Our instructors

Glenn our head coach and judo sensei (left) and Eric our former wrestling coach (right)

GLENN SPIERS, our Head Coach, is a full time, professional judo coach. A 5th Dan (Level 4) judo instructor under the BJA, Glenn teaches Judo to kids and adults in some of the best clubs in London, places such as the Budokwai (the oldest Judo club in the world outside Japan), Carlson Gracie London (where he also trains BJJ, holding a brown belt), and Imperial College Judo Club. Renowned for his excellent tuition, friendly and informal style (and strong ne-waza), he has a ton of experience in both teaching and competing, and he is also a BJA official. He is also our Sambo Coach. Glenn is the backbone of Shinbudo – without his teaching, passion, and tutelage the club would not exist (period). In a previous life, Glenn was a school English teacher for some 17 years!


EMMA PURSEY is our BJJ coach. Emma accidentally started jiu jitsu when she arrived at a class she had thought was something completely different, and was too polite to leave. (She was a full day late for the class she had meant to go for…)

Emma PPolite as ever, she has since gone on to win a bucket-full of national titles at white, blue and purple belt, as well as making three major podiums, with a silver and bronze at the Europeans, and a silver at no-gi worlds.

At 52kg, Emma has developed a game to suit smaller athletes, and has proved its efficacy with a haul of open weight victories over significantly larger opponents.

Emma was top-ranked blue belt in the UK in 2018 before earning her purple belt from Darragh O’Connail in early 2019.

Work commitments have taken Emma back and forth between Cardiff, Kent and London, allowing her to gain invaluable instruction from black belts Dickie Martin, Sam Gibson, Ffion Davies, Bryn Jenkins, Omied Khakshour and Jamie Hughes.

Now permanently based in London, Emma trains full-time at Carlson Gracie HQ.


Nicole_3437NICOLE RUDUSS is a Level 1 judo coach under the BJA. Nicole started judo as an adult demystifying the cliche’ that grappling arts (and judo in particular) can only be learnt from a young age.

She is, admittedly, a very keen athlete and competitor so her learning curve has been nothing but exceptional. She is also a great coach and of the nicest (and toughest) persons you’ll meet on our mats.


NICK KOUNTOURIS is a level 2 wrestling coach under the British Wrestling Association. He is also a shodan in Judo (and a L1 coach under the BJA) and a blue belt in BJJ.

level 2 wrstling course
Nick, top right, completing his Level 2 coaching course under BWA’s Eric Ciake and Trevor Hoskins

Nick started with wrestling and, then, judo as a youngster, but his interests drifted towards the striking arts when he was a teen (‘In retrospect, time well spent’ he says – especially the years competing in Shotokan karate-do, where he holds a black belt too). He rekindled with grappling in his early thirties, training assiduously, and never looked back. 

When he is not on our mats he enjoys (‘a lot!’) teaching law in one of London’s universities.


nick-b_1617.jpgNICK BRAZEAU – Nick brings to the club his vast experience in US folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, having trained and competed assiduously from a young age. Nick wrestled varsity for Harvard College at 141, 149, and 165 lbs for two years. Before Harvard wrestling, Nick wrestled at Mattawan High School where he captained the team in his junior and senior year, earned all-state and all-regional honors in 2008 and was a two-time academic all-state recipient. Nick was also a three-time all-district and three-time all-conference selection and was named wrestling team MVP as a senior. He still holds Mattawan high school record for most wins in a season and is second on the all-time wins list.

Basically, in terms of his wrestling skills, Nick is the product of the very sophisticated champion building machine that is the US scholastic wrestling programme, and we are very lucky to have him contributing to the growth of wrestling talent in Shinbudo and in London.

Like most talented folkstyle wrestlers, at some point Nick had to face a choice between moving to an elite level wrestling training programme and serious studies. Luckily (for the field of medicine), Nick is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina, and a visiting researcher at Imperial College.


As a club we are are massively indebted to a number of groups and individuals that have assisted us and shared their knowledge with us. First and foremost those who taught our athletes in the past, before the vicissitudes of life brought them to pastures new.

ILYA SAMORODOV, Sambo coach image1was our Sambo coach between 2018-2019. He will always be credited for introducing us to the wonderful combat sport that Sambo. Ilja started his Sambo journey at a young age, in his native Lithuania, developing early on a keen interest for competition with considerable success (Baltic State champion – twice – is no small achievement).

Through his Sambo journey, Ilja trained with some of the best in the business. Legendary figures such as USSR Master of Sambo Vladimir Yashkin, 3 times World Sambo Champion Eduardas Rudas, and Lithuanian Combat Sambo champion Alexandr Gorelik. Having moved to the UK as a university student a few years ago, and currently working in Scotland, Ilja remains passionate about spreading Sambo in the UK.

Kazuhiko Fuchikawa was one of our assistant coaches in 208-19. Kazu is a 2nd dan black belt under the All Japan Judo Federation and, while here qualified as a KazusenseiLevel 1 BJA judo coach. He started judo in his native Japan, studying under Andou Katsuhide (安藤勝英) Sensei, and  was once a member of Keio University’s judo team. Admired for his effortless style (and feared for his ashi-waza techniques), Kazuhiko brought to our club a taste of the Japanese judo spirit: technical mastery combined with generosity, modesty, and courtesy (which is probably what the principles of Seiryoku zenyo/maximum efficiency and Jita kyoei/mutual benefit are all about). Now back in his native Japan, Kazu is still active on the judo competition scene – and extremely active on the Competition Law one!

Mabast Hussein was our Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach in 2017-18. Mabast started training BJJ at Carlson Gracie London when he was 13 years old and is currently training under 10-times world champion legend Roger Gracie. He is a purple belt and a consistent and keen bjj competitor having won numerous national titles in comps such as the IBJJF London International Open, the British Open, English Open and many more. He has travelled around the world to compete and train with some of the best in the sport. As a result he has a highly sophisticated and well-rounded understanding of the sport  and is now keen to pass these skills onto his students. When he is not rolling on some bjj mat, Mabast is an equally hardworking theoretical physics student at Imperial College.

Eric Ciake taught wrestling at Shinbudo in 2016-17. Eric needs no introduction. Once a formidable competitor in the 66Kg, Eric eventually moved into coaching, quickly rising through the ranks and becoming one of the most senior and respected Team GB, UWW qualified coaches. During his short spell with us, he laid the foundations of our current wrestling division.

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