Europe’s Oldest & Most Prestigious Martial Arts Club
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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.


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


    Contact the Reception to secure your place, as April's course is now fully booked!

  • 98 Years of Training at The Budokwai

    image_copy3On January 26th 2016, The Budokwai celebrated it's 98th year!


    The club was first opened by Gunji Koizumi on Saturday 26th January 1918!


    We continue to celebrate our history and look forward to a wonderful future! Ouss!



    There are still some places left in a select number of Budokwai Babies & Toddlers JudoGym and Art classes and in the Mini and Midi Judo classes for the Summer term which runs from 11th April - 15th July.

    Contact the Reception to secure a place.

  • Ray Stevens awarded 7th Dan

    On the 3rd March, Neil Adams MBE guest taught at The Budokwai visiting the Junior and Senior classes.  He was delighted to present our Judo and BJJ instructor Ray Stevens with his 7th Dan! Congratulations Ray, and come back and visit the dojo again soon Neil! 


  • New 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. 

  • The Budokwai Squad Go From Strength to Strength

    Under the tutorship of Senseis Larry and David have been attending competitions both at home and abroad, and doing excellently well!

    So far this year, the squad has fought at the South Coast Open, Northern Home Counties, Micklefield JC Red & Yellow Belt, London Area Development Red & Yellow Belt, British Schools Championships, Soverain Judo Club Sportarena Beligium, Northern Home Counties Pre Cadet & Cadet Ranking, 21st Internation Houvast Judotoernier Netherlands!

    The next competition will take place on May 15th at High Wycombe Judo Club.

    Many congratulations to the squad for all their successes and medal wins so far, and we wish all the best to those fighting on the 15th!

  • Core Judo Academy

    On Sunday 1st May we were delighted to welcome Judoka from Core Judo Academy. It was really well attended and we look forward to a return visit in the near future! 

  • First Aid for Judo

    IMG_25864 hour course for all instructors inneed of revalidating their First Aid

    Date: SUNDAY 12 th June 2016

    Time: 9:30 Registration, 10:00 am start

    Cost: £35.00 payable to The Budokwai

    Please contact the Budokwai as soon as possible as numbers are limited. This will be on a first come first served basis. We can not hold your place without payment.