Matthew Purssey -90kg
Place of Birth: Chertsey, England
Grade: 2nd Dan
Age began Judo: 6 ½yrs
Why did you start judo: My friends mum wanted him to start, but didn’t want him to go on his own. He gave up after 3 weeks!!
First Judo Club: Pinewood Judo Club
Favourite Technique: Uchi-mata
Favourite Judo Player: This has changed several times, at the moment, Ilias Iliadis
Hobbies: Fine wines and collecting rare butterflies! My hobby is my living!
Favourite Colour: Gold!!
Favourite Food: Something very rich sweet, normally a cake of some sort!
Favourite Actor: Christian Bale
Favourite Film: One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest
Favourite Song: When a man loves a woman (Percy Sledge)
Favourite Band/Group: Florence and the machine
Favourite Author: Fyodor Mikhail Dostoyevsky
Favourite Saying: No excuses, no apologies!
- 5 time Senior British Champion
- 3 time British Open Champion
- 3rd Rotterdam Super World Cup
- 3rd Drammen World Cup
- 5th European Championships 2006
- 5th Paris Tournament 2010
- 3rd Poland World Cup 2010
Can you sum yourself up: I hope that what you get is what you see. I try to be honest and honourable in all my dealings with people. Occasionally I’m too self-assured, and a little vain, but if you don’t love yourself, how can anybody else love you?!