University of Hertfordshire

Associate Professor Mike Callan PhD


Dr Callan is an internationally respected academic in the field of judo. He is Associate Professor in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, departmental Strategic Lead for Business and Enterprise and leader of the i-dojo International Judo Research Unit.

He is the President of the International Association of Judo Researchers, Education Director of the Commonwealth Judo Association 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, and the Commonwealth Judo Association Presidents Special Recognition Award for his significant contribution to the development of judo in the Commonwealth.

See below for links to websites, blogs and films showcasing research and public engagement that Dr Callan is involved in:

The beginnings of judo in Europe - part of the Cabinet of Curiosities series of profiles from the University of Bath Archive.

A judo coach educational journey - A project to develop coaches from the NHC British Judo region in collaboration with Tokai University, Matsumae Judo Juku, the Solidarity of Judo Coach Education, and the Kodokan.

The Judospace Blog - a series of articles covering educational aspects of judo.

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