Established in 1981, the Airdrie Judo Club is a fantastic local sports club for any age or ability level. Whether you want to introduce your child to his or her first sport, or to help an established athlete win a national championship, we have the resources to help you succeed.

With our team of several NCCP accredited coaches and dedicated volunteers, our club has managed to produce a multitude of provincial and national level athletes and competitors. Our complete facility includes an 80 tatami fighting area (approximately 130 square metres); cardio and weight training equipment; and a positive, encouraging atmosphere for our students and athletes to learn.

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Financial Support for one of Our Athletes

Our judogi supplier Matsuru Canada is proud to announce sponsorship of our athlete Darren Elcock until 2020. Matsuru will be providing Darren with judogis and additional financial support to fund his trips. See Darren below:

What is Judo?

Judo is a martial art that was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano in Japan. It is a lifelong sport for all ages and people, and is an Olympic sport since 1964. Judo translated means The Gentle Way, referring to the way techniques use an opponent's motion (force) and strength against them.

Judo consists of two main parts: throwing (tachi-waza) and ground work (ne-waza). The two guiding principles of Judo are "Maximum efficient use of energy" and "Mutual welfare and benefit towards all".

Our Instructors

Our club is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, and of those our instructors, known as Sensei, are your first resource to learn about the club and Judo as a whole. Each of our instructors has more than 10 years experience in Judo, and many were once national and international competitors. Many of our instructors maintain certification through the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada.

Paul Hachey

Paul is our head instructor, and is a long standing and valued member of our club. He holds a 5th degree black belt, and maintains his NCCP level 3 international coaching certification.

Steve Norris

Steve has a long history in Judo, holding a 2nd degree blackbelt, and is an NCCP level 1 certified instructor. Steve has been a competitive referee for many years, and maintains a very intimate knowledge of the history of the sport, as well as it's evolving rules.

Tash Schmaltz

Tash is a longtime member of the club, having grown up doing judo here in Airdrie. He now holds a 1st degree black belt, and has competed at many national competitions.


Registration for winter 2017 will occur on January 16th and 18th. Be sure to come out and register as early as possible, as only our Recreational Judo class will be open to new registrations after the 15th of September. If you'd like to register immediately, you can print off a registration form and the corresponding PIPEDA release forms or come to our dojo, where we will have some available.

If you are interested in registering, you can always contact us directly, or visit us during one of our sessions / at an event.

For more information on what the schedule for classes looks like, as well as cost information and a brief description of each class, see our schedule. If you'd like to know more about the history of the club before you register, and what to expect once you attend a Judo class, head on to our about page.