Getting started on the mat
If you want to give judo a try then there’s lots of ways you can get started. People start judo at all ages and in most cases your first session will be free, so you’ve nothing to lose in giving it a go.
In a club
A good place to go is one of your local judo clubs – there’s over 950 to choose from across the UK operating at different times through the week – you can find clubs local to you with our find a club tool.
Some offer specific beginners courses whilst others will integrate you into their novice groups, but all will teach you the basic skills you need to start the journey to 1st Dan and the coveted black belt. You will learn a range of techniques as part of British Judo’s highly rewarding non-competitive grading syllabus and after a couple of months be ready to take a grading and get your first mon or kyu grade.
You get your first session free, so there’s no risk to try the sport and find out if its for you.
There might be a thriving judo scene at yours or your child’s school, these are often a great place to start for youngsters.
There are a range of clubs within college and university sports societies and British Judo run a specific Student Voucher Scheme to enable students to try the sport at very low cost. Not only does it keep you fit and is great fun, its also a great social session to meet like minded people.