About Judo

Getting Started

You don’t need to invest in any special equipment to try out the sport of judo and for the first few lessons the club will lend you a judo suit.  Judo involves no kicking, punching, or hitting anyone at anytime.  The principle of judo is to mentally and physically outmanoeuvre your opponent using skilful techniques, and lays great emphasis on discipline and self control.


Judo has a non-combat technical grading system (up to brown belt) allowing participants to progress through the ranks and be awarded their next belt and grade.  The very nature of this system ensures that the next goal is always realistic and achievable with effort.  It also ensures that regardless of their skill level all judo players can actively compete with players of similar ability and have a reasonable chance of emerging victorious.

For All levels

You can start judo at Walderslade Judo Club from the age of 5 and upwards.  Current members range from the age of 5 to 55 and from white belt novices to Back Belts.  It’s never too late to start.  Recently a 64 year old man in the north of England achieved his black belt at a BJA judo club!

Olympic Judo

Judo was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games.  Since then judo has grown and is now a global sport.  At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games over 205 different countries took part and judo will be one of the opening sports at the London 2012 Olympics.  The literal meaning of judo is the “gentle way”.  It involves no kicking, punching or striking of your opponent - the sport teaches participants respect for their partner.    

Judo For All

The governing body for judo in the UK, the British Judo Association has adopted the motto “Judo for All” and the sport works tirelessly to ensure that it is open and accessible to players with a wide variety of disabilities.  Walderslade Judo Club adheres to this policy.  Because of the close contact involved in judo it is the ideal sport for blind or visually impaired players.  Sam Ingram won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Give judo a go !

Judo is perfect for the entire family and caters for all ages and abilities.  It offers something for both energetic and active kids as well as those being reintroduced to physical activity. Boys and girls can come along and learn new skills, improve fitness, make new friends and boost their confidence.  Adults also find judo is a great way to keep fit as it is an ideal form of physical exercise, serving as a great cardiovascular workout, which improves stamina, general health and overall fitness.  The sport welcomes a wide range of disability groups including those with special needs and visual impairments.  At Walderslade we even hold an non-combat JudoFit session on Wednesdays which involves all of the fitness benefits of judo but without the throwing and combat side.  It’s great fun and very popular with our female members.  See the main web page for more information on our Judo Fit classes.

Getting a judo licence

All members need to purchase a judo licence, which provides public liability and personal accident insurance and allows you to compete and train in any BJA club and take part in gradings and competitions all over the country.  Other benefits include your Judo Training Diary and access to discounted tickets for BJA events.  Any person wishing to attend Walderslade Judo Club is entitled to up to four lessons of “trial membership” before they purchase a licence.

For more information contact Eddie

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