Brian Jacks, one of the most celebrated names in the history of British Judo, visited the University of Wolverhampton at Walsall on Thursday evening 31st August 2017 to give a Masterclass and tips on training methods and advice on what worked for him to become one of Britons most successful Judo fighters. The event was organised by Kevin O’Reilly, one of the Senior Coaches from Wolverhampton Judo Club with support from Roger Houston the Midland Area Chairman and Dave Elmore from the University club. Over 40 players attended from various clubs across the Midlands from the age of 11 to 70 ranging from Orange belts to 7th Dan Black belts many with a number of years’ experience themselves, however taking the opportunity of spending some time to learn from a Master of his sport.
Following the success of the evening the event also raised £180.00 towards Cancer Research UK, which Kevin is a strong support of having survived Oesophagus Cancer a few years ago.
Jacks was the first Briton to win a medal at the World Championships, a bronze in 1967, and then went on to take European middleweight titles in 1970 and 1973, as well as a bronze medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He was Chief Instructor at The Budokwai in London which was the first Judo Club in the UK and later became well-known for winning the BBC ‘Superstars’ competition in the late 1970s dominating the British and European version of the contest from 1979 to 1980 and winning four titles with his impressive gym dips and squat thrusts.
He now lives in Pattaya, Thailand and runs a 60-room hotel apartment block but often returns to the UK as a guest to teach Masterclass Judo sessions or after dinner speeches. His current trip is to help promote and sell his biography “The Mindset of a Champion” which reflects on his experiences of events in his life in five stages and what has been his driving force.