Neil Adams has had a hand in many Olympic and World medals that the USA has produced. I would personally like to wholeheartedly thank Neil for the technical and friendly support that he has given all US athletes who have met him and had the honour of working with him over the years. He is a true English Gentleman and a great friend. - Ed LiddieUSA National Coach1984 Olympic Bronze Medallist -LA
Days of training with Neil at the Welsh Institute of Sport is a memorable time on my life. Neil changed the way I did "Hizagaruma/Osoto". He changed my grips, & the way I start a competition. He even gave me one of his Judogi to wear in competition. To one of the oldest judoka in the country (competing), he is inspirational.
"When should I stop?" I asked him. "when you start losing drastically", he replied. Up to now that hasn’t happened. I have won 68 international/ national medals and cups over the last 10 years. I was there when he received his 8th Dan at the NIA and he was so full of grace, when the whole audience broke out into a thunderous applause.
I remember one of the Masters squad saying " you should have a go at the Masters comps, Neil."Then he calculated that Neil would be in the same weight & age category as him, and then quickly said "Maybe not!!" - Stan Cantrill GB Masters CompetitorEuropean Masters Silver Medalllist5th Dan
"I have had the privilege of knowing Neil since I was 16 years old when we became training partners. Neil's refreshingly professional approach to training and competing was unique and i benefited enormously from our daily training experiences.
It is beyond doubt that he is considered the most successful Judoka Britain has ever produced, with his skillful techniques in throwing and groundwork equally effective at the highest level. In Japan and throughout the judo world Neil is held in the highest regard as a Competitor, Coach, and Ambassador for our sport. It is my great pleasure to recommend and endorse Neil as an inspirational teacher who also happens to be an exceptional person and close friend". - Ray StevensOlympic Siver Medallist - Barcelona 19926th DanOwner of Ray Stevens Fitness
" Training with Neil Adams in England was truly an inspiration for me that changed the way I approached my judo training. His techniques and conditioning drills were very unique and each had specific purpose with no waste of energy. Neil had a plan and knew how to make that plan work to win many Gold medals. I immediately became more focused and created a plan for myself when I returned to the USA. The fact that Neil had an open book mentality and welcomed all Judo fighters willing to train hard says a lot about him as a great coach and person. If you have the opportunity to train with Neil Adams don't pass it up as it will most certainly be a gratifying experience which may give you the edge.
- Mike Swain
1980, 1984, 1988 (Bronze medal) , 1992 USA Olympic Team
1987 World Champion
1996 USA Olympic Coach
I want to thank Neil after all these years for the profoundly positive impact he has had on my competitive Judo career and my life! I moved to London to train specifically with Neil after the 1983 World Championships in Moscow. That turned out to be one of the most important decisions of my athletic career. Neil not only taught me how to properly train and condition, he also instilled in me an incredible work ethic and a belief, in myself which came with having put in all those long hours of training together. Neil, you were an inspiration to train with and you set a tremendous example both on and off the mats and you still do. I'm proud to call you my friend and thank you for enabling me to win an Olympic Silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games!
-Bob BerlandUSA Olympic Teams for:
XXIII Olympiad 84 "Silver"
XXIV Olympiad 88
XXVIII Olympiad 04
Neil was the best technical and personable teacher I have met during my career. He is very patient and explains a technique step by step, not only with his physical movements, but also with his mind and facial-expressions. On and beside the mat, he has the personality of a big champion and a decent man.
Belgian National Team for
Olympic Games: Silver 1996, Bronze 2000
World Championships: 2x Gold ('93 & '01), 2x Silver ('97 & '99), Bronze '95
European Championships: 7x Gold, 2x Silver, 2x Bronze