2016-2017 Judo Alberta Coaching Tip #3: Competition Key Performance Factors

Competition Key Performance Factors

When developing your practice plans for your competition athletes it is important to understand the match flow and the key performance factors that will allow the athletes have a good competition. In all sports there are key factors that need to be focuses on to ensure that there will be a positive out come; in basket ball if might be shoot 95% from the free throw line and 80% offensive rebounding; in hockey it might be shots on net and puck possession, etc…in these cases it increases their teams chances of winning. In judo it starts with the placement of the hands and an understanding how to apply an attacking plan. Each athlete needs to have a plan that is suited to their judo but respecting the basic rules in grip control, posture and movement patterns. Below you will find a break down of Key performance Factors that will help athletes have more positive outcomes than negative ones in competitions.

Dominate Grip: 60% to 70% or better
Athletes are required to dominate their opponents in grip fighting exchanges in effort to get themselves into better throwing positions. It is important that the athlete understands that they might not be able to get the dominate grip in every sequence but is able to manage the situation. It is important that the athlete is making first hand contact that is respecting the basic rules of grip control.

First to Attack: 60% to 70% or better
Athletes need to be able to be first to the attack in most gripping situations. There should be little hesitation when the athlete has a superior grip. The athletes also need to be able to attack off the grip with a variation of the technique they are trying to apply. The goal is for the attacks to be effective and not “flop & drop”. Effective attacks will allow athletes to create reactions; the ability to attack in sequences and in combinations. Athletes need to also develop the ability to block/stuff effective attacks from their opposition.

Win Penalty Game:
It is important that athletes stay a head of the penalty game. Athletes need to be able have positive judo and limit the amount of negative penalties given to them. It is important that the athletes are able to force their opponents to take penalties. With every penalty given the pressure and tactical match play changes. The ability to win the penalty game gives them the ability to control the tempo of the match.

Catch Rate in Ne-waza: 20% or better
Athletes need to be ready to take advantage of their opponents missed attacks and apply ne-waza techniques. They need to have the ability to show progression in the situation to avoid stops from the referee.
Athletes need to have 1-2 effective techniques for 7 basic competition transition situations.

Defense Rate Ne-waza: 95% or better
Athletes need to be ready to defend 7 basic competition transitions situations. They need to have the ability to close the door / attacking areas.

Have a good day

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Elite Athlete Funding Announcement

The Judo Alberta coaching staff has released the Elite Athlete funding application.

This application is for funding for Judo Alberta/ Judo Canada events that have taken or will take place between: September 01, 2016 to December 15, 2016


A) Athletes Selected by Judo Canada to participate in International Events
B) International Events recognized by Judo Canada (National Team Handbook) & Judo Canada RTC International Competitions/Tours
C) National Point Events and Training Camps
D) Special Provincial Training Camps

The elite athlete funding is for athletes in age divisions U18, U21, and Senior that are travelling out of province for tournaments or training camps at a national or international level.

The Judo Alberta coaching staff is allocating $4,000.00 towards this part of the season for elite level athletes. The whole funds may or may not be completely used depending on the number of applicants and events.

Applying for this funding does not guarantee that funds will be issued to you. The coaching staff are looking for athletes that have shown dedication to their own judo training, tournament participation, and training camp participation. Also the coaching staff are looking for athletes that are planning for future goals in the sport. Please see a list of example tournaments that we will fund on the Elite athlete funding policy.

The coaching staff do want the athletes to have full support from their personal coach/ head sensei/club before applying for funds.

• Please supply receipts with the application – this will expedite the processing of the funds

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is:

December 16, 2016

Please submit funding applications to Ewan Beaton: ewan@judoalberta.com
Please click here to view the application.

• Judo Alberta will only accept applications by email or given directly to the HP Coach

Thank you

Judo Alberta Coaching Staff

EYJS Monthly Judo Tournament Nov 12, 2016


Click here to view the technical package.

Provincial Training Camp, November 26th & November 27th, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for training camp:

Hiro’s Judo Club
#115 1919 – 27th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta


1300-1500 Technique
1500-1700 Break
1700-1930 Randori & Drills


800-900 Physical Training & Drills
900-1000 Break
1000-1230 Judo Review/ Randori

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

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp, December 16th-18th, 2016

Guest Coach

Kelita Zupancic
2012/2016 Olympian
2015 Pan-Am Games Champion


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Fee for camp:

$ 40.00 per athlete (Please provide payment on arrival to Garry Yamashita)

Training camp Address:

Lethbridge Judo Club: http://lajudo.com/Lethbridge_Judo/Home.html

Friday December 16th

18h00 Athletes Arrive & Pay
18h30-21h00 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori

Saturday December 17th

8h00-9h00 Circuit training
9h30-11h00 Technique U14/U16
11h00-13h00 Technique & Ne-waza Randori U18/U21
14h30-15h30 – Nutrition Session U16/U18/U21/Senior
15h45-17h30 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori U14/U16
17h30-19h30 Technique & Tachi-waza Randori U18/U21
19h00 –20h00 Pizza

Sunday December 18st

8h00- 9h00 Circuit training
9h15-10h15 – Sport Psychology
Session U16/U18/U21/Senior
10h30-13h00 Review & Randori
Good bye Merry X-mas!!!

Clubs are required to provide a club list of participants by December 09, 2016. This will allow us to organize the camp properly.

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

U of A Judo Championship Results

Here are the results from the U f A Judo Championship this past weekend in Fort Saskatchewan:

2016 U of A Results (pdf)

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make this tournament a success!

Judo Alberta

Judo Alberta AGM Minutes

Congratulations to the new Judo Alberta executive.

President- Trevor Hazell
VP Admin- Steve Norris
VP Finance- Denise Morgan
Treasurer – Kelly Thornton
Secretary- Jennifer Parker
Women’s Rep- Tammy Thornton
Athletes Rep- Kevin Tamikado
Registrar- Helen Bienert
Regional Chair- TBD

To view the 2016 Judo Alberta AGM minutes please click here.
2016 Annual Report

U of A Competition Key Early Season Learning

Hello everyone,

It was great to see so many people at the U of A competition and the changes of the kids from 6 months ago. It always amazes me how quickly a young athlete can change in 6 months from growth, training or a combination of both.

1) Kumi-kata: It is important that athletes develop more intensity in their gripping situations and control. The gripping needs to be done in a purposeful way with higher intensity and power. Remember that posture is key for all judo situations. (Keep straight, strong and mobile)

2) Attacking Frequency: It is important that athletes attack more frequently and in sequences. Encourage athletes to attack in twos and threes…..they have to try to develop combinations and action reaction to make their judo more effective.

3) Off the grips attacking: It is important that athletes change the flow of a match up with an off the grip attack. Athletes can attack from one grip on their opponent or start their attack as they are gripping.
(grip and attack at the same time) Athletes need to understand that they do not need to have the perfect sleeve and lapel grip to attack but instead they can sometimes be creative with off the grip attacks.

4) Quadrant Attacking / Attacking Plan: To often in matches we saw athletes only attacking in one direction with one technique for the full match. Remember that athletes should try to have a strong technique in all quadrants. They also need to understand that after a strong attack with their best technique the ability to attack in another quadrant has just opened up. (360 Judo Development)

5) Transition: There were some good examples of transitioning to ne-waza on the weekend. Remember that all athletes should have 1-2 dependable techniques they can use at competition. They need to be drilled in all areas when using it: blocking a throw, knocking your opponent down are the basics situations that need to be drilled.

It was great to see so many coaches at the competition working with their athletes! Keep up the good work!

Judo 360
Judo 360 Explain

Have a good day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

2016 Senda Cup Tournament


December 3-4, 2016

To view the technical package please click here.


Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club Dojo (2775 28th Avenue South, Lethbridge)

Clubs wishing to hold remote weigh-ins need to apply to the Tournament Chairman by
November 10th, 2016 and comply with the Judo Alberta Remote Weigh-in Policy and Club requirements.


Weigh-ins: U10/U12/U14…..7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Competition: U10/U12/U14…..10:00 a.m.
Weigh-ins: U16/U18/U21…..2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Weigh-ins: Senior/Master…..7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Kata:…..9:00 a.m.
Competition: U16/U18/U21/Senior/Master…..10:00 a.m.


– For divisions where there is only one competitor the Tournament Director may permit exhibition matches.
– Blue judogis mandatory in Senior Brown/Black divisions.
– Females must wear a plain white tee shirt under judogi.
– Judo Canada rules, with modifications for U10 to U16 as per current Judo Canada guidelines.

Tournament Director:

Guy Pomahac – guy.pomahac@lethsd.ab.ca

Registration Coordinator:

Vickie Nakagama – nakav@hotmail.com

U of A Invitational Judo Championship Registrations



October 22, 2016


Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta


Kata Competition at 8:00 am October 22, 2016.
Shiai at 8:30 am. Order with start with youngest and smallest categories and move up.

Weigh Ins:

Friday, October 21, 2016 – 6-8 PM at Dow Centennial Centre


Veterans – 3 minutes
Senior Men – 5 minutes
Senior Women– 4 minutes
U21 Junior Men / Junior Women – 4 minutes
U18 Cadet Men / Cadet Women – 4 minutes
U16 Juvenile Men / Juvenile Women – 3 minutes
U14 Male / Female – 2 minutes
U10 & U12 – 1.5 minute non-stop matches; possible mixed gender

Tournament Registrant List

Tournament Director:

Kelly Palmer – kellypal@telusplanet.net

To view the technical package please click here.
To view the registration spreadsheet please click here.

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