Yamasaki Academy Judo coach Maurice Allan has been invited to the Sambo Presidents Cup in the U.K. as the Guest of Honor. Sensei Maurice is a former Olympic freestyle wrestler, 8th degree Judo black belt, multiple British and Scottish Judo National Champion, and 1975 World Sambo Wrestling Champion. For his contributions to the grappling arts as a competitor and a teacher, his native Scotland recognized Maurice as the “Scottish Wrestler of the Century” and the Queen awarded him “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.”
Maurice represented the UK in freestyle wrestling at the 1976 Olympics and at numerous other world competitions in judo and wrestling. He began as a formidable competitor in the Scottish style of wrestling unique to his homeland and developed into a grappler of international stature. Maurice was the first Scot and first U.K. citizen to win gold in amateur world wrestling competition since the 1908 London Olympic Games. In recognition of his competitive and coaching contributions to British wrestling, Queen Elizabeth appointed Maurice Allan to Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (“MBE”) in 1975. His native Scotland picked him as the greatest Scottish wrestler of the 20th century.
1976 British Freestyle Olympic Team, Montreal Olympics
1975 Gold Medal 90Kg World Sambo Championship, Minsk
1974 90kg Bronze Medal European Sambo Championship, Madrid
Scottish National Judo Champion x 7
Scottish National Freestyle Wrestling Champion x 10
British National Freestyle Wrestling Champion x 4