Meet the UBJC Committee 2017-18


Hi! I’m Ollie, and I’m the captain of UBJC this year. This will be my third year in the club and I have been practicing judo for the last 5 years. I am currently a 1st Kyu (Brown belt). UBJC is a brilliant and friendly club with top class tuition and a great social life. Since joining I’ve had the opportunity to compete in competitions I never thought I would, have improved my Judo, made amazing friends and had loads of amazing nights out. I strongly encourage you to come to the club, whether you want to start a new sport, are already involved in the sport or just want to make some new friends and improve your fitness at the same time and I hope to see you all on the mat!


I’m Hari, one of the Vice Captains this year! I started judo at around 10 years old, and competed until the age of 16, having represented Wales once. I took it up again when I came to university, looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, and very much enjoyed UBJC’s close family and social atmosphere, as well as the nights out, which is the main reason I decided to become the club’s social secretary. This year I’ll be hoping to make sure all members feel welcome and enjoy the benefits of being in the club off the mat as well as in training as much as I did last year. Most of all I’m looking to make sure more people become aware of and participate in judo as I so passionately enjoy it myself.

Aiden Judo

Hello, everyone! I’m Aidan. I’m a final year History student with far too much time on my hands, and I’ll be a Vice Captain for UBJC for this academic year. I’ll be organising competition fixtures for UBJC with Hari Jones, VC.

Judo has been a big chunk of my life for the last 13 years. I was fairly set on being a ninja when I was eight. Sadly, I was told that this would be difficult to arrange, so I settled for an hour a week of judo at the local sports centre, instead.

After a decade of Thursday nights and fairly slow progress, UBJC has encouraged me to take judo more seriously. The coaching is fantastic, and it’s there three nights a week if you want it! On top of that, this such a sociable club, and people of all abilities are friendly on and off the matt – except in randori…

Like everyone else, I want this club to offer everyone the chance to be the best judoka they can be. Here’s to a great year x


Hi! I’m Mairead and I’m the treasurer for UBJC this year. I’m a second year psychology student and I picked up Judo last year as I was looking for a fun new way to keep fit and meet people. I couldn’t imagine not being a part of the club now! Everyone is always so welcoming and friendly which makes for a great atmosphere at training, competitions and our awesome socials – the year would not be complete without some nail-biting fights and wild nights out (and USIST has it all!). I can’t believe how much I’ve improved, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings!


Having not done a whole lot in 1st year I was eager to find a sport to do in my spare time. I did Judo during primary school, but, couldn’t really remember why I stopped. So, at the beginning of second year thought I’d give it another go and haven’t looked back since! This will be the third year at the club, in that time I started as a beginner and am now on my 4th belt. This year in my role as development office I hope to continue the work that was done by our now Captain- Ollie. So, hopefully in the next few years there will be a competition in Bristol, as well, the club are applying for ‘Performance Sport’ status to try help those people that want to compete at a higher level get the coaching, support and advice that they need. This year I hope to introduce a ‘Buddy’ system, so everyone will have someone a grade or two higher than themselves looking out to see how you are doing. Hopefully this will allow newbies to get better quicker, people that have been doing Judo for a while can have more focused discussion so they can improve and the highest grades can develop some coaching skills. For myself, Judo is a great sport, with a friendly club and open to all levels and abilities so give it a go!!


Hi, I’m Harry, Publicity Office for UBJC! I am a 3rd year English student and when I’m doing practicing judo put on plays and play rugby. I started Judo when and was 10, but like a lot of people that join UBJC I’d stopped pretty soon after. I could not have wished for a better way back into the sport than at Bristol and I am not a proud Green Belt, with a bronze BUCS medal and many a social under his belt. My only regret is waiting for my 2nd year to join.

I’m Ellie and I am study performing arts and theatre studies in my second. I am also the new Social Sec for this year, meaning we are all going to have THE best nights out!! I do judo because it keeps me fit and active. Judo makes me feel better as I know how to protect myself off the mat if I did ever get into trouble. And it is does wonders to release all the stress of a long hard week.


Hello! My name is Esther. I’m in second year and am UBJC’s Social Secretary together with Ellie this year. I’ve been doing Judo for almost half my life. I will probably continue to participate all my life as it has proven to me to be a very enriching and wholesome sport. Practising Judo, I have gained fitness and confidence with self defence, and learnt discipline. Practising Judo in UBJC, I have found a family I can share this gentle sport’s love with, in and out of the mats (the socials are amazing guys, you get to travel as well). I suggest you don’t waste time and come check us out, keep an open mind!





Club President Tony Sweeney 9th Dan, leads UBJC masterclass

On Wednesday 27th January, UBJC were lucky enough to be treated with a session from Tony Sweeney, 9th dan, and former student of Bristol University. It was such a great opportunity to learn and develop our techniques, and we are so honoured to have experienced such a wonderful masterclass, from such an internationally respected judoka.

We started the session off which some light uchikomi, to get us warmed up and ready for some serious judo practice! We then tried our hand at a move which was new to most of us; how to deflect an attack with a flick of your opponent’s elbow and spinning them round to distract them, giving you a chance to prepare your next move while they recover from their disorientation. At first this seemed rather complicated, but we gave it a go and found it to be extremely effective – and certainly disorientating! I certainly found this to be effective, but I felt that it might need a bit more practice to perfect, before using it in a serious competition environment!

The next move he taught us involved gripping your opponent and sinking down into a lower stance, sweeping your leg round and turning to throw your opponent. Again, this was slightly novel to us, similar to Tai Otoshi, but again, with a twist. Although this seemed initially rather complex, Tony Sweeney ran through it with us so that we understood how the technique might be used in combination with other throws, which helped us to understand how this might be used in a competition situation. This move was slightly easier to follow because of the similarities to other techniques we have been learning, but as before, I felt it might require a little more practice before using it in any serious environment – but it was so effective, I know I will certainly keep practicing until it works for me!

A big thank you to everyone who made the session such a success, it was great to see so many of our club members so keen to learn more and develop the skills we have been working on this year.

Again, a massive thank you to Tony Sweeney for coming all the way down to Bristol – it was an truly invaluable experience, and we will continue to develop what we learnt on the mat!



Victory at Cardiff Grading – Reece Hustwitt achieves black belt!

This weekend, Katie, Robin, Marcus and Reece went to Cardiff in further pursuit of their black belts…

A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to Reece Hustwitt – successful in beating everyone in his line up, and getting his black belt! Another name to be added to our hall of fame – WELL DONE REECE!

Unfortunately, Marcus was rushed to hospital after an injury to the shoulder in his first fight, and was unable to carry on. Katie was also unlucky, with no one to fight – it seems her reputation had preceded her and they’d all been scared away..!

To end on a high – Robin managed to win a fantastic 30 points – a victory indeed!

Well done everyone!


Meet the UBJC Committee

Marcus Jones – Captain
Marcus JonesHi 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 Vicreecee 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 Secamy prof

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

gill prof judoWelcome 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!