Judo giant records a DVD at town club
A ST IVES judo trainer has joined an Olympic silver medallist to film training videos which will be viewed worldwide.
John Smith, a former British judo champion, was asked to partner the former world champion and 21-time British champion Neil Adams, who was in Cornwall to make a film on quality coaching for the International Judo Federation.
Mr Smith, incoming head teacher at Halwin Primary School, has been involved in the sport for 30 years and was himself trained by Mr Adams during his time in the British judo squad.
"He was always my hero growing up," said Mr Smith. "For him to ask me to be involved was an honour."
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Having the former world champion in Cornwall was a great way to inspire children to take up the sport, he said.
The film was shot at Hayle Judo Kwai's clubhouse in Crowlas, whose 160sq ft of mats make it the largest of its kind in the county, and hence the ideal venue for recording Mr Adams' training session.
"He's been all over the world and he walked in and said, 'What a fantastic place'," said owner Richard Deacon.
"Meeting him one to one was fantastic. I picked up quite a few tips."