Neil Adams (judoka)
Neil Adams at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
|Birth name||Neil Adrian Adams|
27 September 1958 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (170 lb; 12.3 st)|
Adams was the first British male to win a World title, and the first British male to simultaneously hold a world title and a European title. Other achievements include a gold medal at the 1981 World Judo Championships in Maastricht, the Netherlands, plus silver medals in the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games and the 1983 Judo World Championships. Adams was also five-time European Champion. On 20 September 2008 he was promoted to 8th Dan at the age of 49.
Adams runs a coach education business called Neil Adams Effective Fighting as well as teaching Judo around the world. In March 2009 he resigned as head coach of the Welsh Judo Association, a position he took on after being asked to take up the role by close friend and chairman of the association, Keven Williams. Adams was previously the national coach VJF judo in Belgium.
As a teenager, Adams went to Myton School in Warwick. He is married to Niki Adams (née Jenkins) a former Canadian Olympian in judo, having been previously engaged, in the 1980s, to British Olympic swimming star Sharron Davies. Adams' brother was the late professional wrestling star Chris Adams, who himself had a successful career in judo before turning to pro wrestling in 1978.
- (1986) "Olympic Judo: Throwing Techniques" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1986) "Olympic Judo: Variations on Groundwork" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1988) "Olympic Judo: Preparation and Training" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1991) "Tai-otoshi" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
- (1991) "Arm Locks" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
- (1991) "Grips" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
Adams in Popular Culture
Adams was so fondly regarded in Japan that he was given the nickname Happo Bigin (Everyone's friend).
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