February 11, 2014

2014 Pacific International
Don't miss out on this exciting event taking place at the Richmond Olympic Oval this weekend featuring 300 judokas from Japan, Czech Republic, Washington State, California and from across Canada. Can't attend in person? Check out the live webcast on TVGO.ca

Saturday, February 15th
U18, U21, Intermediates and Kata divisions; Nage-no & Katame-no
9 am start

Sunday, February 16th
U16, Senior Men & Women, and Team competitions
9 am start


2014 BC Winter Games - Are You Ready?
We are now days away from the start of the Mission 2014 BC Winter Games. This is the first time Mission has hosted the BC Games and volunteers are making final preparations to welcome the province. Lists of all athletes, coaches, and officials are now available on-line and can be searched by sport and home town.  Follow all the action and see the results on BCGAMES.ORG.

BC Team in San Jose
Congratulation to all the competitors who participated in the 66th Annual San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and 22nd "Sensei Memorial" Invitational Judo Tournament. Results as well as a recap of the event are below.

Megan Jamieson - U70kg Bronze
Tavis Jamieson - U90kg Bronze
Ario Nishimura - U73kg Gold Juniors
Matt Roots - U66kg Silver
Andriy Romanov - U100kg Gold
Dante St.Prix - U73kg Bronze
Ignacio Rodriguez - 100kg+ Gold

"It is a high level tournament for our aspiring judoka and most divisions are filled with mid to top level US athletes. The results speak for themselves, showing we are on the right path for training and development in BC. All our athletes fought tremendously hard with everyone coming home with medals. The Sensei memorial Judo Tournament was a well-run tournament with great hospitality and mid to high level players. I highly recommend this event a preparation for nationals and for exposure to out of province events."

~ Kane Morishita (Team Coach)


Judo BC Welcomes New Club
We are pleased to welcome Taiyoko-Sen Judo club to the Judo BC family. The club opened in January in Jaffray, BC, has 21 members ages 5 and up and trains in a Yurt! The Head Sensei is Jesus Navarro, former head Sensei of the now closed Cranbrook Judo Club.

A complete listing of all Judo BC Clubs can be found in our Club Directory on the Members Services page of our website.

Judo BC Athlete & Parent Handbook
We have just released the first edition of the BC Team Athlete & Parent Handbook. This handbook has been designed for athletes and their families to make finding all the relevant information more efficient. To view the handbook visit the Team BC Resources page of our website.

The 5th Annual Island Savings Family Sport and Recreation Festival - A Celebration of Physical Literacy
HOSTED BY:  Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame & PISE
WHEN:  May 3, 2014, 11am-3pm
WHERE:  PISE, 4371 Interurban Road
PRESENTED BY:  Island Savings Credit Union 

"We are very excited to announce that the 5th annual Island Savings Family Sport and Recreation Festival – A Celebration of Physical Literacy Fun for the Family will be at PISE on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and we invite local sport and active living organizations to be a part of it. The event this year will be bigger and better, featuring popular activities for all of the family to experience.  This event attracts over 1200 children and parents to participate in a variety of sports, obstacle courses, AdrenaLINE Adventure Tours Ziplining, rock wall climbing, as well as physical literacy activities taught by PISE Leaders.
The primary purpose is to inspire families to be more active, and to encourage youngsters to be more physically literate by getting involved in sports and recreational activities. It is a chance for kids to be introduced to new opportunities at the club and community level, and for parents to learn more about keeping their kids engaged in healthy activities.
We would like to invite you to participate by providing an interactive station/activity for children of all ages to try, while at the same time promoting your services and helping to build a healthier and more physically literate community.

There is no cost to participate, and free for families to attend! Please register using the following link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jackie at jconnelly@piseworld.com. We look forward to hearing from you!"

Judo BC’s 2014 Youth Provincial Championships, CWG Test Event and Training Camp
Judo BC invites U14, U16, U18 and U21 athletes to compete in the annual Youth Provincial Championships, CWG Test Event and Training Camp April 5-6, 2014. BC Participants will receive 10 participation points for the event for provincial team ranking (must attend shiai and all training sessions) and points based on placing in shiai as per Judo BC’s Team Selection Criteria (max 20 points for full event).
For more information download the 2014 Youth Championships - CWG Test Event Technical Package
Judo BC will be arranging for bus transportation from the Metro Vancouver region to Prince George for this tournament. More details including the costs and itinerary will be available shortly.

ViaSport Unviels Social Media Toolkit
If you're working for a Provincial Sports Organization (PSO), Multi Sports Organization (MSO), club or other sports organization, you probably don't have a lot of time on your hands. You're making do with just a few staff members, some of whom may be volunteers and have a small or non-existent communications budget.

That's where we come in. As a result of a sector-wide Communications Survey sent out earlier this year, ViaSport's Communications Task Team is working to identify tools and resources that can enhance communications in the BC sport sector.
The first communications tool — a sector-wide Social Media Toolkit — is intended to help the BC sport sector navigate the confusing and rapidly evolving world of social media.
The Toolkit is a collaborative effort between BC Wheelchair Sports and ViaSport, financially supported by the Province of BC. With over 30 modules in design, the Toolkit will offer step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate social media into your communication strategy. The first two introductory modules launched November 20, followed by one module every second Wednesday in the ViaSport bi-weekly newsletter.
Click Here to View

Quick Turn Around to Qualify for 2014 Canadian Judo Championships
The last opportunity for youth athletes to acquire points in order to qualify for the 2014 Canadian Judo Championships will be at the Youth Provincials April 5-6 in Prince George as per the Team BC Selection Criteria. Please note that in order to have all registration requirements completed for the Canadian Judo Championships confirmation of participation will be required by April 11, 2014. Please stay tuned for more information.

IJF Referee Rules Update
Judo Canada has release various updates on the new IJF Rules over the past few weeks. The Judo Canada Commentary to IJF Referee Rules 2014, released on January 28, 2014, is posted on the referee page of our website and further updates received over the past few day will be posted on this page shortly.

Judo Canada Western Canada Regional Integration Officer Update
For all the latest new from Judo Canada click here!

Judo BC Communications
We have made some changes to our contact information. Here are the details:

To reach Katie Thomson, Executive Director directly:
604 333-3513 ext 101

To reach Thea Culley, Program Coordinator directly:
604 333-3513 ext 102

General enquiries and our mailing address will remain the same:
604 333-3513

#523 - 4438 West 10th Ave
Vancouver BC V6R 4R8

Thea is now handling the general enquiries in additional to coordinating our social media (website, newsletter, Facebook & twitter) and . She will also be coordinating the BC Team to Nationals and the Judo BC 50th Anniversary celebration taking place on June 7th.

Katie will continue to coordinate member services (communication, registration, insurance, sanctioning etc...), accounting, AGM, committee & board support, courses and clinics etc...

Online Credit Card Processing Now Available
Judo BC now accepts credit cards for payment online. Please note that a transaction fee will be added to all credit card payments. If you would like to pay an invoice by credit card please contact executivedirector@judobc.ca

New Member of a Judo Club in BC?
Welcome to the Judo BC family! One of the many benefits of joining an affiliated Judo club is membership with both Judo BC & Judo Canada and an automatic subscription to the Judo BC bi-weekly E-newsletter. This newsletter provides updates on what is happening in the Judo community including member stories, upcoming events & tournaments, technical information and Judo news. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter please click on unsubscribe at the bottom of this newsletter or send an email to info@judobc.ca and we will remove you from the the mailing list. For more information about member benefits please click here.

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