Young Greenwich Stories: Meet Aceyla, Judo Champion.

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8th November 2018 11:59am

Photograph above taken at the European cup with Aceyla winning first place.

Young Judoka, Aceyla, aged 20, is paving her way in the martial arts industry with the support of one of Young Greenwich’s partners, Metro Judo club. Passionate about sport and experienced in various competitions, here’s what she had to say about her journey so far.

When did you start attending Metro Judo club?

I started attending Metro Judo club when I was 4 years old, as my older brother and sister did Judo before me.

Why did you start? 

Sport is always something I’ve enjoyed. I started swimming, judo, dance, running, and football at a young age and Judo was the one the I fell in love with and since then, I have always wanted to be an athlete. 

How often do you train?

Currently I am at the National training centre where I train 2-3 times a day 5 times a week.

What do you enjoy most about attending Metro Judo club?

Metro Judo has been the club I have grown up with, they have supported me, and it was the place where I have always felt at home. Throughout the years, I have been able to enjoy the sport I love.

Tell us more about your competition at the Hungarian European cup. Were you nervous?

Earlier this year I fought at the European cup in Hungary. This was a tournament I had won before so going into it again made it even more nerve racking as I felt like I had to match my performance. Getting another gold cup there was amazing!

How many competitions have you won?

I think now I have 4 European cup gold medals now. 

Aceyla on the far left

Tell us about your trip to Tokyo and your training camp? 

In February I went to Japan for two weeks with the senior GB team, I was one of 6 players that were taken. Whilst out in Tokyo we were able to train at a couple of the companies and universities out there, as well as training at the Japanese national centre for a week which was an amazing experience. This introduced me to a new level of judo and training. 

Are there any Judo athletes that you are inspired by? 

One of the main athletes I am inspired by is Gemma Gibbons as she is also from Metro Judo club and went on to win some amazing medals including, the Silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

How has Metro Judo helped you?

Metro is more than just a judo club for me, it’s become a family. The coaches don’t just care about my judo progression, they also push me in my education as well as my sport. They have always been there to support me, even when I train away. 

What advice would you give other young people who would like to try Judo as a sport?

I would say for other young people wanting to try judo that it is a sport you will fall in love with. It can also take you around the world and give you so many amazing opportunities.

Metro Judo club have weekly sessions on Mondays at Thomas Tallis and Eltham Church of England primary school and Wednesdays at Thomas Tallis. Book your free sessions today!

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