Our coaches have a vast wealth of experience and achievements to provide the highest level of tuition possible.
Jonathon is the founder and head coach at Core Judo. He holds a degree in Economics & Organisational Studies and is currently studying for his Masters in advanced sports coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a former British & Commonwealth champion and has over seen Core judo become one of the top junior clubs in the UK. Jonathon is an ambassador for the Princes Trust and is a member of the BJA Coaching Commission who has worked with London Irish and London Welsh Rugby clubs on improving outcomes in the contact area
Henry Wakes, is a young dynamic junior & Senior Great Britain International who is training towards the Paris 2024 Olympics. He brings great energy and a wide technical knowledge to all his classes.
Julie Camachon, is a French national who is a black belt from Tarrantaise Judo Club, a region in the French Alps renowned for its excellent judo players. Julie trained with Pole France in her region for the area's top players and has fought throughout France. Julie is learning BJJ and trains Cross-fit. She brings a different judo perspective and excellent knowledge base to our team of coaches
Alex Farbon is one the most technically gifted Judoka of his generation, representing Great Britain at both the Senior World & European Championships. Twice a senior British champion, he has won World Cup medals and the prestigious Monaco International as well as a host of major titles. Alex coaches the Senior Academy players at the club
Ainius & Lorenus Azukas
Ainius & Lorenus Azukas are Lithuanian Internationals who have represented their country at the World Cadet Championships. They are extremely popular figures within the club due to their positivity and warm hearts! They are fantastic role models for the senior academy, showing all the attributes and behaviours needed to be a top-level competitor. They bring passion, knowledge and a skill-set that we are fortunate to have at Core Judo.
Jack Barnes, trains full time and is working towards the Paris 2024 Olympics. He is part of the Great Britain Senior Judo team and has a wealth of technical ability and knowledge to share. Jack leads our school program and is the clubs develop coach working with the squad who are new to British Judo competitions
Our consultant coaches have a vast wealth of experience and achievements to give the highest level of tuition possible.
7 times British Champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist is the current Great Britain Coach for the Junior and Transition players based at the Performance Institute in Walsall. He acts as an advisor and consultant coach to Core judo.
Commonwealth, European and World Champion- arguably the greatest British Judo player of all time. Craig sadly lost his fight with depression in 2019. He will forever be remembered as a humble, kind and caring man- someone who always was happiest on the mat giving his knowledge to others. The type of man we want our children to emulate in the way he carried himself on and off the tatami
Current Technical coach for the French National team, Darcel a former World & European champion has been a huge influence on Core judo and still lends his technical advice and support.