A lot of people give their time up to help fellow sportsman and women, especially children but I wonder if anyone has put in the years that Dave Boulding has given to the Young Judo Club?
40 years, he joined the Club in 1971 and came to us as a Green Belt; he started his Judo at the famous London Judo Society. On moving to Sittingbourne with his wife Lynn Dave decided to keep up his Judo by joining the club with in a few years he reach Black belt Status and become a club Instructor. In those 40 years he reached the dizzy heights of 6th Dan (Red/White Belt), became a Senior Coach with the British Judo Council, first person to become a Level 3 Coach with the International Budo Federation, managed the IBF GB British Judo Junior Team on many occasions, qualified as an IBF Class A referee and still serves on the IBF England Judo Technical Commission all this time he never gave up teaching children at the club.
He did not restrict him self to Judo, he became a Black belt in Jiu Jitsu, Sambo and CombatSombo, he won a World Masters Sambo Silver and was a founder member of the British Sombo/Sambo Federation which is 25 years old this year.
I have only scratched the surface of this remarkable man, hopefully you will contact him to get some more historical background, and the YJC is planning a presentation meal to celebrate his 40 years.
You can contact him on 01795 471218 or 07816642478. I am sure the thousands of youngsters he taught would like to know he is still at the helm
Martin Clarke 8th Dan