Neil Adams,World Champion

European Champion (5x)

Top Coach of British Judo


United Kingdom


For Reading




In March, over a year before Tani's arrival, Barton-Wright had an article published in Pearson's Magazine under the title "The New Art of Self Defence". Barton-Wright had studied jujutsu while living in Japan, and his "New Art," which he immodestly called "Bartitsu," combined jujutsu with boxing and savate.

Ju jutsu




Briton Ernest J. Harrison (1883-1961), the third European to earn shodan ranking in Kodokan judo, publishes The Fighting Spirit of Japan.(London,Foulsham, 1912) This was the first English-language book to describe judo and other modern Japanese martial arts from an insider’s perspective.





Gunji Koizumi (1885-1965) opened a DOJO in London, England. It is called BUDOKWAI.. His first chief instructor was Yukio Tani (1881-1950). Koizumi Gunji   (1885-1965) establishes the Budokwai at 15 Lower Grosvenor Place in London. This was not Britain’s first judo club. That was probably Barton-Wright’s school. It was not even the first KODOKAN judo school. That was the Cambridge University Jujutsu Club, which was organized about 1906. However, it was the first British judo club open to the general public that continued to operate into the 21st century.

Gunji Koizumi (1885-1965)





Katherine White-Cooper becomes the first woman to join the London judo club called the Budokwai.




As a result of Kano’s visit, the BUDOKWAI of London adopted the principles of KODOKAN judo.


  The Budokwai 4 Gilston Road London SW10 9SL



KOIZUMI's vision for the growth of judo on an international basis began to materialize in 1948. On 24 July in Committee Room A at the Imperial College Union, Prime Consort Road, London, the British Judo Association has its first Management Committee Meeting at which the Association was formed.Four days later a meeting under the chairmanship of Trevor Leggett, the most senior non-Japanese player in the world, approved the constitution of a European Judo Union (EJU) to represent judo in the continent of Europe




Judomen from Britain, Italy, Holland, and Switzerland gathered to form the EUROPEAN JUDO UNION (EJU)., when EJU leaders met in London, two more countries joined the organization: Austria and Holland. Here, inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned.

In July the representatives of nine countries met in London, Soho to form the International Judo Federation (IJF).

1st post-war EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – London Albert Hall.




Charles PALMER  becomes Chairman of the British Judo Association. A post he held for the next 24 years.




1965 April

Gunji KOIZUMI – The father of British Judo passes away. First British Open Championships for men were held at Crystal Palace sports centre in London.



Competitive judo for women was officially recognized.



Brian Jacks (1946- ) /-80 kg/ won Britain's first medal at a world championship, taking a bronze in Salt Lake City in 1967.



1st British Open for women was held at Crystal Palace in London.



Brian Jacks was awarded the bronze /in -80 kg/ medal, Angelo Parisi /in Open/ also bronze and David Starbrook /in -93 kg/ silver.



Charles Palmer (1930-2001) non-Kodokan 10 dan, became President of International Judo Federation (IJF).




British Medals 

Bronze Light-middleweights Neil ADAMS




British Medals

Gold    –48kg Jane Bridge

Bronze –52kg Bridgette McCarthy

Bronze –56kg Loretta Doyle

Bronze –66kg Dawn Netherwood

Bronze –72kg Avril Malley



Britain hosts the Womens EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPPIONSHIPS – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London

British Medals

Gold    –48kg Karen BRIGGS

Bronze –52kg Loretta Doyle

Bronze –56KG Ann Hughes

Gold    –61kg Diane BELL

Silver   +72kg Sandra Bradshaw



Women’s JUDO included as a demonstration sport in the Seoul Olympics

British Female Medals

Gold –52kg Sharon Rendle

Gold –61kg Diane BELL



BJA Head Office moves from Islington, London to Leicester



Womens JUDO included as a full sport in the Barcelona Olympics

British Female Medals

Bronze –52kg Sharon Rendle

Silver   –56kg Nicola Fairbrother

Bronze –66kg Kate Howey



May Britain hosts the EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS – NIA, Birmingham

British Medals

Bronze  –48kg Joyce Heron

Bronze  –52kg Sharon Rendle

Gold      -56kg Nicola Fairbrother

Silver    –61kg Diane BELL

Bronze  –66kg Rowena Sweatman

Bronze  –72kg Kate Howey

Gold     –60kg Nigel Donohue


Charles PALMER receives his 10 DAN – The first non-Japanese person to receive the award. It is by IJF not by Kodokan.





Britain hosts the WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS - NIA, Birmingham

British Medals

Bronze –63kg Karen Roberts

Bronze– 70kg Kate Howey

Bronze +78kg Karina Bryant

Gold    –81kg Graeme Randall



2001 Aug 17

Charles PALMER OBE BJA Life President passes away.



2003 November

BJA moves to its new offices in Loughborough



Britain hosts the European Mens Team Championships finals at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre.


2004 August

Kate Howey MBE chosen to carry Great Britains flag at the Opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics.  Kate is the first judo player to receive this honour.



Pioneers of British Judo





ABE KENSHIRO (1915-1985)



Japanese JUDO champion and pioneer. A 5th DAN in JUDO by 16, Abe also studied aikido, kendo and jukendo. He taught at the JUDO College within the Butokukai in Kyoto in the late 1930s and by 1945 was a 7th DAN. He became chief instructor at Doshisa University as well as instructor to the kyoto Police Department.

Abe went to England in 1955 at the invitation of the London JUDO society and opened his own club one year later. A leader of the British JUDO Council he became a highly sought after instructor; however, because he believed that competition victory was not the ultimate goal of JUDO, he encountered opposition at a time when JUDO was gaining popularity as a sport. In 1970, he sufferd serious injuries in an automobile accidnet from which he had not fully recovered four year later when he returned to Japan.





British JUDO instructor and coach of British National JUDO Team. He was the first non-Oriental to became a special research student at the KODOKAN, studying there from 1952 to 1955. In 1955, he was appointing chief instructor of the BUDOKWAI, and two years later, captained a British team that won the European JUDO Championships. He is the author of JUDO for the West, The Anatomy of JUDO, and Better JUDO.


For Reading


  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " All about judo (EP sport series) ", Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, EP Publishing, 1975, 143p, 24 cm, 3007, ISBN 0951845527 ISBN 0715805908 (pbk).
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Anatomy of judo : Analysis of judo skills in dynamic situations ", London, United Kingdom, Kaye & Ward, 1969, 176p, 23 cm, 3048, ISBN 0718207890.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Anatomy of judo : Analysis of judo skills in dynamic situations ", New York, United States, A. S. Barnes, 1969, 176p, JBN, ISBN13 9780498074950.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Better Judo : The key to improved performance ", London, United Kingdom, Kaye & Ward, 1972 1977, 96p, 23 cm, LoC, ISBN 0718204859.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " How to play judo ", London, United Kingdom, Kaye & Ward, 1970, 94p, 19 cm, 3043, ISBN 0718209028.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo ", London, United Kingdom, A&C Black, 1988 1990, 96p, 23 cm, JBN, ISBN 0713655895.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo (know the game) ", London, United Kingdom, A&C Black, 1990[2], 32p, 13 cm, KS, ISBN 0713656964.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo (know the game) ", London, United Kingdom, A&C Black, 1995[3], 48p, 21 cm, BLC, ISBN 0713638206.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo (know the game) ", London, United Kingdom, A&C Black, 2004[4], 48p, 21 cm, BLC, ISBN 0713666838.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo for the west ", London, United Kingdom, Kaye & Ward, 1967, 207p, 23 cm, 3004.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo games ", London, United Kingdom, A&C Black, 1989, 72p, 31 cm, KS, ISBN 071365709X.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " Judo inside out : a cultural reconciliation ", Wakefield, United Kingdom, Lepus Book, 1983, 155p, 25 cm, LoC, ISBN 0860191001 (cased) ISBN 0860191087 (pbk).
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " The Budokwai basic training manual ", London, United Kingdom, The Budokwai, 1957, 20p, 3273.
  • Gleeson, Geoffrey Robert (1927 - 1994), " The complete book of Judo ", Toronto, Canada, Coles Publishing, 1976, 143p, 20 cm, BJ.





British journalist, author, diplomat, linguist, and martial artist. In 1919, Harrison joined London’s BUDOKWAI, England’s JUDO mecca, and remained an active member until his death at age 88. He was the first Caucasian to become a 3rd-degree black belt in JUDO, during the mid-1900s. The first Westerner to write prolifically about the martial arts, Harrison wrote his classic, The Fighting Spirit of Japan, in 1912. The book examines the esoteric principles of the Japanese martial arts.




  • Peace or War East of Baikal? (1910). Yokohama: Kelly & Walsh.
  • The Fighting Spirit of Japan and Other Studies. (1912). New York: C. Scribner's Sons; London: T. Fisher Unwin; Yokohama (1913): Kelly & Walsh.
  • Lithuania Past and Present. (1922). London: T. Fisher Unwin.
  • The Red Camarilla. A Stirring Romance of Present-day Russia". (1923). London: G. Allen & Unwin.
  • Rasprava: Plot and counterplot in Soviet Russia (1924). London: Geoffrey J. Bles.
  • Lithuania: A Review. (1926). London: Eyre & Spottiswoode.
  • Lithuania, 1928. (1928). London: Hazell, Watson & Viney.
  • Theory & Practice of Judo, etc. (reprinted from Nichi-ei Shinshi). Reading, no publisher listed.
  • Art of Ju-Jitsu. (1932). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Wrestling: Catch-as-catch-can, Cumberland & Westmorland, & All-in Styles. (1934). London: Foulsham's Sports Library.
  • Lithuania's Fight for Freedom. With Bronius Kazys Balutis (1944). London: "The Federation of the Lithuanian Societies in Great Britain".
  • Judo, etc. (1950). London: W. G. Foyle.
  • The Manual of Judo, etc. (1952). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Judo for Beginners... Illustrated. (1953) London: W. Foulsham.
  • Judo on the Ground: The Oda (9th Dan) Method, "Katamewaza". (1954). London: W. Foulsham.
  • The Fighting Spirit of Japan. (1955). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Judo for Women... Illustrated. (1957). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Junior Judo. (1957). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Physical Training for Men. (1957). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Physical Training for Women. (1957). London: W. Foulsham.
  • The Manual of Karate. (1959). London: W. Foulsham. (Rev. ed., 1974)
  • Judo, the Art of Jujutsu, etc. (1960). London: W. Foulsham.
  • Judo for Young Girls. (1961). London: W. Foulsham.




  • Vilenkin, Grigory. (1908). The Political and Economic Organization of Modern Japan. Tokyo: Kondo Shoten.
  • Kawaishi, Mikonosuke. (1955). My Method of Judo. London: W. Foulsham.
  • Aida, Hikoichi. (1956). Kodokan Judo. London: W. Foulsham.
  • Garbauskas, A. (1958). Know Thyself. A Theory of the Spirit and a System of Man's Psychical Powers. Nottingham: The Author.
  • Šapoka, Adolfas. (issued in 1962). Vilnius in the life of Lithuania. Edited by C.R. Jurgėla and S. Sužiedėlis. Toronto: Lithuanian Association of the Vilnius Region in Toronto.
  • Lukša-Daumantas, Juozas (issued in 1975 and 1988) Fighters for freedom. Lithuanian partisans versus the U.S.S.R. (1944-1947). Toronto: Manyland Books.


INMAN,ROY (1946-2015)




Roy Inman OBE


British JUDO coach
Roy Inman hold the grade of 9th Dan, and was the High Performance Judo Coach at the University between 1999 and 2006, before moving to the role of Judo Technical Director.

He was the British Judo Association National Coach for over 15 years, has coached at 3 Olympic Games, and his players have won 6 Olympic medals and 13 World Championships.

He is a director of the British Judo Association, was awarded the U.K. coach of the year in 1991, the O.B.E. from H.M. the Queen in 1992 and a Full Blue from the University of Bath in 2001.Roy received his 1st dan from Trevor Leggett in 1969, and in 2013 he was awarded 9th dan of the International Judo Federation.

For Reading

  • Inman, Roy : Soames, Nicholas, " Contest judo ", Marlborough, United Kingdom, Crowood, 1987, 201p, 26 cm, KS, ISBN 1852230762.
  • Inman, Roy, " Judo : the skills of the game ", Marlborough, United Kingdom, Crowood, 1995[1] 1997 [2], 128p, 24 cm, UoB, ISBN 1861260695.
  • Inman, Roy : Soames, Nicolas, " Judo for women ", Ramsbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, The Crowood Press, 1987, 237p, 23 cm, LoC, ISBN 1852230401.
  • Inman, Roy : Soames, Nicholas, " Practical women's judo (rev.ed. Judo for women) ", Marlborough, United Kingdom, Crowood, 1989, 176p, 26 cm, BLC, ISBN 1852232366.
  • Inman, Roy, " The Ju jitsu handbook ", Leicester, United Kingdom, Silverdale Books, 2004, 256p, 21 cm, LIB, ISBN 184509042X.
  • Inman, Roy, " The Judo handbook ", Leicester, United Kingdom, Silverdale Books, 2004, 256p, 21 cm, UoB, ISBN 1845090411.


JACKS,BRIAN ( 1945-)

He is a British JUDOKA who won Britains first medal at a world championship, taking a bronze in Salt Lake City in 1967, and gained a second bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He later achieved national fame for his outstanding "Gym Test" performances on the BBC programme Superstars.His victories in the British and European Superstars lead to the creation of the branded computer games: Brian Jacks Superstar Challenge and Brian Jacks UCHI-MATA... After retiring from judo he opened a fitness and martial arts club, and in 1990 he started a company hiring bouncy castles.


KERR, GEORGE (1937-)

Dr George Kerr

Scottish JUDO champion. Kerr won three Europan silver and two bronze medals during the 1960s. A member of the British team, in the middleweight category and open events. His excellent range of ground work techniques, superb UCHI-MATA(innerthigh throw) and knowledge of amateur wrestling (he represented Britain in the 1965 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS) contributed to his succes. Kerr won the 1966 and 1968 British Open middleweight titles before retiring.

He was one of the first athletes to go to Japan, study there and brought the skills of physical training and the philosophy of judo to Britain and to Europe. He trained with Anton GEESINK, one of the seven 10th Dan graduates, and still a friend of KERR.

After his judo career where he won European individual medals and with the British Team in the late fifties and early sixties, Kerr developed himself as an international referee. He refereed at two Olympic Games (1972 and 1976) and at three World Championships between 1969 and 1975. He retired as international referee in 1976.

Later Kerr was a coach of many many fighters. At the Edinburgh Judo Club he had an exchange program with the Tokai University where champion came to Scotland to learn English and to train at Kerr’s club. Yoshi Nakamura, Hidetoshi Nakanishi, both world champions were trained by Kerr.

Later Kerr was a coach of many many fighters. At the Edinburgh Judo Club he had an exchange program with the Tokai University where champion came to Scotland to learn English and to train at Kerr’s club. Yoshi Nakamura, Hidetoshi Nakanishi, both world champions were trained by Kerr.

In 2010 he was awarded the grade 10th DAN for international services to JUDO He is one of only five non-Japanese out of 19 people ever to be awarded this honour. He is the second Briton after Charles PALMER and the youngest person ever to have gained the rank of 10th DAN in JUDO


KOIZUMI GUNJI (1885-1965)

Japanese JUDO master (8th DAN) who was the father of European JUDO, founding the BUDOKWAI in 1918. He was first proficient in JUJUTSU but switched to JUDO. A dedicated instructor, he founded clubs all over Europe, leading to the establishment of both the British JUDO Association and the EUROPEAN JUDO UNION. He was an Oriental art expert, practiced calligraphy, and helped to introduce Buddism into Britain. He taught at the BUDOKWAI until the day before he died. (See Sec. BOOKS on JUDO)



  • Koizumi Gunji. (1947, April), Judo and the Olympic games. Budokwai Quarterly Bulletin (pp.7-8).
  • Bowen, Richard. (2002b) Koizumi Gunji, 1885-1965: Judo master. In Hugh Cortazzi (Ed.),
  • Britain and Japan: Biographical portraits 4 (pp. 312-322). London: Japan Society. Bowen, Richard. (in press). Gunji Koizumi. In Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Trevor Leggett at the BBC 1969 © Trevor Leggett Trust


British JUDO instructor. For many years the highest-graded non-Japanese JUDOKA and the first Englishman to go to Japan specifically to study JUDO. In 1932, he joined the BUDOKWAI and studied under Yukio TANI. He studied law at the University of London graduating in 1934. He was a 3rd DAN and captain of the British team when he went to Japan in 1938; In 1946, he was appointed head of the Japanese section of the B.B. C. and during the following 15 years trained almost every leading JUDO fighter in Britain at the BUDOKWAI. He is a prolific writer on poetry, Buddhism He published 30 books. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese Government in 1984


For Reading

  • Leggett, Trevor P.  : Watanabe, Kisaburo, " Championship Judo : Tai-Otoshi and O-Uchi-Gari attacks ", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham & Co., 1964[1], 64p, BLC.
    Leggett, Trevor P. (1914 - ) : Watanabe, Kisaburo, " Championship Judo : tai-otoshi and o-uchi-gari attacks ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon, 1994[2], 64p, 21 cm, BLC, ISBN 0874572550.
    Leggett, Trevor P. , " Kata judo ", London, United Kingdom, Foulsham, 1964[1], 179p, 22 cm, UoB.
    Leggett, Trevor P.  " Kata judo ", London, United Kingdom, Foulsham, 1982[2], 179p, 22 cm, LIB, ISBN 057201175X.
    Leggett, Trevor P.  " The Demonstration of Gentleness : Ju-no-kata (Renshuden judo library) ", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham & Co., 1964, 62p, 3217.
    Leggett, Trevor P., " The Demonstration of Holds : Katame-no-kata (Renshuden judo library) ", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham & Co., 1964, 60p, UoB.
    Leggett, Trevor P. " The Demonstration of Throws : Nage-no-Kata (Renshuden judo library) ", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham & Co., 1960 1964, 70p, BLC.
    Leggett, Trevor P.  " The Dragon Mask and Other Judo Stories in the Zen Tradition ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon Books, 1995, 128p, LIB, ISBN13 9781874572169.


OTANI, NAGASAKI (1898- 1977)

Japanese-born JUDO pioneer. He England in 1919 and practiced at the BUDOKWAI. In 1927 he began teaching JUDO at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and in 1932 he became instructor at the Anglo-Japanese Club.After the war he taught the military and police forces. In 1958, Otani joined the British Judo Council under Kenshiro ABE becoming its leader in the mid-196s when ABE returned toJapan. He continued teaching in England until his deaath.



PALMER, CHARLES STUART (1930 – 2001) Non-Kodokan 10th Dan; IJF 10th Dan

 Charles Palmer


British JUDO instructor. The President of INTERNATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION (1965-1979). He started JUDO when he was 15. The founder of British JUDO. Gunji KOIZUMI and 8th DAN Trevor LEGGETT, were his teachers. He won a black belt in 1948 and went to Japan in 1951 to work at the British Embassy and study at the KODOKAN. During his four years in Japan, he studied under Kyoshi Kobayashi and the late 10th DAN Kyuzo MIFUNE. In 1957, he was a member of the British team which won the European title for the first time and the following two years he captained the British JUDO team. As president of the INTERNATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION, he was chiefly responsible for the reintroduction of JUDO to the Olympic programme and for the standardization of the international contest rules which he carried out in collaboration with the KODOKAN



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Born 1930.       Business or Profession. Judo Instructor.

Age when started Judo:  I6:at Ealing Judo Club. Joined Budokwai 1947. 1st Dan 1948. Fought in a team from Britain against Holland while in Army. 1949. 2nd Dan, 1951. Teachers Mr. Koizumi and Mr. Leggett. Went to  Japan in 1951 and studied Judo for  four years while working at the British Em­bassy in Tokyo. Became a special student  (Kenshusei) at the Kodokan. 1953. 3rd Dan.  1953; 4th Dan, 1955.  Returned to England 1955 and fought in British Team while en route home from Japan. Selected for British Team, 1956 and 1957. (www.budokwai.net)


For Reading





British JUDO champion. In 1971, he was a member of the British team that captured the European title, and he won the bronze medal at 1971 World JUDO Championships. In 1972 he captured the silver medal in the light- heavyweight division of the Munich Olympics and also the European title. The following year, he won a silver medal at EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS and a bronze in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS In 1976 he won a bronze in the Montreal Olympics. Now retired. He currently lives in France where he is a judo instructor and is a credited cliff jumper. His son, Leon, is also a JUDOKA. In November 2007 at the Judo World Cup in Birmingham he was awarded his 9th DAN by Densign White, chairman of the British Judo Association.


TANI YUKIO (1881-1950)


Japanese JUDO pioneer. With Gunji Koizumi, Tani introduced JUDO to England and Europe. He studied the shin-no-shindo style of jujutsu and went to England in 1989, where he gained fame by defeating all comers in wrestling matches. When in 1918 Koizumi founded the BUDOKWAI he appointed Tani Chief instructor. Tani remained at the BUDOKWAI until his retirement in 1937 following a stroke. Toni and Taro Miyake wrote one of the first English-language books on jujutsu, The Game of Jujutsu, published in 1906.



  • Noble, Graham. (2000b). The odyssey of Yukio Tani. InYo, www.ejmas.com/jalt/jaltart_ Noble_1000.htm.
  • Tani, Yukio : Miyake, T., " The game of Ju-jitsu - for the use of schools and colleges ", London, United Kingdom, Hazell, Watson & Vinly, 1906, 86p, RS.