Sambo Club
South East Of England
IBF Judo Championships
September 18th. 2016
All entries, junior & seniors, matched on the day.
Junior weigh-in 9.30am
Senior weigh-in 12.30pm
NAME ..............................................................................
AGE ............................ DoB. ...........................
M/F ............
WEIGHT ........................... GRADE ............................
CLUB ...............................................................................
E-Mail Address ........................................................................
Telephone ...........................................
Cheques Payable to Spitfire Judo Club
Send Entries to:
Colin Carrott
71 Downs Road
Kent CT19 5PW
Entries Required by 11th. September 2016 please
It is essential that all entries are accompanied by a telephone number
Attachments area

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Kids Sambo Adult CombatSombo

Junior Sport Sambo
Adult CombatSombo

Swale Martial Arts Club 127 East Street Sittingbourne ME10 4BL

Starts Sunday February 7th 2016

Junior Sports Sambo 5pm

Adult CombatSombo 6.30pm

George Loscombe a Black belt in Judo, Sambo, CombatSombo and Jiu Jitsu will be stating these classes on a Sunday on the hope of attracting people to the Sport.  Sunday seems an unusual time but many people have said that this time on a Sunday is a dead period for most families with many needing something for their children to do

Sport Sambo is a Jacket Wrestling Sport very similar to Judo/Kurash and was developed in Russia in the 1920’s. It now has a 100 countries affiliated to the International Body FIAS and is a strong contender for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Sittingbourne has led the way in the development of the Sport

CombatSombo is a Grappling Self Defence system developed in the 1980’s by its Founder Martin Clarke. It takes various parts of Judo, Sambo and Jiu Jitsu to create a system which relies on Control and believes in the Philosophy that its is more than just a sport or Martial Art, it is a means of Physical and Cultural Attainment

For those interested they can contact George at or more information can be found at

Monday, 28 December 2015

Geof Gleeson

For those of you who have been involved with Judo for any length of time will know of the late great Geof Gleeson he was a frequent guest lecturer for the International Budo Federation UK at The Young Judo Club Sittingbourne in the early 1980's