March 11, 2014

2014 Canadian Judo Championships
The 2014 Canadian Judo Championships for seniors, U21, U18, U16, Masters and Kata is taking place May 15th to 18th in Saguenay, QC.

Eligible Junior and Senior Judo BC members interested in participating in this competition are asked to review the technical package, Junior and Senior Memo #1 and submit the early respond form no later than March 19th.  This will aid us in reserving the appropriate number of flights and hotel rooms prior to the final opportunities to gain ranking points/meet qualification criteria. Please review the team selection criteria for eligibility criteria and note that only Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to participate in the competition.

Masters athletes wanting to participate at the Championships are to submit names to by April 1st. The deadline for Kata athletes to submit their names to was March 1st.

50th Anniversary Celebration
Judo BC is celebrating its 50th anniversary June 6, 2014 at the Richmond Executive Inn. In preparation for this historic event we are looking to gather and compile stories, photos, video and other memorabilia of the past 50 years. Please share with us a favourite story or memory from your involvement in Judo. It can be anything from the first time you stepped into the dojo to your proudest moment as a judoka, instructor, sensei, volunteer, parent or official to the funniest thing you have experienced in Judo. In addition, we would love to hear what Judo means to you (or your child) and the story of when you first realized that Judo was your passion. Even if you just started Judo this season we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for volunteers to help us write a brief history of Judo in BC. Interested parties are asked to contact the office.

All members who submit content for the commemorative booklet will get their name entered into a draw to win a special Judo BC prize!

Beth and Wes Roots Sport BC 2013 Presidents’ Award Recipients The annual Presidents’ Awards are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization. The awards presentations took place on March 5th at the 48th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Sandy Kent, Judo BC President, was honored to present this award to Wes and Beth for all that they do for Judo in BC, their ongoing commitment, dedication and passion for Judo and for raising an amazing family of Judokas. To read the full article, visit the Judo BC website.

Reminder of Deadline to Register for 2014 Youth Provincial Championships
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.
Deadline to Register: MARCH 26, 2014
Bus Transportation to Prince George
Judo BC will be arranging for bus transportation from the Metro Vancouver region to Prince George for this tournament. Download a copy of the bus itinerary and travel application form.

Deadline to Register for the bus transportation: MARCH 19, 2014

BC Open Now Open for Registration The Vernon & Lake Country Judo Clubs welcome all Judoka to participate in their Annual Open Junior and Senior Judo Tournament April 11 and 12 in Vernon, BC. To register, download the BC Open Tournament Package.

Northern Kata Clinic in Prince George
Mr. Art Nishi, 7th dan, hosted a Northern Kata Clinic in Prince George on March 1-2. It was a kata-filled weekend with 12 participants and everyone had a great time learning Nage No Kata and Ju No Kata with Mr. Nishi.

Pictured above: Kristin Yawney and Lisa Russel
practicing Ju No Kata with Sensei Art Nishi.

Briggs and St. Prix Tell of Experiences Competing Internationally
Both Ali Briggs and Dante St. Prix are representing not only Judo BC but also Canada as they compete internationally. Visit the Judo BC website to read the full articles of each athlete telling their story.

2013 Canadian Judo Championships a Finalist for a Canadian Sport Tourism Prestige Award
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), which celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities.
These awards are presented annually in six categories to individuals, companies, events and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the sport tourism.

Group B: with an event budget less than $250,000
  • 2013 Canadian Judo National Championships (Richmond, BC)
  • 2013 Mastercraft Calgary Pro Shootout (Calgary, AB)
  • 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships (St. John’s, NL)
To view the full article, CLICK HERE.
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Women's Only Referee Clinic
Judo Alberta is hosting a women’s only referee clinic in conjunction with the Edmonton International Judo Tournament. The clinic will be run by Diane Couture, a member of the Judo Canada referee commission.

St Albert Judo Club
42C Riel Drive
St. Albert

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Date: March 14, 2014

Judo Canada Tournament Sanctioning Policy Updated
The Judo Canada Tournament Sanctioning Policy has been updated. To view the updated version CLICK HERE.

Mark your calendar now!
We are planning the following events for this Summer and will send out more details once they are confirmed.

Judo BC 50th Anniversary Gala
Friday, June 6th

Saturday, June 7th

US Jr National Open Championships

July 2 – 7
Honolulu, HI
For Canada Winter Games eligible athletes only. Judo BC will provide partial funding for top athlete in each weight category.

Girls Only Summer Camp
Aug 26 – 28
View Camp Flyer

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines
  • March 14 - Women's Only Referee Clinic, Judo Alberta, St. Albert, AB
  • March 14 to 16 – Edmonton International, Edmonton AB (Jr team selection event)
  • March 15 to 16 - Montreal Cup, Montreal QC
  • March 16 – Coastal Regional Training, Burnaby
  • March 19 – Deadline to submit Bus Transportation Request for 2014 Youth Provincial Championships and CWG Test Event
  • March 23 – Coastal Regional Training, Abbotsford
  • March 26 - Registration deadline for Youth Provincial Championships
  • March 29 - Victoria Judo Club Invitational Island Interclub Judo Tournament, Burnside School, Victoria, 12:30 pm
  • March 30 – Coastal Regional Training, Steveston
  • April 1 - Masters athletes wanting to participate at the 2014 Canadian Judo Championships to submit names to
  • April 5 to 6 - Judo BC’s 2014 Youth Provincial Championships, CWG Test Event and Training Camp, Prince George
  • April 5 - Rocky Mountain Invitational, Calgary
  • April 6 - Kootenay Regional Training, Invermere BC
  • April 11 to 12 - BC Open, Vernon
  • April 12 - Northern Regional Training, Hard Judo Academy, 9:30 am
  • April 13 - Okanagan Regional Training, Kamloops Judo Club, 11 am
  • April 13 - Coastal Regional Training, Burnaby Judo Club
  • April 19 - Shidokai Island Interclub Shiai, Mill Bay
  • April 20 - Coastal Regional Training, Abbotsford Judo Club
  • April 26 & 27 - Kata Clinic, Richmond, Steveston Judo Club
  • April 27 - Coastal Regional Training, Burnaby
  • May 3 & 4 – Kata Clinic, Kamloops
  • May 4 - Coastal Regional Training, Steveston Judo Club
  • May 10 - Northern Regional Training, Prince George Judo Club
  • May 11 - Coastal Regional Training, Abbotsford (*note* this is a Saturday due to Mother's Day)
  • May 15 to 19 - Canadian Judo Championships, Saguenay QC
  • June 6 - 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • June 7 - Judo BC AGM
  • June 8 - Judo BC Grading and Examination, Steveston Judo Club, Richmond BC
  • July 3 to 5 - 2014 USJF/USJA Jr. National Judo Championships, Honolulu, HI
  • August 26 to 28 - Girls Only Camp, Okanagan
  • September 19 to 21 - Peter Gardiner Clinic, Saskatchewan


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