Martial Arts

Judo is a  dynamic combat sport that demands both physical competence and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponent’s down to the ground and control them. 

It helps promote the development of coordination, flexibility, self-confidence and fitness.

We are delighted to welcome you back through our doors and to get back to helping Edinburgh keep active and well - always. 

It is very important that you read our safety guidelines below before attending any class. These include where to drop off and pick up children at each of our venues and much more essential information to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe Edinburgh Leisure experience.

How to book a class

See our class timetable, space availability and request to book a class. Click below to find out how.

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Kai Grades (P1 - P6)

If you are in P1 to P6  you will start off with Kai Grades.

You will have to learn different judo techniques, Japanese words and know various judo rules to achieve each of your belts but you don’t have to fight or win any judo contests.

Mon Grades (P7+ by invitation only)

Once you are in P7 or above you will move onto the Mon grades. There are 18 Mon grades, with six coloured belts, each grade is distinguished by coloured tabs on your belt.

Like the Kai grades you will have to know different judo techniques, words and rules. Once you have reached 10th Mon, you will have to put what you have learnt into practise against an opponent.

Judo grades give an indication of the level of the Judoka (judo player). From 1st Kai to 10th Dan, a judoka’s belt should reflect their knowledge and ability.

It is important to remember that judo is a pathway, on which the judoka is always learning and improving. 

Grading is at the heart of Judo and has its roots in the origin of the sport, when used appropriately, it is a fantastic resource for developing a judoka.

To see full details of Judo grading for Kai and Mon Grades please visit the Judo Scotland website - Click Here 

JudoScotland want to make the sport accessible to whoever wants to take part and as such they offer everyone in Scotland who is starting Judo for the first time four months FREE provisional membership.

FREE provisional membership will allow you to get a real flavour of the sport - fully insured, before signing up to a full JudoScotland membership.

After the first four months you can continue your judo journey by simply renewing your provisional membership to a full JudoScotland membership.


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On our class timetable you can check spaces, here's how:

  1. Check where and when your class will be on when we reopen and whether it has spaces using the 'Class timetable and availability' button below. 

  2. If there are spaces, you can complete a 'Booking Request Form'. Your space is not guaranteed at his stage. We will check and get back to you to confirm we have held a space and what the next steps are.  Your space is guaranteed once we have your Direct Debit instruction and we have emailed confirmation to you. Normally we collect Direct Debits on or around the 1st of each month. The monthly amount is calculated and collected over 12 months.