Patchway is the first judo club in South Gloucestershire and Bristol County to achieve the British Judo Silver Club Mark award, & the 2nd in the whole of the Western area!

Patchway Juniors

Juniors ages 7-13
Over 14? click here to   Youth & Seniors  

Training: Saturday 10.15am-11.30am & Thursday 6:15pm-7:30pm

We run two sessions a week for our juniors (ages 7-13) players can attend both or just one.

We cater for both recreational and competitive players we have players with a full range of coloured belts. We pride ourselves on having an high ratio of coaches and assistants on the sessions to support the players. We understand that not everyone learns in the same way. All coaches have to attend regular training to keep their coaching award and our coaches attend training sessions that enhance their skills.

Judo is a disciplined sport, we believe that FUN is very important too!




The Mon Grading System

Players from age 7½ years upwards follow the BJA mon grading scheme. From 1st Aprl 2008 Novice to 18th mon are theory grades, these can be gained “in house” and tests are carried out by the coaching team.

  • Red belt: Novice, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Mon.
  • Yellow belt: 4th, 5th & 6th Mon.            
  • Orange belt: 7th, 8th & 9th Mon.          
  • Green belt: 10th, 11th & 12th Mon.      
  • Blue belt: 13th, 14th & 15th Mon.         
  • Brown belt: 16th, 17th & 18th Mon.      

A player must be at least 15½ years before they can begin to fight for points for their black belt. Points can be gained at either gradings or “point scoring” competitions. For every Ippon win a player receives 10 points, depending on their age, depends on the number of points needed. Alternatively they can face a “line up”, this is where they fight 3 people consecutively, if they win all their fights they are awarded their black belt, 1st Dan. The process repeats through to 5th Dan.

Grading Syllabus and information


Patchway is a competitive club, producing many British National medallists. We encourage players to enter competitions if they wish to, but we fully accept that many players are recreational players only and there is no pressure for anyone to fight in a competition. We are lucky that some of those medallists are coaching at the club so our younger players can follow in their footsteps.

2016 Finley Norton British Schools Champion Emily Tipping Bronze

2015 Josie Sparks Britsh Schools Champion

2014 Finley Norton British Schools Champion

2013 Ozzy Gowen British Champion, silver medallist Chloe Gowen
2012 Silver medallist Reece Peacock
2011 Medallist Rachel Bennett (second time British Champion) Lorna Gibbins & Josie Sparks Bronze and 5th place for Kieran Peacock. British Champion for Chloe Gowen.
2010 Medallists Rachel Bennett, Amy Oram, Sam Finn, & Dominc Nelson (who fights for Seamills) as well as 5th place Kieran Peacock who lost to Sam in the bronze final.
2009 British Medallists, Kieran Peacock, Dominic Nelson,
2008 British Medallists, Rebecca & Natasha Maslen & Sam Finn (British Champion)
2006 British Medallists Rebecca Maslen (British Champion) & Sam Finn
2005 British Medallist Sam Finn

2011 British medallists - Girl Power

Second time British Champion Rachel Bennett, with first time bronze medal winners Josie and Lorna - well done girls.

Well done to Alex, Sam, Kieran, Reece and Ben too.

2010 British Championship Fighters A B & C band

Congratulations to all the players who fought in the British Championships!

Reece, Sam, Kieran, Amy, Dominic, Myles & Rachel.

Kieran's story..........

Kieran started Judo after being dragged along by his twin brother Reece.   

Both boys were soon training twice a week and entering competitions. Kieran was awarded player of the year in 2007 and Most Improved 2006. Kieran has had a fantastic 2009, winning bronze medals at Kent International, West of England Open and then the Britsh Champions! Kieran is following in Sam's footsteps and has received his letter inviting him to be in the England squad. Paving the way for future Patchway players to follow in their footsteps!

 2010 Kieran was 5th at the British Championships, loosing to Sam in the bronze medal fight. Kieran's latest achievements Bronze in NW ranking event and 2nd at the trials for Youth Olympics.

Kieran went on to achieve his 1st Dan black belt and is one of our club coaches.



Sam's could be you!

Sam decided he wanted to take up judo in October 1999, after watching a display by Patchway judo club at a local leisure centre.

During the 2000 Summer Olympics, at the ripe old age of 5, he annouced he   wanted to be at the Olympics when he was bigger!

Sam gives 100% to his judo, training 4 times a week from quite a young age.

Sam won many medals in lots of differernt competitions, starting with the local inter clubs (his first interclub was at home at Patchway Feb'03 where he won gold!- see photo)

and progressing to Opens and the Western Area closed where he was the silver medallist.

Then in 2005 he won his first National medal, a bronze! He was so proud; it was presented to him by World Champion, Craig Fallon. In 2006 he narrowly missed out on the gold, winning silver.

In 2008 he was the Boys u46kg British Champion!

In 2010 Sam was the bronze medalist at the British Championships, after being selected for the England squad, he went on to be selected to the "ETD" England Talent Squad.  Sam achieved his 1st Dan in 2012, he is now one of our club coaches and is currently at university studying to be a Physiotherapist.



The 2006 National medallists , Rebecca Maslen, Gold U57kg National B Band & Sam Finn Silver u46kg National A Band.

Rebecca & Natasha Maslen were selected at the end of 2006 to be in the England squad.


To be asked to join the squad you must have entered the two Annual ranking events, the Heart of England & the Nationals. Rebecca & Natasha both won bronze at the Heart of England and Natasha was 5th at the Nationals (which has points).

Self Defence Demo

News Links*

BBC Sport - Judo Home Page

BBC Sport - Burton and Fallon's guide to Judo

Technical Links*

Hane Goshi (Spring hip)

Video of Hane Goshi on the Princeton Judo Club website

De Ashi Barai (Advanced Foot Sweep)

Video of De Ashi Barai on the Princeton Judo Club website

Hiza guruma (knee wheel)

Video of Hiza guruma on the Princeton Judo Club website

Hiza guruma on the Judoinfo website

Useful Info


Judo Theory Sheet #1
Judo Theory Sheet Red
Judo Theory Sheet Yellow
Judo Theory Sheet Orange
Judo Theory Sheet Green






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