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2018 Annual Award Winners

2018 Annual Award Winners

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Judo Alberta 75th Anniversary Gala this past weekend and helped make it a special night. We were very happy to announce our Annual Award winners at the gala to help celebrate the night. Congratulations to the following recipients:

Annual Awards:

Coach of the Year
Brad Seeman, Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

Volunteer of the Year
Anne Barg

Referee of the Year
Steve Norris

Club of the Year
Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

Athlete Awards:

U16 Male:
Nathan Demaere, Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

U16 Female:
Michelle Grisales, Hoku Sei Kan Judo Club

U18 Male:
Katsuo Leung, Hiros Judo Club

U18 Female:
Ema Tesanovic, Ishi Yama Judo Club

U21 Male:
McKenzie Morgan, Airdire Judo Club

U21 Female:
Virginia Nemeth, Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

Senior Male:
Joel Demaere, Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

Senior Female:
Hana Kuno, Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club

Provincial Referee Development Grant

Provincial Referee Development Grant

Provincial Referee Development Grant

Purpose:

To encourage members to pursuit refereeing. Two grants will be available in the amount of $250 each, one for southern Alberta and one for northern Alberta.

Grant Timeline:

September 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019

Provincial Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be U16 and up.
  • Minimum green belt or higher.
  • Must be a member in good standing with Judo Alberta.
  • Must have officiated two (2) regional tournaments (ex: Lethbridge or EYJS monthly)
  • Must pass their provincial C referee examination
  • Must have officiated a minimum three (3) of the following tournaments in the U14 categories and below:
    • Red Deer tournament
    • U of A
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Florence Senda
    • Katsuta Cup
    • Provincials

 

If there are more than one candidate in an area, the referee committee will choose the winner based on ability.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in applying for this grant, please contact referee committee chair Tammy Thornton at mrst@telusplanet.net

Thank you,

 

Judo Alberta Referee Committee

Judo Alberta 75th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Judo Alberta 75th Anniversary Celebration Gala

On November 17th, 2018 following the Annual General Meeting there will be a Judo Alberta 75th Anniversary celebration at WinSport (88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 5R5).

Doors will open at 6:00PM and dinner will start at 7:00PM.

Tickets are $30.00 each and can be purchased online at https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/judo-alberta-75th-gala/27981/#.W61AWGhKjIU .

Once purchased online, your ticket will be emailed to you. This event is on a first come first serve basis so get your tickets now!

Registration closes on November 9th!

 

EDMONTON, EDMONTON & EDMONTON

EDMONTON, EDMONTON & EDMONTON

Judo Canada is happy to announce that the analysis of submissions to host the Canadian Open Championships has come to an end, and that the host city has been chosen: the event will be hosted by the City of Edmonton for the next three years. Numerous cities were considered, but the support from Explore Edmonton, the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta was a major asset in the decision-making process for Judo Canada. “We are ecstatic to welcome athletes from across the country to Edmonton for the Judo Open Nationals in May 2019, 2020 and 2021” said Lindsay Harrison, Director of Edmonton Events. “Edmonton is proud to contribute to the development of amateur athletes and to the sport of judo in our city.”

“Judo Alberta is a very proactive organization. They are aware that hosting such a big national event has an impact on the expertise of their teams and volunteers, and that it represents a positive effect on the economy and the heritage for the long-term development of judo in their province. The savings for the parents, the clubs and the provincial association will be invested in larger-scale competitions, which is a significant asset for the development of young judokas at the international level,” explained Nicolas Gill, CEO and Director of High Performance of Judo Canada.

The event will take place in the Van Vliet Complex at the University of Alberta. Christine Legault, Associate Director at the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta, said: “The University of Alberta is very excited to play host to Canadian Open Judo Championships for the next three years. The Universiade Pavilion offers a large open space layout with tons of seating capacity. The atmosphere and expertise on campus makes the University the perfect venue for this event.”

Kelly Thornton, from the local organizing committee, added: “The Edmonton judo community is proud to host the Canadian National Open Judo Championships for 2019–2021. We have seen firsthand, through Calgary’s hosting of the 2016-18 Championships, what hosting this prestigious event does for the local judo experience. The event will bring over 700 judokas to our city to compete for a national title.

Edmonton is experienced in hosting major judo events, such as the Edmonton International Judo Championship, held each year in March at the West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace. The city has also hosted the 2015 Pan American Judo Championships, as well as the 2011 Senior Nationals and 2002 Junior Nationals. The experience and enthusiasm of the local volunteers will guarantee a successful event. Each of our partners brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, and we greatly appreciate their support. Finally, I couldn’t go without thanking the Government of Alberta: without their support and financial contribution, it wouldn’t be possible to organize such a great event.”

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Written by Sarah Mailhot for Judo Canada

Information:
Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
(514) 668-6279
P.ESPARBES@JUDOCANADA.ORG

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

Prerequisites:

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.
Supporters:

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.

Athletes:

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*

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:

Name

Weight

Judo Club

Taeya Koliaska

– 44kg

Lethbridge

Virginia Nemeth

– 48kg

Lethbridge

Jordan Pedersen

– 52kg

Tolide

Alexandra Gagnon

– 52kg

Tolide

Hana Varsanyi

– 57kg

Lethbridge

Keira Trotter

– 63kg

Lethbridge

Lauren Bury

– 63kg

Kodokwai

Jordan Landry

– 70kg

Tokugawa

Anastasia Lysyk

– 70kg

Lethbridge

Sarah Perks

– 78kg

Letbridge

Ty Nakano

– 55kg

Hiro’s

Justin McEachern

– 60kg

Airdrie

Brandon Martin

– 60kg

Airdrie

Ian Ayasse

– 60kg

Hiro’s

Tanner Sudo

– 66kg

Lethbridge

Matt Stephenson

– 66kg

Lethbridge

Greg Cooper

– 66kg

Airdrie

Colemann Lennarson

– 66kg

Tokugawa

Dawson Mandel

– 73kg

Lethbridge

Chris Bailey

– 73kg

Tokugawa

Derrick Pienkowski

– 73kg

Lethbridge

Jack Stephenson

– 73kg

Lethbridge

Theo Lysyk

– 81kg

Lethbridge

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

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo/Events/2014/July/22/2014-Junior-US-Open-Judo-Championships-and-International-Training-Camp 

 

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

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