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Who We Are

We are a non-profit club created for the sole purpose of enjoying judo. Judo is a diverse martial art that offers fitness, competition opportunities, self-defense and fun.

Whatever you want out of judo is what we want for you.

What We Do

Judo is a martial art and olympic sport that was created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano.  It involves throwing your opponent to the mat and then either pinning him, or using a choke or arm-bar to get a submission.

Our classes are for ages 5 years old to adult, and are designed to teach whatever aspects of the sport you’re interested in.  They are fun, active and fast-paced.

As a small club, we are in a great position to provide individualized instruction that focuses on the needs of each student.

Where We Train

We are located in the Gas City Kiwanis Centre in Medicine Hat on the east end of the lower level.  For more information, you can email us at info@medhatjudo.com or feel free to drop in.

Our practice times are:

  • Tigers – 6:00pm – 6:30 pm
  • Juniors – 6:30pm – 7:30 pm
  • Seniors (Adults) – 7:30pm – 9:00 pm


Welcome Message from Sensei Jay

Your journey here is all about you.  It will be what you make it and only you can decide where to start and where to end. How much energy you expend and how much time you put in will directly impact what you take with you.

I could go on about our rich history, over 30 years as a part of this community but the heart of the matter is truly our people.  All volunteers contributing not only time but resources to ensure we have a safe, friendly, inclusive and nurturing environment in which to practice this wonderful art of judo. We are a fully accredited dojo sanctioned by Judo Alberta and Judo Canada with a qualified and dedicated coaching staff.

My own judo journey started in Saskatchewan in 1971.  A single car garage was made to convert to a dojo for practice and then park the car after we left. I spent some time in Manitoba but settled at the Medicine Hat Club in 1991. Head instructor Keon Clift joined our club in 1997 and brings a wealth of competitive experience. Sensei Keon earned his black belt training in Japan as an exchange student. Our coaching ranks have been grown over the years and we now have four certified NCCP judo coaches and several more in the certification program. This allows us to offer the safest and best possible judo instruction available here.

We pride ourselves on offering personalized instruction with one on one attention from our instructors as different people develop at different speeds. We are also a very intimate environment with room for no more than20 dedicated judoka. We hope that your experience here will give you a wealth of memories and a way of life that will follow you wherever you may go.

Jay Hitchen

Sensei/President

Medicine Hat Judo Club