Marv Poole

It’s all about Marv

In this section we have a short profile and some fun Q&As, followed by Marv’s weekly class schedule.

Mark Poole, known as Marvellous Marv, started practicing Judo from the age of 5.

Throughout that time, Marv has trained at a number of different clubs across Scotland, and learned from a variety of coaches. Learning Judo from different sources is what sparked Marv’s keen interest in the technical aspects of the sport.

A qualified first-aider, and a UKCC Level 2 Coach, Marv graduated with honours from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2011 with a degree in Sport and Active Lifestyle Promotion. The focus of his dissertation was on Judo and the benefits to Children.

Q & A Session with your coach:

What are a few of your Judo highlights?

Achieving my black belt – having walked away from my first points scoring event with an injury, I wouldn’t let that stop me.

Favourite sport outside judo?

Badminton – especially when it’s against my dad (we are both equally bad so it’s always a laugh)


Reading – I always read at least one chapter every day.

Keeping Fit

Weight training and running – always try and do something each day (even it is low intensity).

Favourite charity?

I always try and give where I can when I can.


Currently one rabbit called Lola – she is very fluffy and very annoying as she likes to eat walls!

Favourite country?

Majorca – specifically Port de Pollenca. A lot of family holidays when I was young. A good place to relax.

Achievements outside of Judo?


Completing a charity challenge with members of Destination Judo – cycling through parts of Peru.

Favourite Food and drink?

This is too difficult but I suppose I will say my Nan’s corn beef pie – Yum!

For drink – if I’m having the pie it’s just a glass or orange squash. But on an evening I like the occasional single malt whisky.

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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.

Check out Marv’s Class Schedule below and get in touch to find out more, and to book a class.

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