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 Club4 days ago
πŸ₯‹ Reminder to the Monday night crew: Visit to Bishops Stortford Judo Club tonight for those of you who haven't gone away for half term.

✨ Rest of the week all classes as normal. ✨

Enjoy your holidays those who have them... everyone else, see you on the mat πŸ‘
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
πŸ† Fantastic day at the Southfields competition πŸ†

πŸ₯‡ Gold - Nevaeh
πŸ₯ˆ Silver - George, Idriss, Ben, Rebecca
πŸ₯‰ Bronze - Samuel, Ottilie
No medals today, for Henry, Sam, Amy, Naomi & Ryan.

For several, this was their first time at a competition outside the club, and they really gave it their all, with everyone putting in some truly amazing efforts. You should all be really, really pleased with yourself, we certainly are!

A special mention to Ryan who was in his first competition as a Dan grade, and came up against some of the BJCs most experienced fighters.

πŸ‘ Big thanks to Kim & Jad for coaching; to Ryan for being the moral support and "how does it work guy" for the more novice competitors; to Freya for coming along to learn how it all works; to Jen for all the pre-comp admin and finally to all the parents for bringing the competitors and supporting them all so well.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
πŸ₯‹ Today we have:

George, Henry, Ottilie, Amy, Samuel, Sam, Idriss, Naomi, Rebbeca, Neveah, Ben and Ryan

heading to the Southfields competition in Leicester.

πŸ€ Best of luck everyone! πŸ€
🀼 Fight hard, but most of all enjoy yourselves πŸ‘

πŸ€• Also, get well soon to Teresa who has unfortunately had to pull out due to injury. Hope to see you back on the mat before too long.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club shared a post.3 weeks ago
✨ This training event, with Dr Yoko Tanabe, is being held at our Dojo on 8th March.✨

It's a BJA coach revalidation for those that need it, but more importantly a great chance to learn from a top class Judoka.

The day is open to seniors and also older juniors who would like to attend (you will need to work hard!!).

If you are under green belt and interested, please speak to your session coaches to discuss suitability before booking.
(Green belts and over, book away πŸ‘)
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
πŸ₯‹ Congratulations to Paddy Lish who has been shortlisted as a nominee for the BJC Senior Squad Member of the Year. πŸ₯‹
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club shared a post.4 weeks ago
πŸ₯‰Excellent effort led to a well deserved Bronze for Kristian at the NHC Orange and under competition at High Wycombe today.

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: 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, 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£28 (or Β£18 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.

Contact Us




Call the dojo any weekday evening on 01727 869007.

Please note that we are currently having issues with the original phone number (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.