History Of Judo Alberta

Our Organization

The Alberta Kodokan Black Belt Association, commonly known as Judo Alberta, is the governing body for the sport of Judo in the province of Alberta.

The Association, incorporated in 1960, is a non-profit organization which operates on funds from the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, fundraising programs, and membership fees. Judo Alberta serves the needs of its 1,400 members which consists of Judoka (athletes), instructors, coaches, officials, and supportive members.

Past Presidents

  • Yosh Katsuta – 1952 – 1957
  • E. Hashizume – 1957 – 1959
  • Yosh Senda – 1959 – 1977
  • Allan Sattin – 1977 – 1981
  • Ron Senda – 1981 – 1987
  • William Cox – 1987 – 1990
  • Frank Perich – 1990 – 1997
  • Mike Tamura – 1997 – 2003
  • Garry Yamashita – 2003 – 2009
  • Paul Hachey – 2009 – 2011
  • Gord Okamura – 2011 (interim)
  • Kelly Thornton – 2011 – present
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