Europe's Oldest & Most Prestigious Judo and Martial Arts Club
1918 - 2018

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.

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    Happy World Judo Day to Judoka across the globe. The theme of friendship this year is very poignant as we celebrate 100 Years of The Budokwai.
    Thinking of all our Judo friends past and present today.
  • Autumn Term 2018

    Welcome back to 


    We hope you all had a wonderful Summer. We are looking forward to having you back in the dojo. 

    Term dates:

    Monday 10th September - Saturday 15th December 2018

    Half Term: Monday 29th October - Saturday 3rd November. 

  • The Budokwai on BBC's The Repair Shop




    Watch us on BBC iPlayer, Series 3: Episode 5.

  • Gradings at The Budokwai

     Judo gradings will be held on September 30th, October 28th and November 25th.

    The  last Karate grading of the year will be held on December 9th.

    The Budokwai holds regular Judo gradings for children during their class time.

    For more information on gradings at The Budokwai see here.


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  • 2018 - Our Centenary Year!


    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 and on our social media pages. Search #Budokwai100


  • Success at the Southern Area Competition  


    Excellent results for the squad... 2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze medals. Congratulations to our Judoka! 



  •  Early Morning Judo Class

    Mondays and Wednesdays 07.00-08.00 with Glenn Spiers!


    See you in the dojo!

  • Junior Judo Squad


    We are really proud of all the achievements the Junior Judo Squad made in the first half of the year. We hope they all had a great summer break and we look forward to welcoming them back into the dojo! 

    See what they have been up to on our blog

  • Judo Theory class

    IMG_2540Wednesdays 18:30-19:30 at The Budokwai

    Join 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. 

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    Celebrate #Budokwai100 and order your copy of this celebratory book from 

Directed by Lucy Charles 
Produced by WhitePartridge Media