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Judo Club


Welcome to The University Of Sheffield Judo Club

Judo is an Olympic combat sport and martial art. It’s great fun, interesting, and fantastic for full-body ‘fighting’ fitness. It is hard work to progress and improve, but as with so many things the more you put in the more you'll get back from Judo! We welcome UoS and SHU students, staff and alumni from complete novices right through to experienced graded fighters. Come along to learn a little judo and keep fit, or to become a competitive fighter representing the University at a variety of events around the country. The choice is yours!

What is Judo?
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat sport and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. In competitions, the aim is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue them with a grappling manoeuvre, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke.

Why should I do Judo?
Judo is a great sport to get into whether you're looking for just a casual and fun way to keep fit or a competitive sport to take seriously. Joining the Judo club will help to meet new people and make new friends as well as to keep fit and learn new skills. We are a friendly and welcoming club that accepts judoka of all experience levels and we have a good reputation among other university Judo clubs and British Judo as a whole, hosting big annual competitions such as SUKT (Sheffield University Kyu-Grade Tournament - for less experienced players who want to have a try at competing!) as well as the famous international competition USIST (University of Sheffield International Student Teams) that sees hundreds of highly skilled players from all over Britain and Europe come to our dojo to fight for the honour of joining the list of tournament champions that goes back over 20 years!

We also host regular social events that cater for all tastes, for example, meals, climbing and nights out. Your time at university is the perfect time to try new activities with lots of others who have never tried that activity before. Judo is no exception.

Is Judo good for self-defence?
Yes. While our focus in training sessions is on the sport and competitive elements of Judo, to suggest a contact sport like Judo is not useful for self-defence is big mistake. As well as increasing overall fitness and strength, Judo teaches effective defence to protect yourself, escape difficult situations and even subdue a threat without bringing them to harm.

When can I start?
If you're a complete beginner at Judo, the best time to start is the beginning of the year when we can offer you a good bundle deal on what you need and there are lots of other beginners. Meet us during the Virtual Sports Fair where we can give you all the information you need and answer any questions you may have. We can then arrange for you to enjoy a free taster session to find out if Judo is for you!

COVID Update!
As with all sports, Judo has been impacted by COVID-19. We are working hard and following all government and BJA guidelines to ensure members are safe whilst continuing to train. We hope to get back to full contact training as soon as guidelines permit. If you have any queries or questions regarding this feel free to get in touch via the club social media or email accounts.

So what are you waiting for? Come and try Judo!

Meet us at the Virtual Sports Fair, where we can answer any questions and arrange for you to come along to a free taster sessions. Alternatively, send us a message via the club social media or email account. Memberships can be purchased on the Sport Sheffield website.

- Continue training following the BJA and government guidelines - Progress to full contact training (BJA and government permitting) - Successfully run two home competitions - SUKT and USIST (COVID permitting!) - Continue the growth of the club with new members - Encourage and aid our members in achieving their goals



Tuesdays - experienced players (invite only) in Activity Room 1 Thursdays - all welcome in the Sports Hall Follow our social media pages or look at the club website for any updates regarding training.


Tuesday 8-10pm Thursday 8-10pm


Goodwin Sports Centre


Help us bring more success to our club

15 Medals in 2019/20, including 5 Golds. Pretty impressive considering cancelled comps!

19 Medals in 2018/19, including 2 at BUCS

23 years of successfully running an international competition - USIST

10 years of successfully running a national competition - SUKT

Key Contacts

Adam Cooper
Kade Harbert
Secretary and COVID Officer
Jacob Wagstaff
Sam Baker
Welfare Officer
Ivan Sambuk
Health & Safety Officer
Ciaran Dubock
Social Secretary
Hafsa Yusufi
Women’s Captain
Joshua Milner
Competition Secretary
Joseph Walker
Equipment Secretary
Benjamin Worsley
Social Media Secretary

Information about joining the club

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