Canterbury Judokwai

Canterbury Judokwai

The home for Judo in Canterbury since 1950.


We are currently closed due to the pandemic and government guidelines regarding social distancing. We hope to re-open soon; please keep an eye on this website and our facebook page for future updates.

Head coach Ryan Morrow throws for ippon
Head coach Ryan Morrow throws for ippon. Photo credit:

Returning to Judo? Want to try a new sport? Need to get fit, or meet a good bunch of people in a friendly environment?

We are Canterbury Judokwai, where new members are always welcome. If you’ve never been on a tatami (that’s the mat we use), it’s a great sport which you can learn a little about on our website, and then hopefully join us for a session — your first one is free. If you would like to take a look before trying, you are welcome to come and just watch.

Where are we?

We meet at:
Prince of Wales Youth Club
23 Military Road

There are parking spaces in front of and behind the building.

When do we train?

Our sessions for senior players (16+) are on Wednesdays, 8.30pm until 10pm.

The class kicks off at 8.30pm, but we get there at 8.15pm to put the mats out — it’s all part of being a member of a close-knit club. Sessions are just £2.50, which makes judo one of the best, value-for-money sports you can participate in.

We don’t have a junior session at the moment, but are planning to re-start it in late 2020. In the meantime if you’re looking to get your kids involved in judo (and judo’s great for kids), contact us and we can put you in touch with one of the other local judo clubs that do currently have junior sessions.

How do you start?

We have some spare judo suits (judogi) you might be able to borrow, but please wear loose clothing, e.g. a tracksuit and t-shirt. Eventually you will have to buy your own judogi and a BJA licence.

Take a look at our website, and please get in touch if you want more information. We’re happy to help.