• IJF Referee Rules Presentation

    It is important for all coaches to consistently review the current IJF rules and regulations. Please click here to view the 2014-2016 IJF rules.

    IJF Referee Rules Presentation
  • 2015 Judo Alberta AGM Report

    2015 Judo Alberta AGM Report NOTICE OF THE 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Kodokan Black Belt Association (Judo Alberta) will be held at the Dow Centennial Centre (8700 – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB) in the Lions Pride Room on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM. AGENDA 1)(…)

  • Membership Fees Update 2015-2016

    For the season starting September 1, 2015 and ending August 31, 2016, the following membership fees (see PDF here) will apply in Alberta. JC fees are included.

    Membership Fees Update 2015-2016
  • 2015-2016 Judo Alberta Schedule

    The 2015-2016 Judo Alberta schedule was set at the Board of Governors meeting in Calgary, AB this August. To view the schedule please click here . Please note that some dates and locations are subject to change. Kind Regards, Judo Alberta

    2015-2016 Judo Alberta Schedule

Maximizing Weight Cutting Strategy to Enhance Performance

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) Performance Dietitian Kelly Drager has been leading her field through an innovative project with members of the Canadian Wrestling Team. The project has been funded through Innovations 4 Gold (I4G), an applied sport research program led by Own The Podium.

Drager and CSI Calgary Strength and Conditioning Coach Mac Read, with help from Research and Innovation Lead Erik Groves, have been gathering information to determine an ideal way for wrestlers to lose weight for competition weigh-ins, while minimizing the impact that it has on their performance. The data set that has been collected so far is from three different competitions (Pan-American Championships, PanAm Games, and World Championships) and according to Drager, could have a significant impact on performance and provide “progress for the sport.”

Their research aims to give athletes a performance plan that they can use to take the guesswork out of cutting weight. This should reduce stress on weigh-ins and thus place more emphasis on performance. Of the results, Drager says, “We are now starting to see trends within weight categories. It is beneficial to have a bandwidth for each weight category, creating specific guidelines.”

The team has tracked athletes’ weight and urine specific gravity (level of hydration) during weight cutting. The data shows how they rebound from weigh-ins to competition time. These weight cutting curves can help athletes use consistent, predictable plans at major events. Currently, Read and Drager are observing what is happening during regular training. By monitoring the athletes’ heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, weight, and urine specific gravity, they are able to identify what is normal during training weeks.

This project is particularly exciting because as Drager says, “It is very applicable to other weight category sports such as judo. Preparing these athletes for enhanced performance is the goal.”

Long-term, this project will also be useful to developmental athletes who will be able to recognize that performance, not weight cutting, is the main goal of the sport. For younger athletes, Drager wants to promote “better health, growth and bone development.”

Ultimately, this data set will help Canada’s top wrestlers have stronger performances on the international stage. However, more importantly, Drager emphasizes that it “is going to help ensure better development and health of athletes.”

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Brittany Schussler: @BSchussler
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto

2016 AWG Fight Offs & Registration

The fight-offs are coming up soon. Have you registered as an athlete, coach, chaperone, or technical official yet? If not, click on the link below to register

The Alberta Winter Games are being held in Medicine Hat, Ab. on Feb 13-16.

Here is a list of important information:

2016 Judo technical package
2016 Judo Schedule
Fight off technical package
Athlete/Coach/Chaperone Registration forms
Technical Officials form
Online Registration Instructions
On-line Registration

Important dates:

Regional Fight offs: Lethbridge Dec 4 2015, Fort Saskatchewan Dec 12 2015
Athlete Fills completed: Dec 15, 2015
On-Line Reg. to be completed: Jan 8, 2016
Coaches/Athlete meetings: TBD
Travel to Games: Feb 13, 2016
Competition: Feb 14-15, 2016
Return from Games: Feb 16, 2016

All athletes must bring in the COMPLETED registration form to the fight-offs otherwise they will not be able to participate.

Athletes/coaches/chaperones are also requested to go online and complete their registration ASAP

Please note there is a $10 fee to compete in the fight offs. Once teams are confirmed, each club will be invoiced, after the Games, the $60 per athlete that actually attends the Games. There is no fee for coaches/chaperones.

Parents that are planning on attending should make hotel reservations ASAP.

Administrative Assistant of the National Training Centre

Judo Canada is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant for the National Training Centre in Montreal, QB.

Tasks and Responsibilities of the Administrative Assistant for the National Training Centre (AANTC)
1. Reporting lines
– Reports to : High Performance Manager
– Interacts with : Executive Director, High Performance Director, Assistant National Coaches, Chief Therapist, Carded athletes and other athletes at the NTC, other members of the IST, and staff of the INS-Q.

2. Key responsibilities
– Control admission of visitors, filter phone calls and mail for the HP program at the NTC.
– Provide new athletes with orientation to the NTC and the city.
– Assist the HP Manager to coordinate the activities of the national team.
– Manage the booking needs of INS-Q space.

To view a detailed job description please see the link below.


Quebec Open Results (Unofficial)

Age Athlete Placing /Win – Loss
U18 Tanner Sudo 1st 4 – 0 81kg
U18 Atlas Mark Blanchette-van Oploo DNP 3-2 66kg
U18 David Wu DNP 2-2 60kg
U18 Isa Dzhabrailov DNP 0-2 73kg
U18 Alexandra Hélène Gagnon 2nd 2-2 57kg
U18 Virginia Nemeth 1st 4 – 0 48kg
U18 Taeya Koliaska 2nd 4-1 48kg
U18 Sarah Perks 1st 2-0 o70kg
U18 Annabelle Darlow DNP 0-2 o70kg
U18 Adam Thomson 3rd 5-1 66kg
U18 Christian Hill DNP 1-2 66kg
U18 Max Brown DNP 0-2 55kg
U18 McKenzie Grayson Adam Joseph Morgan DNP 0-2 73kg

Age Athlete Win – Loss
U21 Ty Nakano 5th 2-2 60kg
U21 Keira Trotter 3rd 1-2 78kg
U21 Dawson Mandel 7th 2-2 81kg
U21 Hanako Kuno 1st 3-0 63kg
U21 Chris Bailey 5th 2-2 81kg

Age Athlete Win – Loss
U16 Jan Prus-Czarnecki 5th 3-2 55kg
U16 Declan Charles Harding 5th 3-2 50kg
U16 Nicholas Pierre Frederick Gagnon 7th 2-2 50kg
U16 Jakob Gorodetsky DNP 0-2 50kg
U16 Ema Tesanovic DNP 0-2 40kg
U16 Despina Christou DNP 0-2 52kg
U16 Kiera Westlake 1st 3-0 44kg
U16 Joel DeMaere 1st 5-0 60kg
U16 Brady Dixon 3rd 3-1 46kg
U16 Bogdan Tessa 3rd 4-1 60kg

Age Name Win – Loss
SR Alexandra Hélène Gagnon 5th 2-2 57kg
SR Virginia Nemeth 3rd 1-2 48kg
SR Taeya Koliaska 3rd 2-2 52kg
SR Sarah Perks DNP 0-2 o78kg
SR Tanner Sudo DNP 0-2 81kg
SR Dawson Mandel DNP 2-1 81kg
SR Tait Wiley 5th 3-2 73kg
SR Errin Morgan 1st 3-0 48kg
SR Keira Trotter DNP 0-2 78kg
SR Hana Kuno 5th 3-2 63kg
SR Ty Nakano 5th 3-2 60kg
SR Darren Elcock DNP 3-2 73kg

Katame no Kata and Nage no Kata Clinic (November 21-22, 2015)

The Judo Alberta Grading Board is pleased to announce that Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer, who have recently placed 5th at the 2015 IJF World Kata Championships in Amsterdam in Katame no Kata will be hosting a kata clinic.


November 21, 2015: 10:00 – 18:00 Katame no Kata (possibly beginning Nage no Kata on Saturday if Katame no Kata is completed early)

November 22, 2015: 9:00 – 12:00 Nage no Kata (first 3 sets)


Tolide Judo Club on November 21, 2015 (Dow Centennial Centre, 87 Avenue – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan)

St Albert Judo Club on November 22, 2015 (42C Riel Drive, St Albert)

These Kata are designed to improve both your ground techniques and your throws – they are not just for Black Belts!


$25.00 at door.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Palmer at kellypal@telusplanet.net

Provincial Training Camp


November 21st & November 22nd, 2015


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

SATURDAY November 21st

1300-1500 Technique
1500-1700 Break 900-1000 Break
1700-1930 Randori & Drills

SUNDAY November 22nd

800-900 Physical Training
1000-1230 Judo Review/ Randori

Address for training camp:

Hiro’s Judo Club
#115 1919 – 27th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (306) 370-7412
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Regional Training Camp Edmonton Area


November 27th & 28th, 2015


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for regional training camp location:

St Albert Tokai Judo Society
Club City: St Albert, Alberta
Club Address: 42C Riel Drive, St Albert

Friday November 27, 2015

19:00-21:00 Randori & Technique

Saturday November 28, 2015

800-900 Physical Training
900-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Technique
11:30-12:30 Break
12:30-14:30 Randori

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (306) 370-7412
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Regional Training Camp Calgary Area


November 29, 2015


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Sunday November 29, 2015

8:00-9:00 Physical Training
9:00-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Technique
11:30-12:30 Break
12:30-14:00 Randori

Address for regional training camp location:

Airdrie Eidokan
Club City: Airdrie, Alberta
Club Address: Plainsman Arena, 320 Center Ave East, Airdrie T4B 1H6

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (306) 370-7412
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

2015 Senda Cup Tournament


December 5-6th, 2015


Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club Dojo
2775 28th Avenue South, Lethbridge


Weigh-ins: U10/U12/U14 (7:00-8:30am)
Kata (8:30am)
Competition: U10/U12/U14 (10:00am)
Weigh-ins: U16/U18/U21 (2:00-3:30pm)


Weigh-ins: Senior/Veteran (7:00-8:30am)
Competition: U16/U18/U21/Senior/Veteran (10:00am)

Tournament Director:

Guy Pomahac (guy.pomahac@lethsd.ab.ca)

For more information please see the tournament technical package.

U of A Invitational Judo Championships Results

Congratulations to all judoka who competed this weekend and the U of A Invitational Judo Championships in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

To view the tournament results please click here.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who dedicated their time and hard work into making this tournament a success!

Kind Regards,

Judo Alberta

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