Marc Preston

It’s all about Marc!

Here you can see a brief profile summary.
There is also a Question and Answer section followed by Marc’s personalised weekly schedule.

Marc Preston is the founder of Destination Judo.

He was a full time Judo athlete whose career ended prematurely through injury.

Marc was Great Britain’s number one under 65kg player for a number of years.

Marc’s medal haul includes – World Cup, World Masters and Commonwealth games.

Marc is only one of a few Scottish players to win the prestigious British Open as well as numerous British National Championships.

Marc continues to develop and grow Destination Judo and plays an active part in Judo Scotland.

Q & A Session with your coach:

What are a few of your Judo highlights?

Being number 1 for GB.   World cup medallist.  Commonwealth Games medallist and British Open Champion. 

Favourite sport outside judo?

Football.  Massive Liverpool FC fan.  Travelled to UEFA Champions League finals to watch it.  Amazing!


Falconry for the last ten years.  I fly a Goshawk and a Falcon, working with my two German Short-Haired Pointers.   A boyhood dream to participate in the oldest sport in the world. 

Keeping Fit

In the gym Monday – Friday, no more than 45 minutes.  Cycling twice a week.

Favourite charity?

Finlay’s Friends – a fabulous charity, run by the parents of one of our pupils in memory of their son, who had also been one of our kids.  This wonderful charity, which DJ supports, supplies support boxes with vital and practical contents for parents, unexpectedly in hospital, during the critical first period of life.


Two magnificent German Short-Haired Pointers and a small, Striated Scops Owl called Jupi (short for Jupiter).

Favourite country?

Italy – we go to the same place every year and enjoy the friendships we’ve built up, the food is great, the scenery magical – and, of course, the weather helps.

Achievements outside of Judo?


Part of our charity work is that Destination Judo picks a major challenge each year.  In 2019 our team reached Everest Base Camp.  It was a gruelling 3 week trip living in a tent at altitude.

Favourite Food and drink?

Chicken.  I eat chicken nearly every day of my life.  So versatile – especially when accompanied by a nice glass of full-bodied, rich, red wine.  Perfect!

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The first session will always be free to give your child a taste of what is involved and to make sure they enjoy it. Parents are invited to stay and watch the trial sessions. Please let us know of any concerns you may have. We have supported thousands of children into our Judo family over the years and feel confident we can support yours.

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