From Japan to Limavady - 10th Dan Judo George

Members of Dog Leap Judo Club, Limavady prepare for the visit of the President of the British Judo Association.  (2810JB71)
Members of Dog Leap Judo Club, Limavady prepare for the visit of the President of the British Judo Association. (2810JB71)

10th Dan George Kerr will be in the Roe Valley this weekend to teach at the Dog Leap Judo Club hoping to pass on the knowledge and skill base he has learnt over his long and experienced career.

Ollie Mullan, Sports development officer for Limavady Borough Council, said the visit was “an exciting opportunity for Judo followers young and old to learn from a true master in their field”.

George is a former European Champion and an ex international referee.

“In his youth he trained in Japan for several years and later in his career, as an instructor in Austria, coached one of his players to World, European and 2 Olympic Gold medals, the only coach in Britain or Ireland to coach a double Olympic champion,2 said a spokesperson.

“In 2010 George became the youngest ever Judan, the highest grade a judo player can reach, (only 34 players in the near 130 year history of judo have ever been promoted to 10th Degree which is denoted by wearing a red belt).”

Earlier this year he was awarded a CBE for service to Judo and was also decorated by his Majesty the Emperor of Japan, receiving the Order of the Rising Sun.

Tom Pearson, head coach of Dog Leap Judo Club said: “This is a great honor for us and will be great boast for local Judo. Most judo player goes through their career never even getting the chance to meet 10th Dan never mind to get coached by one.

This is the first time that such a high grade has coached in Northern Ireland or Ireland.”

This event will be held in the Roe Valley Leisure Centre on the Saturday 29th October 2011 with separate classes been held for under 8’s, 9-14year old, kyu grades and black belts so whatever your judo experience there is a class for everyone, according to organisers.

For more information contact Tom Pearson on 07974529192, or via e-mail at schoolsjudo@hotmail.co.uk

You can also visit dogleapjudo.onsport.com or log onto Facebook @dogleapjudoclub