The Club

Walderslade Judo Club opened in January 1996, with just a handful of members and an old second-hand mat area.  Over the years we have grown and developed and are now one of the largest judo clubs in the Medway and Maidstone area and our old mats have long been replaced.  We have one of the largest and safest practice areas for judo in the area and our members take an active part in local, national and international competitions.  
 
Our club members regularly feature as members of the Kent Squad and our members have represented the Southern Area in many team events over the years.
 
In 2007 the club was awarded its Clubmark Award from Sport England and in 2010 we were voted Medway Junior Club of the Year.  In 2012 we were voted runner up as Medway Sports Club of the Year and one of our previous coaches, Chris Riley was voted Medway Coach of the Year.
 
Many of our members win medals at County and Area level on a regular basis and we have members who have won medals at British and Commonwealth level events. In 2015 and 2016 we had four senior club members in the British Masters Squad and every year since 2015 we have had club members compete at the World Judo Championships - Veterans.
 
 
Caz Rawlings, a UKCC Level 2 Coach, is a World Judo Championship - Veterans double Bronze medallist, taking medals at the 2016 and 2017 World Championshps events.  Caz also won a Bronze in the European Judo Championships - Veterans in 2017.
 
  
 
We organise a number of club events each year, including annual trips to France and Holland and our own International Training Camp each November. For this event we try to get a special guest Coach and in the past we have been honoured to have had former World and European Champion Craig Fallon, former Olympians such as Steve Gawthorpe and Colin Oates, former British Champion and GB Squad member Sam Dunkley and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Tom Reed visit us.
 
Weekly club sessions are led by one or more of the clubs fully qualified Coaches, a number of which have gained their UKCC Level 2 Coaching Certificates in Judo.  Lessons are structured to meet the needs of those on the mat at the time, and beginners are welcome to come along at any time and will be well looked after.   
 
The first lesson at the club is always free for beginners and judo jackets and belts can be borrowed until you decide whether to keep up your judo lessons.  If you would like to know more about the club, just email Eddie for further details, or simply come along any Monday or Friday evening to take a look or even have a go.  For details of class times see the Classes links above.
 
Club Welfare Officer
Our club operates an open and supportive policy and our Club Welfare Officer (CWO) can be contacted at any time if you have any issues. 
 

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