Mark Staddon - Head Coach
3rd Dan. Began judo, aged 20, in 1982 at St Pauls Way Judo Club in Bow, London. Won the Southern England Championship, green belt, in 1983 and a won a silver in ‘84. When St Pauls Way shut in ’85, I started Karate and Kick boxing but never lost my love for Judo – joining Ford Judo Club in 1999 when my daughters took up the sport. I was pushed and supported all the way to my 1st Dan by John Debono – gaining it in Jan 2003 and then on to my 2nd Dan in Nov 2007.
I got my my 3rd Dan in September 2022.
Although a couple of serious injuries have prevented me from getting any further, I now have my grade 2 coaches certificate and really do enjoy helping out with coaching the juniors and travelling around Europe to competitions with the Club.
Mark Cliff - Coach Grading Co-Ordinator
I started judo when I was at the age of four, back in February 2000 and I have loved the sport ever since. I have made some great friends over the years thanks to judo. I have had a great set of coaches like Bill Taylor and Mark Staddon that have help me to improve over the years as a player supporting me through competitions. I've been a level two coach for a couple of years now. I enjoy the coaching side of the judo, helping to develop the skill of the young beginners, juniors and even seniors. I want to give back to the sport and help all the Ford Judo Club members and visitors like the club helped me over my time here. I'm proud to be a part of this friendly family oriented judo club. I would recommend Ford Judo Club to anyone that was looking to take up judo.
John Debono - Coach Senior Examiner
Club Coach: John Debono
6th Dan, Qualified Senior Examiner, Area Referee Referee, level 2 Coach. Started Judo aged 8 years old. I received my 1st Dan in 1981, and during the 1980's I was a member of the London area judo squad. I came to Ford's in 1996 and since then achieved my 2nd Dan in 1998, 3rd Dan in 2001, 4th Dan in 2006, 5th Dan in May 2011 and my 6th Dan in 2021.