Club Re-opened.. but Full!

Shishi Kai opened its doors again on Tuesday 17th August following the summer break. Due to the easing of covid restrictions, we were able to finally welcome our first batch of beginners to the club, some of whom had been waiting up to 18 months to get in.

Unfortunately, however, as such a large waiting list had grown due to covid, all free spaces I was able to create this term have been filled up and as such I’m afraid I must put the breaks on any more new starters, probably up until October mid term when I will review the situation again.

If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email your name, age, which session you would prefer and if you already have judo experience to

Sorry we cannot have our usual open door policy for people to drop in and check it out, hopefully this is just a temporary measure until things get back to “normal”.

The Club

Shishi Kai is a fun, family friendly judo club based in the heart of Edinburgh. The club was established in 1998 by Jim and Sheila Syrett, who were soon joined by son, Chris Syrett. Now head coach, and responsible for the day-to-day running of the club, Chris is keen to uphold his parents welcoming family values which put fun at the heart of learning.

Our main Dojo can be found on the 4th floor (Myreside Suite) of The Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP. We cater to all ages and abilities from 4yrs onwards, with sessions currently running on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Shishi Kai’s coaching staff, led by head coach Chris, are all fully qualified and regularly attend CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses run by JudoScotland, our national governing body. All are First Aid and SPC (Safeguarding & Protecting Children) trained and all are PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) certified through Disclosure Scotland.

Complete beginners, returning judoka or experienced competitors are welcome to join us anytime, however, with over 200 members, some sessions can be very busy so please first email for spaces and further information.

Your first session at the club is free to give it a go and we can lend you a judo jacket and belt if you need it. A t-shirt and soft bottoms are best (ie no buttons or zips), long hair should be tied back, nails should be short and clean and of course we do judo in bare feet but please keep your shoes on until you arrive at the dojo. A water bottle might be a good idea too!

After School Clubs

In addition to the classes at the Eric Liddell Centre, Shishi Kai also runs a number of after school Judo clubs in primary schools in and around Edinburgh. Currently we coach in South Morningside PS (Mon), Roslin PS (Wed), Flora Stevensons PS (Thu) and Bruntsfield PS (Fri). These clubs are only open to pupils of their respective schools, for more information or spaces please ask Chris or contact the school parent council directly.