Beginners’ Course

We have an annual free beginners’ course during Michaelmas term (October – December). It runs every Tuesday 1730 – 1930 for 8 weeks in the dojo from the 11th of October 2022. No martial arts experience is required for this course, just a willingness to learn!

For your first session you just need a water bottle and regular gym clothes, preferably with long sleeves and legs (t-shirts and shorts will do during the first few sessions). Please avoid hoodies and sharp items such as zippers.

We strongly encourage everyone to come to the first session if you can but you are welcome to join at any time.

At the end of the beginners’ course players are graded by our coaches and may join the regular club sessions.

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 £21. For information on how to join Oxford Judo in particular visit our Join Us page here.

Learn more

If you want to know more about starting judo at the club, you can click the links below for more information. To talk to us, you can find us at Oxford Brookes Sports Fair and Oxford University Fresher’s Fair, or drop by one of our Tuesday / Sunday sessions to talk to a coach. Members of our Facebook are also quick to answer most queries. Note our club is open to both students and non-students.

We unfortunately cannot accept beginners between January and March, but may from April onwards.

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We look forward to meeting you on the mat!