Europe's Oldest & Most Prestigious Judo and Martial Arts Club

The Budokwai began as a Judo club and still offers Judo classes throughout the week. We also offer regular Martial Arts classes in Shotokan Karate, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and Aikido as well as Hontai Yoshin Ryu Ju-Jitsu and Pilates. Our Martial Arts instructors are all highly qualified, experienced and able to offer a range of coaching and instruction for the complete novice through to Olympic standard. Beginners are carefully taught techniques most suited to their ability and proceed up the grades towards the much-coveted Dan grade and Black Belt. The junior Martial Arts instructors are of the same high standard and the children's Judo classes & Karate classes attract a great number of youngsters every week.

  • Thank you to all our members and guests who are training in this wonderful hot weather! Please stay hydrated throughout the day, especially just before and after your class.
  • MMA seminar with Mitt Master Matt

    Held at The Budokwai on Sunday 7th May. We look forward to seeing you again next year!



    Sensei David Mesa Rey, former Cuban National Judo Champion, runs the 10 week introductory ABC in Judo course at The Budokwai.  

    The next course runs from MAY 2nd - JULY 4th 

    Contact the Reception to secure your place, as places are limited!

  • The Budokwai Junior Judo Squad continue to celebrate success upon success

    Under the tutorship of Senseis Larry Stevenson and David Mesa Rey the Junior Judo Squad continue to go from strength to strength.  
    Gaspard recently won a bronze at the Kent International!                                                                                    

    Junior Squad

  • Judo Theory class

    IMG_2540Wednesdays 18:30-19:30 at The Budokwai

    We are excited to announce that Sensei Steve Fraser, seen here with Olympian Brian Jacks will be running a theory class to prepare judoka from 5th Kyu up to 5th Dan for the grading.

    Perfect your Nage No Kata, Katame No Kata and Go No Sen Katas!  Reserve your place with our reception team as spaces are limited. 

  • Gradings at The Budokwai

    Judo gradings fall on the last Sunday of every month except August and December and the Karate gradings will be on 26th March, 2nd July and the 10th December 2017.

    The Budokwai holds regular gradings in Judo and Karate for children and adults.  


  • Celebrating 99 years in 2017



    The Budokwai opened on the 26th January 1918, with 12 members. Thank you to all who have contributed to the club over the years to make it Europe's oldest and most prestigious Judo and Martial Arts club. Find out more on our history page.IMG_3262_copy

Directed by Lucy Charles 
Produced by White Partridge Media