How to join

If you are new to judo

Your first session is free!! Simply contact us for advice on which of our sessions is right for you to come along and try.

For your 2nd session you must purchase a membership to one of our two governing bodies (for as little as £10) and start paying session costs. Our governing bodies are...

British Judo Council and British Judo Association.

(Membership of either of these two bodies gives you a licence to practise Judo and provides you with personal accident insurance.)

Governing body membership type
Club membership
purchase also reqd?
BJC provisional 3 month *
 Optional - click here
BJC Junior - annual
 £27 (or £17 if upgrading from a provisional)  Yes - click here
BJA Junior - annual  TBA  Yes - click here
BJC Senior - annual £34 (or £24 if upgrading from a provisional) and £29 to renew
 Yes - click here
BJA Senior - annual  TBA  Yes - click here

* - Does not allow you to participate in gradings or competitions, but you can upgrade to the full membership at any time

If you have already tried judo in the past

Depending on how long ago you tried judo, and how long you did it for, we may be able to treat you as if you are new to judo. Please email us or come in and ask at the desk.

If you still have a current BJA or BJC licence then simply bring it with you and pay the appropriate session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC by paying the annual membership fee. Session costs are listed here.

If your judo licence has expired then you can pay to become a St Albans Judo Club member and then we'll organise your licence renewal (or help you to obtain a new judo licence). The costs involved are shown above in the "governing body membership costs" (sorry you won't be eligible for the provisional membership) and the SAJC membership cost is below in the "club membership cost section".

If you are visiting from another club

Just bring your current BJA or BJC licence with you and pay the appropriate session cost. To access reduced session costs you can choose to join SAJC by paying the annual membership fee.

What to wear

For the first few classes you can wear tracksuit bottoms without zips/ buttons/ anything hard that could injure yourself or others when breakfalling. Girls should also wear a plain white T-shirt. These items may get pulled/ stretched so don't wear anything you can't afford to write off! Please use an elastic hair band to tie any long hair back (no metal hair clips are allowed).

The changing rooms have spare judo jackets that you can use - just ask someone in there for help if you're stuck. You'll be expected to buy your own gi (judo outfit) if you decide to join. These are available at the club shop.


The club asks you to fill out a membership form on your first visit. If preferred you can download it here and bring it along already filled in...


Club membership

The annual club membership allows you to access lower session costs and gives access to club events.

Age range (years) Cost
Primary/ junior 5-15 £10.00
Senior 16+ £10.00

Family Membership - The first member pays the full amount, and each additional member pays the full amount less £3.00
Students 16 years and over may pay junior rates.

Starting in 2014 renewal of the club membership will be synchronised with the renewal your BJC / BJA a licence (if the renewal of your judo licence is managed by us).

Session cost

Non-club member every session
Member, every session
 £3.50  £3.00
 £4.50  £3.50


  • people on the 3 month BJC provisional licence can access member session costs
  • session costs are cheaper for club members, especially if that member attends more than one class per week!
  • students over 16 years may pay junior rates

Club shop

The club's shop carries a stock of judo clothing and accessories. A specific brand name gi can also be ordered through the shop if you'd prefer something different (we can get good prices). Please ask your instructor for details.