Coaching Tip #2

Kumi-Kata: Get a Grip with a purpose

In this clip Neil Adams explains that all top judoka do not accidentally let things happen in a match. Great judoka take the grip they want and put their opponents in situations where they can successfully execute their best throw and attacking plan.

It is important that coaches focus on teaching grip control when their athletes are competing against same side opponents and opposite side opponents. The goal in both situations is the same; have more advantage in gripping than your opponent.

Please send a minimum of 10 minutes each practice talking about kumi-kata and great drills, throwing drills and randoris with the basic

Same side situation: Control your opponents sleeve first; then put the second hand on the lapel or on the back.

Opposite side situation: Inside lapel control and then work towards getting the sleeve

I have attached Basic Gripping Theory and Grip Fighting in Practice (Jimmy Pedro)


In this clip Neil Adams has a great point about blocking and putting your opponent into better position before continuing with the transition. The first part of the technique (the catch) is often the most critical and the most lazily practiced by athletes. It is important that coaches have the athletes focus on the details and intensity needed to make the technique clean and effective.

Judo Canada HP Podium Stats (Attached)

Please find attached a stat break down for Antoine Valios-Fortier’s development into a world class athlete. I think this is important for coaches to look at because it gives you an idea of what you athletes will achieve to be on the podium at the Worlds/Olympics.

The winning percentage represents international matches.

Note: These stats can be translated to the Judo Alberta world when you are looking going from the provincial level to the national level. It is important that athletes compete often and have a good winning percentage.

Remember: Get your athlete long list in for the 2017 Open Nationals!

Have a great weekend!


Basic Gripping Theory
Grip Fighting In Practice
Judo Canada HP Podium Stats

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Regional Training Camp Calgary October 28-29, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for regional training camp location:

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

Friday October 28, 2016

18:00-20:00 Randori & Technical

Saturday October 29, 2016

800-900 Physical Training
900-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Technique & Ne-waza randori
12:30PM – 14:00PM Technique & Randori

Please bring judogis to the physical training.

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: (403)892-6099

U of A Competition Training Session – Sunday October 23, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Sunday October 23, 2016

9:00-11:30 Technique & Randori
Address for U of A Competition Training Session Location:

Tolide Judo Kwai
Dow Centennial Centre
84 St. & 87 Ave. Fort Saskatchewan

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach

2016 NCCP Dojo Assistant Course


October 28 commending at 5:30PM-10:00PM
October 29 commending at 8:30AM-6:00PM
October 30 commending at 8:30AM-1:00PM


Ishi Yama Judo Club, 240 90 Ave SE (Acadia Rec Centre)


$250/person payable to Judo Alberta, this can be paid upon arrival.


Course materials will be provided


Pen, paper and judogi

Please register online by October 20, 2016

I look forward to seeing you there,

To view the pdf version of the notification please click here.

Keith Bibbey
NCCP Chair
Judo Alberta

EYJS Monthly Tournament October 8, 2016

Click here to view the tournament technical package

Antoine Valois-Fortier to visit Hayabusa Training Centre

training camp

Hayabusa Training Centre would like to invite you to our next seminar, featuring Canadian Olympic bronze medalist, Antoine Valois-Fortier.

November 19, 2016 (1pm-4pm)
3 Hour Seminar
Kids over 12 welcome
September pre-registration $50
After September $65

Click link below to register

Hayabusa Training Centre Ltd. is located in St.Albert, Albert, Canada.
#110, 145 Carleton Dr.
St.Albert, AB, T8N 3S6
(780) 419-7177

Please email us for any other questions!

Judo Alberta Yudansha Grading

Where: Calgary
When: November 19, 2016 Saturday
Starting Time: Noon
Venue: Hiro’s Judo Club Dojo (1919 27 Ave NE #115, Calgary)

Go to the Judo Alberta website and download the Judo Canada Grading Forms 2016 excel file for complete instructions and forms. The Dan Grading Syllabus can also be downloaded. Please note that a Judo Canada Passport is required and candidates must apply directly to Judo Canada. The passport must be mailed with the Grading forms to the address below.

Please send all properly completed forms and passport to Gord Okamura (Grading Secretary) to:
11247 – 59 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T6H 1G2

However, please email your draft excel file to beforehand for initial feedback.

All forms postmarked AFTER November 7, 2016 WILL NOT be accepted for this Grading. Candidates who do not submit proper forms or the Judo Canada passport will not be considered for grading on November 19th. (No handwritten)

Thank you,

Joe Meli – Grading Chair
cc: Gord Okamura

U of A Competition Training Session – Sunday October 23, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Address for U of A Competition Training Session Location:

Tolide Judo Kwai
Dow Centennial Centre
84 St. & 87 Ave. Fort Saskatchewan


Sunday October 23, 2016
9:00-11:30 Technique & Randori

2016 U Of A Invitational Judo Championships



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


U10, U12 – $45
U14, U16, U18, U21 – $60 (Early Bloomer clause is not applicable)
Seniors & Veterans – $65
$20/additional division
$35 per kata per team. $20 for each additional kata. Cannot be combined with shiai.
$15/competitor U16 and older who fail to qualify for his/her registered weight.
$20/entry for late registrations

Additional Info:

1. Registration fees are non refundable
2. No charge for U of A Pennant
3. Entry & Release form must be filled out completely and sent for each contestant
4. Please send one cheque or money order from each club payable to Friends of U of A Judo Club
5. All completed documentation & payment must be RECEIVED by October 15, 2016

Tournament Director:

Kelly Palmer –

Mail Registrations To:

U of A Judo Club
c/o Helen Bienert
53529 Range Road 224
Ardrossan, AB T8E 2L8

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

2016-2017 RTC Lethbridge Weekly Update

“Judo is my life. I have started in judo when I was five years old and I had no goal, I just wanted to play like children of my age. Then I took it seriously and I figured out that I could be in the Olympic Games and world championships.” – Rafaela Silva, Brazil, 2016 Olympic Champion

Week Schedule: September 12, – September 17, 2016

Monday Sept 12, 2016

Fitness/Judo: 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Judo: 6:30PM to 8:00PM

Tuesday Sept 13, 2016

Weights/Judo: 10:00AM to 11:30AM (flexible schedule)
Weights Group A 5:30PM to 6:15PM (U14/U16+1st year U18)
Weights Group B 6:10PM to 7:05PM (2nd Year U18 & older
Judo & Ropes: 7:15PM to 9:15PM

Wednesday September 14, 2016

Judo Technical: 3:50PM to 5:00PM

Thursday September 15, 2016

Weights/Judo: 10:00AM to 11:30AM (flexible schedule)
Weights Group A 5:30PM to 6:15PM (U14/U16+1st year U18)
Weights Group B 6:10PM to 7:05PM (2nd Year U18 & older)
Judo : 7:15PM to 9:15PM

Friday September 16, 2016

Judo Technical: 3:45PM to 5:00PM
Judo & Ropes: 6:00PM to 8:15PM

Saturday September 17, 2016

1:00PM to 4:00-4:30PM Testing & Information Session


RTC Applications Deadline: September 15, 2016: (PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER)
Medicals/Iron, Par-Q Forms and Medical Forms Deadline: September 15, 2016
• The deadline date was changed so we can prepare for the testing day

RTC Expectations

U21 4 Nights Randori, 3 Technical Sessions, 2-4 Fitness/Strength Sessions per week (95% attendance)
U18 4 Nights Randori, 3 Technical Sessions, 2-4 Fitness/Strength Sessions per week (90% attendance)
U16 4 Nights Randori, 2 Technical Sessions, 2-3 Fitness/Strength Sessions per week (90% attendance)
U14 3-4 Nights Randori, 1-2 Technical Sessions,1-2 Fitness/Strength Sessions per week (80% attendance)

Provincial Team Weight Training Only: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (90% attendance)

If you cannot make the commitment and follow the training program then maybe the RTC Lethbridge is not for you. The training requirements are based on the volume that is needed for each age group so they will be able to have the training habits needed to be an international athlete.

Note: If there is conflicts with your schedule and the RTC schedule we need to sit down and find away make the program work for you together. (I/we need information of why you cannot make trainings – school, work, etc – if there are too many conflicts then maybe the RTC is not for you)


If you are not part of the RTC as if September 16, 2016 you are not eligible to participate in RTC trainings/events but you can still be part of the provincial team, provincial team weight training days and normal Lethbridge Judo Club trainings.

RTC 2016-2017 List as of September 9, 2016

Annabelle Darlow
David Wu
Jackson Minnick
Max Grant
Kiera Westlake
Anthony Henry
Alex Gagnon
Max Teeuwen
Haley Henry
Tiffany Coolican
Taylor Althouse
McKenzie Morgan
Shainne Gronen
Virginia Nemeth
Aidan Skaf
Tristin Hoffarth
Christian Hill
Taeya Koliaska
Kiiyomi Coffman
Braden Dixon
Connor Hudson
Sarah Perks


Physical Testing / RTC information: September 17, 2016


Fluids for Athletes

Fluids are important for all athletes! Why? Dehydration reduces aerobic exercise performance and makes exercise seem harder. Athletes who are dehydrated are not able to stay as cool during exercise and may develop heat illness.

Ewan Beaton
Judo Canada Regional Training Center Coach Lethbridge / Judo Canada Regional Training Center Manager


RTC Lethbridge Application
Judo Canada Medical Form
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

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