About Us

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Danderhall Judo is Midlothian’s largest children’s judo Club. Our goal is to enthuse children with the sport, to help them keep fit and have fun, and ultimately to coach them to success at the highest level.
The club was established by Davie Reilly in 1984, originally started in Danderhall Leisure centre the club has now expanded into different areas of Midlothian.
Initially operating as an individual, Davie has build the club over the years which now included parent and ex pupils all lending a hand to help the children of Midlothian enjoy the sport of Judo.
Our classes are dynamic and high energy, with the use of funky music and games – as well as progressive techniques for teaching judo. For the more gifted children, Danderhall Judo has squad classes which help children to hone the competition and fighting skills which are enabling them to compete at National level. However, for many, the motivation is simply fitness and fun.
Danderhall Judo are lucky to have  full-time professionals who are specialists both in judo and in teaching children. We know that being good at sport is not the same as being a good teacher and being able to communicate skills, enthusiasm and passion to children. At Danderhall  Judo we like teaching children and believe we’re good at it. We believe there’s more to judo than being able to throw your best pal over your shoulder. It also gives you learning, self-confidence and fun.