Last weekend Micklefield Judo Club took three players to the British Minors Championships in Cardiff. 

It is the biggest competition of the year for 10 and 11 year olds. After five consecutive wins and an exciting, closely matched final, which Jesse Chraniuk won in the last 10 seconds of the contest, he became British Minors Champion 2017 in the under 30kg weight category. 

This was a fantastic result for Jesse and for Micklefield Judo Club as it was their first ever gold medal at the event. Levi Peters also fought and gained a very respectable silver medal in the under 46kg weight category.

On Sunday October 1, it was the turn of the Masters players (age 30+) at the same venue in Cardiff. 

Three MJC fighters came away as British Masters champions. Antony Ashton (M1 -66kg), Sam Chraniuk (F2 -63kg) and Paul Horseman (M6 -73kg) all dominated their groups and showed there is still life in the oldies.

After two consecutive wins in the World Veteran Judo Championships, Chraniuk made it to the semi-final where she faced French Ludivine Javelle, who she defeated earlier in the year at the European Veteran Championships. Unfortunately this time Javelle was triumphant, which meant Chraniuk settled for bronze.