Getting started with Judo

September 30, 2016

It was great to meet so many new students at the Bunfight on Wednesday. This post is just to give you some basic info on how the club works and how you can get involved.

General Info

You can find out all about the club on our website: and you can keep in touch by joining our Facebook group:

Your first few sessions with the club are totally free, but if you decide you like judo, you’ll need to become a member. Standard membership is just £30 per year. You will also need a judo suit and insurance once you decide to stick around; students who are beginners to judo can get a promotional package with membership of British Judo, a judo suit, and a free grading for just £20. Since we train in a Sports and Wellbeing facility, you will also need to have Sports and Wellbeing membership. We’ll explain all of this in more detail at the taster session.

Taster Session

We’re running a taster session this Sunday (the 2nd October) at 4pm. It will be taking place in the Martial Arts Room, which is on the bottom floor of the students union. Just show up in loose fitting sports clothes, and don’t worry about what kind of footwear to bring, because we train barefoot. We assume absolutely no knowledge, so absolutely everyone is welcome.

The session will probably last about an hour, it will start with a demo by some of our current members. Then, you’ll get a chance to give it a go yourselves.

Beginner’s Course

Our beginner’s course starts next Thursday (the 6th October) from 6-8pm (in the Martial Arts Room). Again, loose fitting sports clothes will do the job – we have a stock of clean jackets to loan out. Don’t worry if you missed the taster session, we’ll be teaching from scratch. We’ll start by teaching you to fall over safely, without hurting yourself (a skill every fresher should have), and then we’ll start working towards the criteria for your first belt. If you come to most of the Thursday sessions this term, we are confident you’ll be taking your first grading in December and tying on a shiny red belt by the end of term.

Folks with previous Judo experience

Our first training session of the year will be Tuesday from 8-9:30pm (Martial Arts Room). If you’ve got your judogi with you, you’re welcome to swing by and get a training session in. Our third weekly session is on Sunday from 5-7pm (again, in the Martial Arts Room).

Oh, and here’s a cool Judo video to keep you going until Sunday

Any questions, you can reach us on our Facebook page.

Hope to see you all on the mat soon.

Judo Treasurer

Another new year!

September 30, 2016

The summer seems to have gone by in a flash and its time to welcome old friends and new faces back to judo!

If you are returning for another year, our times remain the same as last year. See the details on the club website –

The first session for this academic year will be on Tuesday October 4 at 8pm. But we are running are usual taster session for new members on Sunday October 2 at 4pm so if you can join us in showing people what we get up to that will be much appreciated.

If you are new to Southampton and interested in Judo then we would be delighted to see you at one of our sessions whether you have some previous experience or are a complete beginner. We had a lot of interest at the bunfight on Wednesday so are hoping for a great year. On Sunday October 2nd at 4pm we will run a taster session to give you a flavour of Judo and we would love to see you there. If you are unable to make that session for any reason, don’t worry just come along to a session and join in – we let everyone take a couple of sessions for free to see if you enjoy Judo.

All sessions are in the Martial Arts Suite on level 1 of the Students Union building – follow the signs along the corridor. Beginners should come along to the Thursday session at 6pm, anyone with some previous experience should aim for Tuesdays at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm.

Looking forward to meeting some new faces!

Hampshire Team League – Round 2

February 7, 2016

After a break over Christmas it was time for round 2 of the 2015/2016 Hampshire Team League. Having had a team of relatively experienced players for the first round, this time we were all about gaining experience for some of our newest club members. With 4 players along, we teamed up with Fleming Park’s sole representative to create a full 5 person team. This time there were 5 teams in total – Southampton Solent, Priory, Matstumachi and a mixed team in addition to us.

Our first match was yet another local university derby with the Southampton Solent team, which went to a 2-2 draw with a bye in our favour in the last contest giving us the overall win. The second match against Matsumachi followed a similar pattern to give us 2 wins.

Following matches against Priory and the mixed team were tougher propositions that prevented us taking further wins but winning 2 matches out of 4 left us in 3rd place overall. The best part of the afternoon as a spectator was seeing great effort put in by everyone; in particular Jayko and Joe in their first ever competition showed progression in their approach throughout the afternoon and attracted complimentary words from much more experience players.

We’ll be back for more at the next round on March 6




Hampshire Team League – Round 1

December 6, 2015

After a bit of a rest, the Hampshire Team Series returned today with round 1 held in a new location at Fleming Park instead of the usual spot in St Marys.

It looks like some gentle pushing of the event on Facebook had helped with a good turn out for the “regular” teams (Southampton University, Southampton City, Fleming Park, Priory and Summit) and first appearances from Winchester University and Matsumachi. With Priory fielding 2 teams I think this was the first time we had to split the entry into pools. We were drawn in a pool with Matsumachi, Southampton City, and Summit with the other pool made up of the 2 Priory teams, Winchester University and Fleming Park.


We kicked off with a 3 – 1 victory over Southampton City, with some nicely performed techniques from all concerned. We followed up with a 4-1 victory over Matsumachi and 3-1 win against Summit to finish up the winner of our pool with Southampton City in 2nd place. In the other pool the 2 Priory teams came out on top.


Having got fully into their stride, the team took a convincing victory against Priory 2 in the semi final including a nice ippon hold for James who was mixing it with the heavyweights while still recovering from a nasty cold.

IMG_6767Priory 1 took the other semi final ahead of Southampton City, setting up a Southampton University vs Priory 1 final. As both the teams have previously won the series, it was always going to be a close match.

Matthias and his opposite number kicked things off and immediately showed how the match was going to go, as both players put yuko and waza-ari scores on the board. Eventually however Priory were the first to convert the scores to ippon and took a 1-0 lead. Not happy with that, Ignas went out and very purposefully equaled things up scoring ippon in a few seconds with a nice clean sumi-gaeshi.

With the score even at 1-1, Andre was up and shrugging off an ankle injury from the semi final he found himself in another close match but persevered to take an early waza-ari lead. The contest continued in a very close manner with both players trying everything but struggling to score. Unfortunately a committed uchi mata attempt from Andre was judged to have been a dangerous head dive and he was disqualified leaving Priory leading 2-1.

That left James in the position he had feared as he faced his strongest opposition of the day. He got stuck in however and we were shouting huge encouragement as he countered a weak attack with a hold. Unfortunately the Priory player proved too strong, escaping and setting up a strong ippon throw to give Priory the victory for the first round of the series.

Final results :

  1. Priory 1
  2. Southampton University
  3. Southampton City/Priory 2

Well done to Matthias, Ignas, Andre and James for a great display of judo, and big thanks to the support of the other teams and officials for making it a good afternoon’s entertainment for everyone.

We will be losing some players before the next round in February so if you fancy a fun introduction to judo competition, watch this space!

And a new year begins

September 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat to us at the bunfight on Wednesday.

We will be running a taster session in the Martial Arts Studio (Level 1, SUSU) on Sunday Sept 27 at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come along to chat, have a go, and find out more about the club.

If you can’t make the session, don’t worry, you can come along to the beginners course starting on Thursday Oct 1 at 6pm in the same place. Everyone is welcome to come and try judo with no commitment required.

Experienced players should come on down on Tuesday Sept 29 at 8pm for our main training session.

I look forward to seeing lots of new faces. Once again we have support this year from British Judo’s student discount scheme that gets you all you need to join the association and start judo at a knockdown price

Gary (club coach)

No Sunday training, and Hampshire Closed entries

February 19, 2015

Hi folks,

There will be no Sunday session at the university this week – we will be away at the University Championships in Sheffield.

To save you missing out, why not head down and visit the folk at the Solent Uni club instead:

Finally, if you intend to enter the Hampshire Closed and have not yet got your entries in, make sure you get it sorted ASAP. Entries close on Monday 23 Feb. Details here:


Warwick University Student Tournament 2015

January 24, 2015

Despite having been aware of it for a couple of years, this was the first time we had managed to attend Warwick University’s student judo tournament. With everyone done with exams and BUCS looming in just a month’s time it was well timed to get a feel of what we need to work on and to start the final block of training with a bang.

So a small but keen group of people met on University Road at stupid o’clock on Saturday morning, climbed into a clean car and hit the road. Just over 2 hours later, a filthy car pulled into the car park at Warwick University, defeating the pessimistic forecast time from the sat nav and the need to take a long diversion after some fool closed the A34 near Oxford by parking a lorry in the ditch.

James - first up for SouthamptonAfter a chilled out start to the day, with everyone making an appropriate weight, the ladies kicked events off with some great contests and then James was the first Southampton player in action, fighting in the u90 novice kyu grade category. Despite a few nerves at his first competition in a few years, and losing the first contest to the eventual gold medallist, he kept his composure and pulled off two nice wins with throws and ground work in the following contests to take the silver medal in the category.

After a break while the intermediate team category pools were fought, our team was in action – the 3 Southampton players augmented by the addition of Ellis in the heavyweight slot. Uncertain about the level of the teams in our pool, we got off to a great start with a 3-2 win against Strathclyde – Ben scoring ippon with soto maki-komi to take his first 10 points towards his 1st Dan and Marc flattening his opponent with the first of several big hip throws.

Next up was the Coventry team who along with Nottingham were starting to look like the strongest teams in the pool. A win and a bye put Coventry into the lead but a bye for Callum and another solid performance from Marc evened things up at 2-2.

Marc - Harai goshi for variety

It was all up to Ellis and he put in a spirited performance but was not able to break through the Coventry player’s defence and conceded the contest by 2 waza-ari scores.

The machinations in the pool meant that a win against Nottingham would most likely put us through to the finals. Unfortunately their team was just as strong as Coventry and they took a 3-0 lead with 2 strong throws and a bye. Marc completed a great day with another cracking hip throw, switching to harai goshi for variety and we were done for the day.

We had expected a tough day having arrived with a 3 man team, so all things considered it was a good day out with some nice confidence boosting wins ahead of BUCS. Unfortunately the pattern of byes meant Callum only got a single contest but everyone else was showing improvements since the London University tournament. Now we have 3 weeks hard work to get everyone into the best possible form for BUCS
Silver in u90 kyu grade for James

You can see all the photos here :