Hundreds of black belts return to Edmonton Judo Championship next weekend at WEM

Edmonton International Judo Championship a continued success after 12 years

Edmonton, March 5, 2018: Edmonton will again welcome over 800 competitors – hundreds of whom are black belt fighters – to the 2018 Edmonton International Judo Championship in West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace next weekend.

The Edmonton International Judo Championship is the largest full range judo event in Canada and features male and female athletes from under-10 years of age to adulthood.
Families and visitors are guaranteed a FREE, action-packed weekend beginning Friday, March 9th starting with a 2016 Olympic silver medalist Travis Stevens leading a youth oriented training camp at 2pm. We expect to attract a huge number of Judoka, as athletes look to Travis, a icon in the sport, for the latest technical direction in competitive judo. The training camp and other related events, including of course the Saturday Sunday competition, provides athletes with a tremendous opportunity to acquire valuable, high quality, national and international competition knowledge and experience.


The tournament’s huge volume of fighters and multi-day format, ensures a smooth, organized flow of events for every competitor; and the word is getting around. “As a result of the historic success of our tournament”, suggests Tournament Director Mark Hicks “we have received multiple inquires from judoka around the world.” And now have athletes registered to attend this year from the USA, France, Croatia, and Venezuela.

Undoubtedly, the venue – West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace – unlike any other judo tournament venue in the world is one of the draws. The mall provides a unique opportunity for the display and demonstration of judo. As a result over 100,000 people per day walk around the enclosed but open air tournament site.
For more information, photo/video ops and to arrange interviews, contact Tournament Director Mark Hicks:

Media Contact: Mark Hicks, Tournament Director
Phone: 780-782-3669 Email: Website: