JAMIE ‘JUDOKA’ JOHNSON

Mansfield district-born Jamie Johnson is a Judo instructor who works for the British Judo Association. Johnson competed internationally before becoming a coach. Johnson celebrated a huge achievement in the Olympics towards the end of July, as one of the young women whom the Warsop resident coaches, Coventry’s Chelsie Giles, won Britain’s first medal of Tokyo Olympics with a bronze in judo. (source)

Tokyo Olympics: Chelsie Giles' family 'thrilled to bits' after bronze medal for Team GB | The Independent

The 24-year-old claimed Great Britain’s first medal of these Games with bronze in judo

 

Jamie has secured successful results in his Judoko journey, with a variety of positions having been secured in international competitions. More about Johnson’s judo results can be found here, ranging from the late 80s to the early 2000s.

 

“It’s good to go away, but even better to come home.”

JudoInside - Jamie Johnson Judoka

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MOTM: Thanks for having a chat with me today… To provide a bit of context, this blog is about all things Mansfield, rooted in community and creativity and I feel that all Martial arts have that ethos at their core. I assume that you started your Judo journey locally, so how did your career begin here in the Mansfield District?

Johnson: I started at Ladybrook. My Dad took me and my two brothers a long time ago… And then I moved to just a little club not far away, in Sutton. Mansfield was good, we had some decent players at that club, I had a decent coach Lawrence who was a great guy and he taught us good technique… Mansfield Leisure centre as well, I used to go there now and again for a different practice. Mansfield was just a good community to be in, and share things. You’ve seen what’s come out of Mansfield as well, with Rebecca Addlington… We want Mansfield on the map because it’s a great place.

 

MOTM: How was it for you having the Judo community as a huge part of your life, from a young age? 

Johnson: It was good… I got a lot of sponsorship from Mansfield. There was the Body Factory Gym… Smoky they used to call him, Stephen Brown, he [Stephen] was a phenomenal support. Even after that, we got Nigel and he took over and let me use his gym for free. We had… Alan Kelly who used to sponsor me. Michael Dennis, you know I’ve seen Michael not so long ago and he’s got a security company, he sponsored me. Vaughandale Construction… You know so there were loads of people who wanted to sponsor and support me. It makes you proud to be where you’re from. I love it that people support you. It’s just normal, we’re not superstars or anything like that. I’m just a Warsop lad in the Mansfield District area, and I am what I am… I would love people to visit Japan, just to see the culture. It’s a fantastic place. That’s how we got brought up. Saying your please and thank yous, opening doors for people…

Watermeadows. I used to have a card and I could go in there for free as well. They used to look after me, and the council. It was brilliant.

 

MOTM: What advice do you give and would you give, to young athletes who are pursuing a professional Judo career? 

Johnson: You know what I spoke to somebody about this the other day… And it’s the consistency. Without consistency, you might as well just stop in bed. It’s the same with anything. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. You have got to have that consistency. You’ve got to have that drive, that wants to get up every morning… You know in these covid times when we started training last year we had a couple of months of, that’s all we had and then we went back training. And we were training 7am, it was absolutely red hot last summer and then it was absolutely freezing – we had to split the groups, with four training sessions in the day… And yet they were turning up every day and they weren’t moaning because they wanted to do it. So I would say it is the consistency and the drive that will get you far.

 

MOTM: What’s your favourite thing about the Mansfield area? 

Johnson:  The road to Warsop, what about that one? [Laughs] The A60. Nah I think there are loads… I mean you look at nice places, you’ve got Berry Hill park and things like that. Beautiful places to go. We’ve got nice restaurants and bars. Obviously I used to go out for a drink when I was a lot younger… It’s just the people as well… I do wish we could get a few more things in… But you look at the hospital we’ve got and what a fantastic hospital we’ve got here… You’ve got Sherwood Forest on your doorstep. We live in a fantastic area! It’s good to go away, but even better to come home

 

 Watch Jamie Johnson in the 1997 European Championships 

JAMIE ‘JUDOKA’ JOHNSON

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 11 Aug 2021

Mansfield district-born Jamie Johnson is a Judo instructor who works for the British Judo Association. Johnson competed internationally before becoming a coach. Johnson celebrated a huge achievement in the Olympics towards the end of July, as one of the young women whom the Warsop resident coaches, Coventry’s Chelsie Giles, won Britain’s first medal of Tokyo Olympics with a bronze in judo. (source)

Tokyo Olympics: Chelsie Giles' family 'thrilled to bits' after bronze medal for Team GB | The Independent

The 24-year-old claimed Great Britain’s first medal of these Games with bronze in judo

 

Jamie has secured successful results in his Judoko journey, with a variety of positions having been secured in international competitions. More about Johnson’s judo results can be found here, ranging from the late 80s to the early 2000s.

 

“It’s good to go away, but even better to come home.”

JudoInside - Jamie Johnson Judoka

SOURCE

MOTM: Thanks for having a chat with me today… To provide a bit of context, this blog is about all things Mansfield, rooted in community and creativity and I feel that all Martial arts have that ethos at their core. I assume that you started your Judo journey locally, so how did your career begin here in the Mansfield District?

Johnson: I started at Ladybrook. My Dad took me and my two brothers a long time ago… And then I moved to just a little club not far away, in Sutton. Mansfield was good, we had some decent players at that club, I had a decent coach Lawrence who was a great guy and he taught us good technique… Mansfield Leisure centre as well, I used to go there now and again for a different practice. Mansfield was just a good community to be in, and share things. You’ve seen what’s come out of Mansfield as well, with Rebecca Addlington… We want Mansfield on the map because it’s a great place.

 

MOTM: How was it for you having the Judo community as a huge part of your life, from a young age? 

Johnson: It was good… I got a lot of sponsorship from Mansfield. There was the Body Factory Gym… Smoky they used to call him, Stephen Brown, he [Stephen] was a phenomenal support. Even after that, we got Nigel and he took over and let me use his gym for free. We had… Alan Kelly who used to sponsor me. Michael Dennis, you know I’ve seen Michael not so long ago and he’s got a security company, he sponsored me. Vaughandale Construction… You know so there were loads of people who wanted to sponsor and support me. It makes you proud to be where you’re from. I love it that people support you. It’s just normal, we’re not superstars or anything like that. I’m just a Warsop lad in the Mansfield District area, and I am what I am… I would love people to visit Japan, just to see the culture. It’s a fantastic place. That’s how we got brought up. Saying your please and thank yous, opening doors for people…

Watermeadows. I used to have a card and I could go in there for free as well. They used to look after me, and the council. It was brilliant.

 

MOTM: What advice do you give and would you give, to young athletes who are pursuing a professional Judo career? 

Johnson: You know what I spoke to somebody about this the other day… And it’s the consistency. Without consistency, you might as well just stop in bed. It’s the same with anything. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. You have got to have that consistency. You’ve got to have that drive, that wants to get up every morning… You know in these covid times when we started training last year we had a couple of months of, that’s all we had and then we went back training. And we were training 7am, it was absolutely red hot last summer and then it was absolutely freezing – we had to split the groups, with four training sessions in the day… And yet they were turning up every day and they weren’t moaning because they wanted to do it. So I would say it is the consistency and the drive that will get you far.

 

MOTM: What’s your favourite thing about the Mansfield area? 

Johnson:  The road to Warsop, what about that one? [Laughs] The A60. Nah I think there are loads… I mean you look at nice places, you’ve got Berry Hill park and things like that. Beautiful places to go. We’ve got nice restaurants and bars. Obviously I used to go out for a drink when I was a lot younger… It’s just the people as well… I do wish we could get a few more things in… But you look at the hospital we’ve got and what a fantastic hospital we’ve got here… You’ve got Sherwood Forest on your doorstep. We live in a fantastic area! It’s good to go away, but even better to come home

 

 Watch Jamie Johnson in the 1997 European Championships 

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