The BJA Level 1 award is the starting point for your coaching journey in judo.

If you are new to coaching judo, have limited coaching knowledge or want to get more involved in your club, then this is the course for you.

The learning programme and assessment for the BJA Level 1 is run over three days (two days where the learning programme is delivered and one day of assessments). It focuses on the ‘how to coach skills’ using practical technical examples (where relevant) to apply these skills; basic technical principles of ne-waza and tachi-waza; health and safety; and basic judo rules.

On successful completion of this course candidates will receive a British Judo Association Level 1 coaching award and will be equipped to work alongside a UKCC Level 2 or UKCC Level 3 judo coach during club or other relevant coaching sessions. Once they have turned 18 years of age, a BJA Level 1 coach may, upon the discretion of a UKCC Level 2 of UKCC Level 3 coach, also work independently under supervision. 

What do you need before you can sign up?

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be a current member of the British Judo Association
  • Hold a minimum British Judo Association 2nd Kyu Grade
  • Have a good knowledge of the British Judo Mon and Kyu Grade Syllabi
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

Course details

Candidates are required to complete a Portfolio Tasks within six month of their assessment. These tasks include:

  • Four session plans (minimum of two session plans to be completed before assessment day)
  • Two ne-waza and two tachi-waza coaching point diagrams
  • Health and Safety task – facility check and basic first aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Contest Rules

The final assessment day is held at least 4 weeks after the learning programme has finished.

How much does the award cost?

The course costs £100. Look at our funding page to see what funding is available.

When Will My Licence Be Awarded?

In addition to attending a BJA Level 1 Judo Coach learning programme, completing the assessment and completing portfolio tasks, all candidates will require having in place the following before receiving their BJA Level in Coaching Judo Licence:

* Completion of the course will qualify you to be a coach but you will not be licensed or insured until the DBS, First Aid and Safeguarding certificates are completed.

Once the candidate receives their award they will be required to attend three revalidation events in every three year period.

Where can I do a BJA Level 1 course?

You can find listings of BJA Level 1 on our Events Calendar