Welcome to Plymouth Judo Club

Judo was developed in Japan by Dr Jigoro Kano in 1882 based on the unarmed sections of the ancient Chinese art of Ju-Jitsu. Kano insisted that Judo made the maximum use of the mind and body and this is the fundamental principle on which the sport is based. The first World Championships were held in 1957. Judo first appeared at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, with women's Judo becoming part of the Olympic programme in 1992.

The Plymouth Judo Club is one of the oldest established clubs in the South West of England and the longest established in Plymouth.

From champions to heroes

Suitable for all ages and we have fully qualified BJA coaches and teach in a safe and fun environment. We teach selfcontrol and discipline.

Brief Intro

The Plymouth Judo Club is one of the oldest established clubs in the South West of England, dating back to the very early nineteen fifties when the very word judo seemed mystical and frightening. A group of individuals used to meet at an evening class for judo in the old Plymouth Public School for boys (now part of Plymouth University) with an instructor from the marines. When these evening classes finished some of the players decided to form a club, so they moved to the Good Shepherd hall opposite an old police station in the Octagon area of Plymouth, which they shared with the local youth club.

After a couple more moves they found premises in the Virginia House Settlement on the Barbican where the club was established & was to be their home for over thirty years.

During this time the club went from strength to strength with both a senior & junior section that was the envy of the whole of the South West winning countless county, area & national honours.

What We Do

We are a judo club in Plymouth under the governing body for Judo in England(BJA) teaching adults and children

Our Instructors

Alan Kimber

Club Chairman, Senior coach level 3, BJA Devon County Chairperson, Director of Examiners, Area Refereeing Chairperson, Senior Examiner, Senior National Referee, Email: akimber@plymouthjudoclub.org

Shane Kimber

Club Coach Level 2, Senior class coach
Email: shane@plymouthjudoclub.org

Gerry Lake

1st Dan

Alison Lake

BJA Competition official (CR)

Paul Sleep

BJA Level 1 Coach, 2nd Kyu

Janet Kimber


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