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Inter-Provincial Training Camp April 15-17, 2016


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Friday April 15

1400 – 1600 arrivals
1600 – mat set up
1800-2015 – Judo Everyone

Saturday April 16

800-900 Physical Training
930-1100 – Group 1
1100-1230 – Group 2
Lunch 1200-1315
1530-1730 – Group 1
1730-1930 – Group 2
1800-2000 – Supper

Sunday April 17

730-830 Physical Training
900-1115 – Judo Everyone

Address for training camp:

Lawrence Grassi School – 610 7 Ave, Canmore, AB

Cost for the camp:

$50.00 – includes (1x Lunch) and (1xSupper) for the weekend. Please make cheques payable to Judo Alberta. Judo Alberta must be advised in advance for special requests for meals. Vegetarian/Vegan, Allergies – nuts, dairy, gluten … The following information will be needed in order to accommodate the request: Name, request and group (U18).

Hotel Information:

Ramada Inn & Suites
1402 Bow Valley Trail Canmore, AB, T1W 1N5 1-888-678-4656
Economy Double: $107.99-$116.99/Deluxe Queen $125.99-$134.99
Doubles sleep 4. Queens sleep 4, cot $ 15/night.
Ask for Judo Alberta Block; Deadline March 16, 2016 (35 rooms blocked)
Hot Buffet Breakfast available from 6:30am-10:30am
Adult $6.99 + GST / Child (13 – 17) $4.99 + GST / Child (3 – 12) $2.99 + GST

Please send registration & cheques to: (DEADLINE APRIL 01, 2016)
Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
603 28B Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J-3T6
Phone: (306) 370-7412 E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Elite Athlete Funding Recipients

The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee would like to congratulate the following athletes who have been granted athlete funding. Funding is based on performance and results, commitment to training, participation in National or International events and financial need.

Elite 8

These athletes applied for the second round of elite athlete funding for events participated in from September 01, 2015 – December 13, 2015. The next round of funding will be announced in April, 2016 for competitions and training camps participated in between January 2016- April 2016 (Excluding Elite National championships)

Athletes that have received funding this round must fill out an athlete expense claim form attach their invoices from competitions/ training camp and hand it into Garry Yamashita to receive their funding.


Thank you

Judo Alberta coaching staff

Elite 8 National Championship Results

The Elite 8 National Championships took place this past weekend in Montreal, QB. Here are the results from the competition:

Elite 8

Taeya Koliaska -48kg u18 First
Alex Gagnon -57kg u18 second
Annabelle darlow +70 u18 second
Sarah perks +70kg u18 First
David Wu -60kg u18 dnp
Joel demaire -60kg u18 fifth
Adam Thomson -66kg u18 first
Tanner Sudo -81kg u18 first

Senior Division:
Erin Morgan -52 second

Third place for the following:
Taeya K
Ali B
Kiera T
Rashad C
Hana V
Darren E
Tanner S

Congratulations to all competitors!

Judo Alberta

2016 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships

Provincial Championships


Dow Centennial Centre (8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4P5)


Opening Ceremonies at 9:30am. Shiai to begin immediately after.

Weigh In:

Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm @ Dow Centennial Centre (upstairs in the Pacesetter Room)

Additional Remote Weigh-ins:

Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Red Deer Judo Club, Bay 110, 25 Belich Cres., Red Deer, AB Contact Al Schaefer 403-352-1907

Hiro’s Judo Club, #115 1919-27 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB Contact Garry Yamashita 403-870-7197

U10, U12 – $40
U14, U16, U18, U21 – $55
$20/additional division
$30 per kata per team. $20 for each additional kata. Cannot be combined with shiai.
$10/competitor U16 and older who fail to qualify for his/her registered weight.
$20/entry for late registrations, received after January 23, 2016

To view the tournament package please click here.

To view the registration spreadsheet please click here.

2016 Alberta Winter Games Confirmed Athletes

The athletes competing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games have been selected. To view the complete list please click here.

It is important that all athletes, coaches and chaperones remember to register as soon as possible at http://www.albertagames.com/default.aspx?p=albertawintergamesregistration

Elite Athlete Funding

The Judo Alberta coaching staffs has released the Elite Athlete funding application.

This application is for funding for Judo Alberta/ Judo Canada events that have taken or will take place between: September 01 & December 13, 2015


A) Athletes Selected by Judo Canada to participate in International Events
B) International Events recognized by Judo Canada (National Team Handbook) & Judo Canada RTC International Competitions/Tours
C) National Point Events and Training Camps
D) Special Provincial Training Camps

The elite athlete funding is for athletes in age divisions U18, U21, and Senior that our travelling out of province for tournaments or training camps at a national or international level.
The Judo Alberta coaching staffs is allocating $3,000.00 towards this part of the season for elite level athletes. The whole funds may or may not be completely used depending on the number of applicants and events.

Applying for this funding does not guarantee that funds will be issued to you. The coaching staff are looking for athletes that have shown dedication to their own judo training, tournament participation, and training camp participation. Also the coaching staff are looking for athletes that are planning for future goals in the sport. Please see a list of example tournaments that we will fund on the Elite athlete funding policy.

The coaching staff do want the athletes to have full support from their personal coach/ head sensei/club before applying for funds.

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is: January 08, 2016
Please submit funding applications to Ewan Beaton: ewan@judoalberta.com

To view the application please click here.

Ewan Beaton
603 28B Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta

Thank you
Judo Alberta Coaching Staff

AWG Fight Off’s Zone 4-8 (December 12, 2015)


Dow Centennial Centre (87 Avenue – 84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan AB)

Weigh Ins:




Entry Fee:


Tournament format:

Round robin within each zone. Top 2 of each zone will then compete in a
Round robin competition combining the 4 zones.

Saskatchewan Open

Hello coaches,

Please find attached the technical package for the 2016 Saskatchewan Open on January 23-24, 2016 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Hotel Deadlines: December 22, 2015 and December 29, 2015

Entry Deadlines: January 15, 2016

The Sask Open is a Judo Canada regional point competition where athletes can gain points & standards for the national team for U18 Elite Nationals Selection / U21 & Senior Teams / Elite Nationals Selection.

If you have athletes that are interested in attending the 2016 Open Nationals in May 2016 it is important that athletes get out of province experience. (fight different people) The Sask Open is an excellent event to compete with different athletes and to have a great training the next day.

I would recommend the following:

Last year U16 athletes (2001) to compete in their U16 division and U18 to gain points for the 2017 Elite Nationals.

U18 National Team Points: 2016 Sask Open: 7 points / Second Place 5 Points

U18 athletes should be competing in U18 and Senior (if you are a green belt male compete in Senior Novice me)

U21 athletes should be competing in U21 and Senior (if you are a green belt male compete in Senior Novice me)

It is important that you compete in the senior division to score national team points & standards:

First Place 10 Points & G standard
Second Place 7 Points

Note: National Team Standards give athletes access to different level international events. A “G” standard for a U18 and U21 athlete can give them access to Judo Canada events. The Sask Open is a great opportunity for U18 and U21 athletes to get experience at the senior level.

Competing in the senior division is important so Western Canada can maintain Regional Point competitions in our regions. The woman’s divisions desperately need to have larger divisions. The goal is to have
8 athletes in all senior divisions – male and female. This will attract more athletes to the competition from other provinces.

Remember that any athlete who will be competing at the 2016 National Championships should be looking at a minimum of 40 matches in the year.
(40 to 80 matches is ideal)

Have a great day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

To view the technical package please click here.

Judo Alberta Winter Provincial Training Camp, December 18th-20st, 2015


U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

Fee for camp:

$ 20.00 per athlete (please give payment to Garry Yamashita on arrival at 1st session)

Address for training camp:

Tolide Judo Kwai
Dow Centennial Centre
84 St. & 87 Ave. Fort Saskatchewan

Friday December 18th

Athletes arrive
19h00-21h00 Judo Technical

Saturday December 19th

9h00-10h00 Circuit training
11h00-13h00 Judo Ne-waza
16h00-18h00 Judo Tachi-waza
19h00-21h00 Activity

Sunday December 20st

8h30- 9h30 Circuit training
9h30-10h00 Break
10h00-12h00 Judo tech/ randori
Good bye Merry X-mas!!!

Please bring running shoes and exercise clothing.

This Provincial training camp is #3 out of 4 Provincial training camp for this season. Please review the provincial team selection policy to know how many camps are required for minimum selection criteria.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: 306-370-7412
E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Maximizing Weight Cutting Strategy to Enhance Performance

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary) Performance Dietitian Kelly Drager has been leading her field through an innovative project with members of the Canadian Wrestling Team. The project has been funded through Innovations 4 Gold (I4G), an applied sport research program led by Own The Podium.

Drager and CSI Calgary Strength and Conditioning Coach Mac Read, with help from Research and Innovation Lead Erik Groves, have been gathering information to determine an ideal way for wrestlers to lose weight for competition weigh-ins, while minimizing the impact that it has on their performance. The data set that has been collected so far is from three different competitions (Pan-American Championships, PanAm Games, and World Championships) and according to Drager, could have a significant impact on performance and provide “progress for the sport.”

Their research aims to give athletes a performance plan that they can use to take the guesswork out of cutting weight. This should reduce stress on weigh-ins and thus place more emphasis on performance. Of the results, Drager says, “We are now starting to see trends within weight categories. It is beneficial to have a bandwidth for each weight category, creating specific guidelines.”

The team has tracked athletes’ weight and urine specific gravity (level of hydration) during weight cutting. The data shows how they rebound from weigh-ins to competition time. These weight cutting curves can help athletes use consistent, predictable plans at major events. Currently, Read and Drager are observing what is happening during regular training. By monitoring the athletes’ heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, weight, and urine specific gravity, they are able to identify what is normal during training weeks.

This project is particularly exciting because as Drager says, “It is very applicable to other weight category sports such as judo. Preparing these athletes for enhanced performance is the goal.”

Long-term, this project will also be useful to developmental athletes who will be able to recognize that performance, not weight cutting, is the main goal of the sport. For younger athletes, Drager wants to promote “better health, growth and bone development.”

Ultimately, this data set will help Canada’s top wrestlers have stronger performances on the international stage. However, more importantly, Drager emphasizes that it “is going to help ensure better development and health of athletes.”

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Brittany Schussler: @BSchussler
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto

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