Marcus Jones – Captain
Hi there – my name is Marcus Jones, I am a 1st Kyu (brown belt) in judo, and this year I am delighted to be the Captain of UBJC. Judo is a beautiful and challenging martial art that encourages you to push yourself beyond what you previously thought was possible. UBJC is one of the best environments in which to study judo because you will be surrounded by fellow uni students who all want to help you succeed. I have also found judo to be an amazing cure for stress – during exam season there is no better revision break than putting on your gi, leaving your problems at the door and doing some training with your friends. Training sessions have become the highlight of my week, as I hope they will for everyone this year! Without any doubt, joining the UBJC family two years ago was the best decision I made in my university career. I have made some incredible friends and had some of the best nights out of my life, in addition to getting to play one of the best sports in the world. I am extremely excited to be leading this club into what will hopefully be another stellar year. See you on the mat!
Josh Zwetsloot – Vice Captain
Join Judo. I’ve been doing Judo two years now, but I wish that was three. In my first year I was too busy freshing
about and missed a great opportunity. The coaching is top class, in only two years
I’ve managed to get up to Green Belt (3 off Black). The people are awesome, most Wednesdays we go out and have a top night which really brings about a sense of comradery. The competitions are great fun, they really get your competitive side out, and USIST (you’ll hear a lot about this one) will be a weekend you will never forget.
Reece – Vice Captain
Hi I’m Reece, one of the Vice Captain’s this year for the Judo club. Our main role is to organise the competitions aspect of the club, be it BUCS to inter-club events along with supporting the Captain and other committee members. It is my third year at the club and my second year on the committee. I have been practicing Judo since I was 7 and am now a 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) and hunting for my Black Belt.
Judo is a fantastic sport, great for fitness and making new friends. With UBJC I have made friends for life, vastly improved my Judo, competed at national competitions and trained with world class players and coaches. All the time managing to have a few drinks, going on some awesome nights out thanks to the social Secs and balancing a hectic academic calendar.
So I’d strongly recommend that you come and visit if you are already familiar with the sport, and definitely if its your first time. Hope to see you all in September!
Amy Cotter – Social Sec
I only started Judo last year- worried it would be like stepping into a bear pit, I couldn’t have been more wrong! It’s such a challenging and rewarding sport, and it’s amazing what it can do for you whether it’s a new competitive quest or you just want a little self-defence under your belt. My favourite thing about UBJC is our hardcore ‘train hard play hard’ ethos and it’s so encouraging how hard everyone works and how supportive everyone is, on and off the mat. As one half of this year’s social team, I can’t wait to meet some new Judokas and get some awesome sessions and socials up and running!
Greg Cawthorne – Social Sec
Oh hey there! Greg’s the name and quality banter is my game. I’m here to welcome you into our awesome club and be one of many friendly faces you’ll see around! We’ll be having many a hearty get together over the year from pub sessions, house partys and nights out and I’ll do my best to keep you hydrated and laughing (on and off the mat). I’m an easy going guy who loves long walks on the beach and anyone who is passionate about judo (I also love to boogie). After an awesome year of Judo trainig, comeptitions and comradery I jumped at the chance to be the social secratary to continue the UBJC fun loving legcay that is known across the country. PapaG out!
Henry Stanford – Treasurer
I’m Henry, your treasurer! I’m responsible for the club’s money management from paying our instructor and collecting mat fees to financing competitions. I started judo two years ago after Marcus – now the captain – encouraged me to come along to the first session, and have since progressed to 3rd Kyu (green belt). I love UBJC for its great tuition, commitment and social life – I cannot encourage you enough to get into this great sport and to join the group whether you want to get fit, improve your throwing and grappling, or to learn some self-defence. See you on the mat!
Gillian Armitstead- Publicity Officer
Welcome to Judo! I joined the club as a nervous fresher two years ago never having set foot on a judo mat, but I quickly realised how great Judo really was and soon felt part of the club. Our regular sessions and mean you can progress very quickly, and our socials are a great way to relax and enjoy the company of the club outside the mat. Our regular competitions also mean you get to put into practice what you learn in the sessions, and they are also great fun. Judo is also a perfect way to work out stress – what better way than to fight off those exam blues!