Starting judo as a quiet, shy, six year old in the small Scottish town where my gran and granddad lived I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be on a worldwide coaching site sharing my hints and tips on how to become a successful judoka.
I wasn't enormously talented, or confident, or strong. What I did have was a passion for the sport and an unquenchable drive to improve. And I suppose that combination can take you a long way, even if it did take a long time!
I will be giving you a unique insight into what it took for me to go from that shy, retiring six year old, through to a pretty unexceptional teenage judoka, to someone who stood on the top of international rostrums, defeating world and Olympic champions on the way to Grand Slam gold.
I will break down the gripping, preparation, attack system and newaza that I built my judo around and show you how, by taking care of the basics, you can take your competitive judo to the next level.