Southern Area Judo

Michael Leigh
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Michael Leigh

Southern Area President and Vice President of BJA since 2007

9th Dan, International Judo Federation (IJF)


BJA Chairman, 1987-1991

BJA Honorary National Coach, 1974 -1984

Founder Member of BJA Southern Area and BJA Sussex County

Founded over 10 judo clubs in the Southern Area

Competitive experience:

British and English International, 1963 – 1966
British Olympic Reserve, 1964

Referee experience:

National Referee for BJA
European Judo Union (EJU) Continental Referee, 1978–1987

Kata experience:

Judge at 4 international / world kata championships
Member of EJU Kata Committee
Co-ordinator for first EJU Kata Championships 2006 held in Burgess Hill.
Re-established British Kata Championships

Founder of BJA Developments:

Self Defence Systems
Special Needs Working Party
British Kai system (for under 8s)
British Championships and Gradings for Veterans