Our club is part of Sport Sheffield (Sheffield University sports body) and hence is for students and staff of the University.

We are open to student members from complete novices right through to experienced graded fighters. Students can come to us to just learn a little judo and keep
fit or to become a competitive fighter representing the University at a variety of events around the country. The choice is yours.

What is judo?

Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat sport and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its
competitive element where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue them with a grappling manoeuvre, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke.

Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or
free practice (randori).

Why should I start Judo whilst at University?

Judo is a great sport to get into whether you're looking for just a casual and fun way to keep fit or a competitive sport to take seriously. Joining the Judo club is a great way to meet new people and make new friends as well as to keep fit.

Your time at university is the perfect time to try new activities with lots of other folks who have never tried that activity before. Judo is no exception.

Is Judo good for self defence?


While our focus in training sessions is on the sport of Judo, to suggest a contact sport like Judo is not useful for self defence is hugely mistaken.

Judo's coming home... to Sheffield at least!

It may be the football season now, but our club already has its sights set on the upcoming year of Judo! We are therefore delighted to announce the dates of our annual competitions, the Sheffield University Kyu-Grade Tournament (SUKT) and the University of Sheffield International Student Teams tournament (USIST):

SUKT: Saturday 1st December 2018

USIST: Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th March 2019

Our competitions have had great success in recent years, in attendance, quality of judo and overall enjoyment for players, coaches and spectators alike. It will be the 22nd annual USIST competition and last year saw more international teams competing than ever before, which we aim to continue this year.

So put those dates in your diaries, keep an eye on this space for how to enter and we will see you there!

- Sheffield University Judo Club


New website launches

We've finally got round to modernising our club website. In time you'll be able to find everything you may want to know about the University of Sheffield Judo club and what we are up to on this site.

You'll find info here about ....

  • our annual competitions, USIST and SUKT
  • Our current and historical committee and coaches
  • Info about promotions being conducted
  • How we get on in competitions
  • Latest training details and costs involved
  • etc !