History of Paul Jones

The History of the head coach – Paul Jones.

Paul started judo when he was eight years old at Basingstoke Judo Club with coach John Gowland, training at the club until he was 21 years old.

After a break for 4 years, he started training with the British Team at Camberley Judo Club with Olympic coach Mark Earl. Within 6 months Paul was asked to start full-time training with the British Team. He then went on to achieve his black belt and was selected to represent Great Britain as part of the squad to compete in the Guido Sieni Trophy. Following his success, he was selected for the Tre Torri International tournament.

Paul competed for the Great Britain team for 5 years which he competed in the Trofeo International Tournament held in Naples where the team won the Gold Cup, beating Cuba, Brazil, and Italy to take the title.

Personally, Paul also came 5th in the British Closed Championships and 7th in British Open Championships.

After leaving full-time training Paul gained the 7th place in the World Masters Judo Championships in Japan and had the opportunity to train at the Tokai University with Yasuhiro Yamashita and Nobuyuki Sato (the two most famous Japanese judo players in the world) and the rest of the Japanese squad.

Paul also decided to start his own British Judo Association club – originally named The Paul Jones School of Judo. This was founded in 1999 with just 20 players and now has a membership of over 100 players.

Great Briton world cup team Winners Great Briton team at International training camp

Paul outside the Kodokan in Japan
Were Paul got the 7th place in the world Masters Judo Championships

Paul at Tokia University with Nakanishi
(World and Olympic champion )

Paul at Tokai University (Japan) With the Great Yasuhiro Yamashita
9 Times All Japan Champion, 4 times World Champion winning two weight groups in one year and Olympic Champion.

Paul when he was a full-time Judo player at Camberley judo club with the British squad
(The home of British judo.)

Paul also decided to start his own business working in schools teaching judo to children of all ages. Southern Schools Judo was founded in 2003 operating is schools all over the South of England. Currently, Paul teaches an average of 500 children a week.


  • British Judo Association level 3 coach
  • Judo Diploma from Anglia Ruskin University
  • NVQ Judo Advanced sport studies
  • 3rd Dan black belt
  • 3rd Dan black belt Gos Sin Jutsu
  • Sports coach UK member
  • DBS checked
  • First Aid by Pro training.eu Training Services
  • Long term player development qualification
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport
  • NSPCC time to listen to the workshop
  • Club Welfare Officer
  • Southern Regional Council Health and Fitness for life
  • Full Public Liability insurance for £10,000,000