Our Team

All our instructors are National Governing Body qualified.  This provides liability insurance, DBS certification, Child Protection certification, and a Basic First Aid certificate.  In addition to this,  all must attend specific national governing body authorised courses at specific intervals which have a solely judo content.  

 

We believe in leading from the front, and show both technical and working judo. If you have any questions, please talk to any of us. We run the club for our members benefit.

You will see that the instructors have a competitive background, and we will encourage players to enter competitions, which are available at every level of your judo.   However, we recognise that some players are recreational and do not enter competitions, and these are encouraged equally to reach the standard they want to attain. We are also an inclusive club and have players who have special needs.

 

We will teach technical judo to give an understanding of the principle involved, using a cooperative partner.   We will also teach competitive judo for use with an uncooperative partner.  Both players are therefore required to help each other in both circumstances.

Pawel Wojtas (MA) - 1st Dan. Pawel has been practising judo for over 25 years and is a former Polish National Junior bronze medallist.  He has competed many times in competitions across Europe, winning many regional events.  He has also won a 5th place at the Polish University Championships.  In England, he is a former Sussex and a Southern Area medallist.  He has trained under various instructors across Europe, as well as an Olympic coach in England. 

Erin Southam BA (Hons) - 2nd Dan. Erin has been practising judo for over 30 years.  Having a degree in PE & Sports, she is also a qualified coach in other sports. At judo, she has won many competitions at both junior and senior level. She has represented Sussex County, and is also a former Southern Area gold medallist at the annual Inter Counties Championships.   She has trained under several 6th dans, a Japanese 8th dan master, and an Olympic coach.  

Dave Wright

Dave Wright - 3rd Dan. Dave has been practising judo for 40 years.  He is a former Sussex County champion and medallist, as well as a National Masters gold and silver medallist. He was also a Sussex County Squad Instructor for 12 years.  He has trained under several instructors, including a Japanese 8th dan master.  He has also trained regularly under 2 Olympic coaches over a period spanning 15 years.

Assistant Instructors:

Joel Hammond - 1st Kyu. Joel has been practicing judo for about 10 years, started at the club at around 14 years old. He is a former Sussex County medalist

Welfare Officer:

Erin Southam