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The UCL Judo Club is one of the oldest martial arts societies at UCL, and we have the privilege of being coached by Jason Whitely (3rd Dan) and David Alfred (3rd Dan). We are a very friendly and welcoming society open to people of all abilities; each year we have a substantial intake of people who have never trained before so don’t be shy, come along and try it, you won’t be alone! At the beginning of each year we run a two-week trial period where people can come along to training and decide whether the sport is for them before making any financial commitments.

Judo is particularly good for overall body fitness as the motions required to complete the throws and ground work positions require multiple groups of muscles simultaneously, improving coordination and control. The result of mastering this is that size no longer matters; if the timing is right anyone should be able to throw anyone.

We are a very diverse society in terms of grade and age, with many former UCL students coming back to train with us. For those who wish to compete, we also enter several major competitions a year, depending on demand. We have achieved great success in the past; we were 8th in the country and 2nd among the 13 London Universities in 2014. During the 2019 BJC Open National, we pulled 5 gold and 1 silver medals.

We train 2 times a week. Our training times are:

Thursday 20.30-22.00 (Bloomsbury Fitness  Room)

Sunday 16.00-18.00 (Bloomsbury Fitness Studio)

Membership to UCL Judo for the year is £20.

For anyone who has not trained before and doesn't have a gi, wearing a long sleeved top and any free moving long trousers/leggings for the first session will be fine!

If you have any questions please e-mail us at [email protected]

The freshers/newcomer Whatsapp group chat is: 

If you would like to join our Main WhatsApp group, please contact a member of the committee.

This Club is Pride in Sport Accredited


UCL Judo Club have signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge.