As a registered British Judo Association club we are fully insured and have fully qualified and experienced coaches who have full CRB checks and are committed to improving the standards of coaching to support you throughout your development.
Head Coach – Luke Brown
A 4th Dan, former Great Britain International judo player and BJJ Blue belt, Luke is a UKCC Level 4 qualified coach with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Sports Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University. Awarded an Honours Degree in Sport Rehabilitation from Salford university in 2008. Luke is the Director of Lowton Rehab and Sports Injury Clinic having treated Olympic athletes, premier league footballers and super league rugby players for over a decade.
As the founder of Leigh Judo Club, Luke instills a philosophy of ‘Learning through Judo’ throughout the club. Luke ensures all sessions are fun, progressive in learning and build skill and physical literacy. Having a strong belief that Judo is ‘More than sport’ with the power to change people’s lives for the better. Luke places an emphasis on the intrinsic and instrumental values of judo such as developing personal and social skills, instilling a sense of achievement, confidence and self-esteem.
Trained by renowned coach Akinori Hosaka (Kodokan 8th Dan), Luke prides himself on the application of technique in judo. His judo experience and technical knowledge combined with his anatomy, physiology and biomechanical understanding results in the highest possible level of technical coaching and the well-rounded long term development of all of our members and coaches. Presented with the prestigious Postgraduate Diploma Prize and Innovation Award from Sheffield Hallam University as well as winning a number of Wigan Council Sports Awards including Coach of the Year and Martyn Lynn Special Contribution To School Sport. Luke has consistently been recognised for his coaching quality, innovation and standards.
Club Coach – Tom Nagle
A Judo Brown Belt and BJJ 4-Stripe Blue Belt, Tom is a UKCC Level 2 qualified coach at Leigh Judo Club. Qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor in 2005, Tom had a private personal training practice in Bristol for a number of years. Studying Sport Science at the University of Bath, Tom was awarded an Honours Degree with a focus on Sports Coaching in 2014. With a good understanding of all aspects of sports development, Tom has a particular interest in Sports Psychology.
Totally dedicated to the martial arts, Tom has trained in Japan and the USA, and is always looking for ways to improve and learn leading a number of engaging Junior and Senior sessions as well as supporting all coaching on the mat. With a philosophy closely aligned with Luke’s, Tom really loves to see people make progress, and strives to make his sessions both fun and strong on technique. Tom’s relaxed nature and positive, supportive approach continues to make a significant difference to the juniors, seniors and development of the club.
Club Coach and CWO – Stuart Holden
A 1st KYU Brown Belt, Stuart is a UKCC Level 1 qualified coach at Leigh Judo Club. Leading a number of coaching sessions with support and helping to cover classes when necessary, Stuart is also the Chief Welfare Officer for the club. This is a role Stuart takes seriously ensuring the club fulfils its responsibilities to safeguard children and young people at all levels. Originally bringing his daughter to try judo a number of years ago, Stuart has become a crucial part of the Leigh Judo Club team helping to ensure a family centred club as well as providing sound advice and support of all the clubs endeavours.
For more information about the coaching at Leigh Judo Club including some of frequent guest coaches please contact us.