Team GB judo Cadets train at Fight for Peace

03/06/2017 – Fight for Peace was this week delighted to welcome four rising judo stars to train at its London Academy. The 16 year olds, who all represent England and Team GB at Cadet level were in town ahead of their upcoming appearances at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Jamie Spencer-Pickup, Lachlan Moorhead, Matthew Boyce and Jake Popplewell trained in the Academy’s dojo on Wednesday, under the guidance of Fight for Peace and England Judo Coach, Darren Hawney. This was followed by a strength and conditioning session held in the main gym led by Fight for Peace coach Guy-Marcel Bahintche. Later, on Thursday evening, the four visitors joined Fight for Peace’s own judo players in a mixed session where the home judokas were able to pit their skills against some of the sport’s future big names.

Coach Darren Hawney was quick to point out the mutual benefits of this training arrangement. “It has been great to have these young judo players here at the Academy this week, not only have they benefitted from the facilities and the excellent strength and conditioning coaching, but Fight for Peace’s own young athletes have had the chance to come up against different and high quality opponents and gauge their progress and skill sets.”

“Judo is still a relatively new sport at the Fight for Peace London Academy but this latest experience has proven once again that we have some excellent talent here and it is very pleasing to see their progress. I am looking forward to further opportunities for these guys to train together and learn from one another”, added Darren.

As Jamie, Lachlan, Matthew and Jake continue their training, Fight for Peace wishes them well for the European Championships at the end of June.