Brian Jacks was a household in the UK in the 1980s. The pinnacle of the judo player’s sporting success came when he won a bronze medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972. But a few years later he would become much more famous as the UK and European champion in Superstars, a popular television programme that saw the best athletes of the day compete in events outside their niche. The show grew throughout the world to become perhaps the first modern example of how sporting heroes could cross into mainstream media, with all its financial benefits, through light entertainment television.
Now living in Thailand, Jacks talks about his motivations, how he leveraged his Superstars fame, his rivalry with Daley Thompson and why he’d love to be a grappling coach in UFC
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Was his mental strength the key to his success, not his physical strength
The importance of a challenge
Making sure you have the grit to make his career ‘gambles’ pay-off
Why Brian believes Team GB judo is ‘soft’
“You have to see what failure is to see what achievement is”
Getting on to Superstars
How he monetised his stardom
Did you he enjoy the fame?
His approach to Superstars - breaking down the problem?
How do you find his ability to rise to a challenge?
Would he have fancied turning to UFC?
Coaching Neil Adams and punching him in the face as motivation before the biggest bout of his career
The power of community in his success
Being from a Black Cabbie family
The rivalry with Daley Thompson
Brian’s life now - his fitness, his hotel and charity work
Feeding over 32,000 people who were starving as a result of the pandemic
Running his apartment block business
His ambitions now