Dr Mike Callan
Dr Mike Callan is the Chief Executive of Judospace Ltd, and Principal of the Judospace Educational Institute. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, and the International Federation Services Group Leader for Judo for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Previously he was Sports Development Manager and Director of Judo at the University of Bath. Currently Mike is a member of the European Judo Union Judo Knowledge Commission, the EJU Didactic Commission, and the BJA Coaching Commission. He was elected as President of the International Association of Judo Researchers in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, and as Secretary General and Treasurer of the Commonwealth Judo Association in Singapore in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. Formerly Mike has been a Board Member of the British Bob-Skeleton Association, a Board Member of the British Judo Association, and an External Verifier for Edexcel. He competed in the World University Judo Championships in Warsaw in 1980, and was the British Judo Champion in 1975.
He has; a PhD relating to support for judo players in an educational environment, from the University of Bath, a BSc Honours in Ergonomics from Loughborough University, a Diploma in Management from Reading University, a Certificate in Teaching from Newbury College, and Units D32, D33 and D34 as an Assessor and Internal Verifier. He has a Diploma in Itsutsu-no-kata from the Kodokan Judo Institute. He was awarded the International Olympic Committee Diploma in 2001 and the International Judo Federation Special Recognition Award in 2009. He holds the grade of 6th Dan
Darren was a Performance Coach for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Darren worked alongside Kate Howey, focusing on three Team GB members. This included silver medallist Gemma Gibbons, whose silver medal contributed to British Judo's best Olympic Games since 1992.
As a national coach for eight years, Darren has achieved success at every level. As a Great Britain development coach, he led the under 23 European Team to five medals in 2007, Britain's biggest medal haul at this event. Then in 2008, he led the Great Britain Team to three medals at the World Junior Championships, their biggest highest medal tally of the last twenty years.
Darren is a former British Champion with over ten years experience as a full time athlete. He has a BA Hons Sport Management from Coventry University, where he also won the Tutors Award for best student for highest overall grade. As a club coach, Darren has a very holistic approach to judo, highlighted by the fact that two of the London 2012 Paralympic Team started judo with him, including double Paralympic medalist Sam Ingram.
Janine Johnson is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive. She heads up the Judospace administrative team, and manages the online dojo. Janine is a judoka and has been based at the TeamBath high performance center at the University of Bath for the last 9 years training as a full-time athlete and representing Great Britain at senior international events. She is a former British Universities champion with a background in clinical administration, and a BSc (Hons) in Sports Performance. Janine is the first port of call for enquiries.
Roy Inman holds the grade of 9th Dan and is Technical Advisor to the Judospace Educational Institute. Roy previously held the role of Head Coach for the University of Bath’s high performance judo programme for 7 years. He was the British Judo Association national coach for over 15 years, has coached at 3 Olympic Games and his players have won 6 Olympic medals and 13 World Championships medals including 8 world champions. Roy was awarded the UK Coach of the Year in 1991, the OBE from HM the Queen in 1992 and a Full Blue from the University of Bath in 2001. Roy is the current Vice President of the British Judo Association.
Andy Burns is the Judospace Sports Development Officer. He has nine years experience as a full time Judo Athlete representing Great Britain, and Scotland, seven years a Captain of Team Bath Judo. Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Bath. Attended the Kodokan Kata Seminar 2012. Andy spent his placement year as a Judo Athlete at Tokai University in Japan. Qualifications include: BA Hons Coach Education and Sports Development, University of Bath, A1 Assessor, BJA Club Coach. Andrew is a 2nd Dan.
Bob Challis is and full-time member of staff at Anglia Ruskin University and is the program leader for both the FDSc in Sports Coaching (EJU) and the BSc in Sports Coaching (EJU). Bob is currently the head coach for Comberton Judo Club, head coach for Anglia Ruskin judo club, technical coach for the Army and Combined Services and is secretary to the British Judo Schools Commission as well as being a member of the European Judo Union Universities and Institutes Commission. Bob was the assistant coach to the England Judo team during the 2002 commonwealth games in Manchester.
Bob Lectures on Anglia Ruskin’s Sports coaching and physical education degree covering coaching pedagogy, sports development, LTAD and performance analysis. He is also a PhD student where he is investigating the structure of lightweight women’s judo contests.
Bob Graduated with the first group of EJU level 5 high performance coaches.
Lance Wicks is originally from New Zealand; he is the creator of the European Judo Podcast, the Real World Judo League, judocoach.com, and numerous other technology based judo resources. Lance is an member of the EJU universities and Institutes commission and is therefore involved in this block even though student might not see him. Lance is an EJU level 5 high performance coach.
Myrthe provides administrative support to Judospace Ltd. Myrthe is a highly experienced PA with over 10 years' experience supporting high achievers in business.
Myrthe spent five years at the sharp end of business management when she and her husband established the successful mobile bar company, Hydromel. Myrthe handled the day-to-day running of the business. The company is now serving Apple Martinis to some of the biggest names in the UK, including Jamie Oliver, Diageo, the Scotch Whisky Association and brands like Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Baileys.
Myrthe holds a BA Spanish from Hogeschool van Utrecht, Holland, and a Diploma in Marketing Communication from NIMA Dutch Marketing Institute.
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