Judokas return to competition at the Army Championships

The first Army Judo Championships since 2019, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has taken place in Aldershot.

Army competitors have returned to the judo mat for the Army Championships in Aldershot.

It was the first Army championships since 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those returning to action was former Great Britain international Captain Alex Paske.

He missed out on a spot at the Tokyo Olympics and retired from international contests.

He's now focusing on the Army competition and is hoping other sports such as boxing and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu (BJJ) will feature an overlap of participation with judo.

He said: "I'm a big fan of cross-training.

"I've been doing BJJ more recently and it's a new world. I see it very much as a mutual relationship and that it shouldn't be exclusive to one or the other.

"I think BJJ, any of the martial arts and boxing as well – it teaches you that robust mindset that you need to be a soldier."