One of the fights at the 2015 Varsity

Join – Cambridge University Judo Club

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The Cambridge University judo club is one of the oldest martial arts clubs in Britain, and is home to a wide variety of judoka and a great, welcoming atmosphere.

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Judo is a Japanese grappling martial art, emphasising the application of proper technique to allow skilled smaller judoka to throw and subdue potentially much larger opponents. The aim is to throw your opponent cleanly onto their back (an “ippon”), or alternatively to pin, strangle or armlock them into submission. To get an idea of what the international level of the sport looks like, take a look at this:

(Needless to say, you won’t be thrown anywhere near as hard as that when training with us as a beginner!)

We regularly compete at a national level, and last year managed to achieve a bronze medal in both the men’s and women’s team competitions at BUCS. We also enter lots of more local competitions for people who are just getting used to competing, and of course welcome people who just want to do judo to keep fit and train rather than compete.

The Cambridge and Oxford teams together at Varsity 2015

The Cambridge and Oxford teams together at Varsity 2015

We run a beginners’ course on Thursdays 19.30-21.30 throughout Michaelmas term, starting Thursday 15th October, which is designed for people who have never done judo before. We start from the basics, like how to land safely when you’re thrown, and by the end of the term have covered enough material for you to be able to obtain your red belt. There is a taster session on Saturday 10th October 16.30-19.30 at the university sport centre in order for people to try out the sport (this is the time we have the room booked for – the actual session is likely to be closer to 2 hours, don’t worry!).

One of the fights at the 2015 Varsity

One of the fights at the 2015 Varsity

Our website can be found at, and we will have a stall at the Freshers’ Fair. If you have any questions about judo or the Cambridge judo club, please don’t hesitate to contact us at, or see the committee page on our website to contact specific committee members.

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