UTAS – Hobart University Club facilities are based at the Unigym Hobart at 3 Grace Street, Sandy Bay.

The University of Tasmania Judo Club was established in April 1954 and became a member of Sports Council in May of that year.  There were several instructors in the early years, including Lyall Bradshaw, Faye Williams, Noel Williams, Graham Newbury and Maurice Appleyard. From 1964 until 1969, the instructor was Jeff Pitcher. Tim Waters became the main instructor until 1978. Instruction was passed to Ken Walker, then Michael Briers and for a short period in the late 1980’s (after Walker and Briers had moved interstate), judo instruction was provided on a shared basis, between Maurice Appleyard, Robert Wedd and Pat Rafferty. Milos Kovacik arrived from Sydney in 1990, and took over the instruction of the club until 2012.

The university judo dojo, is, in effect, the oldest martial arts club in Tasmania, and is the oldest, continually-surviving University judo club in Australia. (Queensland Uni. pre-dates Tasmania by a year or so, but has not survived continuously since). Currently, club coaching is under the tuition of  Peter Creef (Shodan).

Club Details

Name: Hobart University Judo Club
Location: UniGym Hobart, 3 Grace Street, Sandy Bay
Contact: UTAS UniGym 03 6226 2084  |  Peter Creef  0408 140 883


Monday 6 – 7pm Kids
Monday 7 – 8.30pm advanced
Wednesday 6 – 7pm kids
Wednesday 7 – 8.30pm advanced

Club Coaches

Peter Creef (1st Dan) – Head Coach
Priscus Fogagnolo (2nd Dan)


Peter Creef

Peter’s Judo life started in 1982 whilst living in Thailand. He has been involved in the sport since that time. Having competed in Thailand, England, Australia and Japan. He is an accredited NCAS level 1 coach and has been coaching for 17 years. Peter has coached players to become Australian Judo Team members and participate a National championship level.

Priscus Fogagnolo

A Personal Trainer for more than 11 years and a professional Mixed Martial Arts competitor.
A national champion in Judo (Black Belt, second Dan), Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling and weightlifting experience.