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2019 Canada Winter Games Wrap Up

2019 Canada Winter Games Wrap Up

On behalf of Judo Alberta we would like to give a special thank you to all of the athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers who helped make the 2019 Canada Winter Games such a memorable experience.

Congratulations to Team Alberta on an amazing competition. Your accomplishments were one for the record books! Here are some moments from the 2019 CWG:

Thank you to Richard Gagnon and the Canada Winter Games mission staff on putting together this amazing video.

 

 

 

Edmonton International Judo Championships – Volunteers Needed

Edmonton International Judo Championships – Volunteers Needed

Hello Judo Alberta Members,

With the Edmonton International Judo Championships coming up on March 8-10th, 2019 at the West Edmonton Mall,  we are now recruiting volunteers to help coordinate one of the biggest Judo tournaments in North America.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this event please sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPRVCLY .

Thank you,

Judo Alberta

Day 2 Recap From Canada Winter Games

Day 2 Recap From Canada Winter Games

Day 2 of competition started off with a number of quick matches.  Lochlan Young of BC threw Geoffrey Woodford of PEI in the first 15 seconds of the match.  In the next match Loc Cassista of NB counters Connor Steele of NS also in the first 15 seconds which resulted in an injury when Connor reached out with his hand.  On the women’s side, Caleigh Kuramoto BC threw Hailey Peddle NS in the first 10 seconds and a few bouts later Samia Boussarhane QC threw Shannon Caines NS for the ippon win in the first 10 seconds.  Experience was a key factor in each of these matches. As the day progressed the matches became longer as many of the experienced competitors were more tactical in their matches and used deliberate gripping strategies to make more effective attacks or force their opponents to take penalties.

In the -57 kg female division, Kiera Westlake methodically controlled the match and won over Caleigh Kuramoto by penalties.  Sarah Ekosky of Manitoba won the bronze medal over Anne-Clara Guerin of Quebec and Alyssandra Manuel of Ontario captured the second bronze medal by defeating Elysia Kehrig of Saskatchewan.

In the -63 kg division Isabelle Harris of BC threw Sierra Tanner of Nova Scotia for a half point and managed to keep the lead till time ran out for Sierra.  The bronze medal went to Ilhem Boussarhane of Quebec who countered Rachel Krapman of Ontario. In the other bronze medal match, Teyana Roberts of Alberta beat out teammate Greta Goasdoue-Wallace.

The -70kg division was run as two pools and in the semi finals Brae Booth of BC won over Keeley Hussey of New Brunswick.  While Bailey Doerfler lost to Ilhem Ouali of Quebec.

Hussey and Doerfler received bronze medals while Booth and Ouali proceeded to the finals.  In the finals it would be Brae Booth who came out on top with the gold. “It was harder than the first match I had with her in the pool round.” said Booth.  “I just had to take my time and wait for the right moment.”

In +70kg female division Coralie Godbout of Quebec won the gold over Samantha Ulrich of Manitoba.  The bronze medal went to Emma Mullett of Newfoundland who beat out fellow Newfoundlander Natalie Freake.  Janessa Keays also took home a bronze medal by beating out Emilie Townsend of Nova Scotia.

On the men’s side, in the -73 kg division, Nick Gagnon lost to Victor Gougeon-Gaz by two half points.  Both scores were from identical throws that Nick tried to walk over and got caught. The gold medal went to Victor and Nick had to settle for the silver.  The bronze medals in this division went to Lochlan Young of BC and Justin Ekosky of Manitoba.

The -81 kg division saw Payton Harris of BC squared off with Alexandre Arencibia of Quebec. Alexandre managed to score a half point by throwing Payton and follows up with a tight hold down to win the gold medal.  The bronze medal matches saw Taylor Althouse win over Nicholas Langlois and Michael Akbashev won over Samuel Nadeau.

The +81 kg had an exciting final match of the day.  Ian Ryder of BC threw Martin Penchev of Quebec and although the referee called it a full point, it was downgraded to a half point.  Ian threw Penchev a second time to score the win by a full point. In the bronze medal match, Sasha Tanasiuk of Alberta surprises Owen Macumber of Ontario and chokes him out before he has a chance to tap out.  In the other match, Wilson Elliot of the Northwest Territories throws Ijob Hamraev of Manitoba to score the win and the bronze medal.

2019 Canadian Open Judo Championship Volunteer Opportunities

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G9M86MS 

Special Guest Instructor Announced for EIJT Camp

Provincial Championships – Results

Thank you to the Tolide Judo Club and all of the volunteers that helped coordinate Provincial championships this past weekend in Fort Saskatchewan.

Here are the complete results from the weekend.

final provincials feb 2 2019

2019 Provincial Championship Results

Coaching Kids of All Abilities – FREE Online Course

The Canadian Tire lead “Jump Start Program” developed a new on line course addressing working with children of different abilities and special needs – both medical and social.

This course can be access at: https://coachingallabilities.com/jumpstart/

For members of the sport community once you enter this code: CKOAA-X7J5B3R, the course  is offered for free until the end of February.

Certified NCCP coaches can claim it for Professional Development points in a self-directed activities.

Changes to the IJF Junior Weight Divisions

Dear Partners,

The International Judo Federation just informed us that as of January 1st, 2019,  the (U21) Junior Weight Divisions of -44 kg Female and -55kg Male are no longer included in the IJF Standards. Please distribute this information to all athletes and coaches who may be affected by this development.

Considering the fact that Judo Canada sporting season (September 1st to August 31st   of the next year)  is not consistent with the IJF season (January 1st to December 31st),  Judo Canada will not modify our domestic tournament standards for 2018/19 season.  However, junior athletes competing in the junior  -44 kg female division and -55kg male division, will no longer be considered for selection to international events.

Decision on this development and its impact on  Judo Canada domestic standards will be made by Judo Canada’s Sport Committee and will be reflected in the 2019/2020 Judo Canada Tournament Standards Policy.

Judo Alberta Lifetime Member Wally Litousky Passes Away

Dear Judo Alberta Members,

We are deeply saddened to advise that Judo Alberta Life Member Wally Litousky passed away at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Wally was truly passionate about the sport of judo and will forever be remembered in the Judo Alberta community for his accomplishments and legacy left behind.

In 1955 at age 17 Wally joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After boot camp and trade school he was sent to RCAF Base McDonald Manitoba where he and friend Kenny Greer started a judo club, learning most of his technique from a Kodokan book. This club later expanded and moved to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. In 1958 Litousky was posted to Germany and trained at the 4 Wing Baden-Baden judo club. In 1960 Judo Ontario’s Masao Takahashi was transferred to Baden-Baden base and between the two judo fanatics, the sport spread like wild fire. With Takahashi, Litousky visited many European judo clubs. In 1962 he was transferred back to RCAF Station Cold Lake where as a green belt he opened another club. Again, after only three months, he was re-deployed to Germany where he was stationed until 1968. During this stint in Germany he was promoted to Shodan. In between Judo and his career as a weapons technician, he also found time to marry his sweetheart Liz, whom he met in Canada but didn’t hook up with until 1964 in Germany.

Upon his return to Edmonton he ran the CFB Edmonton which, under his management, measured the highest base membership ever. The years of 1968 & 1969 were great years for Litousky as he won the provincial championships and fought at Nationals in Lethbridge.

After suffering a serious work related back injury, Litousky retired from competitive judo in 1976. The injury, although debilitating, did not extinguish his passion for the sport as he continued to volunteer countless hours to coaching and refereeing.

Following his retirement and a move from Cold Lake to Edmonton, Litousky hooked up with brown belt Yvonne Bedard whose keen interest to start a club pulled him back into the fold. The popular CFB Edmonton club opened in the fall of 1980 with membership of civilians and military alike exceeding 80 in some years. Litousky sponsored the club until 1983 when Bedard met an untimely passing from cancer. Following Bedard’s death, Litousky renamed the club North Edmonton Judo and became the club Sensei. Under his direction, the club achieved great success sending many athletes to national level events.

EYJS co founder Gil Hachey fondly recalls traveling around the province with Litousky to sport outreach clinics. “We would go to the outlying clubs in Grande Prairie, Cold Lake…sometimes towns requested us and we would just go”, Hachey said, of teaching the sport to members and non members alike.

“Wally used to hold the biggest tournament out of the Greisbach facility”, Hachey said, adding that over 350 athletes from northern Alberta would gather to compete in the annual event. And when the North Edmonton Judo Club closed in 2005 for redevelopment of the Greisbach property, Litousky quietly sold his equipment and joined the St. Alberta Judo Club who welcomed him with open arms.

Litousky’s passion for judo, in addition to his jovial and giving nature, has certainly
supported the growth of the sport in Edmonton.

A service for Wally will be held on Monday February 4, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Trinity Funeral Home (10530-116 street) in Edmonton.

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