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Harriett English

Harriett has been a member of the Budokwai for ten years and trains 4-5 times per week. She took up judo as a recreational sport at the age of 37 and would love to come across similar judokas.



Olympic competitor 1992.

Ken Freeman

One of two brothers originally known as Friedman who studied at the Budokwai under Koizumi and Leggett. 7th Dan. Moved to the USA where taught at the Newark YMCA and the american Budokwai. Died at age of 70 years.


Eddy Ferrie

1980s Budokwai member originally from Newcastle. Now living in Spain. Languages graduate.


Ted Flindall

Long standing club member. Helped with Albert Hall shows. Interested in Zen and spends part of the year in the far east.



Steve Gadd

Steve came up from the junior team and became Junior Instructor for some time in the early and mid eighties. He now lives in Holland and runs his own club where one of his main interests is amateur Sumo.

Alfie Gale

Alfie has been active in Judo for many years - originally from Jamaica where his father at 108 was the oldest inhabitant of that island, Alfie looks set to follow the family pattern still practising rigorously every week and building tower cranes to keep up his strength!


Peter Gallie

Peter has taught at the Budokwai where he used to run the beginners classes during the eighties and was a Budokwai competitor over a number of years. 

Edith Garrud - see history

Danny Gillard

Danny Gillard, 2nd Dan Budokwai Committee Member and Competition Co-ordinator. He also runs his own judo club for juniors in Muswell Hill.

GLEESON   see archives

John Goodbody

Journalist. In Maccabean games. Swam channel in mid eighties. 

GRABHER  see archives

GRANT  see archives

Ian Guthrie

Living in Aberdeen now




HARRISON  see archives

HICKS  see archives (Gerry)

Hicks Simon 

Son of Gerry Hicks. (not Budokawi member) Runs Wandsworth club.

John Hindley

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John has been a Budokwai member and competitor for a number of years - here he is pictured with John Cornish at a dinner in the 70s.

HOARE  (Reginald) see archives (of Hoare Banking family)

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Syd Hoare - Eighth Dan Judo and Fifth Dan Sumo is an active teacher and practitioner training regularly at the London Judo Society and the Budokwai

He obtained his first Dan at the age of 16 - the youngest ever, and his career has encompassed four years training in Japan, participation in the Tokyo Olympics, sports commentating, and fluent knowledge of Japanese.

Syd was chief instructor at the Budokwai for many years . Author of ‘A-Z of Judo’ and ‘Judo’ - teach yourself books.


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pictured here with Terry Donovan at a Budokwai dinner ? seventies

Ex Chairman of Budokwai and editor of Magazine 

M Hopkinson

3rd Dan heavyweight japan trained Budokwai Instructor - now lives in Canada

Anthony Holmes

1st Dan welterweight 

Josie Horton

Josie practised at the Budokwai in the late eighties and early nineties and was in the British Squad and the British Olympic team in 1992.

HUMPHREYS  see archives


Roy Inman      Also see ARTICLES and COACHING

Just after the Barcelona Olympic Games, Roy lnman resigned from his position as the Great Britain’s National Team Manager amongst a cloud of controversy. It rocked the judo world both here in Britain and Internationally. Questions flew, accusations were aired and within the week a hundred different stories whispered their way around the country. But now almost three years and one court case later, Roy lnman is being remembered as one of finest coaches Britain has ever produced in any sport - recognised officially when he received his O.B.E in 1991 and again earlier this year when the B.J.A. awarded lnman the 7th Dan.

It’s an appropriate number for over his years as the British women’s team manager lnman has been, at least partially responsible for the rise of seven separate women world champions, including the exceptional Karen Briggs. His reign also led to Olympic success with two golds in the Seoul Olympics from Diane Bell and Sharon Rendle, where women’s judo was demonstrated for the first time ever at Olympic status and then three more medals followed four years later in Barcelona. Add to this the countless other European and "A" Tournament medals and you can see lnman had an astonishing record as a Team Manager.

The secret to his success as the British coach has been sought time and time again. Never more so than after the 1986 Maastrich World Championships when lnman coached the British Women’s Team to the top of the world medal table, for the first and only time in history, with Karen Briggs, Ann Hughes and Diane Bell all winning gold medals and Sharon Rendle taking a bronze.

lnman remembers it as the pinnacle of his career. At the time it proved he was right on the cutting edge of the development of women’s judo at world class and staying there for two specific reasons - his keeness to analyse tactically and technically (using the video camera since the mid 70’s and long before it became the done thing) and also the fact he realised before most other countries that men’s and women’s judo are different and consequently women need to be trained in a different way.

He still believes this today. "Women have to work more on precision and timing than men. Good training for men is not necessarily the right training for women" The reason, according to lnman, is the huge power gap. ‘Essentially the major difference between men and women’s judo is that men are physically stronger. Men can turn in and if their timing is slightly off they can still power the technique through. Women can’t - if the timing is a little off they will collapse"

The medals and results did not pour in overnight for lnman. In fact it took the good part of a decade for the Londoner, whose own judo career had led him to two British Open titles and five silvers (losing to Starbrook four times and Jacks once), to "learn the trade" and build the British women’s team into the one that dominated the rest of the of the world at the 1986 Maastrich World Championships. But now almost three decades later lnman’s influence and much of his advice and ideas still hold strong.

Even as judo is changing, as we progress through the 90’s and women fighters are getting stronger and stronger, the fact still remains that women’s and men’s judo will always be different. One of lnman’s greatest advantages was he recognised it long before the rest of the world did.

The above is taken from an article by Nicola Fairbrother


John Isaac

Budokwai 1st Dan welterweight - part of 70s team.Accountant who worked for Youngs Brewery. Budokwai Olympian from the Tokyo Olympics.


Ron Isaac

Long standing Budokwai member and club manager from the retirement of Reg Oliver until 2000.


Tony Ivone

Italian Judoka who lived in UK and practised at the Budokwai for a number of years before moving to the Canary Islands in early nineties. Tony is a draughtsman and graphic artist but when not practising Judo,  worked mainly in an Italian clothes shop in Mayfair.




Albert Jacks

Albert Jacks, 2nd Dan, father of Brian Jacks and Shayne Jacks regularly attended the Budokwai from the '60s in between driving a London black cab.  Albert attended many events and celebrations for the Budokwai from 1960 through the 1980s. He was exceptionally supportive of his two sons and to young Judo players in general also teaching at Dog Kennel Hill school in East Dulwich. One of his young hopefuls was Angelo Parisi and he was his first coach at Battersea School and introduced Angelo to competitive Judo and to the Budokwai.  Albert was much loved by many Judoka. Albert passed away in 2008 aged 84 years.

Brian Jacks 

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Budokwai Olympian.



Shayne Jacks

Shayne, younger brother of Brian Jacks and son of Albert first attended the Budokwai in 1962 when 4 years old.  He went on to win first in the national squad in the early seventies. By the 1980s he was a BJA coach and examiner and resident Judo instructor at Crystal Palace National Sports centre.for the Inner London Education Authority also running two other clubs in South East London. Shayne last visited the Budokwai in 2000 and has now relocated to New Zealand in 2008 and has two small Dojos in the Marlborough sounds, South Island New Zealand (current 2010) Shayne can be reached via his website at www.anakiwabackpackers.co.nz

Judo expert joins community hub Havelock school pupils Samuel Irvine and Ella Donald get to grips this week, watched by their instructor, Shayne Jacks



KAUERT  see archives

KAYE  see archives


Frankie Kahn

Also known as 'Sherpa Kahn' for the habit of carrying heavy knapsack whilst running with Tony Sweeney or Kashiwasaki.  A nice judoka - but not seen for some time.


Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki

Kashiwazaki taught at the Budokwai in the early eighties. He stayed in london for a year from april 1983. 

He became a great newaza player after injuries to both elbows in his high school days forced him to develop his own style of practice. He had his own style of tomoenage which developed a great deal of momentum and he called furiko tomoe nage. He won the all japan championships several years running in 1975, 78, 79, 801nd 81 and the Kano cup in 1982. 

Kashwazaki also won Sambo contests including the Sambo world championships in Bakul USSR in 1975.


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British Olympic Middleweight Atlanta 1996

British European Champion


Costas Koritsas

A Budokwai member since his teens and now a Committee member. Costas and his wife Lynne run 'Total Look' salon in the Fulham Road. 

Koizumi  Gunji  

Founder of the Budokwai -  Koizumi Gunji was born, in the village of Komatsuka in Ibaraki Province, Japan, in July 1885. the younger son of a tenant farmer, Koizumi Shukichi (1853-1903) and his wife Katsu (1855-1920).He found and leased two shops in Lower Grosvenor Place, Victoria. This is where he founded the Budokwai which opened on January 26th 1918.

After many years teaching and publicising Martial Arts and particularly Judo, (see history section) In April 1965, Koizumi, who was loved by many, having deciding that he had no longer had the strength to do more for British judo and not wishing to be a burden, took his own life. He had been on The Budokwai's mat teaching the previous day. When asked that evening, while being driven home, what he would most like to happen, he replied, "To see people think for themselves and not be led like sheep."


On Chelsea Embankment, at the junction with Cheyne Walk, there is a statue of Sir Thomas More on a small patch of green. A few yards away there is a another patch, "Roper's Garden", named after More's son-in-law. There Koizumi's Japanese Cherry Tree grows, a stone plaque at the foot gives his name.

KOIZUMI  also see archives  

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