VALE John Dronryp - JFA Life Member


VALE John Dronryp, 7th Dan, OAM and Life member of the JFA

On Sunday the 19th of March John passed away surrounded by his family after losing a long battle with illness.

John was awarded both an OAM and a Life Membership of the JFA for his services to Judo. He was a tireless worker for our sport as a volunteer and has been recognised by the award of a 7th Dan, degree of black belt, and the award of an honorary International Refereeing licence and a Life Membership of Judo Victoria Inc.

I have known John since the late 1960's when he examined me for my first grade in Judo - Yellow Belt.  I have since known John as a mentor for both my coaching and my refereeing. 

John has excelled in all aspects of our sport.

John was the middle weight champion of Holland before settling in Australia in the early 1960's.  He then opened the very successful Bentleigh McKinnon Judo Club in 1963 where he has coached ever since. John is a charismatic figure who is very highly respected by all of his students, both past and present.

John was a very successful businessman who has devoted a huge part of his life to his passion for Judo. Both John and his wife Helen devoted huge amounts of time to his club and th estate as volunteers and has made a significant difference to the lives of many young people.  He has also trained many elite judo players, including many national champions. John has never lost the passion for the sport and took his wife to watch the Wold Judo Championships on a regular basis.

John has been an elite national referee for over 40 years and has served as a member of both the Australian and the Oceania Referees Commissions. 

John was a great mentor and friend to everyone involved in Victorian and Australian Judo.

On behalf of the JFA, I pass on our deepest sympathies to Helen and family.

Neville Sharpe



John with his student Jim Goodwin, President of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia