COVID-19 UPDATE: Judo club will be closed until further notice.

St Albans Judo Club has now reopened in a limited capacity

We are delighted to confirm that we are restarting our evening classes from
Monday 7th September

Initially these will be non-contact Judo Drills & Fitness classes, with one class per week for Seniors, and two classes each per week for Primaries and Juniors.

Due to the current restrictions on operation we are extremely limited in both the number of people we can accomodate per class, and the amount of classes we can offer. Unfortunately, this means that at the present time we are operating with a pre-allocated class schedule.

For the time being we we will not be able to offer any unarranged drop-ins from existing members, trial sessions for new members or visitors from other clubs..

For more details of our plans to return to the dojo more fully, if you are a member and have missed emails, to go on the waiting list for sessions, or register your interest as a new member or if you have any other questions during this initial return to the mats phase please email

St Albans Judo Club has been providing 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!


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

For more information on this scheme: 

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St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 days ago
🥋 It might be half term for the youngsters, but the evening classes are still running as normal every night this week 👍
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club5 days ago
Congratulations to Sensei Jad on receiving his life membership tonight from the club!
Thank you Jad for all the hard work and dedicating over the years, especially throughout lockdown!!!
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
Thursday night's Junior class practicing some ground work movements - "Shrimp" and "Flapping Fish" :D
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club3 weeks ago
It’s #ParentsinSportWeek2020.
Let your child know you understand how much sport means to them by making the Sports Parents Promise:
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 weeks ago
After some serious stuff, including fitness, shadow Uchi-komi and pairs resistance band work, the Friday night juniors tried 4-way Uchi-komi.
The results might not have been perfect or particularly elegant, but the laughing was infectious and that is just as joyous for the club after the trials of 2020.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
Well done and thank you to everyone who joined us this morning for the final session of the current block of outdoor seasions 👍

Really impressed with how hard you worked through what was a pretty strenuous 30min bodyweight circuit. Particularly a mention to the u10s, for lots of focus and effort with some exercises that we haven't done before. 👏

Unfortunately we forgot to take any photos, so please believe us when we tell you they all 🤜smashed it!🤛

And we got done before the rain came, which was definitely an added bonus!

As the weather is getting more unpredictable and people have other clubs restarting we are going to take a couple of weeks off whilst we review what we do with Saturdays whilst we wait for competitions and courses to restart... Keep an eye open for the next update.

Session Times

St Albans Judo Club has now reopened in a limited capacity

The club has reopened for evening classes starting Monday 7th September, under Phase 1 of the Return to Judo (England) guidance.

We are only able to run one session per night in this first phase, with all places pre-allocated to members.

All classes are 6:30pm – 7:30pm, with two nights allocated to the Primary age group, two to the Junior age group and one for Seniors (age 16+).

Unfortunately due to the restrictions we are operating at a very limited capacity, as such we will not be able accommodate Drop-ins, New Starters or Visitors during the early phases of reopening.

For further information or if you have any questions during this initial return phase please email

Pre-Covid Class Schedule: (Not currently running)

This schedule is here for example only – it will be fully reviewed and revised as we move back towards regular full contact sessions

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 (Juniors), 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         Coach: Matt

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 £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 *£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 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 £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 £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
 £4.00 £3.50
 £5.00 £4.00


  • Those on the 3 month BJC provisional licence can access member session costs.
  • Session costs are cheaper, and advance pricing options are available 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 our phone number has recently changed to this number.


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.