Meet The Coaches at Bradford University Judo Club

Senior Coach - John Barton

John Barton (2nd Dan) took up judo at 8 years of age.

John began Judo in his birth town of Ashford in Kent, but as he grow in both years, knowledge and experience he was able to practice at many Judo clubs throughout Kent and the south east  of England with the supported by his loving parents and family. By the age of 16 he was a regualar member of the Southern Area Judo squad team.

He gained the converted grade of Black Belt / 1st Dan grade when he was just 18 years old. Now after a sabbatical of over 20 years has recently gained his 2nd Dan Black Belt in November 2012.

On his return to Judo, John has competed in many local and national competitions, becoming a member of the British National Masters Judo Squad for 2012 &  2013. Most recently he has become a British Judo Association National referee after extensive training.

Coaching Qualification:Qualification:
        UKCC Level 2 Judo Coach
        National BJA 'C' referee
        Emergency First Aid & First Aid at Work
        O2 & Defib Training and trainer
        Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certified
        Mentoring and Teaching Disabled Children and Young Adults
        Enhanced DBS check via the British Judo Association

Regular Guest Coach - Sam Smith

Sam Smith began Judo at the age of 10 years old at his local club Bu-sen, a traditional Martial Arts club in London.

After medalling in competitions such as IBC nationals and London youth games, he regularly started visiting other clubs. One of which included the Budokwai, probably the most famous club in England, if not the world after the Kodakan.

After spending a year training under 9th Dan Tony Sweeney (BTW, only up to 5 Dan is competitive so this is a honour amounts men), Sam moved to Leeds to attend University. Here he became President of the Leeds University Judo Club.

Coaching Qualification:
        UKCC Level 1 Judo Coach
        Emergency First Aid
        Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certified
        DBS checked via the British Judo Association

Regular Guest Coach - Nigel Clynes

Nigel Clynes (3rd Dan) started doing judo when he was 12.

Nigel has been North of England Open Champion for three years running and Yorkshire & Humberside Champion "five or six times."

On his retired from competition Judo for a while, Nigel concentrate on coaching at a number of Judo clubs throughout West Yorkshire including Knottingley, Barnsley and Leeds University.

On his return to competitive Judo he successfully got straight back into the British National Squad, three year running by winning Bronze, Silver and then Gold respectively at the national masters championships.

Coaching Qualification:
        UKCC Level 2 Judo Coach
        Emergency First Aid
        Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certified
        CRB checked via the British Judo Association

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