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Club Rules

  • White judogi only. We do not allow any other colour of judogi at the club.

  • No barefoot off the tatami. When walking from the changing rooms to the dojo, you must wear shoes or flip flops. Equally, shoes/flip flops must be worn from the waiting area to the tatami. If you are found to be walking around barefoot off the tatami you will be asked to sanitise your feet. This is to ensure the tatami remains clean and infections such as staph are prevented.

  • All students must book in with an instructor before stepping on the tatami.

  • Any students who are late must wait at the side of the tatami and wait for an instructor to let them on.​

  • Judoka who are legally male must not wear a rashguard or t-shirt underneath their judogi. The only exception is if the judoka has a medical reason requiring a rashguard/t-shirt. If so, the judoka must make the instructors aware of this.

  • Judoka who are legally female must wear a white rashguard or t-shirt underneath their judogi. 

  • No photographs or videos are to be taken in the dojo by anyone else but instructors or those who have been asked to do by the club instructors. This is to ensure that students who do not wish to be included in photographs can maintain their privacy.

  • By participating in the class students agree that they are happy to be included in any photographs/videos for social media/promotional purposes. If any student does not want to be included in any photographs or videos, they must make this clear to instructors in the session / ensure they do their best to stay out of frame. Students who do not wish to be included in videos/photographs must also formally tell the club via email.

  • Instructors maintain the right to withdraw any student from the class/club at any given time if the student is found to be disruptive, dangerous, unsportsmanlike or any other reason that may be damaging to themselves/the wider class.​

  • All students are required to bow when entering the dojo and before stepping on/off the tatami. This is a long-standing tradition in judo which we keep alive at our club.

  • Students must also bow to one another before and after engaging in the practice.

  • If your religious beliefs do not allow you to bow to other people, we offer a compromise which is accepted by the many religious judoka in our club (and by judoka around the world) whereby rather than bowing, we simply ask that you nod your head to show respect to your fellow judoka. We ask that this is still maintained within the club. Within judo, there are many traditions and formalities. The bow (or nod) is performed as a sign of respect to one another and is a long-standing and integral part of our martial art. These traditions form a platform of equality and allow students from many different origins and backgrounds to all practice in a place of mutual respect and mutual benefit. In the same way that people shake hands when meeting one another, judoka bow (or nod) to one another to show respect and show that they are equal. Refusing to respect one another rejects all principles of equality and rejects the judo moral code.

  • If your religion prohibits you from engaging in physical contact with members of the opposite sex, you must let our instructors know so that we can be aware of your situation in order to prevent accidentally pairing you up with a member of the opposite sex. 

  • If you are unwell for any reason such as a cough, cold or anything that might be considered to be transmissible, you must stay home until you recover. Training with illness is not 'tough', it is selfish as you will pass your illness onto others and prevent them from training.

  • Before each session, you are required to complete a rapid COVID19 test at home, even if you feel completely fine. If your result is positive, you must stay home to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. In addition to protecting others, this is to ensure that the Sobell remains open to our students. If just 1x person tests positive, the entire club will have to close for isolation.