View Full Version : Judo club wins court fight for negligence

12/12/2005 3:34pm,
Here (http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/news/s/190/190815_judo_club_wins_court_fight.html)

A MAN who suffered a broken collarbone in his first judo class has lost a High Court bid to sue a sports club for negligence.

Shoe repairer Michael Hopkinks stood to get 120,000 damages if he had proved that Steve Pullen OBE and Andrew Taylor, trading as Ippon Judo Club, had breached a duty of care.

But after a civil trial at Preston Crown Court - where one of the witnesses for the club was Olympic silver medallist Neil Adams - the judge, Mr Justice Holland, found on the side of the judo club.

Mr Taylor also had coaching experience. The incident occurred while Mr Hopkinks and another person were engaged in their first hold, a basic move where the two participants were knelt on a mat facing each other.

Each would grasp the other in an attempt to overcome their opponent by swinging them over to the floor.

In the event, Mr Hopkinks' right collarbone was fractured. His case was that there had been a failure to provide a duty of care, by failing to take reasonable steps to keep him reasonably safe.


Pansy should have been laughed out of court for messing up the easiest drill. How hard did the other guy drop him :5exclaim:

Sun Wukong
12/12/2005 5:28pm,
Well, if he wasn't paying attention and then suddenly flailed around like a fish out of water when he lost his balance... anyway... goddamn whiner.

Wounded Ronin
12/12/2005 10:38pm,
(legal) IPPON!