University of Hertfordshire

Dr Mike Callan

Mike Callan

Dr Mike Callan

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Dr Callan is an internationally respected academic in the field of judo. He is the President of the International Association of Judo Researchers, and a Scientific and Didactic Expert for the European Judo Union. Author of over 30 books and articles, he has lectured in over 20 countries. He founded the Richard Bowen Archive at the University of Bath, which was nominated for the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

A world leader in international judo coach education, he has supported the professional development of around 200 coaches working with national level athletes from over 20 nations. As a coach practitioner, athletes he has worked with have medalled at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level.

Founder of the consultancy firm Judospace, Dr Callan has advised a wide range of federations and organisations including the Government of Japan, and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

Previously he was the International Federation Services Group Leader for Judo for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Formerly Mike has been a Board Member of the British Bob-Skeleton Association, and the British Judo Association. He competed in the World University Championships, and he holds the judo grade of 7th Dan.

Holder of an International Olympic Committee Diploma, and a life member of the British and Maltese Judo Federations, he was awarded the International Judo Federation Special Achievement Award for global contribution to judo education and research.

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