Student representing Great Britain in Judo World Championships in Tokyo

Published: 9 September 2010 at 10:49

Sports student climbs judo rankings as Anglia Ruskin prepares to launch its own judo degree

An Anglia Ruskin University student is representing Britain this week (9-13 Sept) at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Japan at the same time as the University is getting ready to take on its first-ever ‘judo’ degree students.

Under-73kg fighter, Danny Williams is part of a 21-strong team that has been selected by The British Judo Association (BJA) for the toe-to-toe challenge in Asia.  Danny, who is 21-years old and a first-year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree student, was placed 7th in his debut at the 2010 Senior European Championships.

Selection for Tokyo is important because players at these championships will win the much-needed points to get them into the top rankings of the International Judo Federations’ World Ranking List that will decide which competitors will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

He is a member of Camberley Judo Club in Surrey which is focused on training some of the country’s Olympic gold medal hopefuls.  Representing the club, he has already secured medals in the Belgium Open, Finnish Open, British Open and Northern Ireland Open.

Speaking about Danny’s success, Bob Challis, who lectures in Sports Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin University, and is coach to the British Army Judo Team, said:

"We are all delighted that Danny has made it through to represent Great Britain in Tokyo. His results from these championships will set him up for the next and very exciting phase in his judo career.  We know that he has the talent and the determination to go all the way to the top."

Anglia Ruskin students will be given the chance to get to grips with the new academic discipline of judo shortly, as this new subject – taught part time over five years - will be added to its official course listing. The FdSc and BSc (Hons) are endorsed by the European judo Union as level for performance coach award and level 5 high performance coach award respectively. The European Judo Union currently runs coaching awards levels 3-6 with Anglia Ruskin University responsible for levels 4 and 5. More information on EJU coaching awards is at

Looking at the calibre of students lined up for the new degree course, Bob Challis added:

"I feel it is fantastic that current high performance players are attending the course, educating our current athletes will support the future of our sport."

Students will study physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and coaching pedagogy.

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