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Neil Adams at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
|Birth name||Neil Adrian Adams|
|Born||27 September 1958|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||12 st 3 lb (78 kg)|
Adams was educated at Myton School in Warwick. Adams' brother was the late professional wrestling star Chris Adams, who himself had a successful career in judo before turning to pro wrestling in 1978.
Judo competition career
Adams was the first British male to win a World title, and the first British male to simultaneously hold a world title and a European title. Other achievements include a gold medal at the 1981 World Judo Championships in Maastricht, the Netherlands, plus silver medals in the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games and the 1983 Judo World Championships. Adams was also five-time European Champion. On 18 December 2018 he was promoted by the International Judo Federation to kudan - 9th Dan at the age of 60.
He was presented with his certificate of grade (at the Paris Grand Slam tournament) on 10 February 2019 by the Federation's President, Marius Vizer.
Since retiring, Adams has run a coach education business called Neil Adams Effective Fighting, as well as teaching Judo around the world.
He was national coach of VJF judo in Belgium. He then became head coach of the Welsh Judo Association, a position he took on after being asked to take up the role by close friend and chairman of the association Keven Williams, a position he resigned in March 2009.
Having in the 1980s been engaged to British Olympic swimming star Sharron Davies, Adams, married Alison Walker of Burford, and together had a son. Divorcing in 2000, Neil met former Canadian Olympic Judoka Niki Jenkins at the Sydney Olympic Games and were married in 2002. The couple have two daughters, and the family lives in Rugby.
- (1986) "Olympic Judo: Throwing Techniques" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1986) "Olympic Judo: Variations on Groundwork" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1988) "Olympic Judo: Preparation and Training" Pelham (with Cyril Carter)
- (1991) "Tai-otoshi" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
- (1991) "Arm Locks" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
- (1991) "Grips" Judo Masterclass Techniques Ippon Books
- (2016) "A Game of Throws – celebrating 50 years in Judo" Fox Spirit Books
In popular culture
Adams was so fondly regarded in Japan that he was given the nickname Happo Bigin (Everyone's friend).
- Kombatclinic.com (6 October 2009), British Judo legend Neil Adams MBE, archived from the original on 13 July 2011, retrieved 3 November 2009
- Judo Heroes – 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games website
- Dog Judo site
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