Alan started Judo at the age of 17, and in 1972 took over the running of what became Croydon Judo Club. He gained County Coach status in 1974 and has, over the years, taken on many roles to the benefit of grassroots Judo. Alan qualified as a National Referee in 1974, in 1982 passed the IJF 'B' grade referring exam and in 1990 travelled to Tokyo and became an IJF 'A' grade referee - the highest award available.
Danny Harper started judo at evening classes in 1967, and joined Croydon Judo Club the year after. A 5th Dan (including 4 competitive Dan grades), Danny brings an enormous wealth of experience to the mats; two times Southern area Gold medallist and squad player for 6yrs. The very first player to be presented with the Cliff Baker-Brown award for services to judo in the Southern area, British trials Bronze medallist and National squad Surrey squads player.
Ashley started judo at the age of 11 and after a short break has returned to the club to coach and compete at international level. Winning a Commonwealth Masters Judo Championship Gold medal in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in April 2016 was the highpoint of his competitive carrier to date. His impressive haul of 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in 2016 speaks volumes about his love for the sport.
Sid has recently agreed to take over the coaching of this session. Sid is a coach and referee with a tremendous amount of experience, and no stranger to junior judoka training on Tuesdays and Thursday. Over the coming weeks I hope to extract more information from this modest and unassuming sensei!
Geoff has been practising and coaching Judo for longer than he would like to admit, and is a long standing member of the club. He works with juniors and seniors and, in addition to being highly experienced and qualified, is welcoming and encouraging.
(If you are an adult considering taking up Judo for the first time, it is particularly encouraging to note the Sensei Geoff did not take up the sport until he was in his mid-30s!)
James has been training at Croydon Judo Club since he was 13 gaining promotion to black belt when he was just 17. Now he coaches the beginners’ adult class and assists in other classes.
“ I still compete in competitions all over the country and for anyone wanting to start judo, all I can say is you’re never too old to try something new. See you on the tatami (mat)”.
During the year that Pink Floyd launched their debut album and Concorde was unveiled (1967), Rob 'Rhino' Murly first stepped on the judo mats! He gained his 1st Dan in 1995 and in the last few years has qualified as a BJA Coach. Rob is also a National Assessor for Personal Safety Advisors, a member of the Institute of Personal Safety, was a BJA Personal Safety Trainer and is a qualified First Aider.