Following the pandemic we are now back open 5 nights a week, and able to offer a range of classes 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?

For U18s, our Trial weeks for the rest of this School Year are:
14th – 17th June

Please note we organise our U18s classes by School Year rather than exact age.
Monkeys – Nursery & Reception – from Age 4 (There are no spaces for Monkeys until Sept 2022)
Dragons – Years 1-3 (There are no spaces for Dragons until Sept 2022) / Tigers – Years 4-6 / Wolves – Years 7-9 / Cranes – Years 10-13

If you are over 18, we can normally accommodate you on our Tuesday Senior Session straight away.

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 cost £5 and can be purchased from our club shop –

Make sure you 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
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St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club8 hours ago
All members should have received an email with the summer updates, please check your spam folders if you haven't seen it, and let us know if it didn't arrive.

🥋 Please note there are still some spaces for the Summer Training on 22nd/23rd August for Dragons (Y1-3), Tigers (Y4-6) & Y7 (low grade) Wolves, and on the 25th Aug for Wolves & Cranes (years 7-13)

🛝 All members and their families are welcome to join us for a social afternoon at Stanborough Lakes on Wednesday 24th from around 12:30pm, but if you want to take part in the Vertigo Adventures ropes course at 2pm, you *must* book and pay by 14th August - that's this SUNDAY, as we have to confirm the booking on Monday.

👉 Finally please remember there are *no classes* for children in the evenings between 22nd & 30th August.

👍 Adult classes on the 23rd & 30th August will take place as normal.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 week ago
☀️ Just a quick reminder that we are open for our weeknight Technical Classes as normal through the summer, with the exception of Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August.

👉 There are still places for the daytime Summer Training sessions on Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd August for Under 12s, and on Thursday 25th August for 11-18s. Information has been mailed out, and is on the noticeboard in the dojo, or drop an email to if you can't find it and want to sign up.

👉 We are booking Vertigo Adventures at Stanborough Lakes Welwyn Garden City for Wednesday 24th August. If you haven't given us your names yet please do so ASAP to ensure you get a spot. Costs will be between £5 (one zip or climb) and £17.60 (2 rounds on high ropes) depending on which activity you opt for. I will be confirming these in emails direct to everyone on the list this week.

🥋 Lastly, if your child has a sibling that you are planning to bring along next term to start judo, please can you let us know ASAP. We are building the lists for the new starters trial week in September, and would hate for existing families not to get a space because we didn't know you wanted them to start!
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
✨Massive thank you✨ to the team of volunteers who worked incredibly hard to make the BBQ & Fun Day such a success today!

It was an absolutely brilliant day, and we worked out that between 160 & 170 burgers/hot dogs were cooked and eaten! What an amazing turnout!

It was so nice to chill out and chat with people and watch the kids from various nights playing together on the inflatables. And the weather was simply perfect.

For now, just a few snaps from the very start of the day, more will follow when we get the official ones that were taken 🙂
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
Don't forget it's BBQ day! 🌭🍔

You can find us in the area behind Batchwood hall from 11am - 3pm.

(Don't try and come into the sports centre, we're not there!)
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
☀️🔥Phew!🔥☀️ I do hope everyone is coping ok with this heat!
Don't forget the Dojo is 🌬 Airconditioned 🌬 so we remain open 😃

📩 Emails have gone out to members u18 about the Summer Training event during the week of 22nd-25th August - get your sign ups in to secure your spot.

➡️Monday & Tuesday for Dragons, Tigers & Y7 Wolves (10am-3:30pm, £10 per day)
➡️Thursday for Wolves & Cranes (11am-3pm, £8)

More details & QR codes for sign up on the Events noticeboard at the club.

🏞 We're also planning a Family Summer Social at Stanborough Park on Wednesday 25th August, with a session at Vertigo Adventures (High Ropes course, or other activities) for those aged 5+ brave enough to have a go. The sign up sheet is in the Dojo, and there's a group discount if we get enough interest.

🌭Speaking of Socials, don't forget we have our Family BBQ & Fun day this 🌤Sunday 24th July🌤 come and join us for bbq food, soft drink, bouncy castle, rodeo bull, and an inflatable assault course... Oh, and cake! 🧁

❗️Just a quick reminder❗️
Our Socials are *family* events, so parents & guardians must remain on site with their children, these are not drop and go supervised sessions. You're welcome to bring along the younger siblings, older siblings, grandparents etc. to enjoy the fun.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 weeks ago
🥋 It's another day of competition for a couple of club members, this time with entries at both ends of the experience ladder...

🍀Good luck🍀 to George H who's off to the fight at Craig Fallon Cup in Wolverhampton, and to Carles who is taking part in his very first out of club event at the Bishops Stortford u8s festival.

Session Times

September 2022 Timetable

Technical & Development Classes

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

Mini Judo Monkeys – Nursery & Reception (from 3yrs & 4 mths) – Intakes in Sept & Jan Only
Wednesdays – 5pm

Dragons – Years 1, 2 & 3 – Next intake Sept 2022
Wednesday – 6pm / Friday – 6pm

Tigers – Years 4, 5 & 6 – Next intake Sept 2022
Wednesday – 7:15pm / Thursday – 6:45pm / Friday – 6pm

Wolves – Years 7, 8 & 9 – Next intake Sept 2022
Wednesday 7:15pm / Thursday 6:45pm / Friday – 7:15pm

Cranes – Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 – Next intake Sept 2022
Wednesday 8:30pm / Friday 7:15pm
Over 16s can also join the Tuesday 8pm Adults class.

Adults – New starters welcome any time
Tuesday 8pm

Monday Night – Fighting Fitness Sessions
Closed for Summer Resumes 5th September

Session 1: Fortnightly at 6:30pm-7:30pm
(Dates for 2022 – 5th, 12th & 26th September / 10th & 24th October / 7th & 21st November / 5th & 19th December)
(*5th Sept extra session to replace August Bank Holiday)

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

Session 2: Weekly at 7:45pm-8:45pm
(Resumes from 5th September)

Wolves (minimum grade BJC 4th Kyu / BJA grade 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 aren’t sure which session is right for you – contact for more information.

For further information please email

How to join

If you are new to judo, your first session is free!!

Simply contact us for advice on which of our sessions is right for you to come along and try. For your 2nd session, you need to sign up to one of our membership options:

For the Ginmedaru options, you can attend additional sessions at £4 per session.

You must also purchase a judo license from one of our two governing bodies.

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

Membership of either of these two bodies gives you a licence to practise Judo and provides you with personal accident insurance.

Governing body membership typeCostClub membership purchase also required?
BJC provisional 3 month *£10Optional
BJC U18 – Annual£28 (or £18 if upgrading from a provisional) and £24 to renewYes
BJA U18 – Annual£31 and £28 to renewYes
BJC O18 – Annual£34 (or £24 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

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.

PAYG Session passes for Visitors should 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.

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.

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.