Here are some of our old club newsletters:

Club Newsletter 1. MARCH 2004
Club Newsletter 2. JUNE 2005
Club Newsletter 3. MAY 2008

Archived News

24th /25th September 2006 - British Open Masters, High Wycombe - Dave Horton-Jones Adds a Silver to this years Medal Tally

Norwich Premier Senior Coach Dave Horton-Jones 6th Dan has just completed a successful year on the Masters circuit. Following his Silver at the European Masters and Gold at the Commonwealth Championships he gained Silver at the British Open Masters Tournament at High Wycombe on 24 Sep.. Due to the large amount of entries, the competition was held for the first time over 2 days with foreign competitors including a Japanese Kodokan 6th Dan. Dave was competing in the Under 81kgs division and won through to the final with straight ippons. The final fight was a close hard fought fight where Dave was unfortunate not to win, he was however pleased to gain Silver in a competition of such a high standard.  Earlier in the year, Dave was selected to represent Great Britain at the European Masters Team Championships in Russia. Due to visa problems with some members of the team they failed to travel, following his recent successes he is hoping to again be selected and compete in next years championships to be held in Lithuania.

10th Sept 2006 - Heart Of England

On Sunday 10th Sept Jonathan Drane, Alex Heaney & Coach Nigel Thompson travelled to the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham to compete in the Heart of England. Both players were entered in the Senior Men U73kg category, both competing for the first time at this competition as Senior Players. Unluckily for Jonathan during the warm-up he felt his ham-string tighten, an old injury which he thought he had recovered from causing him to withdraw from the comp.

Alex started well winning his first fight by ippon, he then lost his next contest against GB International and eventual competition winner David Lamb. This loss meant that Alex’s next contest in the repechage would be against one of his training partners at Norwich Jason Gallie. The contest went to the wire, with Alex throwing Jason for Wazari in the last 20 sec’s. In his next 3 contests Alex won by ippon taking him into the bronze medal final against Steven Boore, the final was a closely fought contest going the full 5 minutes, with Boore eventually winning by a yuko. For his first Senior Competition this was an excellent result.

16 June 2006 - Dave Horton-Jones Wins Commonwealth Games Gold

On 16 June 2006 Dave Horton-Jones competed in the Commonwealth Judo Championships held in Derry, N.Ireland. Representing Wales in the Under 81kgs M4 division. In the final rounds Dave beat the highly rated Scottish representative for Ippon in the last few seconds, and then went on to beat the current World Masters Champion another Scot. In the final fight of the day, encouraged by his matside coach Neil Adams, Dave had a repeat of his European Silver medal fight against an English opponent and was able to win with waza-ari to secure the Commonwealth Masters title.

5th November 2005 - Dave Horton-Jones at the 
European Masters , London

Great Britain Judo International Dave Horton-Jones a Coach at Norwich Premier Judo Club Competed and won a Silver Medal at the 2005 European Masters Judo Championships held in London on 5th November. There were over 400 competitors from 48 countries.

Fighting in his first competition since having major surgery to his shoulder in 2003, Dave was ecstatic in obtaining such a high placing in the most prestigious European event on the IFJ organised Masters competition calendar. 

Although he won convincingly he had some hard early round fights, in the semi-final, Dave had to fight against his opponent and a controversial refereeing decision that had overturned a winning score. With only 8 seconds to go and nothing to lose Dave, threw his opponent with an unbeatable maximum Ippon throw. In the final, Dave was forced to give away a penalty and unfortunately was unable to regain the lead against an extremely experienced German opponent.

Norwich Premier Judo Club and its members, congratulates Dave on this magnificent achievement.

22 Feb 2005 - Dave Horton-Jones Becomes 6th Dan

Norwich Premier Senior Coach Dave Horton-Jones a competitive 5th Dan, was awarded the grade of 6th Dan by the BJA Board of Directors on 22 Feb 05.

Dave started Judo at the age of 11 in 1966 and has been a member of many clubs throughout the UK and overseas during his service in the Royal Air Force. This opportunity has allowed him to practice with many Judoka, learning a great variety of Judo technique in the different areas and countries. His first RAF posting was to the North of Scotland as a Green Belt in 1974, he set up his own club and taught himself to the grade of 2nd Dan in 1979. On leaving the RAF in 1996 he now resides in Norwich. Whilst in the RAF he founded many clubs at his new postings, often having to obtain premises and funding for Judo Mats and equipment.

As a competitor, Dave continues to compete all over the world and has won the RAF Annual Championships Individual Title 18 times, has been National Champion twice and in recent years GB Veterans National Champion.

Although fully committed to supporting the Eastern Area, Dave also serves on the RAF Judo Association Executive Committee from 1975 to present, carrying out the duties of Technical Director and Director of Examiners. Every year Dave runs a 5 day residential Coaches Course and has qualified over 100 BJA coaches.


  • Senior Examiner
  • Senior Coach Examiner
  • Senior Club Coach
  • Nat C Referee
  • Table Official
  • County Certificate in Nage No & Katame No Katas

Current National Appointments

  • Conduct & Complaints Panel
  • Promotions, Honours & Awards Commission
  • RAF Area Technical Director
  • RAF Area Director of Examiners

Dave has had many great Judo moments but lists his training with Koga at the post World Championships training camp in Germany as one of the most memorable.  

Worst moments, whenever injured and unable to participate in Randori and Contest.

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