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. If you decide to continue with lessons we can supply judo suits from stock at club prices.


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.  Gradings up to Brown Belt are held in-club and take place three times each year and are overseen by the club’s coaches.

For all ages and abilities

You can start judo at Walderslade Judo Club from the age of 5 and upwards and can take your judo training at whatever level and pace you would like to.  We have competitive minded members and recreational members and all are welcome.

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 was 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 and the sport helps 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.