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The Club is a registered member of the British Judo Association (BJA) and is run under BJA rules. Our BJA registered number is 2501.  The BJA is the only governing body for judo in the United Kingdom which is recognised by the Government. 

The BJA is affiliated to the Sports Council, the British Olympic Association, the European Judo Union, and the International Judo Federation. The British Judo Council (BJC) and the Amateur Judo Association (AJA) are affiliated to the British Judo Association and are the only other recognised judo organisations in the UK.

The Club began in 1990.  It has a close association with Worthing Leisure Centre, Sussex County Judo Clubs which is the local County association, and with local BJC & AJA clubs


The club welcomes new players of all ages, though the normal minimum age is 8 years, but we will consider players of 7 years. We are an inclusive club.

"We believe in leading from the front, showing both technical and working judo. If you have any questions, please talk to any of us. We run the club for our members benefit, not profit."



Judo was refined from jujitsu, a comprehensive system of armed and unarmed combat which was developed for over 300 years in Japan from 1532. By 1870 there were several hundred jujitsu schools in Japan. In 1882 Jigoro Kano evolved judo from jujitsu with  a system of moves that could be used with safety. 

It includes a wide range of throws and physical restraints on the ground.  Judo is generally translated as “gentle” from the character “Ju”. However, it is never gentle, and neither is karate or taekwondo. Ju is better translated as supple and requires mobility and movement.


We offer training sessions in different venues on different evenings, to cover different aspects of judo.  Players who train more than once a week will progress faster, as with any sport.


Sundays: Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing BN12 4ET

Beginners (White & Red Belt) 16.30 - 17.30  

The first 60 minutes is a combined session for all players. We will give individual attention to beginners so that they may join in some of the general activities. All players progress at different rates.    


Higher Grades 16:30 - 18:00

The last 30 minutes are only for players with a range of techniques. The minimum grade is yellow belt. Seniors attain yellow belt in one go, whereas juniors will attain it in 3 steps. We therefore reserve the right to assess when a junior is suitable for the last 30 minutes.  


Tuesdays: Wick Hall, 76 Wick Street, Littlehampton BN17 7JS 

Juniors: 18.45 - 19:45  Seniors 19:45 - 21:15

These sessions are general training sessions covering a range of judo techniques.  Seniors will have the opportunity to practice kata, a formalised demonstration of techniques which includes formal etiquette.

These sessions are run separately by Judokan Judo Club under BJC rules, and the training fee is £5 per session.

The club is currently only open in term times.


Wednesdays: Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington RH20 3PG  

All Ages: 19:45 - 20:45

These sessions are not suitable for beginners. The minimum grade is orange belt.  

The focus is on fitness levels and often includes squad training routines.

This is an additional session, and your standing order would rise from £30pm to £50pm. If you are already paying either £45 or £50 for Sundays, this session  is free.


Beginners aged from 8 to 15 will enrol for a 4 week induction course for £25. At the end of your course, you will be able to join our club and we will give you a free judo suit if you to continue. The fee is non refundable. 


Beginners  aged 16 and over will  pre book and pre pay £5 for a 60 minute session, for up to  4 sessions. Players with judo or martial arts experience will be assessed individually.


Standing Order Fees After 4 Sessions:

1 player                                        60 minutes                                            £25

1 player                                        90 minutes                                            £30

2 family members                           60 minutes                                            £45

1 family members       60 minutes 1 at 90 minutes or 2 at 90 minutes              £50

1 player                    Sunday 90 minutes plus Wednesday 60 minutes            £50

Players 16 and over on shift work may continue to pay as you go.   

Tuesday sessions are pay as you go.


You will need a judo licence from British Judo which provides insurance cover. This can be done online and paid by card. A new licence in 2024 is £31 for a junior and £42 for a senior. This should be done at the end of the first month. 

Judo has a system of coloured belts to denote your grade. Your grade denotes your skill level, both technical and physical. The grading fee in 2022 is £14 for juniors and £20 for seniors.

You will need a judo suit, and we have a stock of these. We can advise you on sizes and shrinkage, and a training grade judo suit is from £20 to £35 depending on size.

We normally allow 3-4 weeks without these items, so you can assess whether you want to start your judo journey.    


You should expect us to teach you a range of judo skills to a level that you want to reach, with individual help as well as learning in a group.   


From you, we expect regular attendance, attention when on the mat, good behaviour & self-control. We expect effort.  You will only get out what you put into it. You need a clean judo suit, and clean hands & feet.  Put your shoes on if you leave the mat - no one wants the dirt from your feet on them.

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