Hello everybody,

Due to inclement weather conditions, we have taken the decision to close the club on Wednesday 28th February 2018. Please do not travel to the club in this date.

We expect to be back as usual the following week!

British Judo Association Membership Fees

Please be aware that BJA membership fees are increasing by up to £2.00 pa as of September 1st.

Grading fees will also increase, from £10 to £12, for mon and kyu grades. For dan grades, the technical fee will increase from £35 to £40.

If you have any questions, please speak to a coach on a club night, or contact us via Facebook or email.

Happidojo Competition

Unfortunately, we have been notified that our entries for this competition arrived after the full amount of places had been taken. Therefore, our players who entered will not be able to compete at this event. Full refunds will of course be given where applicable. Both we and Happidojo apologise for any inconvenience.

We have attempted to contact all of our affected players – however, if you have not received an email from us then please let us know your email address when you are next at the club.

End of Year Awards 2016

The Annual Wymondham Judo Club Awards were presented by Andrew Gadsby on 14th December – congratulations to all of our winners below! Many of the winners weren’t present on the night, and so they will be presented with their awards on their return.

Class 1

Best Attender – Jared Tomkins

Best Newcomer – Matthew Cowles

Most Improved – Laura Travis

Spirit of Wymondham Judo Club – Stephanie Warmer

Player of the Year – Phoebe Blake


Class 2

Best Attender – Jack Travis

Best Newcomer – Phoebe Pullen

Most Improved – Leo Cooper

Spirit of Wymondham Judo Club – Jack Broad

Player of the Year – Kieran Evans


Player of the Year – Chris Minshall





Grading Success!

Dave Horton-Jones, 7th Dan, presented 26 members of Wymondham Judo Club with certificates and belts, on the 28th September, following a successful grading. He then led the second class, demonstrating a range of techniques.

Coach Andrew Gadsby was extremely pleased with the performance of everybody who graded, and Dave was very impressed with the technical ability on show during the session.

We look forward to our next grading early in the new year, and congratulate those who successfully achieved their next grade.


Ashley McKenzie – NEXT WEEK

Hi guys,

As you must ALL be aware by now, the Ashley McKenzie masterclasses are next week. We can’t guarantee that there will be spaces available for people on the night, so if you do want to come along and for some reason haven’t booked in yet, please get in touch ASAP!

The class groups are as follows:

6:30 – 8:00 Ages 7 – 14
8:00 – 9:00 Aged 11+

If the player is between 11-14, then if they are Orange belt or above they should take part in the second class.

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Ashley McKenzie Masterclasses


On 5th October 2016, ASHLEY McKENZIE, 2012 and 2016 Olympian, 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist (u60kg) will be joining us for two very special masterclass sessions.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our players both young and ‘older’, new and experienced, to learn from and train with an athlete at the top of his game.

You’ll be able to support Ashley McKenzie during the Rio Olympics, as with the rest of the GB Squad, and then look forward to him visiting shortly after.

Some of our adult friends may remember Ashley from Celebrity Big Brother and from the ‘Bad Boy Olympian’ documentary several years ago!

For Wymondham Judo members, a session will cost £5 and last an hour and a half – great value for the experience!

In addition, we will shortly be inviting other clubs to attend these sessions, enabling you to train with new partners and make new friends.

Be sure to get your entries in soon, as we cannot guarantee that spaces will be open for long!

We look forward to welcoming Ashley, and hope to see you all there…

Coach Andrew Gadsby attains 2nd Dan

As of last week, Andrew Gadsby (or Andrew the coach for some of you!) joins Chris Claydon and David Booth in having achieved the extremely prestigious Second Dan black belt.

We would all like to place on record our congratulations for Andrew, and our ongoing gratitude for his coaching.

Meanwhile, keep watching the website and the Facebook page over the coming weeks for some exciting news…

Grading Success

Dave Horton-Jones, 7th Dan, presented 29 members of Wymondham Judo Club with certificates and belts following a very successful grading, before leading the second class and groundwork class on the 18th May.

Coach Andrew Gadsby was extremely pleased with the performance of everybody who graded, and Dave was very impressed with the technical ability on show during the session.

We look forward to our next grading later in the year, and congratulate all of those who successfully achieved their next grade.


Upcoming Events

Below are a list of upcoming events and competitions – some of these will be promoted in-club, but if you would like further details on any mentioned then please either speak to a coach, or get in touch. If you are not sure whether a competition will be suitable for you or your child, then again please do not hesitate to ask.

Katame no Kata Course – 9:30 am Sunday 15th May – Lopham – £20

For those who wish to learn the ground-fighting kata of Katame no Kata, this course can serve as either an introduction or as an examination. If you wish to obtain a Katame no Kata certificate, then you must have completed additional training prior to attending to meet the minimum training requirement. Please speak to a coach regarding the suitability of this event for you, and please note that places are limited.

Eastern Area Squad Training – 9:30-13:00 Sunday 15th May – Thetford – Free to Area Closed Medallists or £3 otherwise

This training session is suitable for all players who want to expand their judo horizons, and to train with partners of all abilities, from red belts to high-level competitors. We have had players attend previously who have very much enjoyed the day. There is no need to book – you can pay on the day.

East Anglian Fours –  Sunday 12th June – Thetford

Details to follow

Littleport Green & Under Open – Sunday 3rd July – Littleport – £15

For those competitors who are perhaps not as far into their judo career, but have a fair amount of competitive experience under their belt, this tournament will be a very good test. In previous years the Littleport events have been hotly contested, and so it is vital that you speak to a coach prior to booking this event.

Littleport Youth & Senior Open (over 14s only) – Sunday 27th November – Littleport – £18

For those looking for a high-end competition, or to score points towards their dan grade, this competition is ideal. However, it is unsuitable for most competitors without significant contest experience. Please speak to a coach if you are considering attending. There is also a Masters (30+) category available for Men. There is also a dan grading immediately following this event, priced at £15 – or £30 for both the competition and the grading).