2016 Alberta Winter Games Confirmed Athletes

The athletes competing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games have been selected. To view the complete list please click here.

It is important that all athletes, coaches and chaperones remember to register as soon as possible at http://www.albertagames.com/default.aspx?p=albertawintergamesregistration

Elite Athlete Funding

The Judo Alberta coaching staffs 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 & December 13, 2015


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 our travelling out of province for tournaments or training camps at a national or international level.
The Judo Alberta coaching staffs is allocating $3,000.00 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.

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is: January 08, 2016
Please submit funding applications to Ewan Beaton: ewan@judoalberta.com

To view the application please click here.

Ewan Beaton
603 28B Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta

Thank you
Judo Alberta Coaching Staff

AWG Fight Off’s Zone 4-8 (December 12, 2015)


Dow Centennial Centre (87 Avenue – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan AB)

Weigh Ins:




Entry Fee:


Tournament format:

Round robin within each zone. Top 2 of each zone will then compete in a
Round robin competition combining the 4 zones.

Saskatchewan Open

Hello coaches,

Please find attached the technical package for the 2016 Saskatchewan Open on January 23-24, 2016 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Hotel Deadlines: December 22, 2015 and December 29, 2015

Entry Deadlines: January 15, 2016

The Sask Open is a Judo Canada regional point competition where athletes can gain points & standards for the national team for U18 Elite Nationals Selection / U21 & Senior Teams / Elite Nationals Selection.

If you have athletes that are interested in attending the 2016 Open Nationals in May 2016 it is important that athletes get out of province experience. (fight different people) The Sask Open is an excellent event to compete with different athletes and to have a great training the next day.

I would recommend the following:

Last year U16 athletes (2001) to compete in their U16 division and U18 to gain points for the 2017 Elite Nationals.

U18 National Team Points: 2016 Sask Open: 7 points / Second Place 5 Points

U18 athletes should be competing in U18 and Senior (if you are a green belt male compete in Senior Novice me)

U21 athletes should be competing in U21 and Senior (if you are a green belt male compete in Senior Novice me)

It is important that you compete in the senior division to score national team points & standards:

First Place 10 Points & G standard
Second Place 7 Points

Note: National Team Standards give athletes access to different level international events. A “G” standard for a U18 and U21 athlete can give them access to Judo Canada events. The Sask Open is a great opportunity for U18 and U21 athletes to get experience at the senior level.

Competing in the senior division is important so Western Canada can maintain Regional Point competitions in our regions. The woman’s divisions desperately need to have larger divisions. The goal is to have
8 athletes in all senior divisions – male and female. This will attract more athletes to the competition from other provinces.

Remember that any athlete who will be competing at the 2016 National Championships should be looking at a minimum of 40 matches in the year.
(40 to 80 matches is ideal)

Have a great day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

To view the technical package please click here.

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp, December 18th-20st, 2015


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Fee for camp:

$ 20.00 per athlete (please give payment to Garry Yamashita on arrival at 1st session)

Address for training camp:

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

Friday December 18th

Athletes arrive
19h00-21h00 Judo Technical

Saturday December 19th

9h00-10h00 Circuit training
11h00-13h00 Judo Ne-waza
16h00-18h00 Judo Tachi-waza
19h00-21h00 Activity

Sunday December 20st

8h30- 9h30 Circuit training
9h30-10h00 Break
10h00-12h00 Judo tech/ randori
Good bye Merry X-mas!!!

Please bring running shoes and exercise clothing.

This Provincial training camp is #3 out of 4 Provincial training camp for this season. Please review the provincial team selection policy to know how many camps are required for minimum selection criteria.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: 306-370-7412
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Maximizing Weight Cutting Strategy to Enhance Performance

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) Performance Dietitian Kelly Drager has been leading her field through an innovative project with members of the Canadian Wrestling Team. The project has been funded through Innovations 4 Gold (I4G), an applied sport research program led by Own The Podium.

Drager and CSI Calgary Strength and Conditioning Coach Mac Read, with help from Research and Innovation Lead Erik Groves, have been gathering information to determine an ideal way for wrestlers to lose weight for competition weigh-ins, while minimizing the impact that it has on their performance. The data set that has been collected so far is from three different competitions (Pan-American Championships, PanAm Games, and World Championships) and according to Drager, could have a significant impact on performance and provide “progress for the sport.”

Their research aims to give athletes a performance plan that they can use to take the guesswork out of cutting weight. This should reduce stress on weigh-ins and thus place more emphasis on performance. Of the results, Drager says, “We are now starting to see trends within weight categories. It is beneficial to have a bandwidth for each weight category, creating specific guidelines.”

The team has tracked athletes’ weight and urine specific gravity (level of hydration) during weight cutting. The data shows how they rebound from weigh-ins to competition time. These weight cutting curves can help athletes use consistent, predictable plans at major events. Currently, Read and Drager are observing what is happening during regular training. By monitoring the athletes’ heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, weight, and urine specific gravity, they are able to identify what is normal during training weeks.

This project is particularly exciting because as Drager says, “It is very applicable to other weight category sports such as judo. Preparing these athletes for enhanced performance is the goal.”

Long-term, this project will also be useful to developmental athletes who will be able to recognize that performance, not weight cutting, is the main goal of the sport. For younger athletes, Drager wants to promote “better health, growth and bone development.”

Ultimately, this data set will help Canada’s top wrestlers have stronger performances on the international stage. However, more importantly, Drager emphasizes that it “is going to help ensure better development and health of athletes.”

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Brittany Schussler: @BSchussler
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto

2016 AWG Fight Offs & Registration

The fight-offs are coming up soon. Have you registered as an athlete, coach, chaperone, or technical official yet? If not, click on the link below to register

The Alberta Winter Games are being held in Medicine Hat, Ab. on Feb 13-16.

Here is a list of important information:

2016 Judo technical package
2016 Judo Schedule
Fight off technical package
Athlete/Coach/Chaperone Registration forms
Technical Officials form
Online Registration Instructions
On-line Registration

Important dates:

Regional Fight offs: Lethbridge Dec 4 2015, Fort Saskatchewan Dec 12 2015
Athlete Fills completed: Dec 15, 2015
On-Line Reg. to be completed: Jan 8, 2016
Coaches/Athlete meetings: TBD
Travel to Games: Feb 13, 2016
Competition: Feb 14-15, 2016
Return from Games: Feb 16, 2016

All athletes must bring in the COMPLETED registration form to the fight-offs otherwise they will not be able to participate.

Athletes/coaches/chaperones are also requested to go online and complete their registration ASAP

Please note there is a $10 fee to compete in the fight offs. Once teams are confirmed, each club will be invoiced, after the Games, the $60 per athlete that actually attends the Games. There is no fee for coaches/chaperones.

Parents that are planning on attending should make hotel reservations ASAP.

Administrative Assistant of the National Training Centre

Judo Canada is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant for the National Training Centre in Montreal, QB.

Tasks and Responsibilities of the Administrative Assistant for the National Training Centre (AANTC)
1. Reporting lines
– Reports to : High Performance Manager
– Interacts with : Executive Director, High Performance Director, Assistant National Coaches, Chief Therapist, Carded athletes and other athletes at the NTC, other members of the IST, and staff of the INS-Q.

2. Key responsibilities
– Control admission of visitors, filter phone calls and mail for the HP program at the NTC.
– Provide new athletes with orientation to the NTC and the city.
– Assist the HP Manager to coordinate the activities of the national team.
– Manage the booking needs of INS-Q space.

To view a detailed job description please see the link below.


Quebec Open Results (Unofficial)

Age Athlete Placing /Win – Loss
U18 Tanner Sudo 1st 4 – 0 81kg
U18 Atlas Mark Blanchette-van Oploo DNP 3-2 66kg
U18 David Wu DNP 2-2 60kg
U18 Isa Dzhabrailov DNP 0-2 73kg
U18 Alexandra Hélène Gagnon 2nd 2-2 57kg
U18 Virginia Nemeth 1st 4 – 0 48kg
U18 Taeya Koliaska 2nd 4-1 48kg
U18 Sarah Perks 1st 2-0 o70kg
U18 Annabelle Darlow DNP 0-2 o70kg
U18 Adam Thomson 3rd 5-1 66kg
U18 Christian Hill DNP 1-2 66kg
U18 Max Brown DNP 0-2 55kg
U18 McKenzie Grayson Adam Joseph Morgan DNP 0-2 73kg

Age Athlete Win – Loss
U21 Ty Nakano 5th 2-2 60kg
U21 Keira Trotter 3rd 1-2 78kg
U21 Dawson Mandel 7th 2-2 81kg
U21 Hanako Kuno 1st 3-0 63kg
U21 Chris Bailey 5th 2-2 81kg

Age Athlete Win – Loss
U16 Jan Prus-Czarnecki 5th 3-2 55kg
U16 Declan Charles Harding 5th 3-2 50kg
U16 Nicholas Pierre Frederick Gagnon 7th 2-2 50kg
U16 Jakob Gorodetsky DNP 0-2 50kg
U16 Ema Tesanovic DNP 0-2 40kg
U16 Despina Christou DNP 0-2 52kg
U16 Kiera Westlake 1st 3-0 44kg
U16 Joel DeMaere 1st 5-0 60kg
U16 Brady Dixon 3rd 3-1 46kg
U16 Bogdan Tessa 3rd 4-1 60kg

Age Name Win – Loss
SR Alexandra Hélène Gagnon 5th 2-2 57kg
SR Virginia Nemeth 3rd 1-2 48kg
SR Taeya Koliaska 3rd 2-2 52kg
SR Sarah Perks DNP 0-2 o78kg
SR Tanner Sudo DNP 0-2 81kg
SR Dawson Mandel DNP 2-1 81kg
SR Tait Wiley 5th 3-2 73kg
SR Errin Morgan 1st 3-0 48kg
SR Keira Trotter DNP 0-2 78kg
SR Hana Kuno 5th 3-2 63kg
SR Ty Nakano 5th 3-2 60kg
SR Darren Elcock DNP 3-2 73kg

Katame no Kata and Nage no Kata Clinic (November 21-22, 2015)

The Judo Alberta Grading Board is pleased to announce that Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer, who have recently placed 5th at the 2015 IJF World Kata Championships in Amsterdam in Katame no Kata will be hosting a kata clinic.


November 21, 2015: 10:00 – 18:00 Katame no Kata (possibly beginning Nage no Kata on Saturday if Katame no Kata is completed early)

November 22, 2015: 9:00 – 12:00 Nage no Kata (first 3 sets)


Tolide Judo Club on November 21, 2015 (Dow Centennial Centre, 87 Avenue – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan)

St Albert Judo Club on November 22, 2015 (42C Riel Drive, St Albert)

These Kata are designed to improve both your ground techniques and your throws – they are not just for Black Belts!


$25.00 at door.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Palmer at kellypal@telusplanet.net

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