2017 U.S Open Judo Championships – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Blue Wave was well represented in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the 2017 U.S Open! Here are some results from the weekend.

Day 1:
Ceceilia Medilo -48kg cadet Gold
Ema Tesanovic -44kg cadet Gold
Anna Plus-C -47kg u15 Gold
Katsuo Leung – 48kg u15 Gold
Alex Wu -64kg u15 Gold
Michelle Griseles -53kg u15 Silver
Nathan Demare -58kg u15 Silver
Aiden Lazenby -40kg u15 Bronze
Katsuji Leung -53kg u15 Bronze
Andrew Micu -53kg u15 Bronze
Alex Wilczek -50kg cadet 5th place

Day 2:
1st place Ema Tesanovic -44kg Junior
5th place Ty Nakano -73kg Junior
5th place Max Brown -55kg Junior
1-2 Keenan Hanearin- Balczer -38kg intermediate 2
N.C Blake Sudo -66kg Junior
N.C Nicholas Gagnon -66kg Junior

Judo Alberta LTAD Committee Chair Position

Judo Alberta is currently seeking a member of the association to act as the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Committee Chair to promote the theories and practices of the LTAD Model to coaches and clubs across Alberta in order to develop a standard of excellence in athlete development and lifelong participation.


1. Disseminates information on theory and technical clinics by putting notices in the Newsletter.
2. Administers the annual approved budget for LTAD programs.
3. Sends copies of all correspondence to the Secretary.
4. Assists in making decisions on funding and participation in advanced training and education courses.
5. Submits short articles to Newsletter to encourage incorporation of the LTAD program into coaching and organizational planning.
6. Facilitates attendance at and planning for LTAD related clinics.
7. Delegate’s logistical support to ensure that clinics run smoothly.
8. Prepare and submit a summary report for the Annual General Meeting.

1. Maintains contact with Judo Canada and Coaching Association of Canada in order to disseminate LTAD information.
2. Maintains contact with other provincial Judo Associations and Judo Canada in order to coordinate advanced training.

1. Expenditures limited to the approved budget of LTAD Committee.
2. Must work within the schedule and priorities of Judo Alberta.

1. A current member of Judo Alberta.
2. NCCP Level II certified.
3. Enthusiasm for organizing people and materials.
4. Administrative ability and clerical support for preparation and review of policies, procedures and correspondence.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications for the position no later than Friday August 18th, 2017 to Nate MacLellan (judo@judoalberta.com) .

Kind Regards,

Nate MacLellan, BSM
Executive Director

Team Alberta Selection policy and funding criteria for National Championships 2018

This Policy is used to develop a provincial team list for national championships. These criteria are in place because the Judo Alberta Coaching Committee wants to be sure that every member of Judo Alberta has the opportunity to participate on the provincial team, as long as they achieve the minimum requirements. The Coaching Committee wants to be sure that Judo Alberta allocated funding is being used for serious athletes at their respective age level, using the LTAD program for competitions.

To view the complete policy please click here.

2017 Pan American Cadet Championships – Cancun, Mexico

Alberta was well represented at the 2017 Pan American Cadet Championships in Cancun, Mexico! Congratulations to:

Joel Demaere 2nd 60kg (3-1)
Cecilia Medilo 3rd 48kg (3-1)
Emma Tesanovic 5th 44kg (1-2)
Kiera Westlake 7th 52kg (1-2)
Annabelle Darlow NC +70kg

All results from the event can be found at http://www.judoinside.com/event/11792/2017_Pan_American_U18_Championships_Cancun

2018 Judo Alberta Provincial Championship Bid Opportunity

Judo Alberta is now accepting bids for the 2018 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships. If you are interested in hosting, please provide a bid application to the Judo Alberta office in electronic form (via email c/o Nate MacLellan, Executive Director, judo@judoalberta.com) no later than Friday July 14, 2017. To be included is the following information:

• Club information for bidding club
• Venue information (must have a minimum 3 mat areas plus a warmup area)
• Seating capacity
• Number of people available to volunteer and assist in running event
• A list of previous events that your club has hosted
• Dates interested in hosting (Recommended dates are February 3rd or February 10th, 2018)
• Host hotel information
• Any additional information that might be helpful for the Executive Committee to make an informed decision

If you require any additional information, please contact the Judo Alberta office at 780-427-8379.

Kind Regards,

Nate MacLellan
Executive Director – Judo Alberta

Regional Training Camp June 23-24, 2017


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Canada Winter Games Athletes: Judo Alberta would like to see all Canada Winter Games eligible athletes at this training. (athletes born 2001 to 2004)

Address for regional training camp location:

Tokugawa Judo Club
9647 62nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

Friday June 23, 2017

19:00-21:00 Technique/Randori

Saturday June 24, 2017

9:00-10:00 Physical Training & Drilling
10:00-11:00 Break
11:00-13:00 Technique & Randori

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

Judo Canada Awards and Recognition

Judo Alberta was well represented at the 3rd Annual Judo Canada Awards and Recognition presentation in conjunction with the Judo Canada Nationals banquet.

The Awards and Recognition Committee’s mandate is to recognize the contribution of our volunteers and athletes at all levels who meet the gold standard of commitment to our sport and are crucial to the development and advancement of Judo in Canada.

Mark Hicks

(Outstanding Shiai Volunteer Award)
Mark Hicks started judo at 10 years old in Manitoba and to this day he is still involved in the sport. He has been running the St. Albert Tokai Judo Society for the last 27 years. Using his professional management skills, he became actively involved in a community based organization that covers multiple cities in Alberta. Each year, the organization runs five regional tournaments with the intent of introducing our younger judoka to competition. It also helps prepare parents and volunteers to run the tournaments.
Mark has provided continuous leadership and direction to his group in all aspects of its operation since the early 2000’s. In 2006, they created the Edmonton International Judo Championship. Their organization worked diligently and their efforts have resulted in what is now a very-well run tournament in Canada. This event has grown from a regional base to one with international reach. In 2017, there were 925 competitors registered to compete.

Garry Yamashita

(Outstanding Board & National Committee Contribution Award)
Garry Yamashita is the President and Technical Director of the Hiro’s Judo Club. He has been in judo for 47 years and currently holds the rank of rokudan. His original sensei was Mr. Oye from Manitoba. He came to Alberta in 1981 and was a provincial team member for many years before becoming a provincial coach.
Garry is a member of the National Grading and Kata Commission for Judo Canada. He is also a member of the sub-team that revised the National Grading Syllabus this past year. He is a nationally certified kaya judge and active as a kata judge provincially, inter-provincially, and at the national championships.
Garry is also a member of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Committee for Judo Canada. His role is to help deliver the Competition Development Course and review and revise the NCCP policies as required. Garry has been certified as an NCCP Learning Facilitator and is currently working on becoming certified as an NCCP Coach Evaluator.

Brian Fujimoto

(Most Outstanding Referee Contribution Award)
Brian is a member of the Judo Canada Referee Committee since 2016. Since then, he has played a rolein many international competitions such as:
– Member of the Commission during the National Championship in Calgary on May 2016
– Member of the Commission and examiner for Nat A and B referee examination at Pacific International, Richmond BC, March 4-5th, 2017
– Referee at the Abierto Pan-American Open in Santiago, Chili, on March 17-19th, 2017
– Member of the Commission at the National Championships 2017 in Calgary Alberta, May 25-28, 2017/

Kiera Westlake

(Most Outstanding U16 Female Athlete of the Year)
– 2017 U18 Invitational Judo Championship (3rd)
– 2017 Invitational Judo Championship (3rd)
– 2016 U18 Ontario Open (2nd)
– 2016 U18 Quebec Open (3rd)

Annabelle Darlow

(Most Outstanding U18 Female Athlete of the Year)
– 1st in points U18 (Feb 2017)
– U18 Invitational Judo Championship (1st)
– National Championship Elite 8 (2nd)
– Ontario Open 2016 (1st)
– Quebec Open 2016 (1st)
– 2016 U18 Canadian Open Judo Championships (2nd)

Joel Demaere

(Most Outstanding U18 Male Athlete of the Year)
– 1st in points U18 (Feb 2017)
– 2017 Saskatchewan Open (1st)
– U18 Invitational Judo Championships (2nd)
– 2016 Ontario Open (1st)
– 2016 U21 Quebec Open (3rd)

2017 Canadian Judo Championships Wrap Up

The 2017 Canadian Open Judo Championships were once again a tremendous success. A special thank you to Judo Canada, the Local Organizing Committee and all of the volunteers who dedicated their time into making this event world class.

Congratulations to Team Alberta on an amazing performance. The hard work and dedication by both coaches and athletes throughout the year payed off as Alberta collected a combined 51 medals setting a new provincial record!

Here are all of the results from the weekend:

Nage No Kata U21
Nage No Kata
Kime No Kata
Katame No Kata
Ju No Kata
Goshin Jutsu

Honorary Black Belt Presented at the Open Nationals


Judo Alberta and Judo Canada are pleased to welcome the City of Calgary Mayor Mr. Naheed Nenshi with an honorary black belt.

Thank you to the City of Calgary and Mr. Mayor Nenshi for your support in hosting the 2017 Canadian Open Judo Championships!

2017 Canadian Open Judo Championship Underway!


The 2017 Canadian Open Judo Championships are underway at the Calgary Olympic Oval!
You can catch all of the action live at http://www.judocanada.tv/
All the results can be found at http://www.judocanada.tv/resultatsresults/

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