Return to Judo Guidelines (Updated February 8, 2021)

Return to Judo Guidelines (Updated February 8, 2021)

Hello Judo Alberta Members,

The Government of Alberta has lifted some Covid-19 restrictions effective February 8th that allows judo to resume in some capacity.

As a result, Judo clubs will be able to offer in person one-on-one training (all athletes) and “mini” group training (only for athletes 18 years of age and younger) however there are some strict measures that must be followed.

To ensure the safety of our membership we have made updates (in bold text) to section 4.1 in the Return to Judo Guidelines:

4.1 Private Training Sessions (Updated February 2, 2021):

Private Individual Sessions:

  • Athlete can participate in individual conditioning and individual judo exercises led by a coach
  • Athlete can participate in strength training sessions led by a coach at the dojo
  • The instructor assigns one area per participant (1 person/8m2). This will become their designated training space throughout the session.
  • Participants bow with 3 metres physical distancing or in their designated area (1 person/8m2)
  • Sessions must be scheduled by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • Coaches must wear a mask during the session; participants are not required to wear a mask during exercise. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • More than one coach and client ‘pair’ (ex: 3 athletes and 3 coaches) are allowed into the facility so long as: (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • Each coach and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
  • Each coach can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned coach.
  • No interaction between clients or between coaches is allowed.
  • No ‘cycling through’ multiple coaches as in circuit training.

Exercises Permitted:

  • These sessions can involve judo elastics, foot work, judo exercises, hops, ropes, shadow uchi-komi

Private Multi-Person Sessions (Household Members Only):

  • Athletes who have multiple people in a single household can participate in judo training led by a coach.
  • Athletes who have multiple people in a single household can participate in strength training sessions led by a coach at the dojo.
  • The instructor assigns one area per participant (1 person/8m2). This will become their designated training space throughout the session.
  • Participants bow with 3 metres physical distancing or in their designated area (1 person/8m2)
  • Sessions must be scheduled by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • Coaches must wear a mask during the session; participants are not required to wear a mask during exercise. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • More than one coach and client ‘pair’ (ex: 3 athletes and 3 coaches) are allowed into the facility so long as: (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • Each coach and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
  • Each coach can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned coach.
  • No interaction between clients or between coaches is allowed.
  • No ‘cycling through’ multiple coaches as in circuit training.

Exercises Permitted:

  • The sessions can involve crash mats, uchi-komi, technical development, ne-waza technique, drilling, kumi-kata training, randori

Mini Group Sessions – Athletes 18 years of age and under ONLY (Amended Feb 8, 2021):

  • Athletes 18 years of age and younger can participate in group conditioning and group judo exercises led by a coach. (Maximum group size is 10 people, including the coach)
  • Athletes 18 years of age and younger can participate in group strength training sessions led by a coach at the dojo (Maximum group size is 10 people, including the coach)
  • Group Options:
  • Single Athlete: 9 athletes with 1 coach physically distanced (3m). Non-contact activities only.
  • Family Practice: Athletes from the same family household can participate in contact activities. (Ex: 3 groups of 2 from a same family, 1 group of 3 from the same family and a coach. All groups are physically distanced from each other. Family members only have contact with their family.
  • Individual Sessions: Individual sessions are still able to continue with a coach.
  • The instructor assigns one area per participant where 3m safe distancing can be met. This will become their designated training space throughout the session.
  • Participants bow with 3 metres physical distancing or in their designated area.
  • Sessions must be scheduled by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • Coaches must wear a mask during the session; participants are not required to wear a mask during exercise. (Amended Feb 2, 2021)
  • More than one group (Ex. 2 groups of 10 people) is allowed into the facility at the same time so long as: (Amended Feb 8, 2021)
  • The facility has enough space to maintain safe 3m distancing at all times (Ex. 10 people per mat area). If the dojo cannot support this capacity, group sizes must be reduced to meet a safe 3m distancing.
  • Each coach and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
  • Each coach can only interact with their assigned client(s), and each client can only interact with their assigned coach.
  • Physical interaction between clients, coaches or groups is NOT permitted. Only household family members are permitted to physically interact with each other.
  • No ‘cycling through’ multiple coaches as in circuit training.

Exercises Permitted (With members from the same household):

  • The sessions can involve crash mats, uchi-komi, technical development, ne-waza technique, drilling, kumi-kata training, randori.

Length of Private Judo Sessions:

  • 1 Hour = 45-minute training session/ 15-minute cleaning transition

All sanitization and screening protocols outlined in Phase 4 are enforced.

A detailed plan of activities must be included in the club Return to Judo guidelines and submitted to the Judo Alberta Office.

For more information on the provincial update please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#restrictions for more details.

Operate at Your Comfort Level

*It is important to note that clubs can operate in any phase currently permitted by Judo Alberta. Some clubs may wish to only do 1 on 1 sessions instead of the mini group sessions. These guidelines are consistent with what is permitted by the provincial government at this time so they must be respected at all times.

If you have questions please do not hesitate email judo@judoalberta.com

Judo Alberta

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Canadian Women & Sport Shares Progress of Alberta Same Game Challenge Organizations

Canadian Women & Sport Shares Progress of Alberta Same Game Challenge Organizations

Posted by Canadian Women & Sport

Canadian Women & Sport is pleased to recognize the ten Alberta sport and recreation organizations that have been selected to join the Alberta Same Game Challenge.

The Same Game Challenge helps sport and physical activity organizations to gain a better understanding of how to engage women and girls in their sport, and to find opportunities to improve their organization and programming for everyone involved by the Same Game Online Toolkit. With one-on-one support from local leadership, Alberta is one of the first provinces in Canada to actively support sport and physical activity organizations in the implementation of Same Game. 

Participating organizations include: 

The Alberta Same Game Challenge began in January 2021 and will continue through to July 2021 providing participating organizations with opportunities such as: coaching and mentorship, professional development, financial support and knowledge and competency to better understand how to engage women and girls in sport. 

A few months into the programming, Miles Kydd, Executive Director of Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central Alberta, reflects on the progress their organization has had thus far. “Our involvement in the Same Game Challenge project has provided our organization the opportunity to assess and reflect upon our approach to gender equity and provided us significant insight as to how we can serve as change agents for our community. We believe quite strongly that working our way through the Same Game Toolkit will change and improve ASDC-Central as a community service organization and business.” 

“Being involved in the Same Game Challenge has been a tremendous experience for our club as we embark on a journey to promote diversity and inclusion,” says Raine Paul, Head Coach Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club. “Through the Same Game Challenge, our organization has been given the resources, support and guidance to implement meaningful change at our club. There is power in community and collaboration which is an invaluable opportunity the Same Game Challenge has given us as we network and share best practices with our Alberta sports community.” 

“Same Game has given the Caltaf Athletic Association the tools and support to focus on and improve gender equity in our organization. The Same Game Toolkit has been invaluable in providing a road map to success and the support has given us a safe space to learn and grow. This has been a fabulous process and has already created sustainable change in our organization.” Paula Mackenzie, Executive Director Caltaf.

The Alberta Same Game Challenge will conclude in Fall 2021 when participating organizations will have the opportunity to share their learnings and successes of the program.  

Interested in bringing your organization’s Gender Equity vision to life? Same Game Toolkit will walk you through a systematic process for embedding gender equity into your organization – from creating your vision, to implementing initiatives, to reflecting and revising what you have done, and all the steps in between. 

Same Game Challenge Alberta has been made possible with funding from Makadiff Sports. 

Christa Deguchi Wins All-Canadian Final

Christa Deguchi Wins All-Canadian Final

After more than four minutes of overtime, Christa Deguchi beat Jessica Klimkait in what turned out to be an all-Canadian Under-57 kg final on Thursday at the Antalya Grand Slam in Turkey. Deguchi was awarded the gold medal, while Klimkait will go home with silver.

Because Klimkait and Deguchi hold first and third place respectively in the world rankings for their weight class, a tight battle was expected, and that is exactly what they delivered. After four minutes of regulation time, the judokas had received two penalties each, and it was a third penalty to Klimkait four minutes and 18 seconds into overtime that finally decided the match.

“It was a tough fight for both of us,” noted Deguchi. “The referee gave Jessica the penalty, but it could have been me, so I was lucky. I learned from last week’s mistakes.”

During the first half of the bout, Klimkait had some difficulty getting a good grip on her opponent, but she remained firmly on the offensive. However, she was unable to break through Deguchi’s tough defenses.

“I felt prepared and conditioned for this match, but it came down to me making an unnecessary attack at the end, which led to my last penalty,” Klimkait analyzed. “My intention was to deneutralize the situation and attack, to turn it in my favour. I believe Christa predicted this, and was able to defend against it, ultimately leading to the penalty.”

In her earlier rounds, Deguchi clinched two of her three victories by ippon, including her semi-final against Poland’s Julia Kowalczyk, bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships, where Deguchi was crowned world champion. Last weekend, Deguchi earned third place at the Tbilisi Grand Slam in Georgia.

“Last week, I had done too much, so I got tired and made a big mistake in the semi-finals. This time, I was more focused and careful,” said the 25-year-old.

Klimkait, of Whitby, Ontario, won all her earlier bouts on Thursday by ippon, the last of which was against China’s Lu Tongjuan in the semi-final.

“I’m satisfied with some of the things I was able to accomplish in each fight. There are some things I can take away to work on at home, but at the end of the day, I wanted the result to be different.”

Quebec’s Julien Frascadore, the only male competing for Canada today, concluded his day with a 1-1 record. After defeating Cuba’s Orlando Polanco by ippon, he was eliminated in the same fashion in the next round by Gregg Varey of the UK.

On Friday, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (-63 kg), Isabelle Harris (-63 kg), Arthur Margelidon (-73 kg), Antoine Bouchard (-73 kg) and Étienne Briand (-81 kg) will hit the tatamis in Antalya.

Meishu Monday Featuring Shirin Elmayergi

Meishu Monday Featuring Shirin Elmayergi

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Volunteer Spotlight featuring Sally & Mike

Volunteer Spotlight featuring Sally & Mike

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The Mental Game for Judo featuring Jimmy Pedro

The Mental Game for Judo featuring Jimmy Pedro

Register here: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/the-mental-game-for-judo/469045/#.YEub9mhKiUk

Judo Alberta Grading Notice

Judo Alberta Grading Notice

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Alberta we have no choice but to postpone the Grading sessions which we were planning for May 29-30 and June 5-6.

For those who have been recommend by their club Sensei’s, please use June 5-6 as the grading date when submitting forms to Judo Canada for approval.

Grading sessions will be arranged as soon as Covid-19 protocols permit us to host them safely.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Kind Regards,

Joe Meli – Grading Chair

FREE Online Junior Referee Seminar

FREE Online Junior Referee Seminar

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIXkS2qhfWaHDdiuxtNop4fqXcfgsISXZSCH23MsZ-mams5Q/viewform

NCCP Multi-Sport Module Calendar

NCCP Multi-Sport Module Calendar

Hello Judo Alberta Members,

Please be aware that Alberta Sport does not list all NCCP courses on the Coaching Association Locker unless it is getting close to the registration due date and it is still not full.  All of their sport modules are posted on the link below.  This is important for coaches who were “transitioned” from the old NCCP system to the new one as they need to complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module and do the online MED evaluation.  Here is the link to the Alberta Sport calendar.   

https://albertasport.ca/nccp-module-calendar/

Furthermore, coaches are not supposed to register for multi-sport courses in other provinces unless they get approval from the Alberta Sport NCCP coordinator.   

Thank you,

Judo Alberta

Judo Alberta Coach Education Session: Survive & Then Thrive

Judo Alberta Coach Education Session: Survive & Then Thrive

Hello everyone,

Judo Alberta is excited to hold a coach education session on Saturday February 27, 2021 @ 1:30PM (MT). The goal of the session will be to provide ideas and strategies to help rebuild judo in your area and in your judo club.

Judo Alberta Coach Education Session: Survive & Then Thrive https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/survive-then-thrive/468705/

The presenter of the session will be Peter Gardiner from Sportif Scotland. Peter has a wealth of judo developmental/ marketing knowledge and is happy to share some of his thoughts and ideas on how judo can “Survive & Then Thrive” during and post covid-19.

The session will attempt to be an interactive; Peter wants to hear your concerns about rebuilding judo in your club. The deadline has been set for February 19, 2021 so we can provide each participant with an information package and questionnaire prior to the session in efforts to lay a foundation of learning during the presentation.

Cost: The session is FREE / Donation. Judo Alberta is suggesting each coach donate $10.00 to help support the expenses associated with the session.

Presenter:

Peter Gardiner, Sportif Judo Scotland

Peter Gardiner was recognized as one of the best junior coaches in the world when he was invited by IJF Education and Coaching Director Yasuhiro Yamashita to take part in the ground-breaking DVD Coaching Judo to Juniors he later produced the smash hit 101 Judo Games with fighting films.

• Currently Head Coach Sportif Judo

• Currently Coach Educator British Judo

• Professional Judo Coach – 45 years

• Formally National Coach Denmark

• Formally Director of Coaching Judo Scotland • Former National Dev.

Manager British Judo

IMPORTANT:

This event will be worth NCCP PD points. (it is important that coaches gain PD points to maintain their NCCP certification level)

Judo Alberta will be opening the session to the other provinces / judo clubs in Canada because we truly are in this together and we will need to work together to rebuild. (Member of Judo Canada)

Mark Down on you calendar: On March 27, 2021 Judo Alberta will be hosting a Coach / Athlete session with Jimmy Pedro (USA) on mental toughness and visualization.

If you have any questions please contact me anytime

Ewan Beaton

Judo Alberta HP Coach

Alberta Sport ConnectionNCCPOur Sponsors