The Olympic Games: London 2012

London 2012 saw Winston Gordon compete in his third Olympic Games score one of the most emphatic ippons of the day, when he threw Alexandre Edmond from Canada with his specialist spinning harai goshi.

His next opponent was twice World Silver medalist Kirill Denisov of Russia, who he lost to by a yuko in a hard fought contest which proved to be a tremendous finale for a very distinguished and highly respected British Olympian.

During the course of the Olympics, the president of the European Judo Union Sergey Soloveychik attended training sessions at the Budokwai, where he made a short speech acknowledging and celebrating our unique and distinguished judo heritage. He had previously attended our 90th Anniversary celebrations but had longed to experience our club ethos.

During the Olympics there were many opportunities for Budokwai members, former and current to meet up and reflect on their judo experiences.

The photo below is of the Right Honourable William Hague MP First Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, George Kerr CBE and Peter Blewett the then Chief Instructor and now Chairman.

Peter was delighted to be present and celebrate Gemma Gibbons' outstanding performance in winning a silver medal.

Budokwai instructor Nadia Minardi was an Olympic Torchbearer and went on to become a Games Maker with Simone Callender, who used to teach at the Budokwai before moving to Scotland.