National Randori Returns

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National Randori Returns

Posted: 09/08/2021

We are delighted to announce the return on National Randori sessions at the JudoScotland National Training Centre. Sessions will resume the week beginning 16th August which means that competitive 3rd year Cadet, Junior and Senior judoka at/aiming for international level competition can begin to attend the national randori sessions at the NTC on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings beginning on Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th of August 2021!

In order to keep the training environment as safe as possible there are some important processes that need to be followed by all participants:


  • All participants (athletes & coaches) should perform a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before departing for the session and should only attend if this test is negative. The negative test stick should be brought to the session. LFT can be ordered from the NHS at no cost here Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (
  • All participants (athletes & coaches) should use the QR codes provided to complete symptom declaration and provide contact details for track & trace. QR codes are located on the front window of the EICA building and on the doors of the dojo. Please do not travel to the session if you have any symptoms or feel ill in any way.
  • All participants (athletes & coaches) should adhere to current rules within the EICA building. These currently include hand sanitisation on entry, mask-wearing and specific routes through the building.
  • All session participants are expected to be valid JudoScotland or BJA members and should check that their membership is valid before attending. Coaches should ensure their qualifications are current and valid before attending.
  • Athletes should arrive 15mins before the session start time and be changed and ready (strapping applied etc) 5mins before the session start time.
  • Changing facilities at the EICA are now open for use and can be found on Level 2 of the building (Dojo is on Level 4)
  • Coaches may also use the changing facilities on Level 2 or can change in the physio room at the side of the dojo.
  • Shoes should be left neatly outside the dojo and bags should be neatly placed under a seat in the dojo.


During Session

  • There will initially be no spectators allowed in the dojo and coaches attending are asked to participate in the session in judogi and supporting all athletes.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure a safe, gradual return to randori for all participants. It must also be understood that the session is primarily designed to support our performance judoka in their preparation for international events.
  • The session durations are constrained by the building opening hours and the intensity of the sessions is likely to be high. Returning judoka and their coaches are encouraged to modify their volume appropriately to ensure all have a safe, positive return to this level.

Post Session

  • To allow for cleaning between and after sessions participants will be expected to exit quickly after the session conclusion.
  • All judogi and equipment should be taken away from the dojo after every session.
  • All tape, bottles and any other equipment/litter should be removed from the dojo and disposed of in the bins provided.

Session Information

Sessions Arrival Times Session Times
Group 1 – Female & Lightweight Male (-60 & -66kg) judoka 6.00 pm 6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
Group 2 – Middleweight & Heavyweight Male judoka 7:30 pm 7.45 pm - 9 pm

If you wish to attend National Randori please ask your club coach to communicate this with Euan Burton before the session.

We look forward to welcoming you back on the mat!