Kime no Kata session 2 – Swords!

ThrowHTC1I’m pleased to confirm that this Sunday (3pm) we will be holding our second Kime no Kata session. This week we introduce the weapons (Dagger and Sword).

To ensure we get the best introduction possible, the good people from Southampton Kendo Club have agreed to pay us a visit this week and show us how swords should be handled.

All are welcome to attend, be you experienced black belt Judoka, or novice Judoka. You are also welcome if you are just interested in Japanese martial arts, like Judo and Kendo.

As we have guests, I ask that everyone who is able attends; even if it is just as a spectator.

Please RSVP on the facebook event via the link below:

Kime no Kata course.

Dear All,

from April 12th for 6 weeks we will be running a course on Sundays learning the Kime no Kata. The Kime no Kata is really interesting think to learn as it is somewhat of a historical archive of the effective fighting methods of Japan prevalent in the late 1800s in Japan.

It includes striking and kicking attacks as well as knife and sword attacks. So is quite unusual for Judo people.

We will be using the Kodokan guidebook and IJF criteria as our primary reference material, but will also be using other resources we are able to find. This will include the videos of people doing the kata as well as guest instructors.

We have already reached out to some well regarded practitioners of the kata. Even more excitingly we hope to also have some expertise shared with us by members of the Southampton Kendo Club (who are starting a beginners course on the 20th, see for more details).

The Kime no Kata includes very few throws and as we are all novices, it is a great time to invite friends, wives, husbands, work colleagues along to join us on the tatami.


BJA website hacked!

Dear all,
The BJA announced today that their computer systems have been hacked and that payment details from members have been compromised.

Please check with your bank and check for unknown transactions. Especially if you recently joined or renewed your license.


Grading training in the Squash court this Sunday.

southampton_judoDear All,

This Sunday we shall be training in the Squash court as there is a Basketball match (Go TeamSolent!!).

On Tuesday we those who are ready will be grading, so this Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for people to do some “revision” on their techniques.

Training is at 3pm, if you are hoping to grade on Tuesday you should be there this Sunday. You will also need to have your BJA license and a Judo suit etc.

See you all on Sunday,



Next week we shall be examining players for their next grades. We want to get our novices who have been with us a little while on their way towards that black belt!

before you can be graded there are some requirements you need to sort out.

1. Own a Judo suit.
If you have reached the point where you are considering being graded you should have your own Judo suit and flip-flops. They are cheap and available online:

2. Have a BJA license.
We can only grade members of the British Judo Association, so if you want to be graded you need to have a valid BJA license. Again, this can be done easily online:

3. Know your syllabus.
My opinion is that you need to have a suitable level of knowledge for your grade. So novices should know the novice to 6th kyu syllabus as a minimum (you probably know more). And you need to know it well enough that when I call a technique name out you can do it without too much delay.

If you are going for a higher/darker belt, then I expect you to know everything in the grades below yours as well as the requirements for your new grade.

The BJA has the syllabus online:

So study up and let me know if you would like to grade up.



Hampshire Closed this weekend.

This weekend our friends at FleminHants-Judog Park Judo Club (Fleming Park Eastleigh) are hosting the Hampshire Closed Championships.

The competition is on Sunday, so try and get along to watch some before training on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, the task of laying mats needs to be done. And it would be great if members of our club could get up to Fleming Park Leisure Centre (Eastleigh) for 6pm on Saturday evening to lend a hand.

Congratulations to Tina Penfold 6th Dan!


Friend (and guest instructor) of the club Tina Penfold was awarded this week her 6th dan.

Tina and Dennis Penfold are world class Kata judges, well regarded in the kata community. Older members of the clubs will remember the fun and knowledge of Kata Tina and Dennis shared with us when they visited our club.

The 6th dan (red and white belt) is a great achievement and we would like to extend our congratulations to Tina!


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No Judo this Sunday.

Dear all,

As I will be in Austria and our good Friend Michael Pring has organised a training event on Saturday I am cancelling this Sunday’s session in favour of you all grouping together to drive over to the event on Saturday instead.

Attached is a flyer for Saturdays training.



Final Gokyo session this Sunday, 3pm.

This Sunday (3pm at St Marys) marks the completion of our exploration of the Gokyo. This I hope has been an enjoyable learning opportunity for all that have taken advantage of the time. It seems to have brought some higher grades out of the shadows to help the lower grades, which is always a good thing.

As discussed in the sessions, the objective of this exploration is not to perfect all the throws rather to gain knowledge the techniques and principles and to experience throws you don’t know well. We want to have a wide vocabulary of Judo techniques, so that you know what you like and dislike; what you are good at and not good at. You never know which technique clicks. For me personally uki waza has been the one that felt nicest, most enjoyable. What has been your highlight?

Judo is not just about physical capabilities (as we’ve discussed); it is about learning. Coaching you the gokyo is good for me to learn as much as it is for you. I have been preparing for every session by reading up on the techniques, watching videos, even discussing with colleagues.

A big help has been the resources on It has an entire course on the gokyo as part of of the EJU coaching level three. All you you could consider signing up to this course to help you learn more Judo, even if you never see yourself as a coach. It’s 68 quid, but worth it

For full disclosure, I am the IT director of Judospace, but I am mentioning it here as I really think its worth your time to consider studying Judo both physically on the mat as well as academically via a programme like the EJU one. The process of completing the assignments I can assure you will help you get better at Judo.

See you on Sunday, don’t forget to be early and to enjoy it!


p.s. Don’t forget to enter the Hampshire Closed which you can do online at . Full details at

Welcome newcomers!

Over recent weeks we have been getting quite a few new people coming along and trying Judo. Welcome to you all, we are really happy to have you join us and I hope you stick with it and become regulars.

I thought this would be a good time to share a little about the club and some things that will maybe help you fit right in.

1. Enjoy yourself!
Judo is fun and supposed to be fun. You will work hard and work up a sweat, you will get thrown and throw others. Enjoy it, take it at your own pace and don’t be afraid to take breaks when you need them.

2. Think of others.
You’ll throw people, you’ll learn strangles and armlocks. These can hurt! So please look after your partners. Take it careful, always be careful and look after the people you train with. Also, you will be spending lots of time in very (VERY) close proximity with other people, so hygiene is important. Coming early and using the showers at St Marys before training is fine/encouraged if you have had a tough day. Equally, wash your Judosuit after training. We have a laundry service at teh club if you need it (make sure you have your name on it permanently somehow if you do though so it does not get lost or confused with someone elses suit).

3. Join the BJA
We want all our members to be members of the national governing body for Judo, the BJA. You can do this easily on line at where you can apply for a new license or renew your existing.

4. Compete!
In our club we believe in sport as a force for good, both in our personal development and in improving the communities is which we live (judo and generally). Competing is fun, it’s a chance to play the game of Judo with people from outside our club. For us, competing is about enjoying the experience and we think everyone should enjoy participating in competitions; so the next time an event is mentioned, give it a go!

5. Explore.
At our club, we try and create an environment for you to learn Judo. The learning itself is up to you. So please explore the techniques, principles and ideas of Judo following your own curiosity. Tell us what you want to learn and we will help you find it. Also, explore other clubs, other sports, other hobbies. Judo may start you along a path to something else that satisfies you, we hope it does. Judo has since it’s creation always been a vehicle for improving lives not a destination, so explore with Judo as core.

6. Ask questions.
Further to point 5, ask us questions. We don’t know all the answers; but ask us and we might know more than you do and if not together we might learn something new. We are not precious about knowing more than the new students; so ask away!

Thats it for now, we thank you for coming along and trying Judo and invite you to keep coming. You are welcome every session, or once a month. You are welcome if you train exclusively with us or if you train elsewhere too (in fact we would encourage you to tarin elsewhere, see point 5).