About Us

Croydon Judo Club is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom, we celebrated our 65th Anniversary in 2016. Registered British Judo Association club (No. 0116) with all coaching undertaken by qualified staff who are trained and screened for their suitability for working with young people. The Club provides opportunities for players to receive coaching in all aspects of the sport that interests them and to attend regular gradings and competitions if they wish.


In 2005 the Club has been awarded The Sport England Clubmark which is a prestigious kitemark to recognise that it is a quality sports club. Players, parents, schools, local authorities and other agencies can have confidence in the way in which the Croydon Judo Club is run and carries out its activities. Croydon is the first Judo club is Surrey to receive this award and one of only a handful in the south. Only a thousand Sport England Clubmarks have been awarded countrywide across all the sports so far.

The Club has also earned a Bronze Recognition Award by the British Judo Association to acknowledge the high standards achieved by the club in the promotion and delivery of judo.

The Objectives of the Club are:


The Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated in all aspects of its development and in doing so it acknowledges and adopts the Sport England definition of sports equity which involves changing the structure of sport to ensure fairness, equity of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them.

The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy sport free from the threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

Our History

Established in 1951, and originally known as Croydon and District Judo Society, Croydon Judo Club has had many homes over the years, including a billiard hall in Wickham Road, The Gun Tavern, Church Street. For mats these brave souls used old mattresses, some times covered with canvas. Later for the Wellesley Road Dojo straw tatami were imported.

One of the individuals responsible for establishing Judo as a sport in this country, Mr. Gunji Koizumi was a founder of the Budokwai in London. Mr. George Edwards, the first chairman of the Croydon Club was also a member of the Budokwai. It was at his request that on April 3rd 1952 Koizumi, then National Judo Coach, held the first of many gradings at the club. The club was at that time training at the Croydon YMCA then situated on the High Street.

From the mid 50's the Club trained at 91 Wellesley Road, a property owned by Judo Ltd., who published the magazine' Judo' from this address. It continued to flourish into one of the three largest clubs, becoming a favorite haunt of the National players of the time. The officials and members from Croydon club joined with other clubs in formulating the early organisation of judo associations in the southern area and the country .

Croydon Council exercised a compulsory purchase order on 91 Wellesley Road in 1972 obtaining the building from Judo Ltd., as part of a road widening scheme. Mats were retrieved and the Club went into a series of temporary accommodation. First based in Heath Clark School, then into rooms at the Purley Way Open Air Swimming Pool, where the membership slowly rebuilt to a reasonable level.

In March 1980 the pool was closed, Council sold the site to Rockinghams as a garden center, and the Club moved back to Heath Clark School into hut 64. However the school itself closed in the summer of 1983 and Croydon College moved in. Judo was not in their scheme of things, and as another temporary measure Council moved the Club, this time into a smaller hut at Lanfranc High School. The club was then offered a plot of land by the Council, in nearby Wingate Crescent on which to build a Dojo. Unfortunately planning permission to build on this site was refused, this land being designated by the planning department as metropolitan open land.

In 1985 following this disappointment, and pressure by the members and friends, once again the Council moved the Club into temporary accommodation, this time at the Tavistock Center, 10 Tavistock Road, where once again the membership battled to regain numbers. 1999 saw the closure of the education unit on this site and the club was once again informed of the need to move. A temporary move to an old disused cafe/bar In Katherine Street, Croydon was made during the building of a brand new international standard purpose built dojo. Our move intoi the new dojo was completed in December 2005 and our agreement with Croydon Council means that this facility will be our home for the until 2037. The Club can now start to focus again to build its membership and to provide top quality training. .

In spite of this somewhat nomadic existence the quality of player and standard of Judo has always been very high, from coaching grass roots, the disabled and special needs to competitive players. Taking an active part in all areas of the sport over the years Croydon players have become Squad Members at County, Area, National and Olympic level. Not to be outdone other members have become Officials to the same exacting standard in Refereeing, as Competition Officials, Examiners and in many other fields of the sport.