Meet 2016 Olympian Szandra Szogedi, May 7th 2017, 3pm. Southampton.

It is a real pleasure to able to invite all local Judoka to visit our club on May 7th to meet and train together with Rio2016 Olympic Judo athlete Szandra Szogedi.

Please show your interest via our Facebook event:

Our invitation extends to all ages, grades, etc. We only ask that if you are coming with kids you come in pairs as we are a mainly adults club so may not have a partner for your child if they come alone.

Mat fee is £3, paid at reception of St Mary’s Leisure Centre, Southampton. Session will run from 3pm to 5pm.





Results: 2017 Southampton City March Groundwork Competition

A big thank you and congratulations to everyone who attended todays competition, it was terrific to have so many people come and have a good time together!

A huge thank you to Peter Boniface for stepping in as referee! Thanks also to our patron who donated  the two hundred pounds of prizes for the competitors!


The results of the competition are here:

Winners (£20 Wagamama voucher):

  • Women: Solveig
  • Men Lightweights: Michael
  • Men -90: Pajtim
  • Men -100: Edward

The competitors also voted for the following awards (£20 Wagamama voucher):

  • Hold down of the day: Vera
  • Armlock of the day: Michael
  • Strangle of the day: Solveig
  • Escape of the day: Callum and Victor (tied)
  • Player of the day: Pajtim

Once again thanks for everyone for attending and making the day a success! Congratulations to the winners, we hope you share your Wagamama vouchers with your Judo friends!

March Competition!

We are really pleased to announce that we are hosting a competition on March 18th (11am – 2pm).

We are just finalising the details, but you can express interest and follow developments over at

It is probably going to be a groundwork only competition and is aimed at adult novices, who want a friendly local event to participate in.

You can enter simply by entering your name, grade and weight direct into the spreadshhet:

Please not that this form is public, once you have filled that in, you can pay on the day or pay via paypal below. ** Note: unless you have paid in advance we can’t guarantee a spot on the day.

Enter via paypal:


Please help spread the word about the event and if you are interested in helping run it, sponsor it, or volunteer at it please let us know.

BUCS preparations, week 7 2017

This week (starting February 13th) marks the final preparations for the British Universities Championships (BUCS), and our week looks like this:

  • Monday: Randori at Ringwood Judo Club (leaving St Marys 7:30pm)
  • Tuesday: Randori at St Marys (8pm)
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Shiai Simulation at St Marys (scoreboards etc)
  • Friday: Travel and weigh in
  • Saturday: Compete
  • Sunday: Rest.

This week we will work hard on Monday and Tuesday, then dial it back for the rest of the week so that those competing in Sheffield do not risk injury and feel fresh on Saturday.


Visitors and visiting!

This week has been fantastic for the club, we visited our friends at Ringwood Judo Club on Monday, then had a visit from our friends from Southampton University Judo Club on Thursday.

It’s terrific to have the chance to do Judo with new people, and it always teaches us something new.

This Sunday we shall be exploring the Kaeshi no kata further and next week along with some good randori we shall continue to try every technique in the go kyo.

Randori is the game!

Recently we started learning the Kaeshi no kata, so on Tuesday we took it and tried to learn the same counter throws via randori.

One of the great things about learning Judo is randori. Randori is a game as much as a learning tool.

During our Tuesday and Thursday randori sessions we try techniques. We try apply our techniques against a non passive partner, against someone who won’t just fall, who we must actually apply our waza correctly on.

Which sounds very serious, but actually means we get to play the game of Judo. My partner tries to throw me, I try and throw them. I try “tricks” and use my guile and cunning to catch them. All the while they try and do the same to me.

Come down and join the fun.

Great start to our new kata

Today we started exploring the Kaeshi no kata, it was really nice to have a good turnout to start this interesting study of a new kata.

The kata is all about counter throws, and has a really interesting history. This kata is not a Kodokan recognised kata and is primarily done in the BJC here in the UK. 

Although not an “official” kata, Kaeshi no kata is a very useful learning tool. It can also be a fantastic demonstration set.

This week we shall continue with our progress through the gokyo. Participants might have noticed that many of the techniques we looked at during the week reappeared on Sunday in the kata.

As always Tuesday will.mainly be standing throwing techniques, Thursday groundwork work me waza.

Those interested in a little extra training will be attending Ringwood Judo Club on Monday for some additional randori, contact Lance if you would like to attend.

Judo this week (15 January 2017)

This week we shall start our university students preparation for the British Universities and Colleges Championships as well as deciding which kata we shall explore next.

This Sunday (15th) our session is at 3pm. We shall be doing the Kime no Kata. NExt week we shall change kata and the plan is to explore one of the lesser known kata. Maybe the Kaeshi no kata, or Go no sen no kata. Perhaps even more interesting kata like the Itsutsu no kata or Joshi Goshinho no kata?

On Tuesday those wishing to enter BUCS competition should get to the club for 7:30pm please to meet and discuss entries, training plans, logistics, etc. At 8pm our regular tachi waza randori session will run. On Thursday (8pm) we have our groundwork randori session.

Hope to see you all on the mat.