About Judo

Getting started

You don’t need any special equipment to try judo and for your first few lessons the club will lend you a judo jacket and belt.  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-competitive technical grading system (up to Brown Belt) allowing participants to progress through the ranks and be awarded their next belt and grade in their own time.  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 ages and abilities

You can start judo at Walderslade Judo Club from the age of 4 and upwards and can take your judo at whatever pace you choose to.  We have competitive minded members and those who just want to come along for the fun of learning something new, the exercise and to make new friends, and we welcome all levels of involvement.

Olympic judo

Judo was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games and since then has grown into one of the most popular sports in the world, practiced by over 20 million people.  At the next Olympic Games judo is expected to be participated in by over 210 different nations, showing its popularity worldwide.  The literal meaning of judo is the 'gentle way' and it involves no kicking, punching or striking of your opponent, with the sport helping to teach 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 an ideal sport for blind or visually impaired players and GB Judo has an active and successful Visually Impaired prgramme and it is a key feature in the 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 new 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.

Getting a judo licence

Members will need to apply for their judo licence, which covers your insurance and allows you to compete and train in any BJA club and take part in Gradings and competitions all over the country.  Anyone attending Walderslade Judo Club is entitled to up to four lessons of “trial membership” before they need to obtain their BJA licence.

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