Club Information

Cambridge Judo Club, developed since 1906, welcomes adults from across Cambridge and the world, students and non-students.

We are a vibrant club with a diverse membership of beginners, social judoka and talented amateurs from Cambridge University and the surrounding area. We train hard, but with an ethos of fun, respect and personal development, so we cater for everyone from complete beginners to international-standard black belts.

We are also a social club, and regularly organise social events; from a post-training pint and/or meal and formal dinners, to trips away in England and abroad. The club has recently visited Germany, Finland, Poland, Belgium and Japan.

Please just come along to a training session to join in or find out more, or email c.u.judo@sport.cam.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Check out the Training and Membership pages for more information on when we train and how to become a member.

The Club is affiliated to the British Judo Association (BJA), which is the largest Governing body in the UK and a member of the International Judo Federation.

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A new year

With Fresher week, a brand new cohort of students is arriving, beginners and experimented judokas! Our training times have not changed and if you are happy to breakfall, you can join any session! We will host a taster session on Saturday 8th October, 4:30-7:30pm. This will involve getting on the mat, doing a judo oriented warm-up …

Judo

What is Judo?

Judo is a modern version of the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu. It is widely known for its spectacular throwing techniques and ground fighting.

Judo can be practiced as a competitive sport, for self defense or simply as a means to stay in good shape. Modern judo concentrates on throwing an opponent onto the ground and then finishing them off by arm-lock, strangle or holding them on their back.

The techniques of judo are effective because they use an opponent’s strength and momentum against him. This allows a fighter to beat larger and stronger opponents by using skill and technique rather than relying on strength.

How is judo different to other martial arts?

Judo differs from many martial arts in its techniques and approach to training. The techniques of judo were chosen and developed to make the most efficient use of mental and physical energy. These techniques are very effective and can potentially be harmful, however when performed on mats they can be practiced safely.

A key element of training is randori, meaning “free exercise”. Randori is unique to judo because it is practiced under full contest conditions and fighters can use any methods they like provided they obey the rules of judo concerning etiquette and do not hurt each other. This allows techniques to be practiced in the form that they will eventually be used, be that in competition or as self defense.

Who can do judo?

Judo is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or physique. It is a great way to become fit and learn self defense. The training sessions are structured so that they are suitable for all levels of fitness and ability and no one is ever asked to do anything beyond their level of competence.

What equipment do you need for judo?

As a beginner, you are welcome to train wearing just an old t-shirt and shorts/tracksuit bottoms. But after a while you will want to buy a judo uniform, properly called a gi. The gi consists of a tough cotton jacket, lighter trousers, and a belt to denote your rank. Millet Sports stock a range of uniforms at affordable prices. If you are unsure of your size, you can try on other people’s jackets at a training session.

More information

For more information about judo, its techniques and history check out the following links:

Judoinfo.com – This site contains information about everything to do with judo. It has particulary good pictures and videos of every recognised judo technique!

British Judo Association – This is the site of the national governing body.

Training

 

These are the regular training times for the year 2017-2018. If you aren’t sure which session is appropriate then drop us an email at c.u.judo@sport.cam.ac.uk. If you’re comfortable break falling, have a judogi and know a few techniques then you’ll cope with any of the sessions.

As a mixed University-City club, we train all year long.

Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm
Technique and Randori session.

Wednesday 8-9:30pm
There is a Randori session at Comberton Judo Club, which some of our members may attend.

Thursday 7.30-9.30pm
Technique session (Beginners)

Saturday 5.30-7.30pm
Technique and Randori session.

Membership

The membership page has information on how to become a member of the club and mat fees.

Location

All sessions take place in the University Sports Centre. Unfortunately, during the University exams (late May – early June) we may not be able to use the Sports Centre and may train elsewhere, with a different timetable.