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Sensei Mike's journey in the art of Judo commenced at the age of seven under the tutelage of Sensei Errol Field, a respected 7th Dan practitioner. Drawing from a lineage deeply rooted in tradition, Sensei Field, who himself was graded by the renowned Judo Master Masutaro Otani, 8th Dan, instilled in Sensei Mike the essence of authentic Japanese Judo. Sensei Mike, now carrying this rich legacy forward, imparts the same classical Judo principles to his students.

Sensei Mike & Sensei Field 7th Dan
Master Masutaro Otani 8th Dan

Sensei Field and Sensei Mike

Master Masutaro Otani 8th Dan

Sensei Mike Hurst and Ric Blass Jr.

As Sensei Mike honed his craft over the years, he remained steadfast in his quest to preserve the purity of traditional Judo while also embracing the advancements in competitive techniques. His pursuit led him to Japan, where he trained briefly at the prestigious Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, immersing himself in the essence of Judo. Embracing the ethos of rigorous and repetitive training, Sensei Mike understands the importance of mastery through dedication, a philosophy he shares with his students.During his time at the Kodokan, Sensei Mike had the privilege of training alongside esteemed judoka, including Ric Blas JR, who later represented Guam at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. This exposure to elite talent further enriched Sensei Mike's understanding of the sport.

Ric Blass Jr at Olympics

Ric Blass JR at the London 2012 Olympics. Ric was the heaviest modern Olympian weighing in at 218kg.

Sensei Mike's training partner whilst at the Kodokan in Japan; Ric Blas JR.

Sensei Mike's own journey in Judo has seen him compete at various levels, from local contests in his youth to triumphs at national and international stages as a senior athlete. His passion for the sport extends beyond mere competition; it encompasses a profound appreciation for its physical and spiritual rewards. Guiding his students with dedication, Sensei Mike empowers them to embark on their own journeys of self-improvement, striving for perfection within themselves and contributing positively to society.

Sensei Mike Hurst at 2018 European Championships

Individualised attention is at the core of Sensei Mike's teaching philosophy. By tailoring judo strategies to each student's unique abilities and strengths, he believes true mastery of the art can be achieved. Through this personalised approach, Sensei Mike nurtures the emergence of genuine judo prowess in his students, fostering a deep connection between mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of excellence.

Sensei Mike Hurst wins Silver at Commonwealth Championships 2019
Sensei Kashiwazaki, World Champion 1981

Sensei Mike with 1981 World Champion Sensei Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, 8th Dan

Sensei Mike winning Silver at the 2019

Commonwealth Judo Championships (Veterans)

Sensei Mike representing GBR at the 2018 EJU Veterans European Championships

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