David started Judo in 1972 when his parents decided that he had to 'learn how to defend himself'. Initially reluctant, as it interfered with watching 'Tomorrow's World' in the days prior to VHS or DVD he nevertheless, as an obedient son, did as he was told.
The style of teaching was rather different in those days and for several months, all he was allowed to do was practice breakfalls until they were of a standard that allowed him to move on to greater things.
At this point he discovered that he rather enjoyed throwing people around and progressed quite rapidly whereupon by his teens, he started to enter various competitions. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of him in action from those days because his parents never came to watch citing that "it causes to much pain to see my baby in a fight" which was palpable nonsense as he usually returned with a trophy or two in his hands.
David enjoyed success in competition at county, area and national level, twice gaining Gold in the National Championships. However, upon becoming a senior he found the going rather harder and it took him two years to gain his 2nd Kyu (Blue belt).
Distracted by other activities and the closure of the club he then attended (Yoshinkwai in Northwood) David left the Judo world in 1982.
However, in 2004 his children joined the local Karate club and David was not terribly happy about that. First of all he had to prove himself to Roy Sensei and was then eventually allowed to join the Chalfont club where he set about recollecting his skills. It then took a year to convince his children to switch their allegiance but now there was no looking back. David gained 1st Kyu (Brown belt) in 2007 and after a lot of work on improving his coaching ability he obtained the coveted promotion to Black belt 1st Dan at the BJC 2009 Summer School in Bognor.
Much to his patient wifes frustration, it does not end here however. He has his sight on the next coaching awards and further promotion which undoubtably will require a lot more work on Kata as well as general study and application. Lorraine comments "I am now a Judo widow" and has immersed herself with an interest in mosaics and glass cutting.
STOP PRESS: David was promoted to 2nd Dan on the 17th November 2013 by Robin Otani, President of the BJC
In June of 2009 David took the BJC Referee exam and became a registered BJC Referee. His first outing was at the BJC Senior Nationals in 2009 and he has continued with roughly a dozen events per year. Now promoted to Regional level, David regularly officiates at National and International events and is recognised as possessing the best quality blazer within the BJC.
David was never much good at traditional 'sport' at school. But he discovered an interest in Cross Country and with that developed his ability to the point where he has ran several marathons. Not terribly fast, but with an ability to 'just keep going' he was much better suited to the long distances.
Over his late teens he also developed an interest in hiking and has walked the Pennine Way several times, Lands End to John O'Groats straight after finishing his 'A' Levels and a variety of other silly ideas including an 'extended' version of the Lyke Wake Walk where he covered 51 miles in one day.
David then thought it would be a good idea to tackle the very silly Karrimor Mountain Marathons where a lot of daft people charge all over various mountains for two days, get very wet, cold and hungry and then tell everyone what a great time they had.
In his twenties David swam ten miles around the coast of Majorca, got severely stung by Jelly fish and like a mad English man, cycled fifty miles in the mid-day sun becoming rather de-hydrated. During this stage David rather liked cycling and took part in a lot of sponsored cycles for the British Heart Foundation. He has recently 're-discovered' this interest.
David also enjoys skiing for which he holds a few trophies, weight training, kyaking (for which he holds no qualifications whatsoever), sailing (there is a RYA qualification back from his youth) and to top it all, has a Glider Licence.
For some reason no one else understands, David also has a HGV2 lorry licence.
When David is not engaged in physical Judo he likes to pit his mind against anything that is available. A ferocious advocate he writes letters to the papers, argues with whoever is in range and claims that he is just like Socrates - well we all know what happened to him!