South Coast Senior Grade


Louis Plevin has just missed out on his goal of achieving his 2nd Dan by the time he is 18, by one Ippon (10 point win).

The Split Grade Competition held at Worthing Leisure Centre was the last opportunity Louis had of scoring the 30 points he needed to complete the 100 required to reach 2nd Dan status before is 18 birthday in March.

He will now be taking a break from competitive judo prior to starting his A Level exams.

He won two of his four fights, all against UK 1st Dans, with 10 point scores but was unable to improve his tally when he lost to the eventual Gold and Silver medallists. Louis had the consolation of coming third in the group, thereby winning a Bronze medal.

However, the trip wasn’t completely wasted as Louis was given the opportunity to attempt the Theory Examination which is required before any promotion to any higher grade can by awarded.

Louis passed the test with flying colours, achieving a magnificent 415 points out of a total available of 440. The pass mark is set at 320 so this result is testament to the hard work and dedication Louis has shown to improving his judo knowledge over the past decade that he has been involved in the sport.

The forthcoming challenge for Louis will be to pass his UKCC Level 2 Coach Award in April/May this year.  

The next opportunity Louis will have to gain the final 10 points will be when he will have finished his A Levels at the end of June. Louis hopes to visit the Budokwai judo club in London to complete the 100 point tally.