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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.

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St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club4 weeks ago
✨ Happy New Year ✨

πŸ₯‹ Wishing all our Members, Visitors & Friends a very happy new year, and hopes for a healthy, happy & Judo filled 2022. πŸ₯‹

2021 has been another up and down year for everyone, with much joy and some sadness but the club presses ever onwards.

Subject to any changes in Covid restrictions we'll reopen on Tuesday 4th January. Hope to see you all back and ready to train πŸ˜ƒ
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
It is with a very heavy heart that we are posting this evening.

Our dear Friend Sensei Zoli has sadly lost his battle with Cancer and gone on to join the ranks in the Dojo beyond. 😒

This is news that we were hoping would be a long time in coming.
Zoli had been a club member for around 20 years, in that time progressing to 2nd Dan and becoming a Senior Club Coach, he spent many years on the Committee (and in the last few years as a Director on the Board), taking on numerous roles, including Secretary and most recently serving a spell as Chairman in 2019/20, stepping down only when he became ill.

He was a technical specialist and had an extraordinary passion for Kata, representing Team GB in Ju-no-Kata at the European Championships in 2009 and the IJF Worlds in 2008 & 2009. Along with his many, many appearances at UK Kata events.

He could also be regularly found amongst the referees at BJC events, from beginner’s rumbles to National championships.

His firm, but fun way of coaching led to his Wednesday night class building up into a consistent group of twenty-five plus 13–17-year-olds in the last couple of years before Covid hit us. His β€œZoli-ball” variant of dodgeball is one the most commonly requested games on the mats.

We will all miss him terribly. His skill aside, we miss his dry humour and sharp wit.

Tonight, we raise a glass to our dear, dear friend. 🍺

πŸ₯‹ Judoka Rei! πŸ₯‹
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
πŸ’« 2025 is fast approaching, and that will mark 75 years of SAJC! πŸ’«

There's lots of things in the planning stages which will be announced as time goes on to ensure we get a great celebration.

But, for some of them we need a bit of help - unfortunately a lot of our history is gone, many older paper records have been lost, or perhaps things were never written down to begin with.

So, this is a shout out to our fabulous members of years past

πŸ‘‰ Did you, your kids, your parents or even your grandparents earn your Black Belt through SAJC?
Let us know, and we'll add you to the records.
If you have licence pictures, certificates or photos of presentation, even better!
We hope to be able to create a Dan Grade Honours Board for the dojo walls.

πŸ‘‰ Also, did you ever receive one of the club trophies? Particularly before 2000?
Many of the entries just have initial & surname, and the memory of who those people are is gone. Again, let us know so our "Hall of Fame" can be updated with your full name.

πŸ‘‰ Finally, do you have any photos of your time at SAJC? We have lots from the last 15 years or so, but very few from older days. Group shots, medal shots, general practice or competition/course photos. Anything you've got get in touch.
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club1 month ago
Here's a look back in time... with a photo from the 25th Alf Hopkins Summer School in 2014.

I can spot a few faces who still come to SAJC or who've moved away but we still see at competitions and courses, but can you find yourself?! πŸ˜ƒ
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club is feeling festive.1 month ago
🌟Please note there's been a slight change to the previously announced dates for the end of 2021🌟

πŸŽ„ Don't forget your Santa Hats, Elf Ears or Reindeer Antlers for the final sessions! πŸŽ„

πŸ‘ Classes resume from 4th Jan 2022

πŸ‘‰ Next round of trials for new beginners is Week Commencing 10th January - Contact info@stalbansjudo.org.uk if you'd like to find out more. πŸ˜€
St. Albans Judo Club
St. Albans Judo Club2 months ago
A few snapshots from our Tigers & Wolves Session on 8th December, when we had a surprise drop in from Neil Adams MBE! (Neil Adams Effective Fighting Ltd)

#expecttheunexpected #WeAreGBJudo #BritishJudo #britishjudocouncil

(PS: If anyone has any photos of Neil with the Dragons class, please let me know so we can put some of those up too)

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
(min grades: BJC Primary 1 Orange / BJA 3rd Mon)

Wolves & above (inc. Adults) at 7:45pm
(min grades: U18s – BJC 5th Kyu Ni / BJA 5th Mon / O18s 5th Kyu)

Session Links for COVID-19 Check-in WebApp

Monday – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/zgke9C2J6DtWhG3P

Tuesday U16s – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/ERukhaj2sxLb9CtD

Tuesday O16s & Adults – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/3oO4968sZCxMTzbX

Wednesday – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/fXHdpFTC9m8Kt2Ag

Thursday – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/CNjTGRPUqBVJE8gw

Friday – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/Y8G1Ji4vk7fhrXjV

Full Club (used for Courses, Gradings etc) – https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/EMDxCcX5oAyKwhrW

For further information please email info@stalbansjudo.org.uk

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 Β£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 *Β£10Optional
BJC U18 – AnnualΒ£28 (or Β£18 if upgrading from a provisional) and Β£24 to renewYes
BJA U18 – AnnualΒ£31 and Β£28 to renewYes
BJC O18 – AnnualΒ£34 (or Β£24 if upgrading from a provisional) and Β£30 to renewYes
BJA O18 – AnnualΒ£42 and Β£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 Β£5 session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC.

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.