Rochdale Judo Club (RJC) was established in 1950, almost seven decades ago.
Our club teaches Judo to both adults and children students, from 4 to 85 years of age.
We teach both the Traditional Japanese and the Olympic Sport forms of Judo.
We are proud to have a long and successful history. We have coached and turned out many regional, national and international Judo champions.
Our classes are open to beginners and experienced Judo-ka alike.
We teach, train and compete following the syllabus and rules of the British Judo Association. We follow the rules of the International Judo Federation (IJF) for relevant tournaments.
ROCHDALE JUDO CLUB HISTORY
Going back to the beginning… 1950.
Our Judo Club has a long and proud history. Training first began over a garage and in various church halls. We also trained in a room over the old Rochdale Market. Most noteworthy was in the summer of 1977 when we opened the current venue. We now have a purpose built Judo Dojo and training facilities on Trafalgar Street.
These facilities were built with a substantial contribution from the National Lottery and supported by Sport England. As a result we have been able to go on to not only survive but thrive over the intervening years. Even more so we have been able to create more opportunities to train. We now have the added flexibility of choosing when to hold training sessions at a variety of times seven days a week. Our club caters for many types of requirements. We are flexible enough to deal with whatever the demand.
Rochdale Judo Club is a truly “grass-roots” club with strong links to the community. Similarly serving judo players from four years of age and upwards. Club President Maurice Clarke 5th Dan who at 82 years of age still has no problem holding his own with the younger black belts. He can be found training and teaching regularly to this day, passing on his skills and his many years of experience.
WHAT WE TEACH
Randori (free practice).
Kata (forms) Pre-arranged patterns of Judo techniques.
Tandoku-renshu (personal practice).
Opportunities are available to train with us in the relevant age category. Our categories are designed to cater for your capability and age.
4-12 years old
13-16 years old
17-85 years old
Juniors: Eddie Thomas 3rd Dan Assistant Nicola Lochery 1st Dan.
Cadets: Andy Merchant 5th Dan (Ex-International Judo-Ka).
Seniors: Chief Instructor Sensei Warren Schofield 7th Dan (Formerly sat on the British Judo Associations National Coaching Commission).
The club is further supported by: Dave Duffy 6th Dan – (Formally the British Judo Associations (BJA) National Coaching Manager. Maurice Clarke 5th Dan – Club President. Mick Armstrong 3rd Dan. Dave Hulme 2nd Dan.
THINKING OF JOINING ROCHDALE JUDO CLUB?
Please contact us directly on 01706 869818
or via our contact page.