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.

  • Autumn Term begins on Monday 4th September

    We are looking forward to welcoming back The Budokwai Babies & Toddlers, Minis, Midis and Juniors! We hope you all had a great Summer holiday. 

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  • New Early Morning Judo Class

    Mondays and Wednesdays 07.00-08.00 from the 4th September with Glenn Spiers!


    See you in the dojo!

  • Brian Jacks at The Budokwai

    We were delighted to welcome back Brian Jacks who took the senior Judo class on Saturday 19th August! 

  • Junior Judo Squad

    We are really proud of all the achievements the Junior Judo Squad made in the first half of the year. We hope they all had a great summer break and we look forward to welcoming them back into the dojo this week. 

    See what they have been up to on our blog

  • ABC: Adult Beginner's Course in Judo

    Sensei David Mesa Rey, former Cuban National Judo Champion, will be coaching the ABC in Judo, for absolute beginners! Come and learn about 'the gentle way,' at Europe's premier dojo.

    The next course begins on Tuesday 12th September.
    This 10 week course will include a BJA licence, Judo gi and a grading in the 10th week.

     Contact the Reception to secure your place, as places are limited!

  • The Budokwai Junior Judo Squad continue to celebrate success upon success

    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!                                                                                    

    Junior Squad

  • 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. 

  • 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.  


  • Celebrating 99 years in 2017



    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.IMG_3262_copy

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