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

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: http://lajudo.com/Lethbridge_Judo/Home.html

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 18st

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

U of A Judo Championship Results

Here are the results from the U f A Judo Championship this past weekend in Fort Saskatchewan:

2016 U of A Results (pdf)

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make this tournament a success!

Judo Alberta

Judo Alberta AGM Minutes

Congratulations to the new Judo Alberta executive.

President- Trevor Hazell
VP Admin- Steve Norris
VP Finance- Denise Morgan
Treasurer – Kelly Thornton
Secretary- Jennifer Parker
Women’s Rep- Tammy Thornton
Athletes Rep- Kevin Tamikado
Registrar- Helen Bienert
Regional Chair- TBD

To view the 2016 Judo Alberta AGM minutes please click here.
2016 Annual Report

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

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