• Membership Fees Update

    For the season starting September 1, 2014 and ending August 31, 2015, the following membership fees (see PDF here) will apply in Alberta. JC fees are included.

    Membership Fees Update
  • 2015 Pan Am Judo Championship

    Judo Alberta, the City of Edmonton and the province of Alberta are pleased to announce the successful bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Judo Championship. This prestigious international event will take place at the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton on April 24 – 26, 2015. With over 30 Pan American countries, 250 competitors and(…)

    2015 Pan Am Judo Championship
  • Welcome to the new judoalberta.com!

    We’ve spent some time updating our site and making it easier to browse! Be sure to explore our new search function and improved information!

    Welcome to the new judoalberta.com!
  • What You Need To Know About Concussions in Judo

    Judo Canada has released new information on concussions in Judo. Check out the pamphlet here.

    What You Need To Know About Concussions in Judo

Elite Athlete Funding

The Judo Alberta coaching staffs has released the Elite Athlete funding application.

This application is for funding for Judo Alberta/ Judo Canada events that have taken or will take place between: June 2014-August 2014. * Please note there will be no funds granted for Junior U.S Open since Judo Alberta has already allocated funding for this event *

The elite athlete funding is for athletes in age divisions U18, U21, and Senior that our travelling out of province for tournaments or training camps at a national or international level.

The Judo Alberta coaching staffs is allocating $1900.00 towards this part of the season for elite level athletes. The whole funds may or may not be completely used depending on the number of applicants and events.

Applying for this funding does not guarantee that funds will be issued to you. The coaching staff are looking for athletes that have shown dedication to their own judo training, tournament participation, and training camp participation. Also the coaching staff are looking for athletes that are planning for future goals in the sport.

The coaching staff do want the athletes to have full support from their personal coach/ head sensei/club before applying for funds.

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is: August 10th, 2014.

Please submit funding applications to Laurie Wiltshire: laurie.wiltshire@gmail.com.

Alberta Elite Athlete Funding Policy


Judo Alberta would like to fund serious athletes that would like to eventually represent Canada at international events on the U18, U21 and senior level of competition.

Application for Funding:

- Any athlete that would like to apply for funding can do so when the application comes out, 1 time in the fall, 1 time in winter, and 1 time in the summer.
- Funding is budget permitting only
- Athletes must submit a letter of intent to the coaching staff by application deadlines. This letter must include a plan of tournaments, training regiment, and past judo accomplishments.
- After the due date for the applications the coaching staff will then review the applications and allocate the funding as they see fit.
- Application to the coaching staff does not guarantee funding.
- The athletes applying for funding are expected to be in good standing with Judo Alberta, participating in provincial training camps and competitions, or athletes that are training at the NTC.

After national championship selections:

- The provincial coaching staff will allocate a certain amount of funding for selected athletes after national championships, budget permitting.

Membership Fees Update

Membership Fees Update

For the season starting September 1, 2014 and ending August 31, 2015, the following membership fees (see PDF here) will apply in Alberta. JC fees are included.

Nage no Kata and Kime no Kata Clinic June 14 – 15,

The Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club is pleased to host this clinic with Alberta’s own world class Kata team, Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer, winners of 3 Gold Medals at the recent 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships.

Time: June 14, 2014 14:00 – 18:00 (Nage no Kata); 19:00 – 20:30 (Kime no Kata), June 15, 2014 9:00 – 12:00 (Kime no Kata); 12:00-13:00 (Review any other Kata questions)
Location: Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club
Registration: $25.00 at door.

Nage no Kata – will focus on the first 3 sets, ideal for those getting their Nage no Kata ready for grading.

Kim no Kata – please bring your wooden knife and sword for Kime no Kata. No metal weapons please. Some practice swords and knives will be available for sharing by those without their own.

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

NCCP Dojo Instructor Course

Dates: June 27, 28 & 29, 2014
Location: Tolide Judo Kwai, Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 St. Ft. Saskatchewan
Time: 9 am, Friday, June 27. There is a substantial amount of material to cover so the course involves 28 hours of instruction.
Cost: $250 (payable “Judo Alberta”) which includes course materials and evaluation
Please bring: judogi, paper, pen/pencils
Registration: Deadline for registration is May 31/14. Please register by email to Keith Bibbey bibbey@telusplanet.net


A person with Level 1 certification under the old NCCP system may take the Dojo Instructor course.

A person who has taken the Dojo Assistant course may proceed directly to the Dojo Instructor course. This may be done before the completion of the 60 hour teaching requirement and before evaluation has taken place. Any hours of teaching in the DA portion will be credited toward the 120 hours required for the DI certification.

Judo Canada Notice

ANNOUNCEMENT – ELITE 8 – National Championships

U18 & Senior
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10-11 January 2015

This new event aims to provide an opportunity to have the top athletes compete in an event to gain national team points, but also will be a selection event for the U18 European Spring Tour.

DATES: 10 JANUARY 2015 (U18 division), 11 JANUARY 2015 (SENIOR division)

The High Performance Director will announce the eligible athletes within one (1) week of the conclusion of the 2014 Ontario Open.

This event will be for two age groups:

a) a) Under 18 years of age (born in 1998 & later);

b) b) SENIOR (born in 1997 and OLDER)

The complete event details will be released in a technical package in July 2014.

makeachamp.com Funding Program

Please read the press release below; If you are an athlete interested in making a campaign for Canadian Championships or if you want to donate to this campaign or one of Judo Alberta athletes campaign please visit the Make a champ website.

Funding for 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships

MONTREAL, Canada. (April 11, 2014) For the second year in a row, the Canadian Judo community unites together to make sure every judoka has the funds they need to get to the Canadian Judo Nationals. MAKEACHAMP has created a unique campaign (http://makeachamp.com/CanadianNationalChampionship) where all the funds that are raised, will be split equally among athletes with campaigns for the National Championships. Clickhere (http://makeachamp.com/CanadianNationalChampionship) to visit the campaign.

This campaign is unique in that it gives everyone a chance to support our judokas as they prepare for the Canadian Judo Nationals. A contribution to this campaign goes a long way because the funds are split equally among athletes already raising funds – it is these athletes that need your support the most. Your contribution will propel those campaigns forward and get them focus on training rather than financing.


If you are a judoka and you are going compete at the 2014 Canadian National Championships, you can get a portion of the funds collected by this campaign. All you have to do is create a campaign on MAKEACHAMP (http://makeachamp.com/login) before April 25th, 2014 and you will receive a portion of the funds collected by this campaign.

12th Annual Judo Alberta Female Training Camp & Sleepover

Where: Hiro’s Judo Club Suite 115-1919 27 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7E4
When: May 3rd and 4th, 2014

Are you interested in doing something more than judo? Everyone is welcome to join the fun off the mats.

Judo… Bring your judogi, running shoes, and workout clothes
Food, Games, Activities
Sleepover… Bring a sleeping bag, pillows, pyjamas, and toiletries
Fun! Fun! Fun!

*We always have a Friday night practice for competitors to come to from 7pm- 9pm. We invite local male athletes to participate in this class good judo training for athletes attending the 2014 Canadian Championships*

Elite Athlete Funding

The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee would like to congratulate the following athletes who have been granted athlete funding. Funding is based on performance and results, commitment to training, participation in National or International events and financial need.


Funding Granted:

Events participated in:

Darren Elcock


Jr. World cup Portugal, Jr. Bremen, Germany, Pacific International, various eastern Tournaments , 2 int. T.C’s

Cassidy Norris


Jr. World cup Portugal, Jr. Thuringa, Germany, Pacific International, various eastern tournaments, 2 Int. T.C’S

Colton Hall


Jr. World cup Portugal, Jr. Bremen, Germany, Pacific international,2 Int. T.C’S

Dawson Mandell


U18 Bremen, Germany, 1 Int. T.C, Pacific International

Hana Vasanyi


U18 Thuringa, Germany, 1 Int. T.C, Pacific international

Caitlin Alder


Pacific international

Erin Morgan


Pacific International

Ty Nakano


Pacific International

Matt Stephenson


Pacific International

Lauren Bury


Pacific International

These athletes applied for the second round of elite athlete funding for events participated in from February 2014-May 2014. Not included is National Championships, which is funded separately by the Coaching Committee budget.

The next round of funding will be announced in August for events participated in from June 2014-August 2014.

Athletes must apply to receive elite athlete funding. The deadline for the next athlete funding application will be August 1st, 2014

*Some athletes applied for this round and were applying for National championship, please see Team selection policy for provincial team funding to National championships *

To receive the funding please fill out an athlete expense claim form and send in to Garry Yamashita. When filling out expense claim form please indicate who you want cheque written out to and where to send it (Judo club, Judo Canada, Parents, etc…) You can find athlete expense claim forms here:


Tournament Opportunity – 2014 Jr. US Open


Judo Alberta coaching staff is pleased to announce a tournament opportunity for Canada Winter Games age athletes. (1996-1999)

Junior U.S Open Tournament and International Training camp:

Location- Fort Lauderdale, Florida

When- July 21st-July 28th, 2014

Judo Alberta Coaches attending:

Garry Yamashita

Laurie Wiltshire

Russ Gallant

Selected Judo Alberta athletes are as follows:



Judo Club

Taeya Koliaska

- 44kg


Virginia Nemeth

- 48kg


Jordan Pedersen

- 52kg


Alexandra Gagnon

- 52kg


Hana Varsanyi

- 57kg


Keira Trotter

- 63kg


Lauren Bury

- 63kg


Jordan Landry

- 70kg


Anastasia Lysyk

- 70kg


Sarah Perks

- 78kg


Ty Nakano

- 55kg


Justin McEachern

- 60kg


Brandon Martin

- 60kg


Ian Ayasse

- 60kg


Tanner Sudo

- 66kg


Matt Stephenson

- 66kg


Greg Cooper

- 66kg


Colemann Lennarson

- 66kg


Dawson Mandel

- 73kg


Chris Bailey

- 73kg


Derrick Pienkowski

- 73kg


Jack Stephenson

- 73kg


Theo Lysyk

- 81kg


Suggested Itinerary:

·         Monday July 21st, 2014- Departure from Edmonton and Calgary international airports

·         Tuesday July 22nd- Thursday July 24th – International training Camp

·         Friday July 25th, 2014- Registration

·         Saturday July 26th, 2014- U18 Competition

·         Sunday July 27th, 2014- U21 Competition

·         Monday July 28th, 2014- Beach Fun day

·         Tuesday July 29th – Depart Florida


Estimated Cost for this trip: $1200-$1500 per person

Judo Alberta will be funding the list of athletes above, estimated funding amount $300-$400.00 per person


Each athlete must put in a deposit of $700.00 and have all forms filled out and handed into Laurie Wiltshire by May 11th, 2014


Check list needed to Laurie Wiltshire by May 11th 2014:

·         Cheque of $700.00 written to Judo Alberta

·         Photocopy of birth certificate and valid passport

·         Registration form for U.S. Junior Open 

·         Permission to travel form (For under 18 years old) 

·         Passport size photo


Website for U.S Junior Open registration forms



The pages we need filled out and handed in are:

Pages- 14, 15, 21, and 24 (optional)

If you choose to fill out Page 24 since back patches are not mandatory for this event please send patch to your own address and have them sewn on prior to leaving for Florida. Everyone is allowed one back patch and additional is $15.00. If you choose to buy another back patch please add another cheque to your package for the amount you want and payable to: 2014 Jr. US Open Championships.


This event is targeted at Canada Winter games athletes, but Judo Alberta wants to also invite any U21 athletes that are born in 1995 and 1994 that have qualified to compete for Judo Alberta at 2014 National championships. If these athletes are interested please send in same forms and same deadline. There is no guaranteed funding for these athletes.


·         Athlete insurance will be purchased for all participants by Judo Alberta and the cost passed onto the participants. 


If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact Judo Alberta Coaching staff.


Thank you


Judo Alberta Coaching staff

Keith Morgan Inducted Into Alberta Sport Hall of Fame

Keith Morgan Inducted Into Alberta Sport Hall of Fame

Judo Alberta is pleased to congratulate Keith Morgan MD, on his induction into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame. This Alberta born judo fighter and multiple time Canadian champion has represented our province and our country internationally over a sixteen year span. Keith’s performance and drive in the sport of Judo is nothing short of magnificent, this four time Olympian has garnered over 50 International medals, including multiple Pan American Championships, a silver medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the gold medal at the 1999 World University Championships, and a 5th place finish in the 2000 Olympic Games and 2003 World Championships to name but a few of his competitive accomplishments. Keith Morgan was ranked in the top seven in the world for eight years, and this multi time Judo Canada’s athlete of the year may be considered one of the all time elite judokas in Canadian Judo history.

Click here to read the full story.

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