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 fill in the form here.
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.
Beginners will be offered a membership pack for around £20, which will include a judogi and BJA membership.
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 provides 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. 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. 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.
Please fill in the appropriate form below, and take it to 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 are 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. Oxford University students currently pay £6.50/month. Students attending institutions other than Oxford University, and employees of Oxford University, have fees of £11.00 per month. Oxford Brookes students, as part of the Oxford Judo network, pay the same rate as Oxford University members (£9/month). Non-students are charged a fee of £16.50/month. 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 accepted for international residents who don’t yet have a UK bank account, but we would ask that you check this in advance with the treasurer.