I started judo aged 35, following in my son and daughter's footsteps. Initially I thought I was too old but my coach, Brian Waite, encouraged me on. I just wanted to experience what my children were doing and maybe get a little fitter but after a year I started to grade and then it started to snowball. In 2003 I gained my black belt, my coaching badge soon followed and in 2004 I competed in the World Masters Championships in Vienna. No medal that time but a Silver at the European Masters Championships in 2005 and another Silver at the Commonwealth Masters in 2006 added to the Golds, Silvers and a couple of Bronzes that I have won annually at the British Masters Championships over the last decade. Judo has massively improved my fitness and strength. It has brought a whole new group of friends throughout the country and taken me all over the UK and parts of Europe to watch and compete. My son is now a GB player competing internationally on a regular basis and I can follow him via the European Judo Union's Judo TV service with live results updates and ranking lists, not to mention their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Judo has not exactly taken over my life but it has claimed a significant part - little did I know it when I first stepped into KPJC's dojo.
3rd Dan Level 2 Coach British Masters National
Championionship: 2011 Gold 2010 Gold 2009 Silver 2008 5th
2007 Bronze 2006 Gold 2005 Silver 2004 Silver 2003 Gold
2002 5th European Masters Championship: 2005
Silver Commonwealth Masters Cha...
by Ian Rowe