St Albans Judo Club has been providing 69 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!


St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 week ago
Fantastic, busy, and hard working senior mat tonight. Keep up the great work guys! πŸ‘Š
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
✨ Delighted to announce Nekoda Davis - Judo Athlete will be delivering the the next of our "Train with a Champion" sessions at SAJC. ✨

13th October
U14s - 12pm - 1:30pm
O14s (including Seniors) - 2pm - 3:30pm
Β£12 per person

Please contact secretary@stalbansjudo.org.uk for any further info you need πŸ˜€
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
Great to see busy classes on the first Wednesday of the new term.

🀜 Remember the Thursday session is now from 7pm - 8pm, for 5-15s.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
πŸ€ Sending good luck vibes to the GB Kata Squad who are out in Korea for the World Championships. πŸ€

Tori & Lisa are competing in Ju-no-Kata tomorrow, with Ricky & Richard on Thursday in the Kodokan Goshin Jutsu.

We're rooting for you guys, here's to your best performances yet 🀞
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 weeks ago
Session times for the new term starting 1st Sept 2019.

Please note change to THURSDAYS
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 weeks ago
✨ Final round of our Summer Training yesterday & another brilliant day! ✨

Loads of randori, including a chance for everyone to throw the coaching assistants around, a Team Shiai, and more on our technique of the week - Ippon Seoi Nage.
πŸŽ‰ The winning team at the end were Team Everest, who used the final game to squeak past Team Dunno by the value of a single green peg! πŸŽ‰
Well done both teams, it could have gone either way.

All the kids have worked amazingly hard this week, doing more judo in the 3 days than they would normally do over several months. Everyone gave 100% effort, and never gave up trying, with the majority tackling and overcoming something in the week that they thought they wouldn't be able to do.

Big thanks to Sensei Pete for coming to join us, and to the coaching assistants, Sarah, Ryan & Brenden. It wouldn't have been possible without your help!

It's been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone, and I look forward to the next one - Sensei Jad 😎

And remember, as became the saying of the week, "Brenden go flying... I happy" 🀣

Session Times

(From 1st September 2019)

Classes are suitable for beginners unless otherwise stated.

Monday Coach: Jad

7:30pm-8:30pm : Ages 10-13, Junior – Randori based training **

7:30pm-9:00pm : Ages 14+, Youth & Senior Randori based training **

** Not suitable for beginners. Please contact us to discuss if this class is suitable for your child

Tuesday Coaches: Darren, Tori, Bob (Seniors)

6:30pm-7:30pm : Ages 5-15, Primary & Junior – Technical Development

7:30pm-8:30pm : Ages 10-17, Junior & Youth – Technical Development

8:30pm-10:30pm : Ages 16+, Senior – Technical Development (Kata instruction & practice available on request)

Wednesday Coaches: Kim, Jad, Zoli

6:00pm-7:00pm : Ages 5-7, Primary (Kinder) – Technical Development

7:00pm-8:00pm : Ages 8-12, Primary & Junior – Technical Development (Yellow belts and under)

8:00pm-9:15pm : Ages 10-17, Junior & Youth – Technical Development

Thursday Coaches: Matt, Andrew, Seb

7:00pm-8:00pm : Ages 5-15, Primary & Junior – Technical Development

Friday Coaches: Zoli, Bob (Kata)

7:00pm-8:00pm : Ages 5-15, Primary & Junior – Technical Development

8:00pm-9:30pm : Ages 10+, Junior & Senior – Kata Instruction and Practice ***

*** Not suitable for beginners. Judoka under 10 with Coach’s prior agreement only.

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 must purchase a membership to one of our two governing bodies (for as little as Β£10) and start paying session costs.

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 *Β£10Optional
BJC Junior – AnnualΒ£27 (or Β£17 if upgrading from a provisional)Yes
BJA Junior – AnnualTBAYes
BJC Senior – AnnualΒ£34 (or Β£24 if upgrading from a provisional) and Β£29 to renewYes
BJA Senior – AnnualTBAYes

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

If you have already tried judo in the past

Depending on how long ago you tried judo, and how long you did it for, we may be able to treat you as if you are new to judo. Please email us or come in and ask at the desk.

If you still have a current BJA or BJC licence then simply bring it with you and pay the appropriate session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC by paying the annual membership fee. Session costs are listed below.

If your judo licence has expired then you can pay to become a St Albans Judo Club member and then we’ll organise your licence renewal (or help you to obtain a new judo licence). The costs involved are shown above in the “governing body membership costs” (sorry you won’t be eligible for the provisional membership) and the SAJC membership cost is below in the club membership section.

If you are visiting from another club

Just bring your current BJA or BJC licence with you and pay the appropriate session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC by paying the annual membership fee.

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 membership

The annual club membership of Β£10 allows you to access lower session costs and gives access to club events.

Family Membership – The first member pays the full amount, and each additional member pays the full amount less Β£3.00

The renewal of the club membership will be synchronised with the renewal your BJC / BJA a licence (if the renewal of your judo licence is managed by us).

Session cost

Non-club member every session
Member, every session
 Β£3.50 Β£3.00
 Β£4.50 Β£3.50


  • people on the 3 month BJC provisional licence can access member session costs
  • session costs are cheaper for club members.

Club shop

The club shop carries a stock of judo clothing and accessories. A specific brand name gi can also be ordered through the shop if you’d prefer something different (we can get good prices). Please ask your instructor for details.

Contact Us


info@stalbansjudo.org.uk  – please note that email is currently checked every few days,


Call the dojo any weekday evening onΒ 01727 854411.


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.