British Judo mourns the passing of Josh Gavin

British Judo is deeply saddened by the passing of former British international and J.S.J Judo Club founder Josh Gavin.

The Scottish 6th Dan, 46, who bravely battled brain cancer for two and half years, was a member of the British team for 10 years and won World Masters gold before opening J.S.J Judo Club and two years ago launched his own martial arts academy. 

Gavin, who was as kind, warm and entertaining as he was talented, was one of the most respected and popular faces in British Judo and the tributes have poured in from across the sport.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist and long-time friend Neil Adams said: “My dearest friend Josh has just lost the biggest fight of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his incredible family who never had a negative thought throughout his Illness.

“Some people are born great and Josh Gavin was a warrior. He was also the funniest man I have ever met and I will never forget the incredible times we had together.”

Former international teammate Wayne Lakin said: “Josh was a great man, a great fighter, a friend, a true gent. My love to your family at this time.”

Ryecroft Judo Club coach Ian Oliver said: “A Sad day today a loss of a great judoka, husband, father, coach, friend and one extremely funny guy.”

2013 British Champion Matthew Purssey said: “A lovely, funny man who it was always a pleasure to be in the company of. You will be deeply missed.”

British Judo would like to send our condolences to the Gavin family and friends.