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.
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Autumn term is is well under way here at The Budokwai. Lots of progress and achievement has been made by the babies, toddlers, minis and juniors.
The half term holiday begins on Monday 23rd October.
Mondays and Wednesdays 07.00-08.00 from the 4th September with Glenn Spiers!
See you in the dojo!
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
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.
This 10 week course will include a BJA licence, Judo gi and a grading in the 10th week. The last class of the current course will be on Tuesday 14th November.
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 last Karate grading of the year will be held on 10th December 2017.
The Budokwai holds regular Judo gradings for children during their class time.
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.