Ian Martin - Chairman
I first took up Judo in 1973 at school near Hoddesdon, Herts.
my first instructor was a man called Ted Adams, who started a session at the school I was in, I was coached up to 9th mon before entering into competition eventually winning gold in the hertfordshire county championships, I was training very hard at the time this was because I knew that the next competition which I had qualified for was the national trials in 1975, unfortunately I didn't get through to the selections stage, I gave competition a rest after this until I left school, this is where I joined Hitchin Judo Club, where I met the then coaches Roger Moore Colin Hawkins, and later Larry Ryan.
At this time I thought it was time to start competing again so found other local clubs to practise at these clubs included Bedford, Luton Vauxhall, Luton Stopsley, Stevenage, and others meaning that I could if I wanted to practise most nights of the week, this paid dividends in that as I went up to senior grade it was fairly easy to get my 2nd kyu (1977) then on to my club coach award (1977) and on to 1st kyu 1982 and then on to 1st Dan 1987, on the way winning silver in beds county championships bronze in bucks and various other awards in between.
I was asked to stand for the chair of Hitchin Judo Club some time in the 1980s (cant remember quite when), as chair I have managed to bring some big Judo names to the club such as Brian Jacks and Neil Adams.
Having been a junior at the club from the age of 14, Christopher has moved up through the club. After a number of years out of the sport he returned in 2011 and began to help with the running of the club.
Recently Christopher has taken his level 1 coaching qualifications with the British Judo Association.
1st Kyu (Brown Belt)
Level 1 Judo Coach
First Aid Certified
Safe Guarding Children
Christopher Stutley - Chairman
Coaches and Staff
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