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Why is judo superstar Brian Jacks touring the UK in a Black Cab?

Why is judo superstar Brian Jacks touring the UK in a Black Cab?

Posted by Aurelie Honeysett on April 27, 2018.

Plan Insurance Brokers are very proud to sponsor Brian Jacks, Martial Arts legend, on a promotional tour of his autobiography “Mindset of a Champion.”

Brian’s dad was a cabbie so, in a nod to his childhood, he will be travelling with co-author Marc Gingell around the country in a traditional black taxi, visiting various locations.
Brian is one of Britain’s best loved athletes, and is also famous for his performance in BBC Hit Series “Superstars”.

He is an all time record holder on the show for parallel bar dips and squat thrusts, do you remember how many he did?

When Brian approached us requiring insurance for his TX4, lent by C&S in London, it was only natural that we offer to help and be a part of his incredible journey. The tour started on the 24th April, and will finish at the end of July.


Brian Jacks: “Mindset of a Champion”

Following his early days, all the way through to his success at the Munich Olympics, his Superstars career and beyond, the book is an honest, inspiring and  entertaining roller coaster ride through the life of Britain’s best-loved Judo great.

You can be in for a chance to win a signed copy by entering our #PlanCab competition on Social Media (read below for more details). An if you can’t wait, the book is on sale on Brian’s website.

Meet Brian on Tour

During this three month UK tour, Brian will lead Judo Master Classes, attend events and sign copies of the book, and take part in charity golf days.
The tour dates are detailed below, and for more details, you can visit Brian’s website or follow him on Facebook.

Day Month Day Location
Tues Apr 24 Abingdon – Oxford
Sat Apr 28 Lilleshall (Martial Arts Awards)
Sun Apr 29 Kettering BJC Open Championship
Sat May 5 Nottingham
Sun May 6 Doncaster – Demo + Martial Arts Awards
Mon May 7 Rochdale
Tues May 8 Blackburn
Wed May 9 Carlisle
Sat May 12 Edinburgh
Sun May 13 Aberdeen
Mon May 14 Inverness
Tues May 15 East Fife
Thur May 17 St Andrews – Golf
Fri May 18 Manchester
Sat May 19 Liverpool
Sun May 20 Birkenhead
Mon May 21 Chester
Wed May 23 Biggin Hill
Sat May 26 High Wycombe Masters PM
Sun May 27 Wycombe
Tues May 29 Russ Abbott Classic
Wed May 30 Worthing
Thur May 31 Uxbridge/ Croydon
Fri June 1 Welwyn Garden City
Sat June 2 Essex -Blatches Bears Judo Club
Sun June 3 Welwyn Garden City – Superstars
Mon June 4 Bedford
Wed June 6 Stratford Up Avon
Thur June 7 Northampton
Fri June 8 Coventry / Poppy
Sat June 9 Cambridge
Sun June 10 Banbury – Oxford
Mon June 11 Huntingdon
Tues June 12 Leicester – Southfields Judo Kwai
Wed June 13 Southend on Sea
Fri June 15 Dumfries Fly to Scotland
Sat June 16 Glasgow European Masters
Tues June 19 Wolverhampton
Wed June 20 Aldershot
Thur June 21 Ipswich
Sat June 23 Lincoln
Sun June 24 Rotherham
Mon June 25 Rotherham
Tues June 26 York
Wed June 27 Nottingham
Fri June 29 Dublin
Sat June 30 Dublin
Sun July 1 Dublin
Tues July 3 Manor Park – Basildon
Wed July 4 Sundridge Park – Golf Guests Day
Thur July 5 London Judokwai
Sat July 7 Wedding
Sun July 8 Bournemouth
Mon July 9 Poole / Weymouth
Tues July 10 Taunton / Exeter
Wed July 11 Plymouth
Thur July 12 Bideford
Fri July 13 Newport
Sat July 14 Newport Charity Event
Sun July 15 Cardiff
Mon July 16 Bristol / Bath
Thur July 19 Jersey
Fri July 20 Jersey
Sat July 21 Jersey
Sun July 22 Sukata Judo Academy – Hertfordshire


We wish Brian and Marc the best of luck on the tour, and will of course follow their progress and give you some updates on Twitter.

Stay tuned for updates, and watch out for the “Brian Jacks’s Cab” to enter our Competition: tweet / post your pics with the hashtags #BrianJacks and #PlanCab, and you will be in for a chance to win a signed copy of the book*!

Like and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to get updates on the tour and locations of the cab!


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*Terms, conditions and exclusions apply:

To enter via Facebook:

Post your picture of Brian Jacks’s cab together with the hashtags: #PlanCab and #BrianJacks on the Plan Insurance page.
One winner will be selected at random after the competition has ended, and will be notified via Facebook Messenger within 10 working days.


To enter via Twitter:

Tweet your picture of Brian Jacks’s cab together with the hashtag: #PlanCab and #BrianJacks on the Plan Insurance page.
One winner will be selected at random after the competition has ended, and will be notified via Twitter Direct Message within 10 working days.


Competition open to UK residents aged 18 and over, from the 27th April 2018 to the 31st July 2018.
Multiple entries permitted but only prize to be offered per winner; Employees of Plan and their families not allowed to enter the draw.
Plan reserves the right to delete inappropriate pictures and report users submitting inappropriate content.
Please ensure that you have permission to post the picture. Credit for duplicate images will go to the first poster.

Meet the Author Aurelie Honeysett

Aurelie joined Plan in April 2017 as Marketing Manager. Originally from Burgundy (the only region who can produce real wine), she moved to the UK nearly 10 years ago - but is still struggling to pronounce certain words properly, and to understand basic cockney rhyming slang, despite great efforts.

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