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Colchester Judo Club (CJC) has been teaching Judo to the residents of Colchester since 1974, welcoming individuals of all abilities and enabling them to sample a unique and enjoyable sport.
Their mission statement is very simple:
"We wish to share our love of Judo with others, to teach Judo to a high standard, to maintain a well run non-profit making Club for the benefit of our members, and most importantly to have fun whilst doing so."
The Club has recently gone from strength to strength with support from the BJA, the coaches and the Club's supporters. They have successfully moved to a new venue, purchased new mats and promoted the Club throughout the local area.
They offer one of the largest and newest mat areas in the local area, based in a bright and modern dojo with excellent facilities, including plenty of free parking.
Colchester Judo club has been in the town for well over 30 years, and for a good number of these earlier years, was under instruction and development by Dave Greenall and Jack Garrington and held at the Sports Centre in Cowdray Avenue. Two of the most influential instructors through these years was Gary Martina who coached the childrens elite squad and Dave Martin 6th Dan and who was, up to retiring from refereeing in 2011, Britain's most highly ranked IJF referee and who is currently the senior coach of Ipswich Judo Club. The current senior Sensei of CJC is the very welcoming Tony Boyd who took over the instruction of the club from Dave's son, Cliff Greenall at the turn of the Millenium
Regular training sessions are held in a recently built activity room on the St. Mary's site, with ample free parking facilities and an extensive mat area covering an impressive 120 Square Metres, in a striking blue and yellow.
The Club has Sport England Bronze Clubmark and SportSX accreditation, CRB checked instructors who regularly attend courses to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of our members is observed.
Visitors are always welcome to the Dojo which can be found at their new address of St. Mary's School, 91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB. For times and dates see website
Equipment: If no Judo gear, an old sweat, or T shirt is fine with old track suit pants to try out this great sport
Updated Jul 4, 2012
Address: St. Mary's School, 91 Lexden Road