Friday, May 18, 2018




Top of Form

This has recently appeared on the FIAS web site something I am totally against WHY?

Sambo main attraction apart from the Sport is that is Non Political, Non Religious and accepts people from all over the World. By accepting this dress code for a minority religion changes that because Sambo has to conform to an Islamic agenda at the expense of all other religions and non-religious people. Sambo should remain Secular

Also the reasons Muslims want this is to preserve their modesty does that mean they think those women not wearing this garb are NOT MODEST? Is this Garment Modest?

Once you make a change to the rules to suit just one section of Sambo you will have to be obligated to make changes to other groups:
1)  Many women and some men feel wearing shorts is undignified. So do we change the rules for them to wear Trousers?
2)  Reports have been made that Colours can affect a persons judgement and mental state, these are mainly bright vivid colours. So if someone complains a Red Jackets is bad for them are we expected to let them wear another colour
3)  Would you allow a Sikh to wear Turban if not why not?

These are just three examples

I have been involved in Sambo since 1975 as a competitor and official for a while I was a member of the FIAS Council and am now am British Sambo Federation President. In all those years I have met people from all over the world and never once has religion ever came into my dealing with them, the one thing that united us was Sambo and the fact that its regulations were common to us all. If this dress code goes though (which I expect it has) Sambo will not have Common Goal.

I am not sure people would want to belong to an organisation that put religious doctrine before the interest of the Sport will survive. By accepting this dress code FIAS will cause division in its ranks and membership will not increase but fall. Muslims are welcome to Sambo but they must conform to our rules as everyone else does, if they find that difficult join another sport.

Martin Clarke

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Has been wishes to say something

I no longer do much Coaching if any I leave that up to others I have taught, I am basically an administrator. It is very rarely I comment on Judo/Sambo/Jiu Jitsu clips but I have a little experience in competing and training

So here are a couple of my thoughts

1)   Teaching children I have always thought that they should be loyal to one club, mainly for their benefit as belonging to several clubs and having several coaches is confusing and in the long run detrimental to their improving. Yet I believe they should enter as many competitions as possible and belong to many organisations. This will help them and also keep their coaches up to date. In the past when I taught 1 tried my best to be at all competitions my students attended. Yet in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s things were a lot different if you wanted to you could attend a minimum of 2 competitions a month throughout the Country, which was not unusual. In those days in grappling sports there was just Judo, Free Style Wrestling and Sambo now we have multitude of Grappling Sports, which obviously spreads the participants. When youngsters are about 14 years then I used to encourage them to visit other clubs.

2)   With Adult Novices I would still use the premise of the first 6 months to Year stick to the same club and Coaches after that you should spread your wings if you want to. In my area there would be many clubs who offered a good competition night but those were the days when Judoka would train 4 times week sadly that is not the case today 

3)   The amount of times I have heard a parent saying my youngster will make the Olympics without any idea what that entails and of course when the Youngsters has had enough who do they blame yes the Coach. It is strange that Parents still live their dreams through their children instead of realizing the achievement is that offspring enjoyed their time in Judo and met many people from different walks of life

4)   Training to be an Olympian or World Class player is not easy and requires lots of dedication, sacrificing your social life and costing a lot of money. Plus you may not even make it even if you make it that doesn’t mean you will become rich in fact most probably you are years behind your friends who concentrated on their work, just ask yourself how many Olympians have become household names? If you are a family man your family has to put up with the hardships I know mine did. Yet after all this there is something inside you that drives you on to become Olympian/Champion even if you did not make it you still have the pride I TRIED 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018


Back to Basic Judo



SUNDAY JULY 8th 2018

Betteshanger Sports and Social Club

Cavell Square
Deal CT14 9HN

10am till 4pm

Cost £10

This course is being organised by Mick Davies 5th Dan who has 50 years in Judo and has been a successful Competitor and Coach. The course is designed to Judoka back to the fundamentals of Judo teaching all aspects of the Sport/Martial Art

It is Open to older Juniors and Seniors of all grades. No matter what organisation you are with

At £10 it is a snip especially as Teas, Coffee and Cold drinks will be available free of charge

For Further information contact Mick at

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