Fighting Films was founded by a small team of filmmakers and Judoka in 1988 led by Simon Hicks; but the seeds of the company were sown in 1981 when he produced “Ippon - Championship Judo” with his friend Neil Adams. The 1988 production of the highlights of the British Open was so well received, that the International Judo Federation requested a highlights program of the following year’s World Championships in Belgrade. We have produced this programme every year since!
In its early years, Fighting Films was a venture specialising in creating judo-specific video productions. We were the first company of this kind and have built a reputation for being the world’s premier producer of Judo video material with a small dedicated team that know and understand judo. Indeed, with many black belts in the company, we understand your needs and will not be beaten on quality or service. The company has evolved over the years, but it remains under the ownership and management of the same family; with the company passing to Simon’s wife Sharon, who now manages the business on a day to day basis.
Of the original team who founded Fighting Films, Ian Sharples and Vadim Jean have gone on to forge successful careers in the film industry. Trevor Williams is retired but his hobby remains filming. World Champion, Neil Adams, works closely with us still and through his ongoing relationship with Fighting Films has become the voice of Judo for many.
Throughout the last 30 years, the entire FF team has steered the company through steady growth to develop an iconic brand image in the judo community.
We work with and for Judoka, providing unrivalled content and equipment individuals who want to up their game, achieve better performance, greater results and be part of the judo family.
With over 30 years of experience and passion for Judo, we deliver high quality, efficient and trustworthy content, coaching material, judogi and tatami to our passionate and exigent customers and members.
Fighting Films strives to deliver high quality and excellence. We combine passion, honestly, family and integrity in all that we do.
At Fighting Films our vision is to create the tools that allow Judoka and other martial arts practitioners to reach all of their sporting objectives and completely immerse themselves in those arts.
1999 was also the year that we launched our first judogi - The Master Gi. We have been producing judogi ever since, and we work closely with our selected players to develop market leading products that meet the needs of Judoka at all levels; our Judogi are now internationally regarded as one of the top competition kits on the market.
We have our own warehouse which houses our purpose-built Dojo film studio with a permanent 8x8 metre tatami on a sprung floor, dedicated to filming the best of Judo and related martial arts.
In short, on the one side, the business continues to produce judo video of the highest quality, whilst the other side of the business focusses on the sale of high quality branded judogi and dedicated judo wear.