The Club

Our history

The club opened on 10 January 1996, and has been one of the most successful judo clubs in the area and our members take an active part in many local, national and international competitions.  Club members have been regular members of the Kent Squad, and have represented the Southern Area Squad many times. We have had members win medals at British Championship level and at European, Commonwealth and even World Masters level events.

Award Winning

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 in 2006 one of our previous coaches was voted Medway ‘Coach of the Year‘. In 2018 two of our members were again recognised for their acheivements at the Medway Sports Awards, when Caz Rawlings was voted runner-up in the category for ‘Sportsperson of the Year‘ and took the Silver Award, whilst Eddie Orgee, won the Gold Award to became Medway ‘Coach of the Year‘.

Competition success

Our members win medals at County and Area level on a regular basis and we have members who have even won medals at British, Commonwealth, European and even World level judo 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 Masters Judo Championships.

Caz, one of our UKCC Level 2 qualified coaches is a Masters World Judo Championship Silver and double Bronze medallist, taking Bronze in 2016 and 2017 and Silver in 2018.  Caz also won a Bronze in the European Masters Judo Championships in 2017 and Silver medals at the Commonwealth Judo Championships, Masters events in 2018 and 2019.  Eddie also took a Silver medal at the Commonwealth Judo Championships, Masters event in 2018 and then in 2019 he secured his first Gold medal at that event.  He has been a British Masters Champion on a number of occasions and attained a 5th place at the 2019 World Masters Championships.

Club Events

We organise a number of club events each year, including Gradings, trips to France and Holland and our own International Masterclass each  November, when we try to have a special guest Coach.  In the past we have had former World and European Champions Craig Fallon and Loretta Cusack-Doyle, as well as Olympians such as Ashley McKanzie, Steve Gawthorpe and Colin Oates, former British Champion and GB Squad member Sam Dunkley and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Tom Reed.

The Classes

Classes are taken by one or more of our fully qualified UKCC Level 2 Coaches.  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 is always free for beginners and judo jackets and belts can be borrowed each week until you decide you to join the club.  If you have a specific question then just email us, or simply come along any Monday or Friday (please email beforehand to let us know you may be coming along and in case we have had to close for any reason).

Club Welfare Officer

Our club operates an open and supportive policy and Emily our Club Welfare Officer (CWO)  can be contacted by email at any time if you have any issues.

Judo – great fun for all ages and abilities