During the beginners’ course this year the main coaches will be Carol and Chris Doherty. They will be accompanied by many of the high grade players you will see at the regular sessions as you start to join in with the rest of the club.
Carol has been the beginner and women’s coach extraordinaire for many years now, sparking an interest for the sport in many many players who through Oxford Judo have gone from novices to black belt pros. Carol started judo at age 7, and was already a senior 1st Dan by age 14. She has now climbed to the rank of 5th Dan, and when not doing judo she works as a certified personal trainer. At competitions she’s always willing to stand matside to help out and guide players through their fights.
You can’t say Chris without saying judo. Chris is a 6th Dan having started judo at age 14, and currently works as Regional Delivery Officer for the British Judo Association. Ask Chris for anything judo related and he can talk for ages. But really do ask him any questions you might have, as he’s always keen to help players improve. Throughout your time at Oxford Judo you will see Chris at most of your gradings, most of your competitions, most of your training sessions, even most of your socials. Chris lives and breathes judo, and he’s delighted to help anyone who shares his enthusiasm for the sport, no matter how long or short time they’ve been involved.
Rachel is a 3rd year DPhil student in Plant Sciences at St. Hugh’s College and has served as both Women’s Captain and President of OUJC. When not busy smiling or laughing, she spends a lot of time smashing all her opponents at competitions such as BUCS and Varsity. When you reach the regular sessions you will often meet Rachel as your coach, and at competitions she will always be your biggest cheerleader regardless if you win or lose.
This year’s OUJC president and last year’s Men’s Captain Gregor is a 4th year DPhil in Organic Chemistry at Wadham College. With warm-up inventions such as the caterpillar, the candle, and the banana roll, Gregor always makes sure every player puts in everything in training (even under heavy protest), and really pushes every player to perform their best. If you want solid advice on all technical aspects of judo this is your go-to guy.