For beginners the best time to join is the start of the Michaelmas term (beginning of October). This is when the new beginners’ 8 week classes start. It may be possible to join at other times, please contact us.
For those with Judo experience it is possible to join at any time during the year simply by turning up for an advertised practice session. The first few sessions will be free. After that if you want to continue to train with us, and we hope you will, you need to follow the five steps outlined below. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The 5 Steps
1. Sign up to the mailing list.
Our mailing list advertises changes in training times, social events, and other useful information. To subscribe simply send an empty email to the following address, then follow the instructions you receive.
2. Complete the Oxford Judo Membership form.
To become a member of Oxford Judo, please complete your details on the following form and click ‘Submit’. This will add you to our member database.
3. Get a judo suit.
Members are expected to own their own judo suits (judogi) which should conform to the specification laid down by the International Judo Federation. However, the club does have a limited number of suits available for hire on a very temporary basis. A judogi can be bought for £20-£50 depending on quality specification and club coaches will be happy to give you advice on purchasing judogi. Essimo and Blitz judogi may be obtained through the club at an excellent discounts and occasionally second hand suits become available through the club mailing list.
4. Apply for BJA Membership.
New members, including beginners, are required to apply for British Judo Association membership within 4 weeks of their first training session. They can do so by downloading a paper application form from the BJA website and mailing the completed form to BJA Head Office, or completing the online application form on the BJA site. This will provide automatic personal injury insurance including personal liability cover should you, however inadvertently, be responsible for injuring another member. An existing BJA licence may also be renewed on-line using the online application form. In order to complete the form you will need to quote the relevant BJA club registration number which is 16037 for the University Club and 3062 for the City Club. If you are an Oxford University student you are part of the University Club, everyone else including other students are member of the city club. This is just to keep the university happy – training times and sessions are the same for both clubs. The BJA area is Northern Home Counties. If you wish to contact the BJA by phone the number is 01509 631670.
5. Subscribe and Pay Oxford Judo Membership Fees.
For Oxford University Students, there are two payment options:
1. An annual fee of £76 in a single payment at the beginning of Michaelmas Term in October.
2. A standing order for £9 per month over 9 months (October-June inclusive). To do this, please fill in the form below and take to the nearest branch of your bank. This form requires use of your BJA license number as a reference. If you do not have a BJA license, contact the treasurer regarding use of this option.
If you are currently on our beginners course, you may be exempt from subs until the end of the course. Other student judoka who have not made arrangements as set out above may be charged a £4.50 mat fee per session attended.
All non-Oxford University students will be members of the Oxford City Judo Club. The City Club shares all the training sessions with the University Club using the same facilities and training continues throughout the University vacations at the same location. Students attending institutions other than Oxford University (such as Oxford Brookes University) will be charged a fee of £11.00 per month payable by standing order. Non-students will be charged a fee of £16.50 per month again payable by standing order. This difference in fees is necessary as a result of the significant financial subsidy provided by Oxford University to Oxford Judo. Cheques for the full annual amount payable to ‘Oxford City Judo Club’ are also accepted.