Brighton Judo Club

New training venue after 21 years at Dorest Gardens Dojo...

After 21 years at the Dorset Gardens Dojo Brighton Judo Club are moving on. Due to increasing costs Brighton Judo Club is no longer able to afford the Dorset Gardens building and have handed it back to the Council on the 2nd May. The club has moved to the 15th Brighton Scout hut approximately a mile away and will be running Junior and Senior sessions from that venue. There will also be some Senior sessions run from a martial arts centre near Dorset Gardens. Please see the club website for all details of the new venue location and session times.

We will be holding a formal opening event in due course and would love to see some of the old players there.


Thanks to all the Players, parents and volunteers who have made Dorset Gardens such a great place to do Judo over the last 21 years, here’s to the next 20+


Bruce Wright

Brighton Judo Club Secretary


Southern Area Judo AGM

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Book In From 1830hrs


Stadium Suite

Broadfield Stadium


West Sussex

RH11 9RX


For further information please email:


Roy Luff

Roy Luff was highly respected by all in the Judo world and loved by those who knew him best.

Roy took up Judo to support his son, Jeremy, when he started at Kin Ryu Judo Club over thirty five years ago. His support grew into helping at competitions and he was encouraged and mentored by Jean McNaughton.

He and his wife Lesley developed an interest in competition judo following a family trip to Paris when they attended the European Championships, held in the formidable Stade Pierre de Coubertin in 1986. This turned into an annual Pilgrimage to the Paris Tournament, as well as other events in Europe and Roy brought back many ideas, which he trialled at local Sussex and Southern Area events.  

Roy soon became a Competition Controller and served on the BJA Competition commission for well over twenty years.  Roy was always extremely proud of British Judo and communicated that with everyone.  He was well known for organising the March-on of Champions at the Junior Nationals and he has supported the development of countless BJA Officials.

He was integral to the successful running of both the Manchester and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  Taking part in the London 2012 Olympics was a highlight of his Judo career.  However, he was equally proud of the County and Area events he ran, giving thousands of Judoka the opportunity to compete.

Karen & Martin French
It's with great sadness that we have to inform you that Roy Luff passed away peacefully on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 1830hrs, after a short battle with a Brain Tumour.

Lesley and Jeremy Luff


Judo club sees 40 years with Paxton recognised for life time service.

West Sussex County Times Report

Horsham Judo Club celebrated 40 years of service last year and clubman Derek Paxton has been recognised for his remarkable life time contribution to the sport.The club, which was started by Paxton back in 1976, hosts training sessions for fighters from the age of four all the way through to senior standard.  Since being opened, Horsham have been registered with The British Judo Association - the governing body for judo in Great Britain - while also being recognised by both Olympic Association and Sports Council.  The club has always been inclusive, with a previous cerebral palsy sufferer going on to represent GB in Dublin, while a blind judoka is currently practising.  Having coached more than a hundred martial artists during his time at Horsham, chief instructor Paxton, 63, has reflected on a memorable 40 years.  He said: “It’s fantastic for the club to be still be running in what is its 41st year now. I’m starting to feel old coaching some third generation pupils now! Judokas I used to teach some time ago are bringing their offspring along, which is fantastic.  “I’ve always wanted to pursue this sport as a career and I’ve been fortunate enough to do that.”  Fourth dan black belt Paxton has had an incredible 50 years involved in judo, which have been recognised with a recent accolade.  Having been involved with the under-21 British Olympic squad, disaster struck as an industrial accident resulted in him losing two-and-a-half fingers, putting an end to his fighting career.  Determined to stay involved in the sport, Paxton decided to qualify as a coach, which in turn resulted in him starting Horsham Judo Club.  Alongside his coaching role, the current Horsham chief instructor took up refereeing, following in the footsteps of his father.  Reflecting on a fascinating 50 years, Paxton added: “I wasn’t anticipating running a club at 22 but circumstances then forced me to. My father was a referee and I wanted to follow in his footsteps as well.  “The high-point of my refereeing career was officiating the 1990 European team competition between France and Russia in Dubrovnik.  “I was also elected onto the Sussex committee in the same year as my injury. During my time on the Sussex board, I held various positions - treasurer, squad manager, refereeing representative, grading officer, before retiring as chairman.  ” Horsham are on the look-out for members. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday’s at Southwater Leisure Centre, for more information visit or contact Derek on 07778670124