There were gold medals both at home and in Europe for members of Kendal Judo Club – and silver for a third Cumbrian player.

Brandon Stewart travelled to Emmen in Holland for the first of two competitions over one weekend, easily beating all of his opponents – all from Norway – in his Under-60 kilo weight group with a variety of techniques leading up to an Ippon throw in the final for the coveted gold medal.

Then an early morning start for the drive from Emmen to Alkmaar had Stewart drawn against another Norwegian, Daniel Nomedal, who he beat with an armlock.

Marco de Bruijn from Holland was next to be thrown by Stewart with an inner thigh throw known as Uchi Mata to put put him into his second final of the weekend against Raphael Erne from Switzerland. But this one did not go to plan as he lost to a sweeping ankle throw for the full point.

Edward Burnie fought in the Under 18 category and started well against Kristian Rabben from the Netherlands, with a throw into a hold down. And in the follow up contest against Kieran McCann, two full point scores put him into the final against Hannes Berg from Sweden. A strong attack had the Kendal Judo Club player defending hard and he never recovered, but it was a great silver medal.

At Thetford in Norfolk, Kendal's Danny Harper was fighting in Over-100kilos category in the British Masters tournament and started well with a strangle submission on a player from Lincoln, followed up by a hold on a Nottingham player to gop through to the semi-final against Sean Dineen from Pinewood.

A hold down for the required 20 seconds gave him the full point needed for a place in the final against Mark Adams, from Devon, where an ankle sweep landed the Devon player on his back for the Ippon which ended the contest and gave Danny gold.