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Free Trial Lesson! 

We are offering two free trial judo sessions for any student interested in giving the club a try. If you are not a student, you can come anyway purchasing a day pass at the Energybase reception. In order to access your free session follow these three easy steps:

  1. Create an online account here (https://www.studentcentral.london/account/newregister/)
  2. Log in and purchase the free trial in the Judo Page (https://www.studentcentral.london/organisation/judo/.
  3. Show the confirmation email at the Energybase the day you come. These are valid 7 days since you purchase them.


University of London Judo Club 

Judo is an established and welcoming club, catering to all from beginners to black belts (male and female). We're lucky enough to have both a spacious and easy to reach gym, and a former Olympic squad member as our coach. For the uninitiated: Judo involves throws, hold downs, and locks, rather than strikes. It's an effective and fun form of exercise with opportunity for competition, graded progression, and of course after session drinks!

ULU Judo Club


What We Do

A typical session begins with a solid half hour warm up followed by some ne-waza (ground work). We then do some standing uchi komi (throw practice) and then work through specific techniques, followed by 15/20 minutes of randori (free practice). If you attend a Friday session you may even be "treated" to an extra warm down ;)

For the beginner don't be alarmed, our coach will look out for you and ease you into the sessions, at times dividing the class in two to cover different levels.

After sessions you'll usually find people heading up to the bar on Fridays, or meeting upstairs to head for lunch nearby on Sunday.

Also, If attending your first session don't worry about having a Judo-Gi (the white suits) standard gym clothes is fine - preferably trousers rather than shorts - and just be sure to trim nails, remove jewelry and tie back any hair.



When and Where We Meet

SESSIONS (Training continues throughout the Summer Break):

  • Wednesday 8-9:30 pm (technique-oriented)
  • Friday 7-9.30 pm (advanced, followed by the Student Central bar/nearby pub)
  • Sunday 12-2 pm (beginners, followed by lunch nearby - Roasts being a favourite)


Energybase Gym in the basement of the Student Central (formerly ULU) building on Malet Street (besides UCL / BBK /SOAS, postcode WC1E 7HY).

Nearest stations: Goodge Street/Russell Square/Euston/Euston Square

(First session? ?You'll usually find us waiting in the Café upstairs by the main reception, or else already down in the gym putting out the mats).


Who are the coaches?

Joe Doherty - Former GB Olympic Squad member, World Master Gold and Silver medalist, Joe has been coaching our club for over 15 years. A certified Level 2 BJA Instructor and 5th-Dan black belt besides, Joe is an excellent and supportive instructor, always on hand to coach at competitions as well as our regular sessions.  

Besides Joe there are a plethora of top judoka who are kind enough to demonstrate their favourite techniques or fill in when necessary, including (but not limited to): Se'un Rotimi, a former GB World Master's Squad member and Level 2 Instructor; 6th-Dan Futoshi Kurimoto; Niccolò Salvatori, 3rd-Dan and UKCC Level 2 Coach; or former student member and 1st Dan Will Spouge.


Costs (2018/2019 Year)

Membership is £30 (£37.50 for Associate members), + session/mat fees (covered below).

How to become a member:

If you struggle with any of this please feel free to contact us (FB or via email).

  1. Get a Student Central ID card. These are issued at Student Central reception desk and are free for any University of London student. Otherwise it costs £40. See the Student Central website for eligibility.
  2. Create an online account on the Student Central Website.
  3. Log in at the Student Central Judo Website and purchase a Judo Club Membership (see prices above) or a Free Trial pass (if you are a student and want to try our Club for the first time).
  4. Buy the EnergyBase Membership to gain yearly access, heavily discounted for Judo Club members (get in touch for more information).

Mat Fees are to be paid to committee members.

  • One Term (11 weeks/22 sessions): £20
  • All three terms + summer (about 46 weeks/92 sessions): £40 (£50 for associates)
  • If you are here for a limited period etc, discuss with the committee and we will adjust accordingly.

Judo start-up Costs: To do Judo you will need a BJA licence (provides: insurance, the chance to grade + ability to enter competitions) and a Judogi. The BJA has a Student Voucher Scheme (£20) to get both of these + your first grading free (normally £10; Judogi worth £35; BJA licence normally £26). Contact us for the link and for instructions on how to sign up.


Committee 2018/2019

  • Co-Captain: Fabian Sailer & Oriol Pavon
  • Treasurer: Arianna Buratto
  • Secretary: Andreas Panagiotou
  • Competitions Officer: Ryan Gray



We always attend the London Universities Open in November, as well as heading up to Sheffield for BUCS in February. The highlight of the year however is probably the Sheffield University run team competition in March, involving a sociable mix of sleeping on the matt, pizza and club night.

Besides these there may be various other tournaments or joint training sessions with fellow University clubs. For instance in 2015/16 we visited Cambridge JC, Oxford JC, attended the Southend International and the West London Student Beginners competition among others. In the summer of 2017 we attended a week long Judo training event in Italy with opportunities to take part in other activities such as white water rafting.

If interest is enough we even head abroad (often pairing with other London clubs), having attended tournaments in Paris, Lille, Venice and others in past years, and even been part of a select group invited to visit Japan for both training/competition and cultural exchange.

In addition to competition, regular Kyu Gradings are organised throughout the year during our usual sessions to ensure everyone has a chance at progression. Plus there is always a good Christmas social to look forward to in early December.




London Universities Open (November)

  • Shermane Henlon - (U78kg Dan grades) Gold (juniors) Silver (seniors)
  • Laura Muller - Gold (Kyu grades)
  • Robert Parrott - Silver (u73kg Kyu grades)
  • Jordan Rouse - Silver (u100kg Kyu grades)

British Championship:

  • Shermane Henlon - Silver (Junior Dan grades)

West London Beginner's Open (February):

  • JinYuan Liu - Bronze (u81kg, novice-6th Kyu)
  • Ariadni Loutari  -Silver (u52kg, 4th-5th kyu)

BUCS (February)

  • Shermane Henlon -Gold (u78kg Dan grades)
  • Kate Donkin - Silver (o78kg Kyu grades)
  • Alice Mitchell - Bronze (u57kg Kyu Grades)
  • Women's team Bronze - Alice Mitchell / Shermane Henlon / Kate Donkin
  • London (10 man) Regional Team - Silver - Robert Parrott


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