Club profiles: Judo


Judo is a modern martial art and combat Olympic sport. It is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Judo is a martial art based around throwing and submitting your opponent. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).

NUI Galway Judo Club was founded in 1965. We are the oldest and most successful martial arts club in NUI Galway. We have won over 20 intervarsities team titles in both Men's and Women's events. Most recently the 2017 intervarsities held in University College Dublin.

Committee 2018/2019

Captain - Evie Murphy

Vice Captain- Sarah Muth

Treasurer - Dominic Butler

Secretary - Andrew Dawod

Events Organizer - James O'Roarke

P.R.O - Thomas Butler

First-year representative - Rory Ward

OCM- Fiachra O'Roarke, Brandon Craig

Complaining Officer - Riad Cheikh

Here are some of our players in action!

Fights from Sweeden 2006

Why Join Judo? (According to past students)

“I started Judo in my 2nd year of university. I was instantly welcomed when I joined my first class. NUIG Judo Club is a place where you can become fit, make friends and learn how to protect yourself. There’s something for everyone; whether it’s representing your university at national and international competitions, being on a committee member! Both of which are a great addition to any CV. I got my first job thanks to connections I made through Judo. It’s more than just a sport!

Some of my achievements include: 3 x All Ireland Judo University Champion, 2 x NUIG Individual Sports Award Winner, NUIG Club Captain 2012-2013”

 -Darren Friel                       

“One of the best choices I made during my year abroad at NUIG was to join the Judo club. I really enjoyed my time with these great folks and hope to see them again in future. Even though I’ve never done this type of martial arts before, I’ve felt comfortable learning and trying new things in a safe environment. Normally Erasmus students mostly stay with other Erasmus, but through these Irish lads I got to experience real Irish craziness and way of living. Not to mention our great trainings including birthday throws but also taking part in the annual Judo Intervarsities. As a woman I can say this sport is a great way to gain confidence. They plan on a lot of activities even outside of training like trips, hikes and so on. Never would I have thought that I be doing a survival hike in bad weather conditions, but once they set their mind on something they are determined to do it even exposed to wind and weather. I really am sad that I only got to know the Judo Club in the Second Semester but in that short time I experienced so much. Intervarsities, Irish cancer walk, hike, get together after training.

I want to say thank you guys for making my year abroad unforgettable! I miss training with you. Hope you guys are doing great J Even if not for joining this fun club, I can highly recommend not to miss out on joining a club or society. You will not regret having a fantastic year!” -Nora Ma, Erasmus 2015/16

“When I went to the clubs fair, there were so many clubs to choose from, I knew I wanted to be involved in some form of martial art so I decided to join the Judo club. I wanted to make my experience studying in Ireland filled with challenging myself, meeting new people and learning new skills. By joining the Judo Club, I accomplished all of these things! I made bonds with all members of the club including students from other countries such as Germany. The instructors create such a safe comfortable and supportive environment to learn Judo. The club also does fun activities such as team hikes, surfing, and hitting the dance floor at the sports ball.

My time spent with the Judo Club was such a large part of my abroad experience; I learned a lot, made loads of friends and had some great laughs! If there is one club you are thinking about joining at NUIG, make it this one! Cheers!”

-         Catherine Petitti, International Student 2015/16


NUI Galway Judo Club was founded in 1965. We are the oldest and most successful martial arts club in NUI Galway. We have won over 20 intervarsities team titles in both Men's and Women's events. Most recently the 2015 intervarsities held in University College Cork. 

In 2015 we won the most amount of medals we also retained our Mens team title and our third place womens title! 

We held a very successful intervarsities in Galway Lawn Tennis Club in 2014, we here again won the most amount of medals and took home the mens team title, that year the women came third in their team event. 


2014 / 2015  Achievements - 

  • 4th of October 2014

Club attended Grading in Dublin.2 members were awarded their Dan grades. 

  • 29th November 2014 

Club attended the North West Open.

  • 7th December 2014

Connacht Championships hosted in Knocknacarra. 

Club took 8 Medals - 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

  • 1st February 2015 

All Irelands held in Renmore. 

Club Captain, Stephen Bradshaw was the only competitior from NUIG and took Gold in his category. 

  • 14th February 2015 

All Ireland University Championships 2015, hosted by UCC Judo Club.

Club took home 20 medals - 6 Gold , 4 Silver and 10 Bronze, also winning first in the Mens Team Event and third in the Womens Team event. 

  • 7th March 2015 

Galway Open, hosted by Galway Judo Club. 

3 silvers won by NUIG

2009/2010 Achievements -

  • CUSAI Intervarsities of the year award 2009/2010.


2011/2012 Intervarsity Team Champions

2013/2014 Intervarsity Team Champions

2014/2015 Intervarsity Team Champions

Holders of Record for most Gold Medals brought back from a single Intervarsities

Holders of REcord for most Medals brought back from a single Intervarsities.

2017/18 : Ladies Team: Silver
 Individual events: 5 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze
Female Player of the Day