Our club is part of Sport Sheffield (Sheffield University sports body) and hence is for students, staff and alumni 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 will help to meet new people and make new friends as well as to keep fit and learn new skills.

We are a friendly club that accepts judoka of all experience levels and we have a good reputation among other university Judo clubs and British Judo as a whole, hosting big annual competitions such as SUKT (Sheffield University Kyu-Grade Tournament - for less experienced players who want to have a try at competing!) as well as the famous international competition USIST (University of Sheffield International Student Teams) that sees hundreds of highly skilled players from all over Britain and Europe come to our dojo to fight for the honour of joining the list of tournament champions that goes back over 20 years! Not to mention the all-important trip to Pop Tarts in the evening as well... 

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 and competitive elements of Judo, to suggest a contact sport like Judo is not useful for self defence is big mistake. As well as increasing overall fitness and strength, Judo teaches effective defence to protect yourself, escape difficult situations and even subdue a threat without bringing them to harm. 

Sounds great! When can I start?

Times etc for 2021/22 academic year TBC


SUKT is back!

SUKT 2021 is go!

Well, we certainly hope it is. Date has been set, all systems go for the 4th December.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and event website for details and news as details are confirmed.

2020 Annual club awards

Each year we try to run an awards night, usually awards are presented at an end of year meal. This year it had to be a virtual awards night over video chat.

Competitive player : Jules Harvey

Beginner of the year : Huanhuan Cai

Spirit of Judo : Steph Libby

Most Improved : Eldar Rahimov

Read more ...

USIST 2020 Cancelled

Dear Judo friends,

It is with huge sadness that I am announcing the cancellation of USIST 2020 over coronavirus concerns. All entry fees will be refunded in due course.

With various institutions restricting and cancelling activities, we are concerned that we could have been told to cancel closer to the event which would cause various frustrations for participating teams. We also feel a level of social responsibility to make our own sacrifices to slow the outbreak. We felt particular concern for all our friends who would be travelling internationally to attend. Overall we have decided to cancel the event today rather than take the risks, and believe it is the right decision.

We really hope this news does not cause you all too many difficulties and that you are able to cancel your travel arrangements with minimal losses. We will miss you greatly and are gutted to break USIST's 22 year streak since its inception. Rest assured we will be back next year for USIST 2021, hopefully bigger and better than ever!

With love,

UoS Judo Club