Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2007
Lifetime Achievement Award – Judo (NSW)

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2007
Lifetime Achievement Award – Judo (NSW – Australia)


Sensei John Buckley was born in 1942. During his long career in Judo he has amassed a remarkable resume which stands for itself.
Judo Career Summary

Commenced playing Judo 1956, aged 14 years.

Achieved 1st Dan (Black belt) 1964

Competitor at State, National and International level 1964 to 1980

Club coaching involvement since 1963

Former State and National coach

Local and International sports administration experience

Achieved 5th Dan 1981

Technical Operations Manager, Judo – Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games


5th Dan

NCAS level 2 Coach

NCAS level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach

Senior First-Aid Certificate

Professionally trained in educational psychology

Competitive Record

Australian 93Kg Champion 1966-67-68

Oceania 93Kg Champion 1967

Runner-up Australian Open category 1967-68

Representative to 1967 World Championships, USA

Australian Open Dan Champion 1970

Representative in National team vs Germany 1970

Numerous State and Regional titles 1964 – 1980

Coaching Positions

Assistant Coach Sydney YMCA 1963 – 1969

Club Coach Drummoyne RSL Youth Club 1964 – 1968

Club Coach Granville RSL Youth Club 1969 – 1983

NSW Men’s Coach 1973 – 1978

Australian Men’s Coach 1973 – 1977

Manager/Coach to Men’s World Championships,1975 and 1977

NSW Young Men’s Coach 1978

Currently High Performance Coach University of New South Wales

Currently Competition Coach Sydney University

Coaching Highlights

During my period of coaching, Granville came to be acknowledged as one of the strongest men’s clubs in the Country. Players achieved representative honours at State, National and International levels, including World Championships and Olympic Games.

One club member placed 5th in the 70Kg category in the 1976 Olympics. Another gained Bronze medals in the 52Kg category in the 1982 and 1984 Women’s World Championships.
The club was awarded “Best Men’s Club” by the JFANSW in 1975 and 1977.

As a member of the Technical Board of the Judo Federation of Australia, I had significant input to the initial implementation of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme within Judo.
Coached numerous athletes to international representative level. Results include State, National and Oceania champions and medallists.

Personal coach to member of Athens Olympic team.

Led JFA elite scholarship holders on training tours Japan and Europe 2005, 2006

Sports Administration

Served for many years on the Board of Management of the JFANSW, and on the State Technical Panel (Black Belt Register)  Past- President, Judo Federation of Australia (NSW) Inc.
Held position of  State Technical Director, responsible for arranging training programs for players at all levels, gradings, advising and  recommending on team selections.

Managed Australian Men’s Team to inaugural Pacific Rim Championships, Hawaii, 1980.

Oceania Representative on International Judo Federation Sport Commission, in which capacity attended and participated in the organisation and conduct of the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 1981,1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Technical Operations Manager – Judo SOCOG  August 1998 to October 2000. Responsible for technical organisation and operations of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

General Secretary, Oceania Judo Union 2003 – date

OJU Team Manager, World Team Championships 2006, Paris