Club Scrapbook


The dojo


2006 to present

1996 to 2005

1986 to 1995

Over the years many articles and photographs have been published in the press about the club, or about events the club and its members have been involved in. Many of these appear here with the kind permission of the editors of the News & Star and The Cumberland News.

Ray in the 1960s

Ray Newlands throwing Steve Rogerson at the Currock Villa Boys’ Club.
Ray started judo in the early 1960s in the Eden Youth club, which was a wooden building which stood where the Civic Centre stands today.

"possibly the most brilliant judoka of his generation"

Pictured are Ray Newlands, Kisaburo Watanabe, and John Barton.
Kisaburo Watanabe, who the club is named after, visited Kendal Judo Club in September 1987.
It was not the first time Ray had met Watanabe Sensei though; they first crossed paths at a judo championship at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, in 1963.

Vice-president's kata course

Derek Gove (tori) and John Barton (uke) during a kata course held at Down A Gate community centre in July 2001.
Instruction was provided by the British Judo Council's vice-president Mr Mealing, who became a regular visitor to Cumbria over the next decade.

The last grandmaster

Pictured are Derek Gove, William Rankin, and John Barton in September 2005.
Professor William Rankin, 10th dan, passed on his vast jujutsu experience at a seminar near Kendal. Other members of Watanabe Kai who attended included Martin, Chris and Ian Little.
The event was held as a personal favour to John Barton, who was a close friend of Professor Rankin.
Prof Rankin took up jujitsu at the age of 14 in 1928 and was taught by Yukio Tani, Sadakazu Uyenishi and Gunji Koizumi, who are credited with bringing Japanese martial arts to the UK at the start of the 19th century.
In the Thirties, Prof Rankin made fortnightly trips from Lancaster to London by steam train topractise at the Budokai. He passed away in 2006.

Kata practise

Martin Little (Tori) and Derek Gove (uke) during kata practise while the club was based at Laversdale village hall, in 2005.