History of Paul Jones

The History of Head Coach – Paul Jones.

I started judo when I was eight years old at Basingstoke Judo Club  (BJC) with coach John Gowland, training at the club until I was 21 years old.

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

I competed for the Great Britain team for 5 years.  One of the tournaments I took part in was the Trofeo International Tournament held in Naples where the team won the Gold Cup, beating Cuba, Brazil, and Italy to take the title.

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

After leaving full-time training I gained 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.

Following my experiences with the GB team and my training in Japan, I  decided to start my own British Judo Association club – The Paul Jones School of Judo.   Founded  in 1999, 

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

Outside the Kodokan in Japan
This is where I won 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.

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

After the success of my Paul Jones School of Judo club I  decided to start another  business working in schools teaching judo to children of all ages.  Southern Schools Judo was founded in 2003 operating in schools all over the South of England.   Currently, I teach an average of 500 children a week.  I’ve been very lucky as I continue to teach at some of the schools I started with in 2003.


  • 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