Aims and Constitution
We welcome members at all levels and of both sexes from complete beginner to experienced black belt (provided they are over 16, though exceptions may be made). Oxford Judo is a highly integrated mix of University Club members and City Club members, including both students from other institutions and members of the general community. Judo is a superb way of keeping fit and flexible and for some this is incentive enough for practising several times a week. For others it provides a very direct route into greater understanding of Japan and Japanese culture. For still others it is a route into fighting in competitions at a range of levels.
We encourage all our members to participate competitively in regional and national or even international competitions. Additionally, student members may find themselves representing their university or college in both team and individual student events. Each year, members of the University Club, men and women, are selected to represent Oxford in the historic team matches against Cambridge in February. In March the annual British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) National Judo Championships are held in which student members of both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities represent their respective universities in both individual and team events. In a different age category, one of our senior coaches successfully competes around the world in Masters championship events. Despite ever increasing standards of competition, we expect to win some medals every year (see our recent results).
In the University Club, we are keen to attract all those who come up to Oxford with previous judo experience, who may well find themselves immediately eligible to represent Oxford at “A” team level. But Oxford Judo also caters for complete beginners: many progress very rapidly and it is not unknown for some to acquire brown or even black belt standard after a very few years.
The club also welcomes visiting new and past members and has a number of associate members living in the Oxford area.