Thursday, January 04, 2018


Folkestone Judo session

Over the last few years I have lost interest in Judo for many reasons. 1) My injuries make it unsafe for me to practice  2 replacement knees replacement hip 2) Having Taught both John Clarke and Colin Carrott  I feel they have learnt most of what I know so there is no need for me to Coach as they are both doing a good job 3) The continual rule changes by the IJF has made Judo  a different sport from 20 years ago that is one of the reasons I am keen on Sambo 4) the lack of dedication and the willingness to advance by today’s judoka is depressing.

So when Colin invited me to attend his Judo Bash at Folkestone I thought OH NO another boring afternoon. How wrong I was I walked I to the Hall with about 40 adult Judoka all of a reasonable standard on the Mat, the atmosphere was electric. This is why I started Judo some 60 odd years ago ‘this is what Judo was about. I even started getting up down in my seat as Judoka were performing good technique and with my 17 year old grandson Lewis just back for the Navy I could not resist shouting Coaching hints most probably to the annoyance of his opponents. Someone said it has been years since you have been so enthusiastic,, well that is true because here was a bunch of Judoka  who just wanted partake in Judo. They came from many clubs and several different associations nobody cared about the politics of Judo and lets be honest with the decline of participants in judo over recent years, all of us need to work together for judo to succeed. If you asked me a Month ago I would say Judo was dying after last Saturday Honestly believe we will see the steady rise of Judo and Sambo in GB

Maybe next time I will be invited to do a 10-minute spot.

Well done Coaches John Clarke 6th Dan, Trevor Davies 6th Dan, Colin Carrott 5th Dan, Oleg Sibilev 3rd Dan, Alan Lingham 5th Dan Chris Coulson  2nd Dan, Dick Scopes 5th Dan

Martin Clarke 8th Dan

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Finals O100k 1985 World Games Sombo

Monday, December 04, 2017


Megyn Kelly Supports 'Honor Diaries'

Sunday, December 03, 2017


Red/White Belt

I started Judo when I was 5 or 6 in 1955/56 or that’s when my parents said my brother and myself would do a bit after the seniors finished at Bowater’s. In those days there was no Junior Judo but I suppose the reality was I really started when my parents opened the first Junior Judo Club in the area in 1957 in a small hall in Milton Regis and was said you had to be Young at heart to that Judo thing hence the foundation of the now legendary Young Judo Club now there has been plenty written about that

So why have I brought the subject up? Well let me start by saying the highest grade in the area was Father Nobby and he was a 3rd Kyu green belt and occasionally we would have a Brown belt visit us and they were treated like Gods. As we moved into the 1960’s our Gods would be a Black Belt 1st Dan and as moved through the decades it would how many Dan’s you had. It must be the late 70,s early 80’s when a few notable Judoka became a Red and White Belt 6th Dan

Yet today picture on Facebook, Magazine, Blogs etc., there are a multitude of Red/White Belts. Now Red/White Belt was reserved for someone who was extraordinary to Judo, maybe top class international Judoka, a Coach who had trained many International Champions or even someone who performed Kata to an extremely high level. Yet today is treated as a Duty Of Right i.e. if You have served your time irrelevant of standard and ability you will be awarded your 6th Dan and eventually your 7th Dan and so on just make sure you stay alive long enough but I notice the age is dropping it seems if you know the right people or serve on the right committee your progress can be drastic. I believe Brian Jacks 10th Dan mentions this in his book or in a Press article Brian is an example of someone who should be a high grade

Obviously with many Judo organisations they all have different standards and I say to my pupils your Grade is only as good as the organisation you are with sadly not all standards are the same

My own organisations International Budo Federation UK has 2 registered 6th Dan Judo 1 registered 8th Dan judo 1 registered 6th Jiu Jitsu 1 registered 7th Dan Jiu Jitsu there has been 3 other 6th Dan’s who are no longer registered 1 died 1 is ill and one has retired, my point is that we are careful who we promote to Red/White Belt

IBF UK has been going since the 1970’s and we have a system where you grade to 5th Dan and above that you have to prove to a Board that you are worthy of the honour of 6th Dan or above. My son John was the recent receipt of a 6th Dan being my son I to be over caucus so he was sent the International IBF Congress in Belgium to present his CV. John had to prove he was an IBF member of long standing, prove his competitive success in not only Judo but Kurash and Sambo, he was asked questions on Kano, had to prove he was efficient at Kata, plus he could prove that he had been a Coach for 20 years and organised many Judo Tournaments. I deliberately did not attend the Congress.

I am not saying with should standardise all aspects of judo, I believe if you want start your own organisation why not we do live in a democracy. Every organisation should be aware their standards affect all of us. I remember one Jiu Jitsu a 2nd Dan starting his own organisation 8 years later he promoted himself to 10th Dan he was in his mid forties? Now some say he was Fraud well no he was not he invented his own style so he could decide what the standards were, obviously in my opinion they were not very high. It seems there is a catch up system at work i.e. when someone in a rival organisation gets a high grade a rival would claim the same level. Already in the USA someone is claiming to be the youngest 12th Dan I wonder how long will it before we have 13th, 14th, 15th Dan’s and so on, I notice we have several different types of block belts I recently saw a red and Black belt

I expect I will be ridiculed for this article but you will notice I never mention anyone by name or any organisation except my own, the purpose of this article is for all Martial Artists to face facts and not apportion  blame when a Red/White Belt will no longer have any kudos 

Martin Clarke
8th Dan Judo
6th Dan Jiu Jitsu

FIAS Sambo Grandmaster

Monday, November 06, 2017


New Judo Rules IJF meddling again

Over the last few years I have tired of Judo Competitions as they do not represent what I was competing in. Why simply because the people who run World Judo consistently change the rules and not for the better could these rule changes be partly responsible for the lack of interest in Judo over recent years? I do not know but what I do know the general public have a job understanding them unlike Sambo where the rule and signals are easy to understand. My belief is they should look at Sambo rules not copy them but use their idea as a framework for new innovation. Before you say Martin prefers Sambo to Judo yes I do prefer Sambo competition to Judo but what keeps my interest in Judo is its Philosophy  and most importantly Kata which makes Judo more then just a Sport 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


World Sambo Championships 2017 in Sochi - announcement

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Young Judo Club Judo Tournament October 2017

Young Judo Club
Open Judo Championship
Sunday October 22nd 2017

Swale Martial Arts Club
127 East Street
Young Judo Club Sittingbourne Junior Medal Winners

Senior YJC Coach John Clarke 6th Dan has now been organising small tournaments at SMAC for several years now. They have become a very popular with Judoka from Kent, Bedford and London. The competition is for Children and Adult Kyu Grades, all competitors are matched on the day to get the fairest way of competing, John and Sue Tanner from Faversham match the Judoka.   

This event attracted 70 competitors it was held ay the YJC Dojo not a large area with a mat 30ft -30ft and limited spectator space but what it succeeds in doing is creating a friendly atmosphere ideal for young Judoka. Thanks must go to Mile Brown for refereeing, Rebecca Clarke and Keith Costa for administering the event

John also organising Courses in becoming an Instructor in Judo and Sambo as well as Sambo Competitions

If you are interested in Judo or Sambo contact John at 07825 224940/
Adult Medal Winners

Valerie Clarke

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