Marc Dickie – Judo Head Instructor
Sensei Marc Dickie started judo in his home country of England at the age of 11 and trained there until immigrating to the US at 16. He continued his pursuit of the martial art in the Ca Bay Area studying karate and kung fu until leaving Ca, traveling about the country, coming to Western NY and back to judo. There he met Dr Sachio Ashida and studied consistently with him and his students for the next 20 years, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt and winning 2 National Masters Championships. Dr Ashida’s judo came directly from its founder, Prof Kano, and relied on proper technique and the principle of maximum efficiency, minimum energy, principles that Sensei Marc insists in his students. In his own words ”I’m not a natural at judo. I had to pick everything apart to learn it. As such, I have a great knowledge base to coach and assists students of judo, having intimate knowledge of the path they are now on.”
Sensei Marc believes in the foundational purpose of judo and all sport being to develop the character of a person as well as the body. He has trained with many great judo men and is eager to pass his knowledge on to those who wish to learn.
Marc's most recent accomplishment was winning two gold medals in the 2013 Miami Open International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament.