Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are combat effective martial arts, grappling sports and a vehicle to improve your entire life. Judo was developed in Japan during the late 1800s and focuses on taking your opponent to the ground using sweeps and throws from a clinches and grips - it has evolved to an Olympic sport today. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed by a family called the Gracies who were shown the martial art of Judo in Rio de Janerio. They modified the techniques and focused on choke-holds and joint-locks to end the fight when it's on the ground.
Given that 90% of street fights you see end up in grappling situations these martial arts have been proved most effective - better than the fancy kicks in Taekwon Do or Karate, more useful that than the limited tools in boxing. It has been proved in mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship in competition.
We're coached in Judo by MGN Total Judo Coaching Ltd; Mark Dawes, Greg Lewis and Nick Holmes. Nick is a multiple time BJC National Champion, Malta Open Bronze medallist, BJC and BJA 4th Dan, as well as a UKCC Level 3 qualified coach. Nick is able to integrate his extensive competitive experience into coaching, and therefore provide specific development for all Judoka – competitive or not. Greg has been an active Judoka for 15 years, having won a National BJC Bronze medal, and currently holds BJA and BJC 2nd Dan, the latter of which he achieved in competition at the impressive age of 43. Greg is also a referee within the BJC, and provided excellent tuition to our beginners last year resulting in a success rate of 100% at the Yellow belt grading. He is currently a UKCC Level 2 Coach. Mark took a silver medal in the 2010 British Masters, and a bronze in 2016. Mark has also represented the BJC internationally in Holland and Ireland, and competed in the European Masters held in Glasgow during 2018 and currently holds a 2nd Dan. Mark has also been a qualified coach for 12 years, having recently obtained his UKCC Level 2 Coaching qualification, and looks to integrate his experience into the lessons at Warwick University. All three of the coaches also hold their BJC FPJ Level 2 coaching qualification.
Tom Caughey coaches us in BJJ; he's the first and only Chui Kwong Man BJJ black belt and very accomplished. He’s won IBJJF Pan Ams, gold at the British Open four times, he's a IBJJF worlds bronze medalist and one of the best leg lock specialists in the country. He's fought world renowned players such as Oliver Taza and Ross Nicholls.
In a normal year we would run three judo sessions a week (our beginner's course, an intermediate sessions and an intense, high-level fight night) and four BJJ sessions a week (three no gi and one gi).
Due to the coronavirus restrictions we are unfortunately not able to run any BJJ sessions this term and our judo sessions must be non-contact under the BJA's "Return to Judo" framework. However we are running three sessions of judo-focused, high intensity fitness training with competitive elements to keep everyone strong for when contact training can safely resume.
These sessions take place as follows:
Wednesday : 6:30-8pm
These sessions are open to everyone and can be booked via the Warwick Sport website. If you are keen to join for the first time please message our facebook page and we'll try to reserve you a spot. The first three weeks are all free of term so don't feel the need to pay before turning up.
All sessions take place in the Combat Hall in the new Sports Hub.
Find us on facebook by searching 'University of Warwick Judo Club' and 'University of Warwick BJJ' for our members group. And like our page here: https://www.facebook.com/warwickjudobjj
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