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.

Western Canada Open Kata Championships

Western Canada Open Kata Championships

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Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp, February 16-17, 2019

Division: U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for training camp:Tolide Judo Kwai

Dow Centennial Centre, 84 St. & 87 Ave. Fort Saskatchewan

Saturday February 16, 2019
1300-1500 Ne-waza Technique & Randori
1500-1700 Break
1700-1900 Tachi-waza Technical & Randori

Sunday February 17, 2019
800-900 Fitness & Drills
900-1000 Break
1000-1150 Review & Randori

2019 Open Nationals Qualification Update: Including this camp there are two more Open Nationals Qualification Provincial camps in Alberta. U16/U18/U21 athletes need to participate in 3 training camps in the season to be eligible for nationals. Seniors only need to participate in 1 training camp. Competition Minimums: 20 matches or 4 competitions for U16 and 5 competitions for U18/U21/Senior. Veteran and Ne-waza competitors need to compete in 1 training camp. Talk to your coaches/clubs regarding your status.

2019 Open Nationals Selection Criteria: https://www.judoalberta.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/3-02-Team-Selection-Policy-1.pdf

2019 Veteran & Ne-waza Selection Criteria: https://www.judoalberta.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/3-09-Team-Selection-Policy-for-Nationals-Ne-Waza-Competition.pdf

Next Provincial/National Camp: March 11-12-13, 2019, Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall

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

February 2019 Training Camp Notice

Inter- Provincial Training Camp: BC / Alberta / Saskatchewan: April 12 to April 14, 2019

Division: U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for training camp:  Lawrence Grassi Middle School – 610 7 Ave, Canmore, AB

 Cost for the camp:

Trackie Sign Up: $70.00 early bird March 29, 2019 / Late Deadline April 05, 2019 $100.00

Athletes ($70) TrackieReg.com/JAinterathlete     Coach ($0) TrackieReg.com/2019-JAintercoach

(Camp includes: 2 x breakfast, 1 supper and 1 lunch to go on the Sunday)

Friday April 12, 2019               
Group 1 5:00PM to 6:45PM / Group 2 6:45PM to 8:30PM
Coaches Welcome 9:30PM @ Canmore Inn – Ballroom

Saturday April 13, 2019           
Breakfast 6:30AM Alberta / 7:00AM BC&SK @ Canmore Inn – Ballroom
Everyone Physical Training 8:00AM
Group 1 9:30AM to 11:00AM / Group 2 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Group 1 3:30PM to 5:30PM / Group 2 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Supper 6:30PM to 8:30 @ Canmore Inn – Restaurant
Movie Night: 8:30PM @ Canmore Inn – Ballroom

Sunday: April 14, 2019            
Breakfast 6:30AM Alberta / 7:00AM BC&SK @ Canmore Inn – Ballroom
Group 1 8:00AM to 9:30AM Judo / Group 2 8:00AM to 9:00AM – Physical
Group 2 9:30AM to 11:00AM Judo / Group 1 10:00AM to11:00AM – P.T.

Hotel Information:

Canmore Inn & Suites: 1402 Bow Valley Trail Canmore, AB, T1W 1N5 1.888.678.4656

Deluxe Queen Rail Side (2 queen beds, full bathroom) $125.99 per night plus taxes
Economy Double Road Side (2 double beds, shower) $116.99 per night plus taxes
Economy Double Rail Side (2 double beds, shower) $107.99 per night plus taxes
Efficiency King Rail/Road side (1 King bed, sofa bed, full bathroom, small kitchenette) $134.99 +tax

Ask for Judo Group Block – (90 rooms blocked)
Email: ewan@judoalberta.com   Phone: 403-892-6099

Alberta Canmore Camp April 2019 (1)


Provincial Training Camp – Red Deer (January 19-20, 2019)

Division: U16, U18, U21, SR – Green Belt and Above

Address for training camp:
Aka Shika Judo Club 87 Petrolia Drive Red Deer County, AB T4E-1B4

*Maximum of 40 athletes + 14 Canada Winter Games athletes


Saturday January 19, 2019:
1330-1600 Technique, Drills & Randori
1800-1915 Technical Session

Sunday January 20th, 2019
700-800 Physical Training & Drills
800-1030 Break/Breakfast
1030-1200 Randori Session

January 2019 Training Camp Notice

Kata Judging Seminar & Kata Clinic January 26th, 2019

For information please visit https://www.judocanada.org/event/kata-judging-seminar-kata-clinic/

2019 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships: Volunteers Needed

Dear Judo Alberta Members,

The Tolide Judo Club  will host the 2019 Provincial Judo Championship at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan on Saturday February 2.  We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help host the event.

If you are interested to help, please complete a volunteer form by January 20 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPYCWTG

Your support is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Richard Gagnon, Volunteer Coordinator at richardjgagnon9@gmail.com.

See you there!

2019 IJF Kata Competition Criteria for Evaluation

The International Judo Federation  (IJF) has released the new Kata competition criteria for evaluation. Please refer to the 2019 Kata Competition handbook for more details.


To download the handbook please click here.

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp

Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp taking place on January 19-20, 2019 at the Aka Shika Judo Club

Address: 87 Petrolia Drive, Red Deer County, AB T4E-1B4

Division: U16, U18, U21, SR – Green Belt and Above


Saturday January 19, 2019
1330-1600 Technique, Drills & Randori
1800-1915 Technical Session

Sunday January 20, 2019
700-800 Physical Training & Drills
800-1030 Break/Breakfast
1030-1200 Randori Session

2019 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships

2019 Provincials Invitation-Tolide

To download the tournament technical package please click here.

The 2019 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships will be held on February 2nd, 2019 at the Tolide Judo Club (8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4P5).

You must register for this tournament online at https://www.trackiereg.com/2019JudoABChamps by Sunday January 27th, 2019.

Weigh-Ins will take place on Friday February 1st at the following locations:

Dow Centennial Centre (8700 – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB) from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Red Deer Judo Club (Unit 6 – 87 Petrolia Drive, Red Deer, AB) from 7:00PM-8:00PM
Hiro’s Judo Club (#115, 1919-27 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB) from 7:00PM-8:00PM


Please note that this is a Team Alberta mandatory event.


Have a great day.

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