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Martin Clarke IBF UK President 1950-2018

The Martial Arts world has been shocked by the sudden death of martial arts expert Martin Clarke.

Martin died at Seasalter beach on 30th June 2018. Martin and his wife had a static caravan down in Seasalter, this was a place that Martin loved greatly, making many memories with his wife and family.

The news had flooded his hometown of Sittingbourne with hundreds of people paying tribute and showing their respects. Martin had taught most of Sittingbourne at some point and this showed with over 250 people paying their respects at his funeral.

Born on 20th January 1950, Martin comes from a long tradition of martial arts excellence. Father John Martin Clarke 6th Dan 1927 – 1990 English, and mother Margret Gertrude Clarke 4th Dan – German. Together they formed the strong foundation that the organisation has been built.

President of the International Budo Federation GB. Martin was well known throughout the world for his love of martial arts, he was an 8th Dan in Judo, 6th Dan in Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master in Combat Sombo and Sambo Wrestling. Martin represented Great Britain on many occasions, winning in excess of 400 medals in these arts, he was a member of the GB Olympic Judo squad in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and won silver at the World games in 1985. Martin added a European Bronze to his impressive collection in 1991 and in 2001 became World Masters Judo Champion, he also won World Silver medals in Jiu-Jitsu in 1984 and Sambo Wrestling in 1985 and 1998. In 2008 FIAS awarded Martin a Gold medal for services to International Sambo.

Martin’s Son John Clarke has now been voted in as the new IBF UK President.

Martin has certainly made his mark within the Martial Arts world and will always be greatly remembered.