Martial Arts

Judo is a  dynamic combat sport that demands both physical competence and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponent’s down to the ground and control them. 

It helps promote the development of coordination, flexibility, self-confidence and fitness.

Important Information 

We are very happy to have coaching in our venues again. The positive feedback we have received from customers already using our venues saying how safe and enjoyable their experience with us has been has been has been hugely appreciated. We are working hard to ensure that our coaching customers have the same experience. 

As with all our other activities in our venues, to ensure the safety of everyone we’ve introduced a number of measures.  We will continue to review these measures over the coming months as the environment and guidelines from the Scottish Government and national sports governing bodies change. Our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our teams. Some key things to be aware of are:

  • We may use different entrances and exits to our buildings than normal.
  • For older children, you may not be able to enter or stay in our buildings during your child’s lesson. This depends on the age of your child, and sometimes on the capacity of the building. Be assured if this is the case our team are there to help your child get to and from their class safely. We understand that there may be some circumstances where you may need to stay and support your child. Please discuss your requirements with the venue if this is the case.
  • We have to maintain a safe number of people in our venues at any one time. If you are coming into our buildings with your child for their lesson, only one adult can accompany a child and we are asking our customers not to take siblings/other children with them if at all possible. Children under 12 do not have to distance from each other, but still have to distance from other adults and therefore still have to be accounted for in our safety measures and calculations. 
    Important: In some sports the national sports governing body's guidelines mean we cannot allow accompanying siblings/other children.     
  • Please follow the rules about wearing face coverings. Currently anyone aged 5 years and over is required to wear a face covering until their class.

Before you come to your first class class it’s important to read where to go and what to do at your venue – see here for full details.

Full details of our guidelines and what to expect in each of our venues can be found in ‘Coaching Guidelines’ below.

We know that this is a little different – for everyone - but we can assure you that our welcome will be as warm and our lessons as fun as ever. Our teams will always be there to look after you and your family. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to keep everyone safe. 

Kai Grades (P1 - P6)

If you are in P1 to P6  you will start off with Kai Grades.

You will have to learn different judo techniques, Japanese words and know various judo rules to achieve each of your belts but you don’t have to fight or win any judo contests.

Mon Grades (P7+ by invitation only)

Once you are in P7 or above you will move onto the Mon grades. There are 18 Mon grades, with six coloured belts, each grade is distinguished by coloured tabs on your belt.

Like the Kai grades you will have to know different judo techniques, words and rules. Once you have reached 10th Mon, you will have to put what you have learnt into practise against an opponent.

Judo grades give an indication of the level of the Judoka (judo player). From 1st Kai to 10th Dan, a judoka’s belt should reflect their knowledge and ability.

It is important to remember that judo is a pathway, on which the judoka is always learning and improving. 

Grading is at the heart of Judo and has its roots in the origin of the sport, when used appropriately, it is a fantastic resource for developing a judoka.

To see full details of Judo grading for Kai and Mon Grades please visit the Judo Scotland website - Click Here 

JudoScotland want to make the sport accessible to whoever wants to take part and as such they offer everyone in Scotland who is starting Judo for the first time four months FREE provisional membership.

FREE provisional membership will allow you to get a real flavour of the sport - fully insured, before signing up to a full JudoScotland membership.

After the first four months you can continue your judo journey by simply renewing your provisional membership to a full JudoScotland membership.


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You can see what what classes are running where, check availability and even request a space - all online in 3 simple steps:

  1. Decide which class would be right for your child using our class information above.
  2. Find out where and when your class is on and whether it has spaces using the 'Class Availability' button below. 
  3. You can then check space availability (updated every 4 hours) and complete a simple online 'Request Form'.
Once we receive your form we'll do a check and get back to you to confirm whether we have a space held for you and what the next steps regarding payment are. Please be aware that your space is guaranteed only when we confirm we have received your Direct Debit instructions.

We have introduced rules and measures to ensure that we can welcome you back into an environment that is safe for you and our staff. We all have a responsibility as a community to keep each other safe, and by following our guidelines we can do this whilst enjoying being back. 

1. Important things to know about our coaching classes

2. How to find your way and what to expect in each of our venues

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