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.
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.
Sensei David Mesa Rey, former Cuban National Judo Champion, runs the 10 week introductory ABC in Judo course at The Budokwai.
The next course begins on JANUARY 24th 2017
Contact the Reception to secure your place, as places are limited!
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!
Wednesdays 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.