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Volunteers Needed – 2017 Alberta Provincial Judo Championship



Tolide Judo Kwai will be hosting the 2017 Alberta Provincial Judo Championship on Saturday January 28, 2017 at the Dow Centennial Centre, in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. You can help us and make this event successful.

Please click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2D7BPG and complete a volunteer form by January 15, 2017.


Richard Gagnon
2017 Provincials Volunteer Coordinator

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Camp Dec 16th-18th, 2016


Judo Alberta Yudansha Gradings

Please be advised of the following:

1. Judo Canada will be issuing a new National Grading Syllabus effective January 1, 2017. The current grading forms excel file found on the Judo Alberta website will be updated and posted.

2. For future tournaments, yudansha candidates will be expected to track their competition points on the Tournament Point Certification forms and submit them when they apply for yudansha gradings. In the “rank” field, just indicate whether the opponent’s rank is black belt or colour belt. Unsubstantiated points may possibly be disallowed. Participation points do not require a Tournament Point Certification form.

3. If you attend approved kata clinics and wish to earn points, you should sign the attendance sheet.

4. Participation in regular Team Training camps or NCCP courses cannot be claimed for points. However, “Nationally recognized training camps can count for points.

5. Points for NCCP Certification or for Coaching requires the candidate to be fully certified under the definition of the NCCP program (attendance at courses does not mean full certification).

6. Effective January 1, 2017, in Kata Competitions, 2 points per team you beat can be claimed for placing (no need for 5 teams in category). Participation points can be claimed.

7. Demonstration of kata at a yudansha grading should be formal (proper bow in, clean judogi, technically correct, etc). Candidates should select a partner (uke) who is proficient and will enable the candidate to best demonstrate the kata.

8. Demonstration of techniques at a yudansha grading should be done in a randori style. Candidates and their partners should both wear white judogi.

Senda Cup Change Announcement


2017 Saskatchewan Open

Hello coaches,

Please find the information for the 2017 Saskatchewan Open on January 20-22, 2017

Technical Package:

The Saskatchewan Open is an important developmental event for Alberta athletes to attend. There will be athletes from B.C, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario attending. This is a great event to have matches with athletes from other provinces. Last year Judo Alberta had approximately 100 athletes attending this competition. It would be great if we can have more than 100 athletes this year at this competition. It will take the whole province and athletes from all over the province to achieve this. It is a great event for our athletes please make plans to attend this event.

U16 athletes should compete in both U16 & U18
U18 athletes should compete in both U18 & Senior (brown & black belts)
U21 athletes should compete in both U21 & Senior (brown & black belts)

This competition is an important Judo Canada points competitions for U18 / U21 / Seniors. (points are only scored in the senior events)

Saskatchewan Open Points; (Senior)
1st Place 10 National Team Points
2nd Place 7 National Team Points

If the division is less than 8 athletes it is 80% of the points

Saskatchewan Open National Team Standards: (Senior) 1st Place G standard 2nd Place H Standard

Standards give athletes access to International events – three or more people in a division

Important: U18 World Cadet Championships – athletes that score a G standard will be eligible for the 2017 Cadet World Championships

Have a great day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp, December 16th-18th, 2016

Guest Coach:

Kelita Zupancic
2012/2016 Olympian
2015 Pan-Am Games Champion


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Fee for camp:

$ 40.00 per athlete (Please provide payment on arrival to Garry Yamashita)

Training camp Address:

Lethbridge Judo Club: (2775 28 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 7L6)

Friday December 16th

18h00 Athletes Arrive & Pay
18h30-21h00 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori

Saturday December 17th

8h00-9h00 Circuit training
9h30-11h00 Technique U14/U16
11h00-13h00 Technique & Ne-waza Randori U18/U21
14h30-15h30 – Nutrition Session U16/U18/U21/Senior
15h45-17h30 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori U14/U16
17h30-19h30 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori U18/U21
19h00 –20h00 Pizza

Sunday December 18th

8h00- 9h00 Circuit training
9h15-10h15 – Sport Psychology
Session U16/U18/U21/Senior
10h30-13h00 Review & Randori
Good bye Merry X-mas!!!

Clubs are required to provide a club list of participants by December 09, 2016. This will allow us to organize the camp properly.

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (403) 892-6099 E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

2016-2017 Judo Alberta Coaching Tip #3: Competition Key Performance Factors

Competition Key Performance Factors

When developing your practice plans for your competition athletes it is important to understand the match flow and the key performance factors that will allow the athletes have a good competition. In all sports there are key factors that need to be focuses on to ensure that there will be a positive out come; in basket ball if might be shoot 95% from the free throw line and 80% offensive rebounding; in hockey it might be shots on net and puck possession, etc…in these cases it increases their teams chances of winning. In judo it starts with the placement of the hands and an understanding how to apply an attacking plan. Each athlete needs to have a plan that is suited to their judo but respecting the basic rules in grip control, posture and movement patterns. Below you will find a break down of Key performance Factors that will help athletes have more positive outcomes than negative ones in competitions.

Dominate Grip: 60% to 70% or better
Athletes are required to dominate their opponents in grip fighting exchanges in effort to get themselves into better throwing positions. It is important that the athlete understands that they might not be able to get the dominate grip in every sequence but is able to manage the situation. It is important that the athlete is making first hand contact that is respecting the basic rules of grip control.

First to Attack: 60% to 70% or better
Athletes need to be able to be first to the attack in most gripping situations. There should be little hesitation when the athlete has a superior grip. The athletes also need to be able to attack off the grip with a variation of the technique they are trying to apply. The goal is for the attacks to be effective and not “flop & drop”. Effective attacks will allow athletes to create reactions; the ability to attack in sequences and in combinations. Athletes need to also develop the ability to block/stuff effective attacks from their opposition.

Win Penalty Game:
It is important that athletes stay a head of the penalty game. Athletes need to be able have positive judo and limit the amount of negative penalties given to them. It is important that the athletes are able to force their opponents to take penalties. With every penalty given the pressure and tactical match play changes. The ability to win the penalty game gives them the ability to control the tempo of the match.

Catch Rate in Ne-waza: 20% or better
Athletes need to be ready to take advantage of their opponents missed attacks and apply ne-waza techniques. They need to have the ability to show progression in the situation to avoid stops from the referee.
Athletes need to have 1-2 effective techniques for 7 basic competition transition situations.

Defense Rate Ne-waza: 95% or better
Athletes need to be ready to defend 7 basic competition transitions situations. They need to have the ability to close the door / attacking areas.

Have a good day

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Elite Athlete Funding Announcement

The Judo Alberta coaching staff 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: September 01, 2016 to December 15, 2016


A) Athletes Selected by Judo Canada to participate in International Events
B) International Events recognized by Judo Canada (National Team Handbook) & Judo Canada RTC International Competitions/Tours
C) National Point Events and Training Camps
D) Special Provincial Training Camps

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

The Judo Alberta coaching staff is allocating $4,000.00 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. Please see a list of example tournaments that we will fund on the Elite athlete funding policy.

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

• Please supply receipts with the application – this will expedite the processing of the funds

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is:

December 16, 2016

Please submit funding applications to Ewan Beaton: ewan@judoalberta.com
Please click here to view the application.

• Judo Alberta will only accept applications by email or given directly to the HP Coach

Thank you

Judo Alberta Coaching Staff

EYJS Monthly Judo Tournament Nov 12, 2016


Click here to view the technical package.

Provincial Training Camp, November 26th & November 27th, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for training camp:

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


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


800-900 Physical Training & Drills
900-1000 Break
1000-1230 Judo Review/ Randori

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (403) 892-6099
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

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