John started Judo in 1967 and is a lifelong member of Galway Judo Club. He has studied Judo at the Budokwai, London and in Holland. He has been chief instructor with GJC for the past 25 years and is a 2nd Dan and NCTC qualified tutor. He has also coached abroad in mainland Europe, was coach to U.C.G. and founded the R.T.C. Judo club. As well as supporting the establishment of other Judo clubs in the West of Ireland, he has been the tournament director of both the Galway Open (since 1975) and the West of Ireland Youth Championships since 2004. Also Director since 1992 of the Galway International Summer School of Judo.