The Coaches

The coaches of the club are all fully qualified by the BJA and bring a wide variety of judo styles and experience to the mat.​

If you have any questions for the coaches then please send them an email

Nick Palmer

Nick is a 4th Dan and has been a member of the British Masters squad. Through his Judo contacts the club has formed strong links with Marburg and Helsinki university Judo clubs, with whom we regularly arrange exchanges.

Alec Edwards

Alec is currently a 5th Dan, and was formerly the head coach of CUJC. He holds a Level 3 Coaching qualification, and serves as a Senior Examiner and a Senior Kata Examiner for the BJA.

Greg Viney

Coach Greg

Greg has been doing judo since the age of 7 where he and Lee started under the coaching skills of Alec Edwards in Cambridge. Greg moved on to train as a Junior in Haverhill under Vic Durrant and Elaine Ward, this strong judo club gave Greg the opportunity to represent the Eastern Area in numerous National Championships and securing a GB squad position as a Junior. He looks forward to trying to replicate this for masters championships.

Lee Beamiss

Coach Lee (right)

Lee (on the right in the picture above) also started judo at Cambridge and as a 1st Dan has done informal coaching in CUJC over the past few years.  He has since completed his Level 1 coaching qualification, and represented the City team at Varisty.

Chris McGee

Coach Chris

Chris is currently 1st Dan and is a qualified BJA Level 1 Coach. He particularly specializes in ne-waza (ground work) techniques.

Kat McDonald

Coach Kat

Kat joins us from Anglia Ruskin University judo club, where she is the head coach.

Mark Burrell

Coach Mark

Mark is a 1st Dan and Level 1 coach, and has been playing judo for over 30 years. He is teaching the 2021 beginners’ course; and is currently the City Team Captain.

Dean Pocock

Coach Dean

Dean is a 1st Dan and Level 1 coach. He has been training in judo for over 20 years.