Our Coaches Bios
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.
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, to go with a Silver and two Bronze. He continues to compete in international competitions which speak volumes about his love for the sport.
Whilst Ashley competes at a high level, he encourages all players to maximize their potential, to learn and to enjoy each class.
Richard started Judo at 5 years of age, and gained his 1st Dan at 17. He was a member of the Royal Navy Judo Squad and continues to compete nationally and internationally.
Richard is a dedicated coach who strives to help judo players of all ages learn good technique, develop skill and gain overall fitness and stamina, whether they wish to engage in competition judo, or simply enjoy training at the club.
He is also an active competition referee (National)
James has been training at Croydon Judo Club since he was 13 gaining promotion to black belt when he was just 17. He has been coaching both the beginners’ adult class and assisted 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)”.
Etienne started Judo at the age of 4, and gained his 1st Dan at 16. He has trained in France, Morocco, Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA, Mexico and joined Croydon Judo Club when he moved to the UK in 2018. Etienne has competed regionally and nationally in France and continues to compete in the UK.
Etienne likes to bring fun to every session; helping judo players of all ages and all levels to develop their fitness, technique, skill and strategy in order to make judo practice enjoyable for all and effective for competitors.