COACHES & STAFF

LORRAINE CUSACK-BROWN

LORRAINE CUSACK-BROWN

ADMIN AND FINANCE MANAGER

Contact Lorraine for any information about classes and how to book a trial session.
Call her on 07710 795216 or use our CONTACT US page 🙂

 

BILLY CUSACK

BILLY CUSACK

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

Men’s Head GB Coach for London 2012 Olympic Team. High Performance Coach for Scotland. Billy has been involved in every Olympic Games, as either a player or coach, since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Billy was personal and mat side coach for five of the London 2012 Olympians and was the coach for many athletes in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Billy has been involved in judo his whole life, and began his coaching career in schools within Edinburgh.

He has 29 years of coaching experience, from grassroots level, through to World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Travelling through judo, has allowed him to see parts of the world, that as a child, he could have only dreamed of. He has met many people on his judo journey, leading to long lasting friendships.

Billy is involved with Edinburgh Judo on every level and you will often see him on the mat coaching all of our children and adults, passing on his knowledge and experiences.

GRADE: 7th Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 3 UKCC.
NICKNAME: Billy the Boss.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Sushi.
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Yasahiro Yamashita.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Uchi Mata.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT: competing in the Barcelona Olympics.
ROLE MODEL: My father Patrick.

MOTTO: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: The Marx brothers.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Faithless, Rolling Stones.
FAVOURITE QUOTES: 
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“One hundred years from now
It won’t matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
Nor what my cloths looked like
BUT
The world may be a little better
Because, I was important
In the life of a child.”

(excerpt from “Within My Power” by Forest Witcraft)

SARAH CLARK

SARAH CLARK

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

NICKNAME: Clarky.
GRADE: 6th Dan
COACH LEVEL: Level 2 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 9
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Uchi mata
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER:  Kosei Inoue, Neil Adams.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Winning the European title in 2006 and beating one of, if not the greatest female player of our generation, Lucie Decosse of France. Also, because, in the lead up to the tournament, I’d been injured, and I believe most people didn’t think I could do it.
ROLE MODEL: My mam and dad
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Sushi.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: Maths.
MOTTO: “The real journey begins when you stand back up again”
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Lorraine when she laughs at “Billyyyyyyyy”
FAVOURITE MUSIC: A huge mix: Bryan Adams, U2, Arctic Monkeys, Beautiful South, The Killers (I always listened to the Killers when I was making weight), Circa waves, The Enemy, Foster The People.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Tall, courageous, list-maker.
ANYTHING ELSE: I have always had a ‘never give up’ attitude, it’s helped me throughout my sporting career and I know it will stand me in greater stead moving forward. I now love what I do. I am part of a wonderful family within the judo club and the wider community. People that care and want to make a difference. I’d like to continue being part of growing and developing and helping people to fulfil their potential.

KAREN CUSACK

KAREN CUSACK

UKCC LEVEL 2 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT COACH

NICKNAME: Not really, called Cusack a lot.
GRADE: 1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 2 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 7.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Kouchi gari.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Ryoko Tani.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY:Commonwealth Bronze – took a lot of blood sweat and tears..I’d set my heart on it and did it.
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo, anywhere in Thailand.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Anything hot, Mexican…Japanese chicken Katsu.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: PE.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: I laugh every day and a lot at myself.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Too many, but something I can dance too, I hate ballads.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Chatty, funny, determined.
REECE CALDER

REECE CALDER

UKCC LEVEL 2 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT COACH

NICKNAME: Mowgli/Rooster.
GRADE: 2nd Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 2 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Uchi Mata.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER:  Ryunosuke Haga.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: National Teams GOLD because I won the deciding fight.
MOTTO: Have fun and smile!
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Vines.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Arctic Monkeys, The View.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Tall, Dark and Ugly!
ANYTHING ELSE: Edinburgh Judo member since I was 5 years old, Sarah Adlington’s training partner for Commonwealth Games.
CONNIE RAMSAY

CONNIE RAMSAY

UKCC LEVEL 2 JUNIOR COACH

NICKNAME: Ronnie.
GRADE: 2nd Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 2 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Koshi Guruma.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Sabrina Filzmoser.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal.
ROLE MODEL: My Parents.
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo.
FAVOURITE FOOD: ANY!
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: P.E.
MOTTO: Its hard to beat a person that never gives up.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Being with my crazy friends and family.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Olly Murs, The View, anything I can sing to really.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Fun, Happy, Squeaky.
SARAH ADLINGTON

SARAH ADLINGTON

UKCC LEVEL 2 COACH

NICKNAME: Big Sarah.
GRADE: 3rd Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 2 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 5.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: O Soto/Harai Goshi.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Kosei Inoue.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Winning the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because both my Mum and Dad were in the crowd.
ROLE MODEL: Sarah Clark 🙂
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Difficult question, I like a good burger!
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: PE and French.

MOTTO: The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: A lot of things, it’s good to laugh.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Depends on my mood, Spotify solves this as i can listen to anything. For me music brings back old memories. 
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Big Tall and Ginger 🙂

MALIN WILSON

MALIN WILSON

UKCC LEVEL 2 COACH

NICKNAME: Mal 
GRADE: 
1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: UKCC Level 2.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 13.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Eri Seoi Nage.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Telma Monteiro.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: First British Senior Medal. It was a really long and tough day but I finally proved to myself that the hard work that I put in pays off. Now to keep going
ROLE MODEL: Kayla Harrison.
FAVOURITE CITY: Lyon.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Brazilian BBQ.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: Sport.

MOTTO: I’m going to succeed because I’m crazy enough to think I can.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Big O.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Most things, depends on my mood.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Stubborn, Dedicated and Caring.
ANYTHING ELSE?: I’m half french and speak 4 languages.

CRAIG ARUNDEL

CRAIG ARUNDEL

UKCC LEVEL 1 COACH

GRADE:  1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 1 UKCC .
AGE STARTED JUDO: 5.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Uchi Mata
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Shohei Ono
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Getting my black belt.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Macaroni Cheese.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: PE.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: A League of their own.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Cheery, helpful, consistent.
SCOTT CUSACK

SCOTT CUSACK

UKCC LEVEL 1 COACH

NICKNAME: Big Conky
GRADE: 1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 1 UKCC.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Uchimata.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Yasuhiro Yamashita.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Meeting, and going for dinner with, Yasuhiro Yamashita
FAVOURITE CITY: Tokyo.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Sushi.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: P.E.
MOTTO: Working hard or hardly working?
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Breakfast.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Arctic Monkeys
ANYTHING ELSE: I am a part-time plasterer and work around my training and coaching.
EOIN FLEMING

EOIN FLEMING

UKCC LEVEL 1 COACH

GRADE:  2nd Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 1 UKCC .
AGE STARTED JUDO: 6.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Osoto Gari.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Patrick Dawson
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: 5th at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014
FAVOURITE CITY: Belfast.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Lasagne.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: Maths.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: People trying to do my (Irish) accent!
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Tall, Dark and Handsome

GAVIN MCNEILL

GAVIN MCNEILL

UKCC LEVEL 1 COACH

GRADE:  2nd Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Level 1 UKCC .
AGE STARTED JUDO: 5.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Harai Goshi.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Yasuhiro Yamashita
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Seeing the club members (of all ages and levels) develop and achieve their goals is pretty cool.
ROLE MODEL: My Dad.
FAVOURITE CITYSydney.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Sushi.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: Maths.

MOTTO: “Speak softly and carry a big stick” – Theodore Roosevelt.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: 
My kids.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Big, Bearded, Baldie!

PARHAM BENHAM

PARHAM BENHAM

ASSISTANT COACH

NICKNAME: Paz.
GRADE: 2nd Kyu.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 25.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Seio Nage.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Zantaraia.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT: Training at Ratho with national team.
ROLE MODEL: None.
FAVOURITE CITY: Vancouver.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Ghormeh Sabzi (herb stew).

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Steve Carell.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Dedicated, caring. disciplined

JASON DAVIS

JASON DAVIS

ASSISTANT COACH

NICKNAME: Jamazin’
GRADE: 1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Ko Uchi Gake.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Aaron Wolf.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Getting my Black Belt.
ROLE MODEL: The Rock
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Pizza.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Amazing, Caring, Strong.

JACK FERRY

JACK FERRY

ASSISTANT COACH

GRADE:  1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Ippon Seoi-nage.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Georgii Zantaraia.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Getting my black belt.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Pizza.

 

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: TV comedies.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Small, Determined, Fun.

AINE FERRY

AINE FERRY

ASSISTANT COACH

NICKNAME: Ferry. 
GRADE: 
1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 3.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Ippon Seoi-nage.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Tadahiro Nomura.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Getting my black belt.
ROLE MODEL: My Mum

 

 

MOTTO: A river cuts through a rock not because of power but because of persistence.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: 
Chicken Curry.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: 
My best friend.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Silly, cheery, enthusiastic

HANNAH MOSZ

HANNAH MOSZ

ASSISTANT CLUB COACH

GRADE: 1st Kyu.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 8.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Harai Goshi.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Ilias Iliadis.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Flanders Gold – was my first time competing abroad.
ROLE MODEL: Ronda Rousey.
FAVOURITE CITY: Portimao in Portugal.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Spaghetti.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: Chemistry.

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Fraser Allan.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Paolo Nutini.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Nice, Energetic, Happy.
ALEX SHORT

ALEX SHORT

ASSISTANT COACH

NICKNAME: Chong.
GRADE: 1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 4.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Ippon Seo.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Tadahiro Nomura.
ROLE MODEL: Tadahiro nomura.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Japanese curry rice.
MOTTO: What we believe we become 
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Most things.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Excitable, Serious, Full-time.

OLLIE SHORT

OLLIE SHORT

ASSISTANT COACH

GRADE: 1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 5.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Osoto Gari.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Shohei Ono.
FAVOURITE JUDO MOMENT & WHY: Having a training session at the Kodokan – the birthplace of judo.
ROLE MODEL: My Grandad.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Katsu Curry.

MOTTO: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you sew.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Come Fly With Me.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Brad Pitt Lookalike.

ETHYN SMITH

ETHYN SMITH

ASSISTANT COACH

NICKNAME: Smithy
GRADE: 
1st Dan.
COACH LEVEL: Assistant Coach.
AGE STARTED JUDO: 6.
FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE: Ouchi Gari.
FAVOURITE JUDO PLAYER: Shohei Ono.
ROLE MODEL: Patrick Dawson.
FAVOURITE CITY: Edinburgh.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Chicken Pesto Pasta.

MOTTO: Doesn’t matter what happened just get back up and don’t stop .
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Tom and Jerry.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Tall, Long and Determined.

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