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U of A Competition Key Early Season Learning

Hello everyone,

It was great to see so many people at the U of A competition and the changes of the kids from 6 months ago. It always amazes me how quickly a young athlete can change in 6 months from growth, training or a combination of both.

1) Kumi-kata: It is important that athletes develop more intensity in their gripping situations and control. The gripping needs to be done in a purposeful way with higher intensity and power. Remember that posture is key for all judo situations. (Keep straight, strong and mobile)

2) Attacking Frequency: It is important that athletes attack more frequently and in sequences. Encourage athletes to attack in twos and threes…..they have to try to develop combinations and action reaction to make their judo more effective.

3) Off the grips attacking: It is important that athletes change the flow of a match up with an off the grip attack. Athletes can attack from one grip on their opponent or start their attack as they are gripping.
(grip and attack at the same time) Athletes need to understand that they do not need to have the perfect sleeve and lapel grip to attack but instead they can sometimes be creative with off the grip attacks.

4) Quadrant Attacking / Attacking Plan: To often in matches we saw athletes only attacking in one direction with one technique for the full match. Remember that athletes should try to have a strong technique in all quadrants. They also need to understand that after a strong attack with their best technique the ability to attack in another quadrant has just opened up. (360 Judo Development)

5) Transition: There were some good examples of transitioning to ne-waza on the weekend. Remember that all athletes should have 1-2 dependable techniques they can use at competition. They need to be drilled in all areas when using it: blocking a throw, knocking your opponent down are the basics situations that need to be drilled.

It was great to see so many coaches at the competition working with their athletes! Keep up the good work!

Judo 360
Judo 360 Explain

Have a good day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

2016 Senda Cup Tournament


December 3-4, 2016

To view the technical package please click here.


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

Clubs wishing to hold remote weigh-ins need to apply to the Tournament Chairman by
November 10th, 2016 and comply with the Judo Alberta Remote Weigh-in Policy and Club requirements.


Weigh-ins: U10/U12/U14…..7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Competition: U10/U12/U14…..10:00 a.m.
Weigh-ins: U16/U18/U21…..2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Weigh-ins: Senior/Master…..7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Kata:…..9:00 a.m.
Competition: U16/U18/U21/Senior/Master…..10:00 a.m.


– For divisions where there is only one competitor the Tournament Director may permit exhibition matches.
– Blue judogis mandatory in Senior Brown/Black divisions.
– Females must wear a plain white tee shirt under judogi.
– Judo Canada rules, with modifications for U10 to U16 as per current Judo Canada guidelines.

Tournament Director:

Guy Pomahac – guy.pomahac@lethsd.ab.ca

Registration Coordinator:

Vickie Nakagama – nakav@hotmail.com

U of A Invitational Judo Championship Registrations



October 22, 2016


Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta


Kata Competition at 8:00 am October 22, 2016.
Shiai at 8:30 am. Order with start with youngest and smallest categories and move up.

Weigh Ins:

Friday, October 21, 2016 – 6-8 PM at Dow Centennial Centre


Veterans – 3 minutes
Senior Men – 5 minutes
Senior Women– 4 minutes
U21 Junior Men / Junior Women – 4 minutes
U18 Cadet Men / Cadet Women – 4 minutes
U16 Juvenile Men / Juvenile Women – 3 minutes
U14 Male / Female – 2 minutes
U10 & U12 – 1.5 minute non-stop matches; possible mixed gender

Tournament Registrant List

Tournament Director:

Kelly Palmer – kellypal@telusplanet.net

To view the technical package please click here.
To view the registration spreadsheet please click here.

Coaching Tip #2

Kumi-Kata: Get a Grip with a purpose

In this clip Neil Adams explains that all top judoka do not accidentally let things happen in a match. Great judoka take the grip they want and put their opponents in situations where they can successfully execute their best throw and attacking plan.

It is important that coaches focus on teaching grip control when their athletes are competing against same side opponents and opposite side opponents. The goal in both situations is the same; have more advantage in gripping than your opponent.


Please send a minimum of 10 minutes each practice talking about kumi-kata and great drills, throwing drills and randoris with the basic

Same side situation: Control your opponents sleeve first; then put the second hand on the lapel or on the back.

Opposite side situation: Inside lapel control and then work towards getting the sleeve

I have attached Basic Gripping Theory and Grip Fighting in Practice (Jimmy Pedro)


In this clip Neil Adams has a great point about blocking and putting your opponent into better position before continuing with the transition. The first part of the technique (the catch) is often the most critical and the most lazily practiced by athletes. It is important that coaches have the athletes focus on the details and intensity needed to make the technique clean and effective.


Judo Canada HP Podium Stats (Attached)

Please find attached a stat break down for Antoine Valios-Fortier’s development into a world class athlete. I think this is important for coaches to look at because it gives you an idea of what you athletes will achieve to be on the podium at the Worlds/Olympics.

The winning percentage represents international matches.

Note: These stats can be translated to the Judo Alberta world when you are looking going from the provincial level to the national level. It is important that athletes compete often and have a good winning percentage.

Remember: Get your athlete long list in for the 2017 Open Nationals!

Have a great weekend!


Basic Gripping Theory
Grip Fighting In Practice
Judo Canada HP Podium Stats

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Regional Training Camp Calgary October 28-29, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for regional training camp location:

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

Friday October 28, 2016

18:00-20:00 Randori & Technical

Saturday October 29, 2016

800-900 Physical Training
900-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Technique & Ne-waza randori
12:30PM – 14:00PM Technique & Randori

Please bring judogis to the physical training.

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (403)892-6099
E-mail: e.beaton.judo@gmail.com

U of A Competition Training Session – Sunday October 23, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Sunday October 23, 2016

9:00-11:30 Technique & Randori
Address for U of A Competition Training Session Location:

Tolide Judo Kwai
Dow Centennial Centre
84 St. & 87 Ave. Fort Saskatchewan

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
E-mail: Ewan@judoalberta.com

2016 NCCP Dojo Assistant Course


October 28 commending at 5:30PM-10:00PM
October 29 commending at 8:30AM-6:00PM
October 30 commending at 8:30AM-1:00PM


Ishi Yama Judo Club, 240 90 Ave SE (Acadia Rec Centre)


$250/person payable to Judo Alberta, this can be paid upon arrival.


Course materials will be provided


Pen, paper and judogi

Please register online by October 20, 2016

I look forward to seeing you there,

To view the pdf version of the notification please click here.

Keith Bibbey
NCCP Chair
Judo Alberta

EYJS Monthly Tournament October 8, 2016

Click here to view the tournament technical package

Antoine Valois-Fortier to visit Hayabusa Training Centre

training camp

Hayabusa Training Centre would like to invite you to our next seminar, featuring Canadian Olympic bronze medalist, Antoine Valois-Fortier.

November 19, 2016 (1pm-4pm)
3 Hour Seminar
Kids over 12 welcome
September pre-registration $50
After September $65

Click link below to register

Hayabusa Training Centre Ltd. is located in St.Albert, Albert, Canada.
#110, 145 Carleton Dr.
St.Albert, AB, T8N 3S6
(780) 419-7177

Please email us for any other questions!

Judo Alberta Yudansha Grading

Where: Calgary
When: November 19, 2016 Saturday
Starting Time: Noon
Venue: Hiro’s Judo Club Dojo (1919 27 Ave NE #115, Calgary)

Go to the Judo Alberta website http://www.judoalberta.com/forms-publications/ and download the Judo Canada Grading Forms 2016 excel file for complete instructions and forms. The Dan Grading Syllabus can also be downloaded. Please note that a Judo Canada Passport is required and candidates must apply directly to Judo Canada. The passport must be mailed with the Grading forms to the address below.

Please send all properly completed forms and passport to Gord Okamura (Grading Secretary) to:
11247 – 59 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T6H 1G2

However, please email your draft excel file to gyokamura@gmail.com beforehand for initial feedback.

All forms postmarked AFTER November 7, 2016 WILL NOT be accepted for this Grading. Candidates who do not submit proper forms or the Judo Canada passport will not be considered for grading on November 19th. (No handwritten)

Thank you,

Joe Meli – Grading Chair
cc: Gord Okamura

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