"The Sunday class is geared for the more mature player with exercises to suit, and is therefore not ideal for beginners or those wanting a hard uninterrupted randori session. There is an emphasis on enjoyment and sharing judo skills - bearing in mind that we all have to go to work on Mondays! Our favourite two words are 'Control' and 'Care' which means the session is also suitable for players returning from injuries or time-out. We are particularly keen to boost the number of female players who train with us".
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. Rob is a great encourager whose enthusiasm for continually learning and developing judo technique rubs off on those around him.
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. In addition, he has twice taken Gold in the Southern Area Masters (and once bronze), won Gold in the High Wycombe Masters and Bronze in the Samurai Masters.
Danny gained his coaching award in 1972, has coached the Surrey squad men and boys, is a personal safety advisor and assessor and is a judo instructor for young players with special needs and behavioural problems.
Lesley Woods (2nd Dan Comp; middle of photo) - a National squad player and medallist in the British trials, Southern area squad player and medallist in Southern area events and Surrey squad player - has been involved in judo for at least 25yrs and is still a formidable player (famous for her strangles; ask any of the men!).
Paul Petty he is another Dan grade Sunday player who was a national squad player, Southern area champion and Surrey squad player. Paul - also known to our club members as 'Touchy' because of his past competitive spirit - started at CJC some 30 years ago as a junior and is still formidable on the mat. Once again he is an asset to the Sunday session with an intelligent and classical approach to judo.
Rebecca Harper (competitive 2nd Dan) is a qualified coach who assists with Sunday classes. She began judo in 1994, has been a National and Southern Area Squad player, Surrey squad player and coach and National Masters squad player. Despite her tremendous experience, Rebecca is very modest! She is also a Personal Safety Advisor.
Steve Smith (2nd Dan Comp; right of photo) has been at Croydon for at least 30 years and was always around the top 8 players in the UK. He was also a regular squad member in the Southern area and Surrey squads. Steve’s judo is a joy to watch as he is so supple and flowing on the mat; a great contributor to the Sunday sessions and great ambassador for Judo!