John is an academically oriented student who has already gained A* grades in the two GCSEs he took early, Maths and Latin. He is currently awaiting the results of his remaining GCSEs (and one AS level). He is modest about all his gifts, but his academic strengths are worth mentioning in order to stress how they form just one facet of a well-balanced personality. Another – equally impressive – one is his long-standing interest in the sport of judo. Nor is this itself a merely physical activity. In the words of his father, John Jayne Sr: “Judo may be compared to chess, with its complex tactics and strategies. But in judo, unlike chess, you must coordinate your whole body, you must develop physical as well as mental strength and you must develop both physical and mental endurance.”
John began going to Judo classes when he was three and a half years old at the Budokwai Judo Club in London, the oldest Judo Club in Europe. He is now 16 and doesn’t remember not doing judo. He has now competed in competitions in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, United States and, of course, Great Britain. In the small world of children’s judo in Europe and the United States John enjoys mini celebrity status.
This year, John has competed in both Cadet (under 18 years of age) and Junior (under 21 years of age) Judo competitions. In January, he won the British National Age Banded Judo Championships for the seventh consecutive time, the only 16 year old in Great Britain to have achieved this. The following month, he won the Bulgarian Cadet National Judo Championships. He won the United States National Judo Championships in both the Cadet and Junior age bands in March, making a total of five wins to date in this Championship. The same month, he became the first British boy ever to win the Gold medal in the Cadet European Cup in Kiev, Ukraine. In April, he won the Gold medal in the Cadet European Cup in Teplice, the Czech Republic, only the second British boy to win Gold in this event. He placed fifth in the European Cadet Championships in Estonia in June and is currently ranked third in Europe in the European Judo Union Cadet Ranking List.
As I complete this profile in July, the breaking news is that John, who has been representing Great Britain in Judo in the EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival) in Utrecht, has just won a Bronze medal. Forty-nine European Countries competed in nine Olympic Sports in the Festival. Britain’s overall tally of gold, silver and bronze medals was 31, placing it second in the medal table.
This year John has been invited to represent Great Britain, the United States and Bulgaria in the various Continental and World Judo Championships. John has decided to represent Great Britain this year.
Looking further ahead, John would like to work towards participating in Senior World Championships and at the Olympic Games in 2020.