The Gentle Way

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. It provides the means for learning self-confidence, improving concentration and leadership skills, as well as developing physical coordination, strength, power, and flexibility. Judo develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training also gives a person an effective self-defence system if the need arises.

Why Choose Us?

“Edinburgh Judo has so many fantastic attributes. The coaching standard is exceptional, the judoka are always challenged & learning. The judo values that permeate the club teach valuable life lessons as well as the sport. As a parent it is a pleasure to spend time in such a bright, happy place, our whole family is now involved in some way.”

“Nathan is this happy before his journey from West Lothian to Edinburgh for his Saturday morning judo class. Nathan started judo in January this year and everyone at Edinburgh Judo Club has been very friendly and welcoming. Nathan enjoys being introduced to new judo techniques through fun games each week.”

“Kirsty, started judo at The Edinburgh Judo Club just over three and a half years ago, she absolutely loves it! The sport is superb for teaching kids discipline, taking instruction, and generally being active. It builds confidence and respect. I would recommend Judo to everyone and recommend Edinburgh Judo as the place to do it.”

“From the moment we stepped into the club, we were made to feel at home. Warm, friendly and caring, the coaches and staff make you feel confident that you are in the right place. The level of instruction is very high, yet tailored to each individuals ability. As parents, we are very happy, and believe our kids are in safe hands at Edinburgh Judo”

Our Club

Edinburgh Judo is the home of ‘the Gentle Way’ in Edinburgh and it’s surrounding areas, and we have promoted excellence and growth in judo from grassroots to Olympic level since our foundation in 1965.
We believe in the power of sport, and in particular, Judo, to change lives and its ability to create engaging, confident, well-rounded people. Our club ethos is that of friendship, effort and personal improvement in a warm, safe environment and of enabling the community to access not only sport, but also the benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring.

Changing Lives For The Better

Fun, disciplined classes for Children and Adults of all ages and abilities.

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Beyond The Dojo

In addition to sporting success, our work continues in many other areas of the community. Edinburgh Judo is actively working with current partners in the area to deliver and develop programmes working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Edinburgh Judo acts as the delivery partner for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in the East of Scotland, and so we have facilitated two fantastic ‘Get On Track’ programmes, the Trust’s flagship scheme. ‘Get On Track’ programmes work with groups of 25 Young People between the ages of 16-25 that are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), to enable them to achieve a personal positive outcome.

Classes For All

Junior Classes

Designed for those who want to do judo recreationally as well as those who would like to take part in competition judo. Classes are structured to deliver safe, effective judo skills and aim to improve self-confidence, introduce members to new people and offer a level of physical activity that can positively influence other areas of life.

Adult Classes

Catering for recreational beginners and kyu grades, through to more experienced seniors and dan grades. These classes offer adults the chance to get fit, meet new people, move up the grade system with the aim of achieving their black belt, have fun and possibly compete in competitions with adults of a similar level.

Squad Classes

Nurture and develop competitive skills with our exceptional squad structure. We're very proud of our club's competition history, not just in our senior and veteran sections - many of Scotland’s top youngsters are members of Edinburgh Judo and compete in regional, national and international events representing both Scotland and Great Britain.