John (Nobby) Clarke 6th Dan
1927 - 1990
The IBF was one of the first organisations to organise International competitions for all its members, not just for an elite few. IBF UK has a very modern approach to the martial arts and recognises they need to change with the times. We were one of the first organisations to recognise that coaching plays an extremely important part in the promotion of Budo sports and ways; our President Martin Clarke introduced the IBF Coaching Award system way back in 1972. The Award system was updated some years ago and we now have the IBF Coaching Effective Programme that ranges from level 1 to 5.
The IBF also recognises that not all Coaches can put their thoughts and ideas down on paper, so we have Practical Awards Instructor, Teacher and Master Teacher. IBF UK offers Club, Instructor and Student Insurance, big discounts on licences for member clubs, the ability to do your own grading’s up to 1st Kyu with the club keeping all the grading fees and much more. We also offer you the ability to form your own association under our umbrella.
Judo (Budo) in reality is not a mere sport or game. I regard it as a principle of life, art, and science. In fact, it is a means for personal cultural attainment
Jigaro Kano founder of Judo
We the IBF/BCSA should use our skills to
produce better Human Beings
Martin Clarke founder CombatSombo