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.


2022 AGM – Thursday 30th June at 7pm.

As you will have seen from the notice posted at the dojo before the half-term break, our Annual AGM is on Thursday 30 June 2022 at 7pm.

The meeting will take place in the Dojo, and there will be no class on that evening.

If you would like to stand as a Director please contact us for a nomination form.

We encourage all fully paid-up Senior Members (16+) and Parent Members to attend this important meeting. It is your chance to hear about what is happening at your club, hear about the progress made in the past year, engage with the current Board and to vote on any important matters to decide the direction of the club.

Further details of the proposals to be discussed will follow shortly.

Remember, it is your club. So be sure to have your say by joining the AGM.

We are proud to have met the requirements to be awarded the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.

For more information on this scheme: 

SAJC Hosts GB Olympian Nekoda Davis
Session video available

St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club17 hours ago
Never let it be said that training at SAJC is always serious!

Some of the U21s class try "mat rolling" - I think they need more practice 😂
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 days ago
Today was another great day on the mats for the club.

At the Kent International, Ryan competed in the O100kg Senior men's group.
He had a strong start with an excellent ippon in his first fight, but was overpowered (giving away around 45kg!) in round 2. Dropping into the repechage, he bounced back with another solid ippon, this time within the first 10 seconds of the contest! (I barely had time to sit in the chair 😂). Unfortunately he wasn't so lucky in next bout, loosing that and finishing up in 7th place. All in all, a brilliant effort and excellent learning experience for him. 👍

Back at the dojo we had 2 taking part in the BJC Area grading.

First up was Freya who was graded to 3rd Kyu San (green belt + 3 blue tabs). 👍
And to finish up, Ben G won his required 3 fights, passed his technical and was promoted to 2nd Kyu (blue belt) 👍

✨ Very well done to all of you✨
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club5 days ago
Well done to Kristian & George today on their amazing efforts.

Both ended up together in a group of 16. (Which made the matside job easier for sure!)

After a "touch and go" week of where we weren't sure if he'd even be fit to fight after Covid, Kristian had 2 really good attempts, but both unfortunately got away from him.

George had 2 wins, putting him into the semi-finals, where he was unlucky and got caught for an ippon. Dropping into the repechage, he fought hard for Bronze, but was caught out by a style of tactical judo he's not had to face before, ending the day in 5th place.

This is competition far above the level the club has been competing at for a number of years, so it was very much a learning day on the job for all of us.

Am looking forward to working through & developing from this in our classes over the coming weeks ready for the next one 👍
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club6 days ago
🍀 Good Luck 🍀 this weekend to Kristian, George & Ryan who are competing at the Kent International.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club7 days ago
‼️ Reminder: Next Thursday, 30th June 7pm, is our Annual AGM ‼️

If you are a fully paid up member of SAJC you should already have received the relevant information. If you haven't please check your emails, speak to us in the dojo, or contact

We would strongly encourage you to attend the meeting if you can.
This is your club, the Directors and other Volunteers are all working on your behalf, and we value your input.

If you aren't able to attend, proxy voting forms were sent out with the information email, or paper copies can be completed in the dojo.

👉 Due to the meeting, there will be no training session on Thursday evening. 👈

Thursday Tigers (Y4-6) are welcome to attend on Wednesday (7:15pm) or Friday (6pm) classes.

Thursday Wolves (Y7-9) are welcome to attend on Tuesday (6:45pm), Wednesday (7:15pm) or Friday (7:15pm) classes.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 week ago
🤩 T-shirts now in stock for all our under 18 age groups 😎

These can be ordered from our shop, please speak to the desk for more information.

With huge thanks to Dave Roberts for his designs. 👏

Session Times

We have now opened up our Fighting Fit sessions again on Monday evening

Monday Night – Fighting Fitness SessionsNow Open!

Tigers & lower grade Wolves at 6:30pm – ALTERNATE WEEKS – Contact for information
(min grades: BJC Primary 1 Orange / BJA 3rd Mon)

Wolves & above (inc. Adults) at 7:45pm – EVERY WEEK – except Bank Holidays
(min grades: U11-14s – BJC 4th Kyu or BJA 7th Mon / 15+ & Adults 5th Kyu)

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.