Judo Birmingham, UK

Discussion in 'Judo' started by Bevoir, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member


    I'm new to the forum and I'm looking to start a martial art class in around South West Birmingham, I hope you wouldn't mind helping me make a decision. At the moment I'm considering Judo but I am procrastinating somewhat.

    I'm in my mid thirties and so I'm no spring chicken. I'm attracted to Judo because of it's simplicity, effectiveness, while retaining somewhat of a traditional martial art form. However, I do have concerns, a lot of Judo clubs seem to be geared towards teaching of children and young adults. I've also read that Judo is very hard on the body and I would like to start a martial art I can continue to train into my older years, if possible.

    Is Judo a decent martial art for someone to start at my age and can you recommend any clubs around my area?

    I have also considered Aikido or JiuJitsu and the options I have found are the following clubs, if any of you have any experience of them I'd be grateful for your input:

    www.taijutsukai.co.uk/clubs/bromsgrove/ (only one class a week)
    Beeches Martial Arts
    Ei Mei Kan | Why

    Thanks for any help with this!
  2. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Judo is great, but hard on the body, BJJ is also great, and Somewhat easier on the body, also a lot of BJJ clubs also run judo classes as well in the same gym.

    What area in southwest brummie are you?
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  3. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    My mate just started Judo, does it once a week. He's 48-50ish. He's loving it :)
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  4. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Hi Dead_pool

    I live around the Halesowen / Quinton area. I did do BJJ for around 6 months at the Gracie Barra in the center of Birmingham many years ago. I did enjoy it, however, at the time I would drive past that area on the way home from work (no longer do) and I got caught up in other responsibilities and so quit. I was also hoping to learn a bit more of the stand up side of grappling if possible. Thanks for any help.
  5. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Thanks Pretty In Pink, that's encouraging!
  6. icefield

    icefield Valued Member

    I started judo in my late 30's after years of other martial arts and grappling styles, in the two years or so I did it I learned a lot and picked up more injuries than I have in any other sport, it's very hard on the body especially as you get older. BJJ would be t suggestion you do enough takedown work to get good at them without ruining your body
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  7. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    A quick Google map search shows two very good judo clubs and a few big full time martial art places, Nearbyish.

    Ill have a proper look and post them up tonight.!
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  8. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Thanks Dead pool, any recommendations are appreciated.
  9. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Icefield, I think you've kinda of confirmed my fears there. What do you think of the jiujitsu clubs I linked to? Is BJJ the best alternative? Thanks for any hep
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  10. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Most jujitsu is terrible, if you want grappling, judo, wrestling and BJJ is where it's at.

    How far are you willing to travel?
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  11. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Dead pool

    Im hoping for a 20-30 minute drive. Obviously in a city that can be quite far or not far depending on whether the motorway is used and traffic etc. So it's hard to say in miles if you know what I mean.

    However, if you have spotted some places bit further away then I'd take a look. Any pointers are appreciated. Thanks.
  12. bassai

    bassai onwards and upwards ! Moderator Supporter

  13. VoidKarateka

    VoidKarateka Valued Member

    A mate of mine runs a Parkour class in a the Dojo at Bishop Challoner Sports Centre in Kings Heath if you can get there. I know they run Aikido, Judo, and Kyokushin classes there.

    Here's a link to the sports centre timetable, I'll do some digging and try to find info on the clubs for you if you like?

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  14. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Thanks for the links Bassai and VoidKarateka, I'll take a look.
  15. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Can I ask everyone why the Japanese jiu jitsu styles are seen as terrible? Just wondering.

    I also found the following, any opinions on this place?
    Martial Arts & Self Defence | Lessons & Classes | MAC Academies

    Dead pool, are you able to say which judo schools you thought looked promising please?

    Bassai, Alexandra stadium certainly has a lot of different classes. Bit further away than I'd like but I will consider it if no other good options are available. Thanks.

    VoidKaretka, bishopchallenor, similarly has a lot on. Again drive isn't the best but definitely a possibility. Thanks.
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  16. holyheadjch

    holyheadjch Valued Member

    I started Judo at Challoners when I was a kid. Phil Hudson is an extremely (elite level) good coach and he also runs a JJJ class as well.
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  17. Bevoir

    Bevoir New Member

    Thanks holyheadjch.

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