Mick Bowmer

6th Dan/Senior Examiner/Level 3 Coach

In a prolific Judo career spanning over four decades Mick has won medals at under 18, under 21, Senior and Masters level. The high profile medals include:

  • Senior British Champion twice
  • Scottish Open Champion four times
  • Welsh Open Champion

Mick has also represented Great Britain on numerous occasions winning a Bronze Medal at the British Multi-Nations Tournament.

At Masters Level Mick has been British Champion five times and won a Bronze Medal at the World Masters.

Mick is the Senior Coach at Bradford Judo Club.

Harry Benson

1st Dan Instructor

Harry Benson started Judo whilst serving in the Army and achieved his Black Belt in 1973. Since then he has been an active member competitively and in a coaching capacity throughout the Yorkshire District; working closely with clubs Harry has helped develop Judo within the region into what it is today.

Harry’s efforts were recognised in 1997 when he was awarded the Leeds District Sports Council Award for his contributions to sport.

Harry now focuses his efforts at Bradford Judo Club and is an Instructor for Juniors and Seniors alike.

Rachel O'Keefe

Junior Coach

Rachel discovered judo late on in life (aged 34) but in just 3 years, with great effort, she attained her brown belt and is now competing for her black belt.

She is CRB police checked, a qualified first aider and child protection "safeguarding children" trained. She has just achieved her level 1 coaching award and is now progressing on to her level 2 coaching award, which she should attain next year.

She is also learning to be a "Judo Fit" teacher.

With the encouragement of Bradford Judo Club, Rachel has achieved all she has set out to do so far!

"I've found Judo to be an excellent sport for boosting confidence, letting off steam (good for mums!) and keeping super-sonically fit. But what I love most is the fun side of Judo; I strongly believe that a person is never too old to have a piggy back ride!

Working as Junior Coach alongside Dave Chapman allows me to pass on the techniques I've been taught and my enthusiasm for the sport. Plus, as we're both parents, we can break down the techniques to kid level or used focused games to make our sessions fun to achieve maximum understanding and enjoyment."