Offering Judo Classes in St Albans 5 nights a week, with a range of classes available for all ages.

St Albans Judo Club has been providing over 70 years of service to judo & the community. The club is a thriving community of junior and senior members, parents, and volunteers who all come together to enjoy judo.

Expert tuition caters for all levels from beginner to black belt and beyond!

Interested in a Trial?


If you are over 18, and have never done Judo before, we will be running our next Adult Beginners Course on Thursday 26th September at 8pm.

Age is no barrier, our September ’23 course had a 50 year age span between oldest & youngest! The course is also suitable as a refresher for people who did judo in the past and would like to get back into it.

In the first instance, for all ages, please complete our short expression of interest form and we will get in touch with more details.

For more information & prices see the How to Join section.

Visitors welcome

See Class Timetable for available sessions.

PAYG Session passes for Visitors can be purchased from our club shop –

From 1st September 2023 our Visitors fees are £5 for 18s & under and £7 for Over 19s

You MUST bring your current, in date, BJC, BJA or AJA licence with you.

Session PAYG Passes are valid for one training session, they are not tied to a specific date and can be used up to 1 month after purchase. Please note we can not accept cash or card payments on the door.


We are proud to have met the requirements to be awarded the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts for a 3rd Year

For more information on this scheme: 

SAJC Hosts GB Olympian Nekoda Davis
Session video available

St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 days ago
Paralympic Judo Seminar with JACK HODGSON
🥋 2x GB Paralympic Athlete & current world #6.
👉An opportunity to train with Jack, and one of the other Full-time GB athletes, and experience how our Paralympians train, have a go at some blindfold judo, and learn a little about VI inclusion in our sport.

We'll be running 2 sessions:
1: 6:45pm - 7:45pm - for Members - Tigers, Wolves & Cranes (Y4 - Y11)
2: 8:00pm - 9:30pm - for Members & Visitors - Age 14-15s 3rd Kyu+ and all over 16s.
Visitors Fee Juniors (u19): £5 / Seniors (19+): £7

Note to Local Clubs, we'd love to see you all at Session 2 for a great Senior session, and whilst Session 1 is aimed towards our club members, if you have any young VI judoka that would like to attend this please drop me an email.👍
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
Good luck to everyone in the GBR team at the European Kata Championships in Sarajevo today, especially Richard and Ricky who have been working very hard to develop their Goshin Jutsu at every available opportunity. It's been great to watch your Kata reach new levels over the last few months. Go team! 🥋 🇬🇧 ️👍🏻
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
Well done to all our competitors at the BJC North London Area Basho yesterday 👍
We had 25 entrants across the day (sorry we didn't get a photo for the older section), and everyone gave great efforts & fought really well, showing that what we've been practicing is paying off.

🥉Bronzes: Emily, Ruairi, Ayyub, Finn, Younes, Sebastian, Oswald, Thomas, Archie & Jonas
🥈Silvers: Ellie, Lily, William, Valentino, Aneurin & Henry
🥇Golds: Aillie, Isla, Bethany, Alexander, Max, Arthur, Grayson, Ernest & Freya

Congratulations also go to Samuel who took his first steps as a Referee. 👏

And my huge thanks to Freya for stepping up & acting as the team coach for the day whilst I was busy helping out on top table. 👍
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
This week we got the excellent news that long time member, previously coach, & always good friend of the club, Brenden Hill was awarded his 1st Dan (black belt) at the BJC Cromer Course. 👏

This is a fantastic & well deserved achievement for a young man who has put so much into his training over the years. (A far cry now from the diddy 6-year old who first came to us all that time ago!)

This coming week he is setting off to follow his long term dreams, moving to the USA to be with his Grandparents in Montana. Please join me, on behalf of SAJC, in both congratulating him on his grade, and wishing him all the very best for his exciting new future overseas. 🥋👍🎉
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 weeks ago
Last night we had the great pleasure of awarding 6 new Yellow Belts to our latest Adult beginners group. 👍👍👍

They've been a pleasure to teach from start to finish, and we look forward to them joining the ranks on our regular classes going forward. We have a couple more gradings to finish up next week, and then our next Beginners Course will run between end of September & December.

In the meantime, Thursday night 8:00-9:30pm continues to run as our Senior Open mat, come in, join us, practice what you feel you want to work on most with a partner, or group up and all work on the same things - it's really up to you. Several people will be practicing Kata during these sessions too, so if that's something you might like to see more of, come and have a watch.

Oh, and a lesson for John - never leave your phone unlocked when Martin is around... Still, we don't often get shots of our coaches just chillin' so maybe it's for the best! 😂
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
🥋 Another excellent day out on Sunday at the BJC Open National Championships. 9 Competitors in total, although 3 of them seem to have escaped the camera!

A hard event for some, but all showed good judo, along with excellent sportsmanship, and great courage to step up to this level of competition.

Sadly no placing this time for Isla, Dan, Sam or Ben in their categories.
David & George M, both in large groups, made it through their initial pools with some good wins and progressed into the final crossover pool, but were unlucky in their bronze medal matches, so both came away with 5th place - Still an excellent showing for two relatively novice judoka
🥉 Bronzes went to Lindsay & Zoe, who both showed excellent determination to medal in hard groups against more experienced opponents. 🥉
🥇 Last of our team on the mat was George H, who showed his excellent judo once again to take the Gold medal. 🥇

Extremely proud of everyone! 🤩👍🤩

Also, big shout out to Samuel who came along to support the team, and act as my second, rushing between mats to support the kids, and to take notes for me when I couldn't be in two places (or 3 at one point!) at once! 👏

Session Times

Technical & Development Classes

Note: All classes at SAJC are organised by School Year Groups.

Mini Judo Monkeys* – Nursery & Reception (from 3years & 6 months)
New Intakes in Sept & Jan Only – Register now for Sept 2024 or Jan 2025 start.
Wednesdays – 5-5:45pm
*For those who will start Reception in Sept ’24 or Sept ’25

Dragons – Years 1, 2 & 3 – WAITING LIST IN OPERATION
Wednesday – 6-7pm / Friday – 6-7pm

Tigers – Years 4, 5 & 6 – WAITING LIST IN OPERATION
Wednesday – 7:15pm / Thursday – 6:45-7:45pm / Friday – 6-7pm

Wolves – Years 7, 8 & 9 – WAITING LIST IN OPERATION
Wednesday 7:15pm / Thursday 6:45-7:45pm / Friday – 7:15-8:15pm

Cranes – Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 – Subject to availability, contact for more info.
Wednesday 8:30-9:30pm / Friday 7:15-8:15pm
Over 16s can also join Adults classes.

Adults – Available for all ages from 16 onwards
Technical Tuesday 7:30-9:30pm / Open Mat Thursday 8-9:30pm
(Not suitable for new starters)

Adult Beginners Course – Starts THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
Thursday 8-9:30pm – Fixed course dates from September to December 2024

Monday Night – Fighting Fitness Sessions

Fortnightly at 6:45pm-7:45pm or 6:45pm-8:30pm
Upcoming Dates – 20th May / 3th & 17th June / 1st, 8th & 15th July
Then a break through the summer until 16th September

(8th July – Extra class for competition preparation before Shizentai Rumble)

Section A: 6:45pm-7:45pm

Dragons (age 7&8 by invitation only)
Tigers (minimum grade BJC 2 Green Tabs / BJC 6th Kyu San / BJA 3rd Mon, or by invitation)
Wolves (BJC 6th Kyu San to 5th Kyu San / BJA grade 3rd to 6th Mon, or by invitation)

Section B: 6:45pm-8:15pm

Wolves (BJC 4th Kyu, or BJA 7th Mon, or by invitation)
Cranes (minimum grade BJC or BJA 5th Kyu, or by invitation)
Adults (minimum grade BJC or BJA 5th Kyu, or by invitation)

If you are interested in the Fighting Fit Classes, but aren’t sure if you should be attending Section A or B, just get in touch and we can discuss.

For further information please email

How to join


In the first instance, for all ages, please complete our short expression of interest form and we will get in touch with more details..

If you are new to judo, your first session is free!!
After your 1st session if you want to continue we will ask you to purchase a 3-month provisional judo licence, or one of the other licences available if you prefer.

Once you have a licence, there is no training fee for your 2nd session, but after that you will need to sign up to one of our membership options. Fees are paid monthly in advance by Direct Debit. SAJC offers training sessions for around 48 weeks of every year and our fees are spread equally across the months.

For the Ginmedaru options, you can attend additional sessions by purchasing a PAYG pass from our store.

We also have Annual Advance pricing rates if you would prefer to pay for a whole year upfront. These are available after 3 months of attendance, please speak to us if this is of interest.

Judo Licences

In order to take part in judo lessons, you much have a judo licence from one of our two governing bodies. This licence provides you with personal accident insurance, and full licences allow you to take part in gradings and competitions.

Our governing bodies are:
British Judo Council and British Judo Association.

Governing body membership typeCostClub membership purchase also required?
BJC provisional 3 month *£10No
BJC U18 – Annual£30 (or £20 if upgrading from a provisional) and £24 to renewYes
BJA U18 – Annual£31 and £28 to renewYes
BJC O18 – Annual£35 (or £25 if upgrading from a provisional) and £30 to renewYes
BJA O18 – Annual£42 and £39 to renewYes

There are other pricing options available for certain groups, please ask at the desk for more details.

* – Does not allow you to participate in gradings or competitions, but you can upgrade to the full membership at any time

Club Membership is £10 per year, and helps keep our training costs low.
If you choose not to take membership, when upgrading from your 3 month provisional licence your monthly training fees will increase.

If you are visiting from another club

Just bring your current BJA or BJC licence with you and purchase a PAYG Session pass.

PAYG Session passes for Visitors must be purchased in advance from our club shop –

Session PAYG Passes are valid for one training session, they are not tied to a specific date and can be used up to 1 month after purchase. We also offer a monthly Direct Debit rate for Regular visitors.

What to wear

For the first few classes you can wear tracksuit bottoms without zips/ buttons/ anything hard that could injure yourself or others when breakfalling. Girls should also wear a plain white T-shirt. These items may get pulled/ stretched so don’t wear anything you can’t afford to write off! Please use an elastic hair band to tie any long hair back (no metal hair clips are allowed).

We have spare judo jackets that you can use – just ask someone for help if you’re stuck. You’ll be expected to buy your own gi (judo outfit) if you decide to join. These are available at the club shop.


The club asks you to fill out a membership form on your first visit.

Club shop

The club shop carries a stock of judo clothing and accessories for members, including judo suits, and club branded kit.

Contact Us



01727 869007

Weekday evenings only. Please leave a message at other times.


The dojo address is:
St Albans Judo Club,
Batchwood Golf and Sports Centre,
Batchwood Drive,
St Albans,
AL3 5XA.

The Dojo is within “Batchwood Golf and Sports Centre”. There is a large sign for this facility off the road “Batchwood Drive”.

Please be aware that the Dojo is on a section of one-way narrow country road, don’t go along this the wrong way. If you have a satnav then the following coordinates will lead you to the correct entrance to the one-way road N51.764848, W0.344282

Parking is on the right just before you reach the Sports Centre. Please observe the parking signs/ notices.