Club Events
Championships, Gradings, and special training sessions.

Club scrapbook
From the founding of the club to the present day.

Details about Watanabe Kai's coaches.

Judo techniques
Classifications of techniques and kata

Other websites and resources which may be of interest.

Watanabe Kai Judo Club

At Watanabe Kai we practise Kodokan Judo, which is an effective martial art for self-defence, fitness and personal development. The club has a family atmosphere and new members are always welcome.
Members learn to use skill to overcome brute force. During normal practise participants can use throws, restraints, strangles and armlocks. Striking techniques, leg-locks, and weapon skills are safely practised in kata for experienced members.

Club Christmas Championship: December 8th. We hope to see all club members taking part in our fun tournament to round off the year. . .

Last club session of 2017: December 15th. The usual end-of year session with fun and games.

Next Beginners' Course: January 5th 2018. New members are welcome to come and join in when the club re--opens in the New Year.

Watanabe Kai's Kata Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the club members who pulled off a tremendous display at the Cumbria and the Borders Kata Tournament.
Members of Watanabe Kai judo club are celebrating after their tremendous success at a tournament held on November 5.
Jack and Sebastian triumphed in the nage no kata category, winning gold, and they managed to secure a silver for katame no kata.
This was a great result for the teenagers, as they competed in a group which was otherwise made up entirely of black belts.
2017 marks the fifth time they have entered this event, and they have an unbroken record of winning gold for nage no kata, and have only been pipped into second place for katame no kata on two occasions.
Younger members of the club also took part with great success, as Henry and Harri were thrilled after managing to wow the judges and take away two gold medals each, after coming top in their categories for both throws and groundwork. This is the third time they have taken part.
Also taking part was Joe and Maneesh who took home silver. The boys only just missed out on the top position.

Interested in joining us?

In order for beginners get the most out of judo, we have regular dates for new members to join, and offer an excellent deal which includes everything you need to get started.
If you are interested, we strongly recommend you drop in and watch a couple of classes first so you can see what we do firsthand and get to know the coaches and other club members. More information about joining Watanabe Kai, and some judo basics can be found HERE

Training times and dojo location

Watanabe Kai meets every Friday at Crosby on Eden Parish Hall. Crosby-on-Eden is a few miles north east of the centre of Carlisle, situated along the A689. Click here for more details and maps.
The first class, aimed at youngsters runs from 6.30pm to 8pm, and older youths and seniors train from 8pm to 9.30pm.
The club usually takes a break during the school summer and Christmas holidays, but continues to train on bank holidays.

Why do judo?

Judo has long been recognised as an excellent way to get fit or learn self defence. This article discusses judo and the benefits it can produce.

Understanding randori and shiai

Like any exercise, the full benefits of judo can only be achieved if you understand what specific exercises are designed to achieve.