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 weeks 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! 👏
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
Just a reminder we have our Fighting Fit session tonight 6:45-7:45/8:15pm, this is moved from next week due to the Bank Holiday.

There is no Senior Class on Thursday 2nd May, (kids class running as normal) and there are NO classes at all on Friday 3rd May.

BJC Open Nationals is on Sunday, everyone that has weighed in on the list has been entered, if you are still thinking about it, I need to know today to get you entered!
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
I have just noticed a post that didn't post from a couple of weeks ago!

Bishops Stortford Yellow, Orange & Green Championships 14th April.

Just a small entry in this slightly higher level event, but great determination and effort from all. Really proud of everyone for giving it a go. 👏

Fighting in a big group, and doing their first "Knockout" style event, there were no medals this time for Daniel or Kalan.

🥉Henry F (Hatfield)
🥇George R (Rush)

Big apologies to those whose participation got missed! 🫣
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
We had a great day out at the High Wycombe Red Belt Rumble on Saturday, with 4 boys entered in the morning. Great efforts from them all, some good techniques and amazing spirit. Then in the afternoon we had 1 girl, and again a brilliant effort with some good judo. 👍

🥉 Sebastian, Grayson, Zac
🥈David, Isla

With a special mention to Zac who was given a shout-out by the organisers as their "Spirit of Judo" award for the event.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
Great day out for our younger members yesterday at the Bishops Stortford U8s Festival. Split into age groups for 6 year olds & 7 year olds, we even managed to snap a whole team photo in the middle.

Well done to Aillie, Cora, Lizzie, Theo, Ruairi, Finn & Max on your excellent performances! 👍

For some this was their first time taking part in anything outside our own dojo, and they all handled it brilliantly. The judo was strong, and they all gave it their best efforts, putting into practice what we learn in class.

Great work from Samuel who came along as assistant coach to look after them, doing a great job keeping them calm & focused, and offering supportive encouragement & coaching throughout.

Our thanks to Bishops Stortford Judokwai for putting on an excellent, fun & relaxed introduction to competitive judo for our youngsters. 🥋
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
Busy night at our Fighting Fit session last night - An excellent turn out for a holiday week, with 22 on the mat all working hard & getting extremely sweaty!

Ukemi & Ashi-waza practice to start, then fitness circuits, 8x 3-min transitional Randori bouts & we even had time for a game before the youngsters went off. To finish off, the adults carried on for a bit more Randori & technical practice.

Our next session is on April 22nd 6:45pm-7:45pm/8:15pm open for all ages & visitors welcome (minimum grade requirements & u8s by invitation only)

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 July
Then a break through the summer until 9th & 23rd 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.