Meet the Coaches
Our Judo Coaches are all British Judo Association (BJA) qualified and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checked.
We are proud to have within the ranks at Dowty Judo Club: 3 level 3 coaches, 4 level 2 coaches and 3 level 1 coaches.
Our BJA qualified level 3 coaches are
Pete Salter has held his 5th Dan since 2007 and is a BJA qualified level 3 coach. As well as coaching in the club, he oversees the county squad coaching team.
Pete has served as Chairman of Gloucestershire County Judo since it was constituted as a committee over 30 years ago, and has also held the position of County Coach for that time.
Pete has run the Dowty Judo Club along with his wife Chris since 1975, and in 1981 along with other members of the Dowty Club, created a purpose built Dojo.
During this period of time, Pete has coached at Club, County and Area level. Coaching Players at all three levels to Club, County, Area, National, and International standard.
Pete served as Western Area Technical Director for approximately 5 years, and was also the Western Area Vice Chairman for a period of time.
Don Quinn has held his 3rd Dan since 2002 and is a BJA qualified level 3 coach. As well as coaching in the club, he coaches the senior county squad sessions.
Dean Douglas has held his 4th Dan since 2007 and is a BJA qualified level 3 coach. As well as coaching in the club, he coaches the senior county squad sessions.
Dean has competed at county, area, national and international level and has previously been a member of the GB Masters squad.
Our BJA qualified level 2 coaches are
Dave Williams has held his 2nd Dan since 2006 and is a BJA qualified level 2 coach.
Bryan Butler has held his Dan grade since 1987 and has been a BJA qualified level 2 coach at Dowty Judo Club since the early 1990s.
As a teenager he represented Dowty Judo Club, Gloucestershire and the West of England at numerous competitions up to National level.
Bryan is also a Gloucestershire junior squad coach.
Bryan is also an active member of the Gloucestershire County Committee, helping to organise local events.
Bradley Salter has held his 3rd Dan since 2005 and is a BJA qualified level 2 coach.
Brad has competed for the club and was previously on the GB Masters Squad.
We also have a UKCC qualified level 2 coach
Gary Foley has held his 1st Dan since 2007 and is a UKCC qualified level 2 coach.
Our BJA qualified level 1 coaches are
Jonathan Lockey has held his 1st Dan since 2011 and is a BJA qualified level 1 coach.
Mike Woodham has held his 1st Dan since 2007 and is a BJA qualified level 1 coach.
Maria Ritchie has held her 2nd Dan since 2011 and is a BJA qualified level 1 coach.
Maria has been with the Dowty Club since her days as a successful Junior Player, followed by an active career as a Senior Player, which subsequently took her into an equally successful Masters career. She has been a regular competitor at Masters level since 2012 when she won the British Masters title, and is still competing today.
In 2016, she embarked on the required route towards her Coaching qualification, and later that year she became a fully qualified level 1 Coach within the BJA Coaching structure, and subsequently joined the Dowty Coaching team, and also acts as the Club's welfare officer.