SOBELL JUDO CLUB, is currently in its 40th years of active service to the community and the judo sport in general. The club has continued to teach, train and provide a firm stracture of educational to all students, and provide competitive opportunities. for all levels in judo. The sobell judo club are members of JFAUK (Judo for All UK ), FMA Federation of Martial Arts ),and the WJF (world judo federation)
Since its founding in 1973 by Alan Fromm, the Sobell Judo club has been based in the purpose built dojo, at Sobell Leisure Center in Islington. (see Club History)
Since the mid 80's, the club has been run by its current chief instructor, Sampson Sampson, an early student of Sobell Judo Club. He is a highly successful national and international competitor and a multiple judo champion winning over 300 gold medals in his career that spans over 38 years.as well as judo sampson holds hight grades in Kendo ,Ikido Karate and jujitsu (see Club Instructors)
Sensei Sampson, is a highly respected judo instructor, currently holding a 6th Dan master grade. He is the founder of the JFAUK (Judo For All UK) as a federation that was established in January, 2011.Sampson has long been admired, nationally and internationally for his technical teaching skill and methods. He is very respected for his outstanding fighting ability on the mat. His aims and objectives represent strong Troditional Kodokan Japanes Judo, catering for all judo levels, and for all the comunity. He is assisted by a team of dedicated, CRB checked and qualified instructors, many of whom are his own students holding hight grades and follow sampson's teachings.
Ever since its founding, Sobell Judo Club has been independantly run and is self financed through membership fees and mat fees for sessions. The club enjoys and is proud of the warm support of its friends and the families that volunteer and support all its activities.
The Sobell Judo Club Friends and Family Association, established in 2009 works actively in order to carry forward the main aims of the club in promoting Judo and its impact specially on youth beyond the club, into schools and the community at large.
The club follows a policy of Judo for All. This is an expression of the belief that the teaching and practice of Judo has an overwhelming positive impact on the individual and the community. The club is actively engaged in cultivating and encouraging partciaption in the practice of Judo and is open to collaboration and cooperation with other clubs and institutes to serve this purpose. (see Aims & Objectives)
Sobell Judo Club, currently runs various regular teaching and practice sessions. Participation is to open to all members and non-members irrespective of age, colour, race, gender, class, country of origin, place of residence, language and ability. The club accepts students from the age of 5years onwards. (See Membership)
Primary sessions:for children from age of 7 years old till 10 years old;
Junior sessions: for children from age of 10 years old till 16 years old; and,
Adult sessions: for all ages above 16 years old.
The club holds regular induction courses every month for each of the above age groups. The courses are run for two consecutive weeks.
(See Beginners Programme)
Special sessions: specially planned advanced or workshop sessions are held as either "open" or "by invitation only" training courses for more senior grades, the club's Squad and as special events for club members and associate clubs.
The Sobell Judo Club regularly hosts tournaments offering opprtunity for primaries, juniors and adults to compete and build up experience as part of their eduction in the sport in a warm and cordial and yet competitive atmosphere. The club actively encourages particpation in regional and national competitions and courses.
The Sobell Judo club is Member to the JFAUK ( Judo For All UK ) F.M.A Federation of Martial arts , FEKO Federation of English Karate International and former member to the British Judo Council and the BJA.
We welcome you all to the world of Judo!