F. A. Q.

How to Sign up as a member of the club

Are there instructions for using my club member portal?
Instructions for using the member portal can be found here:
Code of Conduct
How do I cancel my CLUB membership?
  • Of for any reason you wish to leave you can cancel your subscription by emailing info@summitjudo.co.uk. It would be great to know any reasons for stopping so we can improve everybody’s experience by making changes if necessary.
  • Payments will be stopped in half terms you can check this has been done from the member portal under payments. www.coacha.co.uk
  • I. E
  • Spring 1st Half payments Jan-Feb
  • Cancel in Jan You will still pay Feb
  • Spring 2nd half Payments March-April
  • Cancel in March you will pay April.
How do I obtain details of the information held on my member account?

Your Coacha account will allow you to download all the information held.

You will need to log in to your account where there will be the option to download your data.

Login at :  https://my.coacha.co.uk

How do I sign up for lessons?

Summit School of Judo uses Coacha to manage its members details securely.

Please sign up through the following link https://my.coacha.co.uk/member_signup/18591025A3

You will receive an email of confirmation once the coach has reviewed the application. Please check your junk/spam email folder if you have not received an email in a timely manner.

What is Coacha?

Coacha is the secure software that holds members details including important contact and medical details etc that we require.

Once signed up we can set you up with a login to access your account to see what information we hold and also see payment information etc.

Login to your account through https://my.coacha.co.uk

You will need to use the registered email address and password that will be emailed to you after registering with the club.

(If you have not received this yet then please email info@summitjudo.co.uk)

Coacha will be used to request payments via Stripe to the registered email address.


What is Stripe?

Stripe is our online payment system that integrates with Coacha to provide a secure way of paying for Club membership, events, gradings and Merchandise.

You will be sent via EMAIL Subscriptions to be setup for lessons and one off payments for other items. They will contain a link and a unique code for this payment.

Subscriptions are setup to be taken out on the 1st of each month.

You can log into your Coacha profile to see what payments have been requested and paid.  https://my.coacha.co.uk


2. Clothing

Questions about clothing.

Can I wear a Suit (Gi) from another Martial Art?

It is not recommended to wear suits from other Martial Arts as they do not meet the safety requirements of Judo.

For instance Karate and Taekwondo do not have the padding required in the collars as they do not grapple and may cut into the neck area.

Jujitsu Gis have the padding but do not meet the standards for competitions. The may be ok to begin training in but will not be accepted at competitions as the cut is different on the arms and usually have advertising patched that are not accepted.

How do I tie my belt (Obi)?

Please watch this short video on how to tie your belt. It’s best to practice over and over so that you can learn to tie them quickly during sessions and contests.  Learning to tie your belt is also on your gradings.

What do I need to wear to my first lesson?

For your first lesson it is best to wear a PE kit or Jogging bottoms. We will loan a jacket and belt after which you can choose to Hire termly or buy a Judo Suit. (Note: Jujitsu, Karate and Taekwondo suits etc are not the same).

Judo is done Bare foot. However you will need footwear when off the mat. We recommend Sandals (Zoris), Flip Flops, Crocs or similar that can be slid on and off easily when leaving the mat.


Where do I put my patches on my Judo Suit (Judogi)?

3. British Judo Association

Questions about the National Governing Body The British Judo Association (B.J.A.)

How do I join the British Judo Association?

You can join the British Judo Association at http://www.britishjudo.org.uk

When filling out the form please remember to add the following details:

Membership type should be Junior Full New or Judo Kids (Under 8’s) if this is your first licence. (Renewal if the second year)

(Note:  We do not recommend Recreational licence for children as it does not allow for grading or competing)

Club:  Summit Judo Club

Club Number: 2674

County/Area: Hampshire / Southern

If you live or come from another county, you can use this on your licence. However, you will be excluded from  any Hampshire ‘closed events’ that take place.

4. Grading and Syllabus

Information about grading

How do I get my Red Belt?

Juniors 5-7yrs old stay on White belts (Judo kids) but earn coloured stripes on this belt until they are 8 when you need to call the British Judo Association to upgrade your membership and ask for a red belt pack to be sent out. (They do not currently do this when renewing electronically.)

Juniors over 8 get their Red Belt sent to them when they join the BJA with a 1 or 2 year New membership. They should also get a diary and Record Book in the post.

Adults start on White Belt then ,with their successful completion of a grading , they earn their Red belt. (Not Included with BJA membership. These can be purchased from the coaches)

When Can I Grade?

Usually your first Grading can be taken after a minimum of 6 weeks. But to do so you must be a member of the National Governing Body the British Judo Associtaion (BJA). This is an Annual membership that also covers insurance for competitions and training at BJA Clubs.

Summits BJA Level 2 Coaches are Qualified as examiners for grades up to Brown Belt and will take gradings twice a year. (At the end of June and at the end of November.)  Those wishing to Attain their Black Belt will have to attend specific Dan Grading Events with Senior Examiners. The BJA website will have these details.

The coaches will send the grading to the BJA when you have completed all the requirements for your grade. There will be registration fee to do this however there will be no fee if you have not yet completed all the sections.

If you wish to grade between these times then as a member of the BJA you can attend other BJA clubs that are running gradings and do so, however there is a minimum time requirement between grades.