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Shochu-Geiko (Mid-Summer Training) 21 – 24 July

This year we are going to hold a summer training event, which we hope all members (past and present) will consider supporting either on the tatami or off.


The training is modelled of the annual mid summer training (Shochu-Geiko) that the Kodokan in Tokyo holds each year. Ours will be a smaller version.

We will start on Thursday and end on the Sunday. The current schedule looks like this:

  • 21 July (Thu) – Opening session at St Marys.
  • 22 July (Fri) – Travel to Bournemouth and have a training session, then watch fireworks at the pier
  • 23 July (Sat AM) – Training session at Matsumachi with our friends from Southampton and Winchester Universities. Followed by social fun
  • 23 July (Sat PM) – To be confirmed.
  • 24 July (Sun AM) – To be confirmed.
  • 24 July (Sun PM) – Hampshire County Session at St Marys with Danny Murphy.

Please get in touch if you would like to help, sessions will not all be Judo. We will also have meals together and social activities. All help appreciated; be it helping with planning; driving, training, coaching or just getting interest from others.

Stay tuned for more!


Southampton Summer Judo

The club has been going well through the spring. Those following us on the Southampton City Judo Facebook page  will have seen the photos and videos we have been posting recently.


This week our teen Judo session returns on Sundays at 2pm. It would be great if people could help us rekindle the fire and help promote Judo in local schools, youth groups, etc.

We recently hosted a randori for the Stephanie Inglis campaign. She has been moved from Vietnam to Thailand and her condition has shown some improvement. The medical bills stand at over £100,000 already however with the estimated cost of getting her home expected to be near that again. So if you have any available money; please consider donating (re-donating) at

As a result of the randori we have been invited to visit our friends at Matsumachi Judo Club and are scheduling a weekend to go across to Bournemouth to socialise and train together with them.

We are also looking to schedule another meal together shortly. With the nice weather it would be good to share a nice cool social drink together after training now and then, so stay tuned for when we will be doing that.

We have some big plans underway and will need to engage the collective power of people in the club to help us get better and better. To this end the plan is to hold a club meeting shortly to discuss our future plans with everyone interested and plan how we can make dreams reality. A date will be set this week.

Inter-Club event raises over £100 for #SaveSteph campaign.

On Saturday Southampton City Judo Club and Southampton Solent University hosted an inter-club training session and team competition.


Rather than charge a mat fee, donations were requested and the participants gave generously for Commonwealth Judo athlete Stephanie Inglis who is in a critical condition after a motor cycle accident whilst teaching in Vietnam.

Participants came from Southampton University Judo Club, Winchester University Judo Club, Matsumachi Judo Club (Bournemouth) and Southern Judokan  (Emsworth).

We would like to thank everyone for attending and giving so generously.

Online donations via

This weeks training programme

IMAG0163An exciting week of training ahead, our normal coach Lance is away to the Almaty Judo Grand Prix with the IJF so we have 4 guest coaches to help you all.

Tuesday – Patrick Mballa.

Patrick starts the week, Tuesday is our standing techniques session. Most of you have been on the receiving end of some of his throws; so expect a good workout and some great tips.

Thursday – Garry Clark.

Garry after proving a successful camera man last week, take it up a notch and will be leading the groundwork session now his wrist is recovered to such a point he can come on share some moves before being able to get back into the randori himself.

Sunday – Jordan & Roland Fugh.

Week #2 of the Ju no Kata, Jordan Fugh & Roland Fugh have kindly agreed to guide the club through the second set of this interesting Kata. As we mentioned this week, there are aspects of yoga, Aikido and Tai Chi to be appreciated.

Those of you with partners who have never done Judo might consider bringing them along as this kata includes no throws and the movements are gentle and great movements for a light workout together.


Please to attend the session this week if you are able. Given that these four people are giving up there time to lead the sessions it would be fantastic to have good attendance please. Also, if some of the “regulars” could be there to help get mats laid, etc that would be great!

Of course, being nice and prompt (8pm/3pm) would be very helpful.

Have great week!

Bank Holiday Closure

Southampton City Judo Club will be closed this Sunday May 1st, 2016.

This is due to the long weekend, so the next session will be May 3rd, 2016 – 8pm.


8pm Tuesday and Thursday

Hi everyone,
The club remains open over this period.

We hold senior open Randori sessions in Tuesdays and Thursdays (8pm).

Tuesday is tachi waza throwing techniques, Thursday ne-waza groundwork techniques.

All Judoka from any club are welcome, as are newcomers to Judo.


No Judo.March 27th

No Judo this Sunday (March 27th), but we are running our regular Thursday groundwork randori and Tuesday tachi waza randori.


Tuesday session was really busy with visitors from Southampton University Judo Club. So we are expecting lots of visitors over the next few weeks as some clubs take a break this time of year whilst we continue.

After 27th our technical Sunday sessions resume; the next few weeks are us wrapping up our Nage no Kata study.

Easter training

Southampton City Judo Club will be open over the Easter period coming up as normal… With the exception of March 27th when there will be no Judo as St Mary’s Leisure Centre is closed that day.


With many other clubs closed we are hoping for visitors on our Tuesday and Thursday night open Randori sessions. Sundays remain dedicated to Nage no Kata for seniors. The Sunday teen session at 2pm continues and we still have room for more new faces.

After Easter, we hope to arrange a kata visit to one of the friend clubs nearby. This will signal the close of our Nage no Kata training, with Ju no Kata being the next kata on our radar.

This week saw the return of some of our regulars so expect news of a social event soon.

Kata and Drinks

This afternoon was an enjoyable one, our Junior section though not large is growing slowly. We still need a few more secondary school aged participants to full the session.


Our senior section started on our next Kata; the Nage no Kata. This is one of the core Kata of Judo. It contains throwing techniques and provides opportunities to learn that are otherwise missed.

Afterwards, a group of us popped up to Bedford Place for a small social drinker together. We are hoping to grow the social side of the club so please do talk to others in the club about ideas for enjoyable activities we can do together.

Next session is our weekly tachi waza  Randori session on Tuesday at 8pm. Then our ne waza Randori seaaion on Thursday at 8pm. Before more Kata on Sunday

See you soon!
Novices are always welcome (we have quite a few at the moment) as are experienced players. We have been enjoying having a number of Dan grades helping raise the bar for everyone at recent sessions.