OKAMURA AND PALMER STILL ON TOP

OKAMURA AND PALMER STILL ON TOP

Edmonton, May 16, 2019 – Thursday was the first day of the Canadian Open Judo Championships at the Butterdome of the University of Alberta.

Okamura and Palmer

The competition started on Thursday morning with the kata tournament, with many of Canada’s best athletes under the spotlight, including Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer, long-time partners and regular faces on the podium at the international level.

The duo decided that this year would be their last year competing on the circuit after 14 years together, and they’re making sure to leave on a high note. After winning a gold and a silver medal at the Pan-American Kata Championships in Peru just a few weeks ago, they are back with two gold medals in Edmonton in Katame No Kata and Kime No Kata.

“We are absolutely delighted with today’s results,” said Palmer. “We are qualified for the World Championships later this year, and we will enjoy every second of it, but there is no doubt in our minds that now is the right moment to retire, before our performance level starts to drop. We will keep training in judo, and I was asked to be a kata coach for other duos, which is something that I plan on doing. I might even compete again with other partners, but I don’t think I’ll be able to reach the same level I did with Gord.”

“We want to thank Judo Canada for their support over the years. They gave us so many great opportunities with kata clinics and tournaments, they were behind each medal that we have won,” he added.

Danielle Ferland and Aiko Lachaine, who also won a gold medal in Peru, were crowned again in Edmonton in Ju No Kata. Martin Vallières and Patrick Roffi won gold in Goshin Jutsu, and Bailey Hu and Shane Rooney triumphed in Nage No Kata.

Cheyenne Fiandor and Jeff Allen Ne Waza Grand Champions

The Ne Waza tournament took place on the mats at the Butterdome after katas. Cheyenne Fiandor and Jeff Allen, after winning in their respective categories, were back to win the overall champion titles.

Allen and Fiandor

It was a surprise win for Allen, from the Huntsville Judo Club, who didn’t know there would be an overall category until he won the title in +81 kg. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I guess it all worked out in the end!” he commented. “I’ve been fighting for about 8 years, and I first joined with my son just for fun, but I’ve been doing better and better each year, and it’s great to win the overall champion title now, I’m very happy with that.”

Because there were only 2 fighters in his category, Allen had to defeat Chris Hodgson twice to get through to the grand champion finale, where he also won against Brennan Jolley and Vincent Marticotte. Jeff Allen will be competing again in the tournament in +100 kg, first as a Veteran on Friday, then as a Senior on Sunday.

On the women’s side, the title was won by Cheyenne Fiandor (-63 kg) from the Nanaimo Judo Club. Fiandor had planned to fight alongside her sister during the weekend, but her sister couldn’t attend after breaking her leg just days before leaving for Edmonton. “I was nervous coming in, because I’ve missed trainings to be with her at the hospital. It was sad to know she wouldn’t be coming, but it gave me the motivation to win, I wanted to get that medal for her,” said Fiandor.

Cheyenne eliminated Sienna McCorkell in her category, then Jennifer Nguyen and Chelys Vallejo in the grand champion tournament. It was a first national title for her, after winning a few bronze medals in the past. “It had been a while since the last time I competed at Nationals, because I took a year off to go to school. It’s great to come back this year and see that I’m stronger than ever!” she added.

Written by Sarah Mailhot for Judo Canada

Information:
Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
(514) 668-6279

2019 Canadian Open Judo Championships

2019 Canadian Open Judo Championships

The 2019 Canadian Open Judo Championships will take place on May 16-19, 2019 at the University of Alberta Universaide Pavilion (Butterdome). For more information please visit the tournament website http://judonationals.org/

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Provincial Training Camp May 4-5, 2019

May 2019 JU-AB training camp notice

Judo Alberta Elite Athlete Funding Announcement

The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee would like to congratulate the following athletes who have been granted elite athlete funding.  Funding is based on performance, results, commitment to training, participation in National or International events and financial need. The coach committee nominated the following athletes for the second round of elite athlete funding for costs incurred from events participated in from December 2018 to April 2019. The next round of funding will be announced in August 2019 for competitions and training camps participated in between– April 2019 to August 2019 .

Name National & International Events Judo Club Funding
Virginia Nemeth Belgium & U21 March Tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   800.00
Shiane Gronen Belgium Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
Hana Kuno Belgium Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
Taeya Koliaska Belgium & U21 March Tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   800.00
Annabelle Darlow Belgium & U21 March Tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   800.00
Kiera Westlake February Cadet Tour & March tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   800.00
Brady Dixon February Cadet Tour & Bremen Lethbridge Judo Club  $   800.00
Ema Tesanovic February Cadet Tour & Thuringia Cup Ishi-yama Judo Club  $   800.00
Nathan Demaere February Cadet Tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
Seth Nobert February Cadet Tour Kodokwai Judo Club  $   400.00
Taylor Althouse February Cadet Tour Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
Evelyn Beaton Thuringia Cup Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
Emma Caldwell Thuringia Cup Lethbridge Judo Club  $   400.00
McKenzie Morgan Bremen Airdrie Judo Club  $   400.00
Katsuo Leung Bremen Hiros Judo Club  $   400.00
 $8,400.00

The Judo Alberta Elite Funding will be sent to the athlete’s home judo clubs not directly to the athletes.

Sincerely Judo Alberta High Performance Committee

Judo Alberta April 2019 EAF Receipients

2019 Judo Alberta Female Training Camp

Thank you to the Rodrigo Resende Judo Club, Erin Morgan and all of the volunteers that helped make the 2019 Judo Alberta Female Training Camp a success!

 

JUDO ALBERTA GRADING – June 1, 2019

JUDO ALBERTA GRADING – June 1, 2019

THE NEXT GRADING WILL BE HELD IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN AT THE DOW CENTENIAL CENTRE DOJO:  84TH STREET & 87TH AVENUE ON SATURDAY JUNE 1ST, 2019 @ 1:00 PM.

PLEASE FORWARD ALL PROPERLY COMPLETED FORMS, JUDO PASSPORT AND TOURNAMENT POINTS CERTIFICATION FORMS TO:

JOE MELI
3801 – 23 AVENUE SOUTH
LETHBRIDGE, AB T1K 3T5

ONLY FORMS POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MAY 17TH, 2019 WILL BE ACCEPTED.

THANK YOU,

 

JOE MELI

GRADING CHAIR

2019 Katsuta Kup

2019 Katsuta Kup

Katsuta Kup 2019
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DATE:  SATURDAY, May 4, 2019

PLACE:
Raymond High School
65W 100 N, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0

TIME:  10:00 AM

WEIGH INS:
Sat. May 4,   7:45 – 9:00 AM  High School
U8, U10, U12 use club entry form
All judokans  must register by 9:00 AM Sat. prior to the tournament.

REGISTRATION:
$35 /contestant.
Contestants may compete in one Division only.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Entry deadline is April 26, 2019.
Please send one club cheque or money order payable to RAYMOND JUDO CLUB

Mail Registrations to:

Gloria Gilmour
Box 988
Raymond, AB  T0K 2S0
Ph. 403 – 752 – 4463
Email: judoclub@raymond.ca

ELIGIBILITY:
Minimum belt rank is Yellow.
All competitors must show current registration.

2019 Florence Senda Junior Tournament

Florence Senda

Date:
Saturday April 27, 2019

Location:
Lethbridge Judo Club
2775-28 Ave SW T1K 7L6

Times:
Club coach/representative meeting 10:00 a.m.
Tournament: 10:30 a.m. (U10)
U12 after everyone has checked in
U14 start times will be posted after weigh in.

Check In:
Saturday April 27, 2019 8am – 930am (U10 & U12)

Weigh-Ins:
Friday, April 26, 2019 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) U14
Saturday, April 27, 2019 (8:00 – 9:30 a.m.) U14

Deadline:
April 19th, 2019

To view the tournament technical package please click here.

 

2019 Rocky Mountain Invitational – Results

2019 Rocky Mountain Invitational – Results

Rocky Mountain 2019 Results

Judo Canada Fees for 2019-2020

Dear PTSO,

The board of Judo Canada has decided to amend for the upcoming season the fee plan that was presented to the AGM in September 2016 and reviewed in 2017. This revised fee plan will be valid until August 30, 2021.
For the upcoming season, a club fee of $100 will be introduced.

Important info: This fee will not be charged for clubs with 10 and more members as of October 15 of each season.
The goal is to encourage clubs to affiliate their members early in the season and benefit from the insurance coverage as the judokas make their first step on the tatami in the new season.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

Sincerely,
Nicolas Gill
CEO/HPD

Judo Canada Fees 2019-2020

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