Team Scotland Judo Success

It was a fantastic weekend for Team Scotland as they competed in Switzerland in the run-up to this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Rachel Tytler and David Ferguson – two of our senior coaches – did really well and benefitted hugely from the trip.

Rachel won an outstanding silver – her first senior European medal.

David was on track to fight for bronze but picked up an injury and had to retire –  but not before some excellent judo was displayed.

These European tournaments are a tough test which our players passed with flying colours.

It is a massive testament to the JudoScotland program and to the dedication of our athletes that the guys were able to perform so well.

The countdown to Birmingham is well underway and Rachel and David hope to build on these results. Be sure to follow their progress from August 1st to August 3rd.

We are very proud of all our full-time athletes and it is a privilege to have them working with the kids at our club.

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Pro Judo Club Competition 2022

Our first club comp since the pandemic and the first one at our new city centre dojo.

Over 150 judo students took part in our charity fundraising club competition – and every one of them did themselves and their parents proud.

Each competitor fought in a group of four and had at least 3 fights.

The under 8s all received their gold medals from club performance coach – Claire, following a super tournament where we saw the little ones take their first steps onto a competitive mat. They seemed to take things in their stride and there was certainly a lot of promising judo on display for proud parents.

After lunch – the over 8s competed for gold silver and bronze – but every single player was a big winner in our eyes.

Our Judo mums and dads were on top form – cheering the players and starting to learn a bit more about our wonderful sport.

Coaches and volunteers had a ball – and we were able to let some of our squad players and seniors experience what it’s like to referee or to keep scores.

It was lovely to see neighbours from local clubs come along and take part.

A great day all round. Some unforgettable judo memories, lots of smiles and some much-needed cash raised for Sporting Chances our parent charity. Thanks and well done to everyone who took part.

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Grading Preparation

Judo Scotland License

Gradings will be commencing soon, we need all members to have a valid Judo Scotland license before completing our gradings. Please make sure that your child’s license is up to date. If you are new to Judo you will be able to get a Judo Scotland license at https://www.judoscotland.com/membership/new-member in order to participate in the grading your child’s license must be a full membership, any free introductory months will be added to your child’s license.

Registering for the grading

Gradings will happen twice a year at the club, all members will be notified when the registration window will open and close. To pay and register please https://www.projudo.co.uk/product-category/gradings/

Preparing for the grading

Judo Scotland offers some great pictorial guidance for children and adults preparing for their grading please have a look at these by visiting the link below for your age group. Your coach will be covering the syllabus for your grade so please watch out for the throws, holds and names in class. New starts will start with 1st Kai, 1st Mon or 6th Kyu depending on age. Additional learning materials can be found through our shop’s Koka Kids books, see below for more information.

50 Throws and Holds – £5
This book 100 page book contains 50 throws and holds 

★ Fully illustrated guide to 50 judo throws and hold downs. 

★ Designed by judo world champion, Nicola Fairbrother (7th Dan) to help junior judoka learn judo.
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40 Judo Throws – Only £5
This book contains all 40 throws of The Gokyo.

★ There are clear, step by step illustrations on how to do each technique. 

★ The illustrations show the grip, the entry, the lift, the rotation and the finish of each throw.
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Northern Ireland Open 2022

Two of our minors gave outstanding performances in the Northern Ireland Open winning silver against tough odds.

Oscar Reid was fighting in the weight category above his normal – and battled through to the final.

Luke MCafferty meanwhile – had to re fight two of his contests due to being tied. He came through well winning quickly with ippon to take a well deserved second place.

The big guys fought on the day before with solid effort by Alice, Hattie and Cian. Eden managed to win his group to retain his Northern Ireland title for the third time.

This competition is a real favourite for the club. The organisation is great, the country is beautiful and the people extremely friendly. We are looking forward to taking a bigger team next year.

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2022 British Schools Judo Success

On another frantic weekend for projudo, we had eleven young competitors at the British Schools championships in Sheffield.

Arad, Alice, Hattie, Rachel, Esther, Charlie and Noah led the charge on day one.

Oscar, Cassidy, Finlay and Lewis fought on day two.

The hard work in training continues to deliver results and our fighters left nothing on the mat.

Team coach , Jack Murphy, was pleased with the medal tally of 1 gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes – but was bowled over with the skill, effort and commitment from all of our judoka.

The parents did a wonderful job of supporting all the players as they once again displayed courage and real team spirit – with no shortage of fabulous judo on display.

Whilst all this was going on, our Team Scotland Development players – ineligible for the British schools- were being put through their paces by JudoScotland coaches at the National Centre in Ratho. Mark Goldie was there to lend a supporting hand to the National coaches – not just for the benefit of our players – but also to assist the athletes from other clubs.

Despite so many players being involved in competition or at National training – the rest of the squad were kept busy at the city centre dojo where Claire McDonald took the opportunity to introduce the athletes to some new strength and conditioning skills.

Saturday is one of the busiest days of the week for Projudo – with classes right across the city and beyond.

It is thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm and a real love for judo from our superb coaching team that we are able to run lively and exciting judo sessions for everyone across the entire club with all this going on as well.

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English Open 2022

It was a long trip down to Thetford for the English Open this weekend – But well worth it.


A very high standard of competition across two days at an event that normally features the best of British young talent.

Our 5 cadets ( Esther, Eden, Arad, Hattie and Alice ) fought on Saturday with maximum effort from the big guys – all of whom are either 1st or 2nd year with a whole year to go. A well earned Bronze for Esther 👍


The wee team fought on Sunday and what a display from Logan, Kenzie, Noah and Mark. The top British pre cadets were out in force and our athletes were by no means out of their league. An excellent bronze for Logan 👍


Juniors also fought on Sunday with no medals but impressive contest wins for Luke, Eden, Artur and Adam.


We now have players right across the age spectrum fighting at the highest level in our sport.

Our full time adult athletes  were fighting in Prague this week. We were proud to see David Ferguson and Rachel Tytler in action at the highest level in European Judo as they worked hard to try and earn a place in the commonwealth games team.

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