All players are welcome on the mats on Tuesday, whether you are an experienced player, or are wanting to try judo for the first time. Sid focuses on developing a good rounded technique and knowledge (including competition rules and the etiquette) and all should find this session an encouraging environment in which to improve their judo.
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. In 2000 he was one of only 17 in the world to referee the Paralympic Judo at the Sydney Olympic Games, and has officiated at 3 full Commonwealth Games Judo events.
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!