Unlike many community sports clubs, we are lucky to benefit from two pros, Glenn Spiers and Eric Ciake, two outstanding coaches that teach and develop their respective sports on a full time and professional basis.
Glenn Spiers, our Head Coach, is a 5th Dan judo instructor under the BJA, who 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. In a previous life, Glenn was a school English teacher for some 17 years!
Eric Ciake is our wrestling coach, as well as the coach of Team England and the BWA’s England Talent Pathway Lead. He is unquestionably one of the top wrestling instructors in the UK, and has amassed an array of accolades and titles both as a competitor and as an educator in the sport. As all top coaches, Eric is particularly insistent on fundamentals and strong technical foundations, but is also invariably capable of taking your wrestling to the next level. Eric is both a specialist (in freestyle wrestling) and a well-rounded grappler, with an unparalleled understanding of a wide range of wrestling styles.
Yao Gogoly teaches our functional movement class on Tuesdays (in April and May 2016). Yao has been teaching parkour and movement classes throughout London (including in our area) for a number of years. He is part of the Performance Team of Parkour Generations so he is really one of the top traceurs in the country, and we are lucky to have him at Shinbudo. No less importantly, at least for us, Yao has a martial arts background and a profound understanding of the type of functional movement we require in order to maintain and increase our capabilities in terms of speed, agility, explosive power, and timing.