'Technique over Strength' - Company Message

Summer Camps 2019

Dates for the Judo Academy Summer Camps 

Glenavy Camp - Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August

Lisburn Camp - Monday 12 August - Friday 16 August


Cost is £45 per person

Book at Summer Camp link at right

Judo Academy Summer Festival 2019

Lisburn Racquets Club

Sunday 9th June 9.00am-2.00pm

Entry form below

Belfast City Council 'Find A Star' Campaign

Belfast Council are running a sports initiative called 'Find a Star' during mid term break 19-21 Feb 2019.
It allows children to try different sports for free at their local Belfast Council Leisure Centre. 
The Judo Academy are delighted to be involved in coaching the Judo at the programme, but you an also try gymnastics, weight lifting, volleyball, athletics, rowing, tennis, cricket, table tennis, rugby and fencing. 
It is a fantastic opportunity to get out there and try new sports. 
If anyone living in Belfast is interested, you need to sign up at the link below.

'Female Only' Judo Academy Now in Session

Thursday Evening's  6.00-7.00pm

St. Dominic's Grammar School, Belfast

Subsidies available, First night free!

Why not come and give it a go!

Success at the All Ireland's 2018

The club's second visit to the National Indoor Arena in Dublin was an even greater success than last time.  5 players managed to secure 2 silver and 2 bronze medals from the event.  This was certainly the biggest and best event that these children have attended.  Only the best children are selected from each club to compete.  There were no easy matches!

Imogen and Conall managed to achieve wonderful Silver medals, Jay and Aodhan bronze medals.  Quinn just missed out on a medal this time.  He had a tough group with the eventual Gold and Silver medallists in his group. Great experience gained by the players.

What a venue!!

NI Schools C'ships 2018

10 players for The Judo Academy represented their individual Schools at the Ni Schools Championships at the Foyle Arena yesterday.  A fantastic day for everyone culminated in 6 Gold medals and Ni Champions, along with 4 Silver medals and some outstanding performances from the boys and girls.
The newest addition to the team was 9 year old Imogen Armstrong, (sister of the  mighty Quinn!) who won 2 out of 3 matches to secure a silver medal for Meadow Bridge.  Aiden Kerr followed up with 2 out of 3 for a Gold medal and a greatly improved display for St. Oliver Plunkett.
Odhran McDonagh and Eoin O'Neill fought it out for Gold and Silver respectively for Ballymacrickett and St. Joseph's. 
Aodhan McGivern, at 9 years old won his first and lost his next on a  very close decision to win a silver for Ballymacrickett.  Quinn and Jay both achieved another Ni Schools title each for Meadow Bridge, with Jay being awarded 'throw of the day' for his spectacular Ogoshi.
Secondary prizes went to Conall McGivern from De La Salle with another Gold, Adam O'Neill from RBAI achieved his first Gold medal and Jonah Cartland from Rathmore a Silver and great performance.
These results should inspire confidence in themselves to push on and achieve yet more accolades in the future.

Well done Guys!

Abbey Open 2018

15 players from The Judo Academy competed in the Abbey Open C'Ships in Glengormley at the weekend.  8 Gold medals, 3 Silver and 5 bronze.  (2 gold medals for Conall).

Let the pictures tell the tale...

All Ireland Schools Finals 2018

The Judo Academy have achieved their first All Ireland Champion.  Following from success at the NI Championships for the last two years, Quinn Armstrong from Meadow Bridge PS, Hillsborough achieved a Gold medal in his category crowning him All Ireland Schools Judo Champion 2018.  A fantastic achievement!
Quinn was joined with Odhran McDonagh with a well earned silver medal, Conall McGivern bronze and a fine performance for 9 year old brother Aodhan McGivern, who will have 3 more years in this age category.  The matches in Dublin were extremely tough and gruelling, but the boys agreed that it was all worth while and cannot wait for the next one!

Peace IV
‘Understanding Cultures Through Sport’

The Judo Academy is delighted to be taking part in the 'Understanding Cultures Through Sport Programme'; in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Peace Northern Ireland- Ireland European Regional Development Fund and delivered through Copius Consulting Group and The Judo Academy.

The first taster session for the programme is on Sunday 22nd April at Lisburn Racquets Club.  11.00am-1.45pm.  There is No cost for this programme.

This is to be followed by 6 Activity Sessions each Sunday thereafter at the same time and same venue.

Sunday 29 April                     12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 6 May                        12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 13 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 20 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 27 May                      12.15 -1.45pm

Sunday 3 June                       12.15 -1.45pm

 Session topics will include;

1.     Introduction to etiquette and values of Judo

2.     Learning to fall and working in a partnership

3.     Principles of Judo techniques

4.     Basic Throwing and Holding techniques

5.     Fitness and conditioning for Judo

6.     Judo for Self Defence

7.     Contest and match Regulations

Should anyone be interested in these sessions, please contact us on 07729520334 or email

Looking forward to inviting new people to get together and try our sport!




Spring Festival a Huge Success

Over 120 children and 30 volunteers put on a phenomenal display at the annual Spring Festival on Lisburn. 

It started with a fantastic display of self defence for women and girls by Grace McCluskey, coordinated by Robert, Patrick and Jozsef.  

We had a visit from our friends at Spartan Judo Club in Portadown and their members had a fantastic first event experience.

Sean Fleming, president of Irish Judo attended and commented on the organisation and set up of the event.

We had numerous messages of congratulations on the day.  Feedback was again first class.

Pictures and videos on our Twitter feed @thejudoacademy.

General Data Protection Regulations

For the introduction of GDPR, we are required to have a 'PRIVACY NOTICE' in place to allow members to know what information we hold, why we hold it, how we use it and who has access to the information. 
The Judo Academy have began putting the policy in place to ensure we are abiding by the GDPR principles.  The start of this process is included in the privacy statement below.

St. Dominic's Judo Academy for Women & Girls

New judo club for Women & Girls Only will begin on Thursday 19th April 2018.  This project is kindly supported by Irish Judo, Sport Ireland, St. Dominic's Grammar School and The Judo Academy.

If you wish to take part in this class, please print off the leaflet below and return to St. Dominic's PE Department ASAP!

New Judo Academy for ‘Women & Girls’

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Judo Academy has agreed a partnership with the Irish Judo Association to develop a ‘Women & Girls Only’ Judo Academy based in St. Dominic’s School for Girls in Belfast.

This is the result of a 6-week pilot project, initiated on a voluntary basis by The Judo Academy, followed up by a joint venture between The Judo Academy and Belfast City Council to promote the physical, emotional and educational benefits of judo as a sport.

Because of the successful and varied promotion and advertising on social media, the Irish Judo Association, the governing body for judo in Ireland have agreed to support the development of the project; and lead the way for a ‘Women & Girls Only’ Judo Club in Ulster.

Support in the form of essential equipment, judo suits for the participants, contribution to initial setup, advertising and promotion of the club through its website, social media and governing body platform, are driving the campaign.
In the future, it is hoped to repeat the success of this project in other areas and develop our sport in this demographic.

The first session is on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 6.00pm.

Judo Academy Spring Festival

Please print and return entry form Below asap.

Only 120 places available and on past experience, they are booked very quickly.  Read the entry form and let us know if you wish to attend. 

Medals are purchased, venue is booked!

We have one supporter in PEI Surgical and are inviting other potential supporters/sponsors to contact us.

All donations will go towards providing a fantastic judo experience at the festival and help manage, administer and develop the judo club. 

Volunteer Programme 2018

Inaugural Ulster Academy

Ulster Academy Judo Squad Session

Lisburn Racquets Club, 36 Belfast Road, Lisburn, BT27 4AS

Session 1 - Sunday 25 February

Session 2 – Sunday 11 March

11.00am -2.00pm

Cost is £5 per person (£10 per family)

Lead Coach -  Stephen McCluskey

All IJA/NIJF players and coaches are welcome to attend.

Minors, Pre-Cadets and Cadets, 11-16years (or by coach recommendation)

Those on current Talent Programmes are NOT required to attend but are welcome.

Session will include introduction to S&C, Technical instruction and an opportunity for structured ‘randori’.


11.00am         S&C session led by Mary Hunter/Jason Lear - focus on Functional Movement System for Judo

12.15pm         Technical Session led by Stephen McCluskey & Ulster Squad Coaching Team

Attendees will need to have indoor training gear and trainers, judo suit, snack/break and plenty of water.            

Consistent Success at NI C'ships 2018

For the second year in a row, Jay McCord, Quinn Armstrong and Conal McGivern have achieved Gold Medals and NI Championship status at the event in the Foyle Arena last week.  All three came out on top of their respective categories with strong wins; despite having to wait for 4 hours to compete.
Aidan Kerr achieved a credible bronze medal winning 4 of 7 matches. Three competitors from a group of 4 had equal wins and equal points in the preliminary round, forcing a 'fight off' to determine which made the semi final.  After 6 gruelling matches, Aidan was defeated in the semi final to leave him with bronze.
Both Aidan McGivern and Reuben Lightfoot performed admirably and showed great maturity in their very difficult categories.


Judo Academy Lead Coach named Ulster Academy lead Coach

Press Release sent on behalf of Mr Seán Fleming, President Irish Judo Association

Danny Roche and JT Deenihan will lead Munster and Stephen McCluskey will lead Ulster in their respective Provincial Academies. These academies will be organised by the Provincial Councils under the guidance of the IJA Board. The aim of these academies is to provide players with pathway and opportunities.

Connaught have decided that they will not have one lead coach, but the coach of the club the Provincial Academy is at on any particular session will lead the session. Leinster have yet to make a decision on the route they are to follow.

Each of the Provincial Councils will provide their players the same agreed opportunity as all the other players throughout the country.

The Provincial Academies will only succeed if they are supported by the players and coaches throughout the country. It is hoped that they will provide learning opportunities for our players and also the opportunity for our association to come together in an effort to bring about a raising of standards in all areas of our sport.

More details will be released soon at the Official Launch of the scheme….

Judo Academy achieves 'Clubmark' approval again!

The Judo Academy have had 'Clubmark' since 2012, however, clubs have to be reviewed every year and reassessed every three years to ensure they maintain standards.  It has been confirmed that as from 16th January that The Judo Academy achieved 'Clubmark' status for the next three years.

'Clubmark' is a SportNi and local government accreditation based on five areas:

Effective Club Management
Community Engagement
Quality Coaching & Competition
Creating a Safe Environment
Safeguarding members

The Judo Academy have met all governing body, SportNi and Local Council criteria for good club practice.
We wish to thanl all our Parents and Players for their support.

Congratulations everyone!

All IRELAND'S 2017

Saturday 9th December saw The Judo Academy team compete for the first time at an All Ireland C'Ship in the National Indoor Arena in Dublin.  The 3 person team achieved a bronze medal, a 5th place and a great experience for Jonah.  Quinn Armstrong had 2 wins to make it out of his group to the semifinal.  He was well ahead in the match and just got caught in  a pin in the closing seconds.  A great performance from Quinn.  Conall lost his first match to the eventual winner, although he was ahead on the scoreboard for a long period of the match.  He followed up with 2 wins to make it to the bronze medal match, but it was not to be.  Conall gave everything to his first 3 matches, but had nothing more to give. 
What a venue... What an experience....that's where we wanna be.....

UNESCO - 'Judo is the most complete sport for mind and body'
Judo is recommended by UNESCO for the child's practice: “is the most effective link between the psychic and the physical welfare of the child, because it allows through play and fun the development of this one”. Judo is an Olympic sport since 1964 and the IOC considered Judo as the most complete sport, improving the quality of life of those who practice it. 

Judo has a number of values:

Courage for what's right
Principle of Equality…

In the case of minors, asthmatics and visual impairment is recognised that judo is recommended for these children because it improves their self-esteem and reduces the feeling of suffering a chronic illness. 

Also other sports acknowledge the importance of 'ukemi' learn how to break your fall. This type of learning from infancy allows future application in other sports like Rugby, cycling, football, riding or motorcycling, among others. The basics of judo can prevent a lot of injuries.