2018 Judo Alberta Female Training Camp

It was a fun filled weekend in Pincher Creek, AB as the Barracuda Judo Club hosted the 16th Annual Female Training camp and sleepover!

A special thank you goes out to the Barricuda Judo Club for being excellent hosts, to our special guest Bianca Ockedahl, and to all of the amazing volunteers that made this special weekend happen!

To view more photos from the weekend please visit https://www.facebook.com/judoalberta 


2018 Canadian Open Judo Championships – Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at this prestigious event please sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXT7Q7F

If you have any question please contact judo@judoalberta.com

Thank you!

38th Annual Rocky Mountain Invitational

April 7, 2018
Genesis Place, 800 East Lake Blvd
Shane Homes Field House
Airdrie, AB
U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, U21 (Female and Male)
Senior Women and Senior Men
Entry Fees: 
$50.00 per judoka (There is no entry fee for the CWG Trials)
Additional Division $10
Entries will be accepted until March 26, 2018
Fees payable to the Rocky Mountain Invitational Judo Tournament
Judoka must be in the designated age and weight parameters using the year born.
Changing weight divisions will result in a $10.00 charge.
Minimum Rank: Yellow Belt (Gokyu)
To view the tournament technical package please click here.
To view the registration spreadsheet please click here.
To view the CWG registration spreadsheet please click here.

Provincial Training Camp March 24-25, 2018

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

Address for training camp:
Hiro’s Judo Club #115 1919 – 27th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta

Saturday March 24, 2018:
1300-1500 Technique
1500-1700 Break
1700-1930 Randori & Drills

Sunday March 25, 2018
800-900 Physical Training & Drills
900-1000 Break
1000-1200 Judo Review/Randori

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach

Phone: (403) 892-6099
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com


UPDATE: Tuesday March 6th

  • Training session
  • Referee sessions
  • Dress for Success & acceptance
  • Live broadcasting
  • Regional Time change


WE are moving the training session timeline at the West Edmonton Mall venue from 2pm to 3 pm Friday due to flight issues associated with Travis Stevens. As you may know, Travis is a resident of Boston and is flying in from Boston with a team, and the flight times makes a 2pm start impossible.

Additionally, we have had substantial feedback from incoming coaches and athletes, outside of our original age band (u16 & below), that they would like to participate. To accommodate this, and the potential increased participation, we are adding two additional international competitors to our instructor list to assist with this instructional oriented session. Jospi Tenzera, 90 kg and Marco Kumric, 100kg will also be on the mat Friday afternoon. These active and tournament participating judoka are members of Croatia’s national team, have a strong judo pedigree, and have demonstrated considerable success in the European circuit. They will provide a Euro perspective to Judo in the training session which I’m sure the additional interested participants will enjoy. All Instructors/coaches coming are welcome and encouraged to participate in this Friday afternoon event.


The Referee sessions are a two part event Friday.

Our VI session conducted by Dr. Gary Berliner IBSA Pan American Referee Commissioner and committee member of the IJF IBSA Commission, is a limited participation program that begins at noon Friday and will require transport to a dojo. Those interested in attending must contact Tammy Thornton Judo Alberta Chairperson at mrst@telusplanet.net and cc Brian Fujimoto Judo Canada Referee Committee member at jbfuj@telusplanet.net so that appropriate transport can be arranged to accommodate all present registered participants and those interested in registering now.

The Referees Symposium is to be held at the Executive Inn, a host hotel of our event. It will start at 7pm Friday and will include both referees and coaches interested in fully understanding the new 2018 IJF Contest Rules. Please be on time. It will be a seated seminar format with a small mat area for presentation as required. Dr Berlinger will be  a guest speaker and part of the panel. The panel, of considerable talent and experience, will handle all questions and would welcome pre-submission questions on the rule changes to ensure appropriate detailed responses. Please forward those questions to Brian Fujimoto, Judo Canada Referee Committee member at jbfuj@telusplanet.net

Dress for Success & Acceptance

We just need to reconfirm that all referees and coaches are cognizant of the dress requirements at events of this nature.

For Referees:

Dress code Men: formal suit (jacket, trousers, shirt and tie

Dress Code Women: jacket, trousers/skirt/dress, blouse

And formal shoes for both.

 Coaches are permitted to wear team tracksuit of Provincial, State, or National affiliation.


Live Broadcasting

The Edmonton International Judo Championship is a National A event and an important tournament in our Canadian National Circuit Program. Accordingly, the tournament will be broadcast live over the internet by Judo Canada for all interested parties both within and outside of Canada. To access the multi camera live four mat broadcasting we direct you to https://judocanada.tv/ Please share this with you appropriate club and regional members to ensure their ability to watch their fellow competitors and family members.

Regional Time change

Edmonton is subject to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME and the clocks regionally will roll ahead one hour effective at 2am Sunday morning. All competitors, coaches, and support staff must understand this and be prepared for an 8am start time Sunday morning which will feel like an hour earlier.


Thank you for your attention to this long and detailed update, the organizing committee is very interested in your complete satisfaction with your Edmonton International Judo Championship experience, hence our ongoing and continual communication with you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email.


Mark K. Hicks

Tournament Director

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: mhicks@sherwoodford.ca Website: www.edmontonjudo.com

Olympian Jimmy Pedro Seminar May 5, 2018

Date: Saturday May 5, 2018
Time: 12-1:30pm & 2:30-4pm
Location: Hayabusa Training Centre
Cost: $99/session early bird price (before April 1st) or $149 for both sessions

World Champion Jimmy Pedro is one of the most decorated judo players in American history. Jimmy is world renowned for his judo expertise, coaching ability, and training methods.

As a world renowned coach, his success at the 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games led to the victories of Kayla Harrison earning back-to-back gold medals and Travis Stevens earning a silver medal in 2016.

Jimmy is a two time Olympic bronze medalist in the sport of Judo (1996 & 2004), US Olympic Judo coach (2012 & 2016) & World Judo Champion 1999.

Seminar includes:
High-Level Judo Throws
Takedowns for BJJ
Gripping Techniques
Mental Preparation
Coaching & Training Strategies
Leadership Themes

Judo Alberta Female Training Camp March 17-18, 2018

Registration for the 2018 Judo Alberta Female Training Camp is now open!

March 17-18, 2018 hosted by the Barracuda Judo Club

St. Michael School
864 Christie Avenue
Pincher Creek

This years camp will feature special guest Bianca Okedahl who has represented Canada in many national and international events such as Paris Grand Slam, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Samoa, Belgium Ladies Open. Before retiring in 2011, she was ranked 37th in the world in the under 48kg category.

Time: Saturday March 17, 2018 Registration and welcome is from 11:30-12:30pm, Pick-up time is 12pm on Sunday March 18.


  • $40 per participant (this will include food, lodging, activities and gift)
  • $25 per chaperone (If you are not a judoka but want to chaperone for the weekend)
  • Release form must be filled out and sent with payment
  • Payment due with release forms.

 Please make cheques payable to Judo Alberta 

There are no age or belt restrictions so long as you are a member in good standing with Judo Alberta or another provincial judo association.  Judo techniques and strategies will be presented from a female perspective.  As well, this is a great opportunity for girls to get to know each other and spend some time with other female athletes.

Registration Deadline:  Friday March 9th, 2018

Mail Release and payment to:

Tammy Thornton
48 Howson Cres
Edmonton, AB, T5A 4T6

Please e-mail club registrations forms and any inquiries to: Mrst@telusplanet.net

Or call Tammy at: (780) 717-1797

To view the registration package please click here! 

Judo Alberta Provincial Championship Results

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the 2018 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships this past weekend!

We would also like to thank the Tolide Judo Club and all of the volunteers that dedicated their time into hosting this great event.

Here are the results from the weekend:
U14F -36
U14F -40
U14F -44
U14F -48
U14F -52
U14F -57
U14F -63
U14M -34
U14M -38
U14M -42
U14M -46
U14M -50
U14M -55
U14M -60
U16F -36
U16F -44
U16F -48
U16F -52
U16F -57
U16F -63
U16M +73
U16M -38
U16M -42
U16M -50
U16M -55
U16M -60
U16M -73
U18F +70
U18F -48
U18F -52
U18F -57
U18F -63
U18M -50
U18M -55
U18M -60
U18M -66
U18M -73
U18M -81
U18M -90
U21F +78
U21F -57
U21F -63
U21M -55
U21M -66
U21M -73
U21M -81
VETM +100
VETM -100
VETM -81

SMBB +100
SMBB -100
SMBB -60
SMBB -66
SMBB -73
SMBB -81
SMBB -90
SMYB -100
SMYB -81
SW +78
SW -48
SW -63
SW -70

Grand Champion

Congratulations to Rashad Chin of the Kodokwai Judo Club for winning the Judo Alberta Grand Championship title!


Margelidon finishes 5th

Montreal, February 10, 2018 – Christa Deguchi (-57 kg) surprised everyone with a perfect day on Saturday at the Paris Grand Slam, in France. She won the final by ippon against Tsukasa Yoshida, from Japan, and won Canada’s first ever gold medal at the prestigious judo tournament.

Formerly representing Japan, Degushi started fighting for Canada last fall. This gold medal at the Paris Grand Slam is not only the first one for Canada; it also has a special signification for the athlete, who won against a Japanese opponent.

“I lost twice before against Yoshida, so this was my revenge. I am happy that I’ve won for Canada and it was really nice to hear the Canadian National Anthem after my victory. I won a tournament last week and I really wanted to win today too, so I feel good. I just changed my nationality, and I want Japan to be afraid of me. It felt really good to beat them,” said Deguchi.

The 22-year-old won by ippon against French Hélène Receveaux in the semi-final, in a very short bout that lasted 26 seconds. In the preliminary rounds, she won against Manon Durbach from Luxembourg, Youjeong Kwon from South Korea, and Timna Nelson Levy from Israel.

“For Christa this is a great result. She is the first female athlete to win the Paris Grand Slam in Judo Canada history. She finishes her European tour with two back-to-back gold medals. I believe these results will give Christa a lot of confidence for future competitions,” commented her coach, Sasha Mehmedovic.

Arthur Margelidon (-73 kg) lost in the quarterfinal against Kosovar Akil Gjakova, after winning his first 2 fights in the preliminary rounds. He had to go through repechage, where Swedish Tommy Macias won by ippon after 18 seconds. In the final for the bronze medal, Changrim An, from South Korea, also won by ippon.

Antoine Bouchard (-73 kg) and Stéfanie Tremblay (-63 kg) both had 1 victory and 1 loss. Bouchard, who finished in 17th place, started his day by winning against Chinese Daga Qing, but then lost against Georgian Lasha Shavdatuashvili. Tremblay won her first fight by ippon against French Yasmine Horlaville before losing against Japanese Miku Tashiro, and finished in 9th place. In the under 52 kg category, Ecaterina Guica lost her first fight and didn’t get a ranking.

-57 kg -73 kg
Christa Deguchi wins the competition. Photo credit: Rafal Burza
1 Christa Deguchi (CAN) 1 Akil Gjakova (KOS)
2 Tsukasa Yoshida (JPN) 2 Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO)
3 Jisu Kim (KOR) 3  Changrim An (KOR)
3 Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) 3 Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir (MNG)
Arthur Margelidon against Tommy Macias, from Sweden. Photo credit: Rafal Burza
5 Timna Nelson Levy (ISR) 5 Arthur Margelidon (CAN)
5 Hélène Receveaux (FRA) 5 Igor Wandtke (GER)
7 Margriet Bergstra (NLD) 7 Tohar Butbul (ISR)
7 Telma Monteiro (POR) 7 Tommy Macias (SWE)


Pelletier 7th and Jora 9th in Italy

Malcom Pelletier (-60 kg) and Bogdan Jora (-66 kg) finished in 7th and 9th place in their categories at the Cadet European Cup in Follonica, Italy.

Pelletier won his first 3 bouts by ippon in the preliminary rounds. He lost his fourth fight against Daniel Detari, from Hungary, and went through repechage, where he won against Greek Vasileios Briolas. The Quebecois lost his second bout in the repechage against Spanish Daniel Gallego Saez.

Jora finished in 9th place in his category. He finished his day in repechage, where he lost against Estonian Deniel Nuriev. He had 2 victories and 1 loss in the preliminary round. He won his first fight by waza-ari in the repechage, against German Tom Moritz.

Arno Blacquière (-55 kg) had 1 victory and 1 loss. Andrée-Ann Somers (-44 kg), Sarah Maloum (-52 kg) and David Teper (-55 kg) all lost in the first round and didn’t get a ranking.

-60 kg
1 Shamil Umaev (RUS)
2 Bruno Barros (POR)
3 Vache Adamyan (AUT)
3 Lennart Slamberger (GER)
5 Daniel Detari (HUN)
5 Daniel Gallego Saez (ESP)
7 Georgios Balarjishvili (CYP)
7 Malcom Pelletier (CAN)



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