Free Trial Session!
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 (only £8 if you mention you come for Judo). In order to access your free session, follow these three easy steps:
- Create an online account following this link.
- Log in and purchase the free trial in the Judo Page. NB: Please note that these are valid 7 days from date of purchase.
- Show the confirmation email at the Energybase the day you come.
For those wanting to join the club, you can find a detailed description of full membership costs at the end of this page.
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!
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 (technique repetition and throw practice) and then work through specific techniques, followed by 15/20 minutes of randori (free practice). In 2018/2019 we started a Wednesday session more technique oriented, where we focus on practicing and improving various technical aspects of our Judo.
If you are a beginner, our coach will look out for you and ease you into the sessions, at times dividing the class in two to cover different levels, so our Club is the perfect place to start if you have never done Judo!
After sessions you'll usually find people heading up to the bar on Fridays or meeting upstairs to head for lunch nearby on Sunday.
If attending your first session don't worry about having a Judo-Gi (the white suits): standard long-sleeved gym clothes are fine, and make sure to trim nails, remove jewellery and tie back any hair. Don’t forget your water bottle and a pair of flip-flops to get from the changing rooms to the mats!
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)
Location: Energybase Gym in the basement of the Student Central (formerly ULU) building on Malet Street (besides UCL / BBK /SOAS, postcode WC1E 7HY). We usually gather in the Café by the main reception, and head down to the gym 10 minutes before practice to start putting out the mats.
Nearest stations: Goodge Street/Russell Square/Euston/Euston Square.
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; Niccolò Salvatori, 3rd-Dan and UKCC Level 2 Coach; or Fabian Sailer, 1st-Dan and UKCC Level 2 Coach.
Costs and Memberships (2018/2019)
How to become a member
If you struggle at any step please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
- Get a Student Central ID card. These are issued at Student Central reception desk and are free for any University of London student (bring your student ID!). Otherwise it costs £40 for Associates and £50 for Private members. See the Student Central website for eligibility.
- Create an online account on the Student Central Website.
- Log in at the Student Central Judo Website and purchase a Judo Club Membership (see prices below) or a Free Trial pass (if you are a student and want to try our Club for the first time).
- Buy the Energybase Membership to gain yearly access, heavily discounted for Judo Club members (see below or get in touch for more information).
Judo Club Membership and Session Fees
We hold sessions three times a week throughout the 4 terms of the year (Term 1: Oct-Dec, Term 2: Jan-Mar, Term 3: Apr-Jun, Summer Term: Jul-Sep), amounting to a total of 140 sessions. Club Membership and Session Fees can be purchased online and allow our members to attend all training sessions, plus competition entries if you are a student. If you don’t qualify for a Student or Associate membership you can still join the Club as a Guest member (see the Student Central website for eligibility). NB: Please note that session fees cover our Coach's salary and must be paid by the end of the first month of each term. All memberships expire on August 31st.
- Student Costs (equivalent to ~£1/session).
- Student Membership Costs - £45 (annual).
- Student Session Fees - £100 (annual) or £40/term.
- Associate Costs (equivalent to ~£1.5/session)
- Associate Membership Costs - £60 (annual).
- Associate Session Fees - £140 (annual) or £50/term.
- Guest Membership & Fees Costs - £150 (annual).
- Guests holding a Judo Club annual membership have access to a discounted rate of £8 on the Energybase Day passes to attend the Judo sessions (otherwise £12.5, thereby supposing a more than £500 discount if you attend all sessions).
Judo start-up Costs
Our Judo Club is a member of the British Judo Association, and as such you can benefit from insurance, the chance to grade up, and the ability to enter competitions when you purchase your BJA licence. If you are a student, the BJA has a Student Voucher Scheme for the heavily discounted price of £20 which provides you with the BJA licence (otherwise £29), your first grading fee (£12), and a Judogi (worth £35).
Since 2017, all members attending training sessions in Energybase facilities will be required to purchase an Energybase membership at reception: a day pass or 1, 3 ,6 or 12 month passes are available. These can be purchased from the Energybase reception desk downstairs. Holders of a current Judo Club membership will qualify for a heavily discounted rate on the annual pass:
- Access to Judo sessions only: £60 for students, £75 for associates (students), and £120 for associates (non-students).
- Access to Judo sessions and Energybase (gym, swimming pool, other classes): £120 for students and £150 for associates (students).
Please note that the annual discounted Energybase passes are tied to the Judo Club membership and as such they expire on August 31st.
- Co-Captains: Fabian Sailer & Oriol Pavón
- Treasurer: Arianna Buratto
- Secretary: Andreas Panagiotou
- Competitions Officer: Ryan Gray
NHC Kyu Grade Open (October)
- Ryan Gray - Gold
- Nikola Evripidou - Silver
London Universities and Colleges Open (November)
- Shermane Henlon - Gold
- Etienne Foueillassar - Gold
- Arianna Buratto - Bronze
- Oriol Pavón - Bronze
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.