Students in a Beginners Judo Class at The Budokwai
Student Tossing Another During a Judo Class at The Budokwai



Founded by Jigoro Kano, in 1882,  Judo translates as 'the gentle way.' The object of Judo is to throw your opponent flat on their back with impetus, or secure a hold down for 25 seconds. In addition, Seniors learn strangulation techniques and arm lock techniques which can also win a contest outright.





Courtesy    Courage                Friendship  Honesty                  Honour      Modesty                    Respect     Self-Control 



The style of Judo taught at the Budokwai is based upon Kodokan Judo. For more information on the history of Judo at The Budokwai please visit the Club History section. All of the Judo techniques taught follow the prescribed syllabus laid down by the British Judo Association. Complete beginners are required to obtain a BJA licence, complete the beginners’ course, and attend a grading which is regularly held on the last Sunday of every month.

After an initial grading, instructors will continue to track progress and encourage students to grade when considered ready to do so. The training programmes are overseen by Peter Blewett, the Chief Instructor.


Judo session begin with a thorough warm up. Proceeding this, students, or Judoka are taught according to their level; beginners how to fall properly (break falls) and the basics, through to intermediate and advanced techniques.

Students are encourages to develop supplementary training programmes which improve strength and endurance. As a result, students become more confident and energetic in their approach to life.



The Budokwai offers a comprehensive timetable of Judo classes for adults. We regularly run ABC - Adult Beginners Courses, as well classes for Beginners / Intermediate Judo and Advanced Judo.  The latter is aimed at Judoka who are 2nd Kyu and above. The senior classes at the Budokwai cater for members’ needs and are responsive to the dynamic of the session.


Mondays- with Roberto Almeida and Steve Fraser. This class welcomes more experienced members who want to improve and learn new technique.


Tuesdays- Beginners class with Glenn Spiers and Jacqui Lloyd, Advanced class with Peter Blewett. ABC in Judo with David Mesa Rey.


Wednesdays-Theory class with Steve Fraser. This class ensures that Judoka are prepared for their gradings. 

Thursdays - Beginners class with Peter Blewett and David Mesa Rey and Advanced with Ray Stevens.


Fridays- Advanced class with dynamic ex-Cuban Judo National, David Mesa Rey. 


Saturdays- Both the Beginners and Advanced classes are run by Ray Stevens, Olympic Silver Medallist. Ray Stevens’ wealth of experience draws visitors from all over to develop their skills and widen their range of experience.

Sundays- Welcomes Cadet members, older children, young adults as well as senior mentors.

Club visits can be easily organised and are particularly welcome on a Saturday afternoon. This class is taken by Paul Ajala and Tony Sweeney.

Red Belt & Blue Belt Judo Students Practicing at The Budokwai
Two Black Belt Judo Students Practicing at The Budokwai
Judo Toss at The Budokwai Martial Arts Club in London, UK

Senior Judo Annual Membership*


Student Fees

Per Class

Senior Fees

Per Class


Per Class

Student Judo Annual Membership*


*Senior Membership- 16+ years

*Student Membership- 16+ years with valid student ID-NUS


Judo suits must be worn when attending classes.


You are welcome to come along to The Budokwai to watch any of our Judo classes if you are interested. Our martial arts instructors or reception staff are always there to answer any questions you may have.


To become a member of the Budokwai Senior Judo section, simply come along to the club to fill out a membership form and pay the appropriate fee. In order to practice judo at The Budokwai, you are also required to be a member of the British Judo Association and hold a valid BJA license, as well has have your own Judo gi (outfit). Application forms for the BJA can be obtained from reception, or are available from the BJA website http://www.britishjudo.org.uk and gis can be purchased from reception from £45.

Occasionally the reception have gis for hire at a cost of £5 

Visitors who are returning to Judo are welcome to train in the beginner/intermediate classes, but  are required to let the instructor know the level of Martial Arts background before the start of the lesson. These classes are where novice judoka learn, and the learning atmosphere must be preserved. 

<< Schedule for Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Wed 21 Nov 2018 >>


Thu 15 Nov 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Senior Judo Beginners/Intermediate
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Senior Judo Advanced

Fri 16 Nov 2018
no scheduled classes or training sessions

Sat 17 Nov 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Senior Judo Beginners/Intermediate
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Senior Judo Advanced

Sun 18 Nov 2018
9:30 am - 11:00 am Cadet Judo Class (from 13yrs)
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Senior Grading
Class Cancelled

Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am Senior Judo Beginners/Intermediate
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Senior Judo

Tue 20 Nov 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Senior Judo Beginners/Intermediate
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Senior Judo Advanced

Wed 21 Nov 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am Senior Judo Beginners/Intermediate
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Judo Theory