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 diploma in advanced sports coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a former British & Commonwealth champion and has over seen Core judo become the top junior club at the 2014 British Championships for under 12 year olds. 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 was part of the Grenoble Pole France for the region’s top players and has fought throughout France. She brings a different judo perspective 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 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 representing their country at the World Championships. They coach within the club and recently won medals in Les Our Toulouse International in France. They train at the senior Academy and are hugely popular with the players. They bring a passion and knowledge and skill set that we are luck 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 team and has a wealth of technical ability and knowledge to share.
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.