Bedford Grappling Academy
BGA is the leading Sambo club in Bedfordshire.
Who We Are
We are a grappling sports club training in Sport sambo and Judo. BGA is the leading Sambo club in Bedfordshire.
how we started
Bedford Grappling Academy was Formed back in 2011 by Russell Dodds. Since his Passing, his son, Adam along with the help of all the other coaches have kept the club running and have built it up to what it is today.
Our three coaches are:
- Fully insured
- DBS checked
- First aid trained
- Coaching qualified in judo or sambo.
Adam started sambo/judo at the age of 8 and has been doing it ever since. From a young age, Adam begun competing in the IBF multi Nation Championships Winning gold 2 times back-to-back, and 4 time British sambo champion. He has been head coach for the past 7 years and will be there for many more to come.
What our clients say
Hard work always pays off
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First lesson is always FREE. After that it is £4 per session or £15 per month.
After your trial period, yes you do. This is for your insurance and allows to train and compete in competitions.
The fee is £35 Per year.
For your first sessions please come in shorts/ jogging bottoms or stretchy leggings, a comfortable top and bring a bottle of water!
The club has some jackets and belts which they can lend out in the beginning.
We train in bare feet or sambo boots, so make sure you clip your nails before coming! Also please remove all jewellery and make sure your hair is tied back.
Listed below is what we believe and you can achieve training at BGA:
Judo and Sambo
It’s GREAT fun:
Fitness: Judo/ Sambo as a sport helps builds psychical strength as well as agility and stamina. More importantly, it also helps to develop a strong character and a disciplined mind. It promotes lightening reactions, teaches creative strategy development and independent thought.
Self-confidence: Having the knowledge that you are VERY CAPABLE of defending yourself gives students HUGE levels of self-confidence which works its way into every area of their lives!
Self-discipline: Most students who want to advance in the sport usually have their eye firmly fixed on one day achieving a converted black belt. There are no shortcuts, and every belt or tab the students gain requires EFFORT and has to be earned. The higher the grade or belt the more effort that is required. This self-discipline often rubs off into other areas of the players life.
The Dojo (the place where judo and Sambo is practiced) is a safe, healthy and clean environment which leaves the serious student little time for mixing with those who may be a bad influence upon them or introduce them to unsocial habits. In fact, judo/Sambo promotes and encourages leadership
Independence: Judo by its very ethos promotes and develops high levels of self-reliance within the student which once again rubs off into other areas for their life and schoolwork.
Health and Safety Briefing Notes:
To ensure adequate health and safety awareness, training is provided to all members on a regular basis and when a new member joins the club. The following information is briefed to all club members and parents/guardians when joining.
Safety on the Mat:
Never wear shoes on the mat.
Come to the training session washed with a clean Gi.
Watch your space on the mat and if thrown get up quickly to avoid someone falling on you.
When seated, kneel or sit cross legged. Do not lean on the wall – you may not be able to get out of the way quickly enough.
Safety off the Mat:
Wear shoes at all times when off the mat.
Always ask permission to leave the mat.
After using the toilet, wash your hands.
Get in touch
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Training Times (All Ages):
10:00 – 11.30am
Adam Dodds (Head Coach)
Tel: +447904 675628
Scott Hall Community Centre