Leeds University Judo Club

The Leeds university Judo club became an official club in spring 2008 after a student, Sarah Shearn was asking around for a coach - I volunteered to take up the position to get the club going.

There used to be a Judo club at the Leeds university, but that had gone defunct some time previously. 

In time the club moved from the really poor mats we had been allowed to use to borrowing mats from the Jitsu club. Which meant we could actually do a little more by way of proper Judo training and randori without me worrying so much about injuries!

We then moved into a bigger room - it now feels like we are proper Judo club.

So for a 2 or 3 years I was coaching Judo at Leeds university in addition to my commitments with the Sheffield University club. All was good until the club training days/times changed and I couldn't attend. It seemed the then captain of the club thought there would be a queue of coaches to take over.

Dermot Heslop kindly agreed to step in on a temporary basis, I believe the club now has student coaches but I'm not actuvely involved any more. Which is a shame.