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Online Registration NOW AVAILABLE

Online registration for regular classes as well as our two week ‘Try-It’ classes can be found under the registration tab. Registration is restricted for the try-it classes to those registrants who have never tried judo before.

Please note that there are separate links to regular classes and each of the ‘Try-It’ classes.

Classes start the week of September 13, 2021.

Covid-19; Vaccine and Mask Requirements

We have received further direction, “Proof of vaccination for youth sport is not required and youth is defined as 21 years and younger. This is per the Provincial Health Order. Judo BC currently strongly recommends all participants ages 12 and up get vaccinated.”

Masks are mandatory in our building; however, they may be removed when practice begins.

Information will continue to be updated as the pandemic situation changes.

Ongoing Registration & Try It

We offer ongoing registration and the opportunity for you to try a class to see if it is for you.  Contact us for details at or feel free to browse our pages.

Please note that there are two parts of the season.  September to December and January to April.  Fees are for each ½ season with the exception of the Judo BC fees.  Judo BC fees cover the period of September to August and are non-refundable and not eligible for prorating.

Club History

The Campbell River Judo Club was founded by Mr. James Ramsay in 1966.

Mr. Ramsay came to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada from Glasgow, Scotland. There he was a boxer and part of the self-defense team for the Glasgow Police. By 1956 Mr. Ramsay had moved to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. There he became part of the Victoria Police Force. It was here, in the Victoria area, where Mr. Ramsay met Yeiji Inouye who was a 2nd degree black belt. Yeiji worked at the Naval Base in Esquimalt, British Columbia. He taught Mr. Ramsay the art and the sport of Judo. Mr. Ramsay fought in a lot of tournaments and it took him only three years to get his black belt.

Yeiji Innouye started the Victoria Judo Club in 1957. It was the second registered club on Vancouver Island (the first was in Nanaimo).  Their first space was a a very small shop with it’s only heat source with a coal keeper. When the club began to grow they rented space at a local synagogue while also teaching Judo sessions at the Victoria YMCA. Mr. Ramsay was a sensei at both the synagogue and the YMCA.

In 1966 Neilson Cook came to Victoria to ask Mr. Ramsay if he would consider coming to Campbell River, British Columbia and starting a Judo club there. Mr. Ramsay went to visit Campbell River and fell in love with it’s beauty. He was also eager to get away from the shift work with the Victoria Police Force. Campbell River was then a small town of 21,000. Mr. Ramsay told Neilson Cook that yes, he would start a dojo in Campbell River. He left the Victoria Police Force and got a job at the Campbell River Mill. Mr. Ramsay moved to Campbell River and in 1966 founded the Campbell River Judo Club.

In 2011 James Ramsay received his 6th degree black belt. In 2011 he also saw his dream of an expanded dojo come to fruition. The Campbell River Judo Club now has the largest dojo on Vancouver Island.

(Right) Darcy Yule ; Yondan; Head Instructor  (Left) James Ramsay ; Rokudan ; club “SHU” Founder

James Ramsey receives his 6th degree black belt

What is Judo?

Judo or Jūdō means the “gentle way.” It is a modern martial art created in Japan in 1882 by Kano Jigoro.  Central to Kanō’s vision for jūdō were the principles of seiryoku zen’yō (精力善用?, maximum efficiency, minimum effort) and jita kyōei (自他共栄?, mutual welfare and benefit). Judo is one of the few martial arts that can be practiced full strength. Judo’s focus is on throws, take-down’s, grappling and submissions. Although Judo is a fully featured martial art it is also an Olympic sport and one of the most practiced sports in the world. (excerpted from Wikipedia Judo ).

Men, women, youth, seniors, children, the physically challenged;  Judo is a sport that can be practiced by anyone. We have many Judoka’s in our club who practice only Judo – but we also have athlete’s who practice Judo to improve their Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts or Brazilian Jui-jitsu.