Our annual beginners’ course will start in Michaelmas term (October) 2020. It will run every Tuesday 5.30 – 7 pm for 8 weeks in the dojo from the 13th of October.

Keen to start earlier? We will also accept beginners from April onwards, but unfortunately not before then.

Are you keen to try judo, but don’t know how to go about it? Then look no further. You can also click the links for more information, or chat with us at Oxford Brookes Sports Fair and Oxford University Fresher’s Fair. Members are also often quick to answer any query put forward on our Facebook page.

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For many years Oxford Judo has run a very successful FREE beginners’ course. It follows the Oxford University 8 week long Michaelmas term (Oct – Dec) with one session each week.

For your first session you don’t need to own a judogi but can wear regular training clothing, preferably with long sleeves and legs. T-shirts and shorts will also do during the first few sessions. Please try to avoid hoodies and sharp items such as zippers.

Everyone progresses each week so we strongly encourage everyone to come to the first session if you can but you are welcome at any time.

At the end of the beginners’ course players are graded by our coaches and may join the regular club sessions. As players advance there will be more weekly sessions open for them to attend, usually within a short time of completing the beginners’ course.

Players are highly encouraged to join the British Judo Association. Students benefit from the BJA’s student voucher scheme (SVS), which offers a discounted full year membership and includes insurance, a free first grading, and a free judo suit and white belt. Recently the SVS has come at an absolute bargain price of around £30. For information on how to join Oxford Judo in particular visit our Join Us page here.

Please note that Oxford Judo is both a university and city club, so everyone is invited to join the beginners’ course even if you’re not a student. If you have experience and are interested in joining at a different time, please drop by at one of our Friday or Sunday sessions to chat with our coaches, or contact us through our Facebook page.

Nobody requires you to know any throw, any terminology, or even any of the warm up techniques when first coming to judo. All that is required is a willingness to try them and to improve them.

We look forward to meeting you on the mat!