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Welwyn Garden City Judo Club is a friendly, community based club which was established 40 years ago. We are even older than the Gosling Sports Park, where we are based.

Our Head Junior Coach has been teaching children for over 20 years and our Head Senior Coach has been teaching adults for over 15 years.

We teach judo as a sport for all and consider it a sport for life. We welcome judo players no matter how good and no matter how old. The Club is registered with the British Judo Association (BJA).

The Club’s philosophy is to make judo fun and enjoyable for all levels of players.

A junior session at our club

Welwyn Garden City Judo club presently has five sessions:

Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm JUNIORS (6 - 8 yrs)
Friday 7:00pm - 8:00pm JUNIORS (7 - 10 yrs)
Friday 8:00pm - 9:00pm JUNIORS (10 - 15 yrs)

Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:00pm JUNIORS (13 - 17 yrs)
Tuesday 8:00pm - 9:30pm SENIORS (18+ yrs)

If your child is interested in trying out judo (the first lesson is free and there is no obligation to join) please email the club ( or ring the Junior Head Coach and we will try to answer all your questions.

Judo is an inexpensive sport; the only equipment required is a judo suit, which we can initially loan to you, free of charge.

We usually have large intakes at the start of each school term (September, January & Easter). Outside these periods we sometimes operate a waiting list.

Note – for safety reasons we do not allow children under 6 years old.

Most of our instructors are level 2 judo coaches who have taught judo for many years to a wide range of people. They can, and will, work with anyone who shows an interest in learning judo and take them to whatever level their ability allows them to attain.

Everyone who practises judo should have a current British Judo Association licence. This licence is your insurance policy and protects you should you have an injury or cause an injury.

WGC Judo is a member club of the British Judo Association and as such practices according to its rules and regulations.


Karen Roberts
European and World medallist

"I started Judo at the age of 7 and it has been part of my life ever since. The first thing I was taught was how to land safely when I fell, a trick that helped me not only on a judo mat but in the school playground as well.

"Another lesson, which I use in every day life, but comes from early judo lessons is discipline and respect. It's very easy to get angry in life much harder to control your thoughts and remain positive, but this is the basis of most martial arts, especially Judo-"the gentle way".

"The confidence instilled by being able to perform moves both in Newaza and Tachiwaza gives you confidence in your self to perform other difficult tasks, whether they are at school in a class room or on a Judo mat in a competition hall.

"All of these qualities from Judo are great, but the most important ones have yet to be mentioned. The enjoyment that can be gained from this form of exercise coupled with making new friends in the Dojo are the most important parts of Judo.

"Judo is a great sport for kids to get in to, as for me I am now a 26-year-old kid still having as much fun as when I first stepped on the tatami all those years ago!"

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Welwyn Garden City Judo Club

Based at Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.