Judo Alberta's Cassidy Norris & Caitlin Alder have been selected to attend a Training Camp in Japan as part of Judo Canada Women's National Team! See complete details here.
Pordenone, Italy Judo Alberta's Kelly Palmer and Gord Okamura recently competed in the 2012 World Kata Championships in Pordenone, Italy (about one hour north of Venice) on September 20-23, 2012. The pair placed 10th overall in Katame no Kata (Forms of Ground Technique). See the complete press release here.
Cali, Colombia Judo Alberta had two athletes, Cassidy Norris (U20) and Alexandra Surbey (U17), represent Canada at the recent 2012 U17 and U20 Pan-American Championships in Cali, Columbia on September 6-9. 2012. See the complete press release here.
Congratulations to all of the Judo Alberta athletes that participated in the recent 2012 Quebec Open. Results of our Alberta athletes can be found here. For complete tournament results, please see the Judo Quebec website here.
See the complete results of the 2012 Canadian Judo National Championships here:
The Judo Alberta Grading Board is pleased to announce the Provincial Kata Team Selections for the 2012 National Championships! Congratulations to all athletes that will be representing Alberta in July. Please see the complete kata team selection here.
The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee is pleased to announce the Provincial Team Selections for the 2012 National Championships! Congratulations to all athletes that will be representing Alberta in July. Please see the complete team selections here.
Please see the most recent season point totals for Judo Alberta athletes here.
Check out media coverage from the 2012 Edmonton International Judo Championships at the links below:
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches that participated in the 2012 Judo Alberta Provincial Judo Championships, it was great to see such a wonderful turnout! A special thank you to Tolide Judo Kwai for hosting the tournament! Please see the tournament results here.
Gold Medals: Downson Mandel (-55kg U15 Lethbridge), Matt Stephenson (-60kg U17 Lethbridge), Chantell Hill (-44kg U20 Tolide)
Silver Medal: Laurie Wiltshire (-52kg Senior Hiros)
Bronze Medals: Hanna Varsanyi (-52kg U15 Lethbridge), Darren Elcock (-55kg U20 Airdrie), Colton Hall (-66kg U20 Tolide), Tait Willey (-73kg U20 Hiros), Kim Dong Woo (-100kg Senior Ishi Yama)
5th Place: Ian Ayasse (-55 kg U17 Hiros), Caitlin Alder (-52kg U20 Tokugawa), Cassidy Norris (-57kg U20 Tolide)
The Albertan judoka, Darren Elcock, placed ninth in the under 50 kg division at the cadet World Championships, a competition that brings together all the best under 17-year-old athletes, in Kiev, Ukraine. Check out the full press release from Judo Canada here.
Congratulations to all athletes that participated in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Invitational Judo Tournament that took place on Saturday April 30. Complete tournament results can be found here.
Judo Alberta would like to congratulate Chantelle Hill and Colton Hall of Tolide Judo Kwai as the recipients of this years Tom Greenway Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations!
The 2010 Junior Nationals results are in! Overall, Team Alberta placed 4th as a province.
Alberta Club rankings:
Kyodokan 56th (Lethbridge)
St. Albert 68th
Aka Shika 69th
Top Three Individual Placings
Colton Hall (Gold -60kg U17, Bronze -60kg U20)
Ian Campbell (Gold -73kg, U17)
Darren Elcock (Silver -46kg, U17)
Chantelle Hill (Silver -44kg, U20)
Johnny Evans (Bronze -48kg, U17)
Nicole LaChapelle (Bronze +63kg, U15)
Naithan Lau (Bronze -34kg, U15)
Matt Stephenson (Bronze -50kg, U15)
Theo Lysyk (Bronze -66kg, U15)
Teddy Bruma (Bronze -81kg, U17)
Mark Antonio (Bronze -90kg, U17)
Dean Coslovi (Bronze -81kg, U20)
Click here to view the results from this tournament.
Below is a summary of results from the Junior Pan-American Championships.
Congratulations to all that participated!
Congratulations to the following Judo Alberta athletes who competed in the World Masters Judo Championships in Montreal, August 17-22, 2010:
Gary Marlatt and Joey Dalton Nage no Kata - Bronze
Darcy Holden - Gold and Bronze (two divisions)
Brad Farrow - Gold and Silver (two divisions)
Randy Burden Gold and Bronze (two divisions)
Hi everybody Gord Okamura and I went to the World Kata Championships in Budapest on May 25 and 26. Overall, we placed 9th in Katame no Kata and 8th in Goshinjutsu about where weve placed for the last two World Championships in Paris (2008 8th place) and Malta (2009 7th place) so that gives us four top 10 finishes in the World Championships to date. Other Canadian teams were 16th in Nage no Kata (John Morris and Stephen Duran from BC), 21st in Kime no Kata (Roger Beauchesne and Julius Bute from Quebec); 21st in Ju no Kata (Diane Hardy and Daniel Ferland from Quebec); and 20th in Goshinjutsu (Roger and Julius again).
But wait, theres more Ive been looking at the numbers some more, and the above results really dont tell all the story.
The tournament was much bigger this year. In both the Paris and Malta tournaments, countries could send a maximum of two teams per Kata. This year, there was no limit. While some countries (Japan, Spain) still sent only one team per Kata (largely the same teams each time), other countries (France, Italy, Portugal) sent very large teams Italy in particular sent multiple teams in each Kata. Italys program obviously has a great deal of depth, as they had a number of medal winners and teams in the finals.
For comparison in Malta there were a total of 14 Goshinjutsu teams in Budapest there were 26. In Malta there were 18 Katame Teams in Budapest there were 32 so in each case the number of teams had nearly doubled. As with the previous tournaments, teams were divided into two pools, with the top 3 in each pool advancing to the finals. In the previous tournaments, the smaller number of teams resulted in a tough pool (where usually two of the previous medal winners (Japan, Italy, Spain) were), and an easier pool, which generally had one medal winner (in both Paris and Malta, we were in the tough pool!).
In this tournament, because of the depth of the teams there was no easy pool both sides of the draw were equally difficult. In our pool, we had the eventual Gold and Silver medalists Japan and Italy, Spain (who had won Silver in Malta and Bronze in Paris, but did not medal this year(!)) and previous finalists Germany and Belgium. The other pool had very strong teams from Iran (this years Bronze medalists), Italy (previous medallists in Paris and Malta), Brazil and Portugal. The caliber of these teams was very high so high that Spain did not medal. That we were able to maintain our relative standing in light of the increased numbers is good.
But the Katame scores also tell something interesting. As before, there were 5 judges, with the top and bottom scores being discarded. Our scores were very encouraging. One judge (not Canadian, dont know from where) gave us first place our score was higher than Gold medal Japans score, including from this judge and all the others. As well, another judge had us tied with Silver medalists Italy. Sadly, our top score was discarded, and the remaining scores were in the 8-9 range and there we wound up.
In our Goshinjutsu Pool, we had the eventual Silver and Bronze medalists (both from Italy) as well as previous finalists Portugal and France. Our Goshinjutsu scores placed us 6th in our pool, 8th overall. We had a Canadian Judge who gave us a score higher than the Silver medalists Italy - but as it was our high score, it also was sadly discarded.
As noted, the level of competition was very high many finalists from Malta and Paris did not advance to the finals in all of the Katas, and previous medalists did not win. The other notable points: Goshinjutsu Spain (Bronze medalists in Paris and Malta) made a major mistake on one of the techniques, and so did not advance from their pool to the final. Japan (Gold medalists) made a major mistake in the final on the first Gun technique (Shomen Tsuke) the Japanese Tori dropped the Gun! They still won ..
Kime no Kata There were two Italian teams in the final and during the final, last years Bronze medalists were doing very well until Uke forgot a technique! He remembered the correct technique before he went too far, and so still did it but that mistake likely cost that team a medal. The other Italian Team won Bronze.
Just goes to show that even the big guns can make mistakes.
There were cameras set up and filming of the katas was ongoing, but so far I haven't seen anything posted on any websites except for a few private videos on YouTube. However, the IJF had several photographers around, and have posted pictures on the IJF website (www.ijf.org, where this photo is from) heres a picture of us from our Goshinjutsu!
We had a great trip to Budapest very pretty city, lots to see, great beer!
Steveston, BC January 16-2010
Click here to view the results from this tournament.
Congratulations to the following athletes who each placed second at Rendezvous in Montreal: Robert Edward (90 Kilos), Laurie Wiltshire (52 Kilos), Serge Zamotine (66 Kilos), Scott Edward (100 Kilos).
Congratulations to Jennifer Parker and Raquel Austin who won a Silver medal in Ju No Kata! Read the article.
Kelly Palmer and Gord Okamura placed 7th in the World in Katame no Kata at the first IJF World Championships. Kelly writes:
This was the first World Kata Championships, held on the island nation of Malta. Last year the IJF held a test event (the IJF Kata World Cup) in Paris, and this event was run in an identical fashion. Overall, we placed 7th - up one place from Paris where we placed 8th. As with Paris, the teams could only compete in one Kata each. Each Kata was divided into two pools, with the top three in each pool advancing to the final - we were #4 in our pool, and higher than the remaining teams in the other pool (so the top 6 teams went to the finals - we were #7. Ouch...). In our pool were Spain (the eventual Silver medalist) and Italy (Bronze). They were teams #1 and #2 advancing, with Germany (who were slightly ahead of us in Paris) being the third team.
However, I got a look at the score sheets - there were 5 judges. One judge had us in second place, and the next two had us about even with third place. This left the Spanish Judge and German judge, who gave their marks to Spain and Germany respectively....
While we were disappointed to be so close to the finals and not get there, we improved over Paris - and I guess being #7 in the world is a good place to start!
In Malta, all of the medalists were Japan (Gold in each) with Spain and Italy getting all the silver and bronzes (save one - in Nage no Kata, the Paris Gold medalist from Romania had to settle for Bronze) - and in almost all cases, it was the same teams winning in Malta that had medaled in Paris. We also noted that scores generally were tighter and lower than Paris - while our score in Malta was lower than our Paris score, the same was true for all teams (including Japan) - so I think a direction had gone out to mark tighter.
As with the Paris tournament, each of Japan, Spain and Italy devoted tremendous resources to international Kata each of these countries has large teams which include coaches, managers and trainers the budget of all other countries combined may not reach theirs!
Saw some great Kata (the Kime no Kata this year was especially good), toured around Malta (very pretty) and drank lots of Maltese beer (Cisk brand - not bad!). Once again we learned a huge amount, and look forward to sharing our experiences with Judo Alberta!
Congratulations to Laurie Wiltshire who took Gold (52 Kilos)
Click here to view results from the Junior Nationals.
Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer:
Nage no Kata - Gold
Katame no Kata - Gold
Ju no Kata - Silver
Kime no Kata - Silver
Goshinjutsu - 4th
Gold: Scott Edward -100kg, Laurie Wiltshire -52kg
Silver: Nicole Tsukishima -52kg
Bronze: Jarrod Milko -81kg, Ben Noji +100kg
Serge Zamontione -66kg
Gold: Brad Farrow -73kg
Silver: Jennifer Parker -63kg.
Click here to view results from the 2008 Kata World Cup Paris.
Click here to view results from the 2008 Hatashita tournament.
Click here to view results from the 2008 U of A tournament.
Scott Edward Silver -100 kg Seniors
Mitchell Lachapelle Silver -46kg U15
Tim Takahashi (Masters) Silver Light Wt Masters Division
Branden Lloyd Bronze -55kg U17
Sarah Purschke - 5th -63kg U20
Brynley Takahashi - 5th -52kg U20
Simon Breau - 5th -90kg Seniors
Darren Elcock - 5th -38kg U15
Stefane Truong 7th -66kg U20
Click here to view results from the 2008 Senda Cup tournament.
Laurie Wiltshire, -52kg - Silver
Scott Edward -100kg - Silver
Serge Zamotine -60 kg Bronze
Nicole Tsukishima -48kg, 5th
Robert Edward -90kg, 5th
Simon Breau -90kg, 7th
July 5-6, 2008 - Toronto, Ontario
Gold & Best IJF Junior Female
- Nicole Tsukishima (-48kg)
- Serge Zamotine (-60kg)
- Tim Roesler (-73kg)
- Jessica Kalyan (-63kg)
- Branden Lloyd (-51kg)
- Genghis Barranda (-60kg)
5th Place Finish
- Luke Bendkowski (-81kg)
- Meryl-lyn Semograde (-57kg)
- Denys Phaneuf (-60kg)
- Nick Karl (-55kg)
- Kayla Thompson (-48kg)
May 24 & 25th, 2008 - Quebec City, Quebec
52kg female - Laurie Wiltshire
100kg male - Scott Edward
60kg male - Serge Zamotine
81kg male - Tyler Boras
90kg male - Robert Edward
5th Place Finish (lost bronze medal match)
48kg - Nicole Tsukishima
73kg - Joao Alhanati
Gord Okamura & Kelly Palmer
1st Place in KATAME-NO-KATA
2nd place in NAGE-NO-KATA
3rd place in JU-NO-KATA*
3rd place (tie) in GOSHIN-JITSU
*1st and 2nd place went to the female competitors which means Gord & Kelly were actually first in the men's division. This 'could' make them eligible to attend the Pan Am Games in 2009. This will be confirmed with Judo Canada.
Click here to view results from the 2008 Katsuta Kup tournament.
Click here to view additional results from the 2008 Winter Games.
Click here to view the results from the 2008 Winter Games, Zones 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Click here to view the results from the 2008 Winter Games, Zones 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Congratulations to the Judo Alberta athletes who competed in a very strong showing at the Senior US Open in Gwinnett, Georgia October 20 & 21. Out of seven fighters, four medals were won! Two gold, one silver and one bronze. Here are the results:
|Serge Zamotine||2nd (-60kg)||3 wins, 1 loss|
|Stefan Truong||-||1 loss (-66kg)|
|Joao Alhanati||-||1 loss (-73kg)|
|Tyler Boras||3rd (-81kg)||5 wins, 1 loss|
|Bobby Edwards||-||1 loss (-90kg)|
|Keith Morgan||1st (-100kg)||5 wins|
|Laurie Wiltshire||1st (-52kg)||4 wins|
Judo Alberta athletes faired well at the 31st International Quebec Open in Montreal October 6 & 7. There were 328 competitors on the first day; 282 on the second.
Here are the results:
|Nicole Tsukishima||IJF Women||-48kg Gold|
|Branden Lloyd||Juvenile Male||-45kg Bronze|
|Serge Zamotine||IJF Men||-60kg Bronze|
|Nicole Tsukishma||Sr Women||-48kg Silver|
|Laurie Wiltshire||Sr Women||-57kg Bronze|
|Robert Edward||Sr Men||-90kg Gold|
|Ben Borger||Sr Men||+100kg Bronze|
Keith Morgan (Ishi Yama Judo Club-Calgary) won a Silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro Friday, July 20th.
"It was a pretty good day and I was happy with how I fought", Morgan said. "I had a 'kind' draw and beat Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic both by ippon on my way to the final".
Morgan, who fought a tough fight with a Cuban in the final match, lost by a koka in the last 3 seconds before going to overtime. While Morgan must hold the number one position in Canada to attend the next Olympic games, the Silver medal division adds to his chances of accomplishing that that goal.
Congratulations to Justin Schmaltz (-90kg) on winning Silver and Stefane Truong (-66) on winning Bronze this past weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.