SAMURAI OLYMPIC JUDO CLUB
The Samurai Olympic Judo Club is the oldest Judo Club in Wales, formed in 1957 by Mr Alan Petherbridge. Mr Petherbridge was first introduced to Judo in 1946 while posted to Berlin with the British Army, Judo was still in its infancy in the UK, barely known outside of the Budokwai, London.
During the late 50's Alan Petherbridge was Gold medalist in European Judo Championships between 1957 and 1961 winning four European Gold Medals and represented Great Britain in the Toyko Olympic Games in 1964. The Samurai Judo Club has produced two Olympic Competitors, six European Championship Gold medals, four European Championship Silver medals and three European Championship Bronze medals. The Club has produced many British Squad members and dozens of Welsh Champions.
Alan Petherbridge (9th Dan) established the Samurai Judo Club in 1957 and led the Club until 2008 more than 50 years inspiring and directing Judo in Swansea and remains Technical Director. The club was managed from 2008 to 2015 by Mr Keiron Palmer (3rd Dan), now managed by Paul Williams (2nd Dan).
Alan Petherbridge 9th Dan, MBE with Mr Angelo Parisi 7th Dan.
Photographd on the occassion of Mr Petherbridge being inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr Parisi represented Great Britain in the Munich 1972 Olympic and France in the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles1984 Olympics. Mr Parisi won Gold in the 1980 Heavy weight class and silver in the 1980 Open category. Mr Parisi also won silver in the 1984 Heavyweight category.
"The best grades I ever had were first Dan and fourth Dan. The first was a great achievement and the fourth meant I was accepted internationally as a competitor"
Alan Petherbrige, 9th Dan, MBE.
Picture; Alan Petherbridge (left) Angelo Parisi (right) Olympic Gold 1980 Moscow, Olympic Silver 1984 Los Angeles, Olympic Bronze 1972 Munich
Current Coaches at Samurai Olympic Judo Club
Back row from left to right; Terry Bevan 1st Dan, Keiron Palmer 4th Dan, Andrew Frudd 5th Dan.
Front row from left to right; Robert Moore 1st Dan, Paul Williams 2nd Dan.