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Upcoming Competitions and How to Enter

The British Judo Association (BJA) List most of the important judo competitions in the UK.


For a comprehensive list please visit: 

Online entries can be made via:

Look on the Notice Board at the Dojo, as we list all the main ones there too and do group entries for the larger events.

  • What kit do I need to buy before I start?
    You will need to buy a Judo Gi, eventually, but for your first few visits, simply wear some loose fitting trousers, such as tracksuit trousers. We can usually provide you with a belt and jacket for a few weeks.
  • Will Judo make me stronger?
    Judo is focused on technique rather than strength, however the physical training will probably make you feel stronger.
  • Am I going to be hit?
    Judo is not a sport where we hit our opponent.
  • Do I need to be fit to start Judo?
    You will need to be able to be on the move for a lot of the time, so a fair level of fitness will be required, but don't worry, you will get fitter the more you practice!
  • Fees . .What does it cost ?
    Find out more about costs and memberships.
  • Your conduct
    The dojo is a place for serious study, not a social gathering. Our dojo is coeducational (that means girls and boys!, and men and women) and you are expected to act like, and to be treated like adults at all times during your study of judo in the dojo. Personal safety and the safety of all judo students is the primary concern to which the instructors and students must adhere. Failure to practice in a safe manner will result in a reprimand from the instructors. Subsequent reprimands may result in your dismissal from the judo club. This is not something we like to do or would do lightly so - behave yourselves and act sensibly and safely! Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the dojo. Any person who believes to have been harassed should speak to a sensei. All students and club members, regardless of their rank must follow the instruction of the designated instructor for the class being taught. If you do not wish to do so, you may ask the instructor for permission to leave the class. The Dojo is a place of respect. Foul language and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Whether in the Dojo, in promotional examinations, in Kata competition, or in Shiai, never blame a partner for not making you "look good enough", or sacrifice technique for the sake of "beating" your opponent. Such behaviour is not consistent with the basic philosophy of Judo. Jigora Kano designed judo as a way to develop harmoniously the intellectual, moral and physical aspects of the education of young people. Please don't spoil the ideals that he has set forth.
  • Attendence
    Your attendance in class is a clear demonstration of your interest in learning and practicing judo. You are here because you want to be. Regular attendance means you will learn more about judo and your skills will develop at steady pace.
  • Promptness
    Your instructor and fellow judoka take the effort to be there on time to instruct you; there is no reason for them to have to wait for you. Promptness is an important quality that you should strive for. You should be at the Dojo 15 to 30 minutes prior to class ready to begin loosening up for the workout. Being late for class shows disrespect for your instructor, your fellow students and yourself. If you must arrive late for any reason: 1. warm up on the side lines and when ready 2. face the class and raise your hand 3. wait for the class instructor to acknowledge you and grant you permission to join the class 4. apologise to all for being late.
  • Cleanliness
    Judo is a contact sport. Therefore, you should come to practice with a clean mind and body. In the interest of hygiene and mutual respect for your fellow players, you should be in a clean and odour-free body (preferably your own) and Judo uniform (or gi"). Your fingernails and toenails should be trimmed to prevent injury to you or your partner. A scratch from a dirty fingernail or toenail can easily become infected.
  • Jewellery
    Rings, watches, bracelets, and earrings should be removed before stepping on the mat. Women should remove hairpins and clips which could injure an eye. Any such object can cut your workout partner or become entangled in a gi and cause injury to yourself.
  • Silence
    Try not to indulge in idle conversation while practicing judo. You should come to the dojo to practice Judo, not to talk to your friends. When the instructor is talking he/she should have your undivided attention. If you have a question, ask one of the instructors, not the person next to you. Talking is discouraged during randori or kata. Remember, a controlled mind is necessary in order to control the body.
  • Your Judo Gi
    Putting on your judogi is simple. Just follow these instructions. Trousers The trousers should be worn with the two "belt loops" at the top facing forward. Notice the extra fabric at the knee. It should also be in front. Take the strings and pull them tight to make the trouser waist snug to your hips. Put each end of the string through the loop on its side and tie a bow in the middle. Jacket The top should be worn with the left side of the jacket overlapping the right side. The other way is the way they dress the dead! Belt Find the middle part of the belt and place it just below your navel (that's your belly button). Now wrap both ends of the belt behind you and around to the other side. Now you should have one end in each hand back in front of you. What you will do now is make a square knot with the ends of the belt using the following routine - left over right and under everything, then right over left. Here are the details of the knot: Take the right side and place it over your navel, on top of the belt already there. Take the end in your left hand and place it over both pieces of belt on your navel, then wrap it behind them from the bottom and pull it out to your right side. Now take the two ends of the belt in your hands again. The end that started on your right will now be in your left hand, the end that started on your left will be in your right hand. Now make on final loop by taking the right side and looping it over the left and pull both ends tight. (Now ask your instructor to untie you and show you how to do it). Dress Being a vigorous physical sport, judo will make you perspire freely (that's sweat) and feel hot. It is a poor showing of Judo manners to remove the top of your judogi to cool off. Whether actively engaged in practice or not, you must wear your gi properly, not disarranged to help you cool off. ':-o
  • Bowing
    One of the first things that you should learn is the proper bow and when to use it. The bow is the oriental equivalent of the western custom of shaking hands. In bowing you are showing respect for the sport, the instructors, other judoka and yourself. You should bow when you step on or off the mat, and at the beginning and end of each period of instruction. It is always used when starting and finishing practice.
  • Leaving the Mat
    Once you bow onto the mat for practice you are not to leave without the permission of the instructor. This includes trips to get a drink. You will become thirsty during practice and the instructor may give you a break to get a drink. You should not go to get a drink at any other time without his/her expressed permission.
  • Lining Up
    When lining up, arrange yourselves in order of descending rank. These lines should be as straight as possible. When the instructor or senior student commands "Rei!" please bow. When bowing to your partner upon beginning or ending individual practice the higher ranked player should be on the side of the Joseki.
  • Sitting
    Another thing you learn early in your Judo instruction is the proper way of sitting. There are two correct positions. The cross-legged Indian style (Anza) is used most often by Westerners. Your hands should rest comfortably in your lap. Sitting on your heels (Seiza position) requires greater flexibility of the legs. While sitting on the edge of the mat you should never sit down with your legs positioned straight away from your body. Someone might accidentally fall on them and hurt you or themselves. If you are sitting in the proper position you will be able to move quickly and prevent injury to yourself and others. When you are on the edge of the mat you should be paying strict attention to what is happening on the mat. Watching is one of the best ways to learn Judo and avoid getting hurt.
  • Safety
    One of the most important reasons for Dojo etiquette is that it provides for the safe practice of everyone. Safety precautions are never regretted. You will soon learn that everything done in the dojo is based upon the principle of Mutual Welfare And Benefit.

Newbury Judo Club - Competition results

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