Edmonton International Judo Championships – Volunteers Needed

Edmonton International Judo Championships – Volunteers Needed

Hello Judo Alberta Members,

With the Edmonton International Judo Championships coming up on March 8-10th, 2019 at the West Edmonton Mall,  we are now recruiting volunteers to help coordinate one of the biggest Judo tournaments in North America.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this event please sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPRVCLY .

Thank you,

Judo Alberta

Respect In Sport With Judo

Respect In Sport With Judo

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). It may be the single most important training your leaders will receive to assist them in creating a safe, healthy and respectful environment for all participants!

As a National sport governing body, it is Judo Canada’s mandate to ensure a safe environment for all judo programs delivered to our customers, most of whom are children and youth. Such a goal cannot be accomplished without co-operation from all provincial/territorial judo associations, judo clubs and Judo Canada members to follow the RESPONSIBLE COACHING MOVEMENT principles, as well as the offered “Respect in sport” online training courses: RESPECT IN SPORT FOR ACTIVITY LEADERSRESPECT IN SPORT FOR PARENTS, and RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE.

A commitment from all our members to follow these training courses will ensure a higher and more consistent quality of our programs across the country, instill more confidence in parents entrusting their children to leaders of judo programs and consequently give our athletes a better chance to develop in a safe environment and reach a high level of performance.

 

 

CWG Broadcast Scheduled Announced!

CWG Broadcast Scheduled Announced!

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https://www.canadagames.ca/2019/watch-2019-canada-winter-games-tsn-rds-and-canadagameslive

2019 Canadian Open Judo Championship Volunteer Opportunities

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G9M86MS 

Special Guest Instructor Announced for EIJT Camp

Provincial Championships – Results

Thank you to the Tolide Judo Club and all of the volunteers that helped coordinate Provincial championships this past weekend in Fort Saskatchewan.

Here are the complete results from the weekend.

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2019 Provincial Championship Results

Coaching Kids of All Abilities – FREE Online Course

The Canadian Tire lead “Jump Start Program” developed a new on line course addressing working with children of different abilities and special needs – both medical and social.

This course can be access at: https://coachingallabilities.com/jumpstart/

For members of the sport community once you enter this code: CKOAA-X7J5B3R, the course  is offered for free until the end of February.

Certified NCCP coaches can claim it for Professional Development points in a self-directed activities.

Changes to the IJF Junior Weight Divisions

Dear Partners,

The International Judo Federation just informed us that as of January 1st, 2019,  the (U21) Junior Weight Divisions of -44 kg Female and -55kg Male are no longer included in the IJF Standards. Please distribute this information to all athletes and coaches who may be affected by this development.

Considering the fact that Judo Canada sporting season (September 1st to August 31st   of the next year)  is not consistent with the IJF season (January 1st to December 31st),  Judo Canada will not modify our domestic tournament standards for 2018/19 season.  However, junior athletes competing in the junior  -44 kg female division and -55kg male division, will no longer be considered for selection to international events.

Decision on this development and its impact on  Judo Canada domestic standards will be made by Judo Canada’s Sport Committee and will be reflected in the 2019/2020 Judo Canada Tournament Standards Policy.

Judo Alberta Lifetime Member Wally Litousky Passes Away

Dear Judo Alberta Members,

We are deeply saddened to advise that Judo Alberta Life Member Wally Litousky passed away at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Wally was truly passionate about the sport of judo and will forever be remembered in the Judo Alberta community for his accomplishments and legacy left behind.

In 1955 at age 17 Wally joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After boot camp and trade school he was sent to RCAF Base McDonald Manitoba where he and friend Kenny Greer started a judo club, learning most of his technique from a Kodokan book. This club later expanded and moved to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. In 1958 Litousky was posted to Germany and trained at the 4 Wing Baden-Baden judo club. In 1960 Judo Ontario’s Masao Takahashi was transferred to Baden-Baden base and between the two judo fanatics, the sport spread like wild fire. With Takahashi, Litousky visited many European judo clubs. In 1962 he was transferred back to RCAF Station Cold Lake where as a green belt he opened another club. Again, after only three months, he was re-deployed to Germany where he was stationed until 1968. During this stint in Germany he was promoted to Shodan. In between Judo and his career as a weapons technician, he also found time to marry his sweetheart Liz, whom he met in Canada but didn’t hook up with until 1964 in Germany.

Upon his return to Edmonton he ran the CFB Edmonton which, under his management, measured the highest base membership ever. The years of 1968 & 1969 were great years for Litousky as he won the provincial championships and fought at Nationals in Lethbridge.

After suffering a serious work related back injury, Litousky retired from competitive judo in 1976. The injury, although debilitating, did not extinguish his passion for the sport as he continued to volunteer countless hours to coaching and refereeing.

Following his retirement and a move from Cold Lake to Edmonton, Litousky hooked up with brown belt Yvonne Bedard whose keen interest to start a club pulled him back into the fold. The popular CFB Edmonton club opened in the fall of 1980 with membership of civilians and military alike exceeding 80 in some years. Litousky sponsored the club until 1983 when Bedard met an untimely passing from cancer. Following Bedard’s death, Litousky renamed the club North Edmonton Judo and became the club Sensei. Under his direction, the club achieved great success sending many athletes to national level events.

EYJS co founder Gil Hachey fondly recalls traveling around the province with Litousky to sport outreach clinics. “We would go to the outlying clubs in Grande Prairie, Cold Lake…sometimes towns requested us and we would just go”, Hachey said, of teaching the sport to members and non members alike.

“Wally used to hold the biggest tournament out of the Greisbach facility”, Hachey said, adding that over 350 athletes from northern Alberta would gather to compete in the annual event. And when the North Edmonton Judo Club closed in 2005 for redevelopment of the Greisbach property, Litousky quietly sold his equipment and joined the St. Alberta Judo Club who welcomed him with open arms.

Litousky’s passion for judo, in addition to his jovial and giving nature, has certainly
supported the growth of the sport in Edmonton.

A service for Wally will be held on Monday February 4, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Trinity Funeral Home (10530-116 street) in Edmonton.

Western Canada Open Kata Championships

Western Canada Open Kata Championships

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