St Albans Judo Club has been providing 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!
We are proud to have met the requirements to be awarded the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
It is with a very heavy heart that we are posting this evening.
Our dear Friend Sensei Zoli has sadly lost his battle with Cancer and gone on to join the ranks in the Dojo beyond. 😢
This is news that we were hoping would be a long time in coming.
Zoli had been a club member for around 20 years, in that time progressing to 2nd Dan and becoming a Senior Club Coach, he spent many years on the Committee (and in the last few years as a Director on the Board), taking on numerous roles, including Secretary and most recently serving a spell as Chairman in 2019/20, stepping down only when he became ill.
He was a technical specialist and had an extraordinary passion for Kata, representing Team GB in Ju-no-Kata at the European Championships in 2009 and the IJF Worlds in 2008 & 2009. Along with his many, many appearances at UK Kata events.
He could also be regularly found amongst the referees at BJC events, from beginner’s rumbles to National championships.
His firm, but fun way of coaching led to his Wednesday night class building up into a consistent group of twenty-five plus 13–17-year-olds in the last couple of years before Covid hit us. His “Zoli-ball” variant of dodgeball is one the most commonly requested games on the mats.
We will all miss him terribly. His skill aside, we miss his dry humour and sharp wit.
Tonight, we raise a glass to our dear, dear friend. 🍺
💫 2025 is fast approaching, and that will mark 75 years of SAJC! 💫
There's lots of things in the planning stages which will be announced as time goes on to ensure we get a great celebration.
But, for some of them we need a bit of help - unfortunately a lot of our history is gone, many older paper records have been lost, or perhaps things were never written down to begin with.
So, this is a shout out to our fabulous members of years past
👉 Did you, your kids, your parents or even your grandparents earn your Black Belt through SAJC?
Let us know, and we'll add you to the records.
If you have licence pictures, certificates or photos of presentation, even better!
We hope to be able to create a Dan Grade Honours Board for the dojo walls.
👉 Also, did you ever receive one of the club trophies? Particularly before 2000?
Many of the entries just have initial & surname, and the memory of who those people are is gone. Again, let us know so our "Hall of Fame" can be updated with your full name.
👉 Finally, do you have any photos of your time at SAJC? We have lots from the last 15 years or so, but very few from older days. Group shots, medal shots, general practice or competition/course photos. Anything you've got get in touch.
Membership of either of these two bodies gives you a licence to practise Judo and provides you with personal accident insurance.
Governing body membership type
Club membership purchase also required?
BJC provisional 3 month *
BJC U18 – Annual
£28 (or £18 if upgrading from a provisional) and £24 to renew
BJA U18 – Annual
£31 and £28 to renew
BJC O18 – Annual
£34 (or £24 if upgrading from a provisional) and £30 to renew
BJA O18 – Annual
£42 and £39 to renew
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
If you are visiting from another club
Just bring your current BJA or BJC licence with you and pay a £5 session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC.
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 shop carries a stock of judo clothing and accessories.
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, Hertfordshire, 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.