Geof Gleeson

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Geof Gleeson (1927–1994) was a British judoka. Teacher: Trevor Leggett. He went to Japan 1952-55 where he and Charles Palmer were the first westerners to serve as a special research students at the Kodokan Judo Institute.[1] He studied most martial arts: Judo, Kendo, Aikido, Bōjutsu, Jujitsu, Karate, and also studied Zen Buddhism. First kenshusei post World War II.[2] Posthumously awarded 9th Dan.

He was captain of the first British team to win the European championships and was appointed national coach in 1960.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Gleeson, Geof (1975) All About Judo, EP Publishing Ltd, Cranford. ISBN 0-7158-0590-8
  • Gleeson, Geof (1967) Judo for the West, A.S. Barnes and Company, Cranford.
  • Gleeson, Geof (1993) Judo Inside Out: A Cultural Reconciliation, Lepus Books, Wakefield. ISBN 0-86019-100-1


  1. ^ a b Jack Murray, "British Coach Analyzes U.S. Judo", Black Belt magazine, February 1973, pp 24-25.
  2. ^ Orlando, Bob (1997). Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts. Frog Books. p. xxi. ISBN 978-1-883319-67-0.