Derek Coult promoted to Black Belt Fifth Dan

MELBOURN Judo Club coach and chairman Derek Coult has received confirmation of his promotion to Black Belt Fifth Dan.

This follows a month of intense training which culminated in an Examination in Harwich in Essex the previous weekend.

The award recognises technical expertise, coaching skills and demonstration of Judo “Kata” – the fundamental and formal principals of Judo.

The award was announced by the course tutor, David Horton-Jones Sixth Dan, the National Director of Examiners from the British Judo Association.

Derek received confirmation of his award with a letter from Jim Somerville the National Dan Grade Registrar.


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Derek started Judo in 1964 and following six years of judo in Royston in the late 70s, he founded Melbourn Judo Club in 1980. Derek was the club’s Chief Instructor for 29 years before handing over to Lesley Reid. The club has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and now has over 100 members.

Growth at the club increased when it relocated to Royston Leisure Centre four years ago, and this month it welcomed another 12 newcomers into a beginner’s course, which is jointly sponsored by Sports Unlimited and the British Judo Association.

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