Judo is a system of self defense, a physical and mental discipline, and an Olympic Sport. Judo was founded in 1882, in Japan, by Professor Jigoro Kano, who envisioned it as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced judoka, find a class below to suit you.
Our junior judo classes offer students between the ages of 5 -15 years the opportunity to learn and improve their judo. Judo is excellent for improving concentration, confidence and self confidence.
Our adult judo classes provide the perfect space for adults to train and work together. Our adult sessions are open to all experience levels.
JUDO AT ICHIBAN LEEDS
In 1955 Kenshiro Abbe, then a 7th dan Japanese judoka and the highest ranked judoka outside Japan, was invited to Britain on a two year contract to teach Judo at the London Judo Society, a Judo School in South London.
Abbe parted ways with the LJS in the following year and started his own school for Judo. He formed the British Judo Council in 1958, soon being joined by another high-ranked Japanese judoka living in Britain, Masutaro Otani.
Membership of the BJC grew rapidly through to the early 1960s. Abbe served as president until 1964 when he returned to Japan. Masutaro Otani, in turn, served as BJC president until his death in 1977. The presidency was then filled by Otani's son, Robin Otani, who serves as president to the present day.