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.   

Pawel Wojtas - 1st Dan. Pawel has been practicing judo for over 25 years, and is a former Polish National Junior Bronze medalist. 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 also Southern Area medalist. He has trained under various instructors across Europe, and well as an Olympic coach in England.

Erin Southam BA (Hons) - 1st Dan. Erin has been practicing judo for about 30 years. Having a degree in PE and Sports, she is also a qualified coach in other sports. During that time she has won many competitions at both junior and senior level.  She has also represented Sussex at judo, and is a former Southern Area gold medalist at the annual Inter Counties Championships.  She has trained under various 6th dans, a Japanese 8th dan master, and an Olympic coach.  

Dave Wright

Dave Wright - 3rd Dan. Dave has spent almost 40 years practicing judo. He is a former Sussex medalist and champion, as well as a former national masters medalist and champion.  He was also a Sussex Squad Instructor for 12 years teaching competitive judo.  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