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NCCP Dojo Assistant Course

NCCP Dojo Assistant Course
Judo Alberta is offering a NCCP Dojo Assistant course in Airdrie scheduled for:

Oct. 24 5:30 – 10 pm
Oct. 25, 9 am – 7 pm
Oct. 26, 9 am – 1 pm

The cost is $250 cash or cheque payable to Judo Alberta.
Please register by email to bibbey@telusplanet.net

Registration Deadline is Oct. 10/14
A minimum of 6 registrants are required for the course to proceed.

Make your club better by making yourself better!


As many of you know, Fatira Merah stepped down as our HP coach at the end of last season and moved to Montreal to pursue more schooling. This has left a void until the Regional Training Center is established in 2015.

It is with great pleasure that I announce Laurie Wiltshire has accepted the role of the High Performance Coach for Judo Alberta for this year. She is an NCCP certified Competition Development (Level III) coach with years of experience as a National and International competitor. She is an 8-time National Champion in the -52kg division and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. Furthermore, she is a certified fitness trainer and can bring more aspects of conditioning and physical preparation to the Coaching Team.

Laurie is based in Calgary, but will make club visits throughout the year and will always be available at the training camps. Please join me in extending our congratulations to her and wish her continued success in this new position.


Garry Yamashita,
Coaching Committee Chair
Judo Alberta

2014 U of A Invitational Judo Championships

TOURNAMENT SITE: Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Kelly Palmer – kellypal@telusplanet.net

HEAD REFEREE: Tammy Thornton

REFEREES’ MÈETING: Saturday, October 18 @ 7:30 am. Coaches are invited. Please do not be late.

Mail Registration to: U of A Judo Club
c/o Helen Bienert
53529 Range Road 224
Ardrossan, AB T8E 2L8

TIME: Kata Competition at 8:00 am October 18, 2014.
Shiai at 8:30 am.

WEIGH INS: Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6-8 PM at Dow Centennial Centre
NOTE: No weigh ins on Saturday, October 18, 2014


NO WEIGH IN FOR U10 & U12 but are required to have their weights verified, signed off and submitted by their coach on the Weight Entry for U10 & U12 form that is part of this tournament package. Athletes will be grouped by their submitted ages and weights.

Please click here to view the invitation. Please note that the U of A invitation contains information regarding the Team Alberta selection criteria for the Canada Winter Games.

Interested in volunteering? Click here to view the Volunteer Application Form!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tournament feel free to contact the Tournament Director – Kelly Palmer at kellypal@telusplanet.net

CWG/Provincial Training Camp, Sept 27th and 28th, 2014

Division: U14, U16, U18, U21, seniors, Masters

11-1300 Judo Technical
1300-1345 Lunch
1400-1500 Sports Psych
1700-1900 Judo Randori

800-900 Circuit Training
900-945 Break/ Smoothies
945-1145 Judo Review/ Randori
1145-1230 Info Session (Parents and coaches encouraged to attend)

Address for training camp:
Hiro’s Judo Club
#115, 1919 27 Avenue N.E.
Calgary Alberta T2E 7E4

Please bring running shoes and exercise clothing.
The info session held Sunday after the camp is very beneficial for athletes, parents and coaches to understand team policy and expectations for the next season.

Laurie Wiltshire HP Judo Alberta Coach
Phone: 403-923-6358
E-mail: laurie@judoalberta.com

Quebec and Ontario Open

Dear Coaches,
This year Quebec Open and Ontario Open will be back to back in November 2014. Between these two tournaments there is a national training camp at the NTC in Montreal. Both of these tournaments are regional point’s tournaments and will be a qualifier for the new Elite 8 competition in January which is the Judo Canada selection tournament for Europe in March 2015.

Judo Alberta coaching staff recommend both tournaments to U18 and U21 athletes that wish to compete at an international level this year. Also we recommend athletes have competed at nationals prior to competing at either of these tournaments.

Judo Alberta will be organizing travel to and from these tournaments, Laurie Wiltshire will need to know who will be attending and what option for travel by September 27th, 2014 (Provincial training camp) with a $500.00 deposit made out to: Judo Alberta.

Option 1: Athlete travels to Montreal on October 31st, competes at Quebec Open and travels home to Alberta on November 3rd, 2014.
Option 2: Athlete travels to Montreal on October 31st, competes at Quebec Open, trains at the national camp, travels to Toronto by bus/ or van on November 7th, competes at Ontario Open, and returns to Alberta on November 9th at night.

Each athlete has to register themselves for these tournaments online. Please tell athletes to register as Judo Alberta as their club, this eliminates our Judo Alberta athletes facing each other first round.

Quebec Open: Please go to (http://www.quebecopen.org) Registration closes on October 26th, 2014 or when registration reaches 850 athletes so please register as soon as possible.

Ontario Open: (https://www.judoontario.ca

Elite Athlete Funding

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.

Athletes Funding Granted: Events participated in:

Erin Morgan $900.00 Pan American Open Santiago, Chile, International training camp Chile, Pan American Open Miami, Florida, National camp Montreal, Quebec
Robert Edwards $600.00 Pan American Open Santiago, Chile
Hana Varsanyi $200.00 Saskatchewan Summer camp
Keira Trotter $200.00 Saskatchewan Summer camp

These athletes applied for the third and final round of elite athlete funding for the 2013-2014 season for events participated in from June- August 2014. The next round of elite athlete funding will be round one of the 2014-2015 season. The application will be due in November 2014, look for application announcement in the fall.

To receive the funding please fill out an athlete expense claim form and send in to Garry Yamashita. When filling out expense claim form please indicate who you want cheque written out to and where to send it (Judo club, Judo Canada, Parents, etc…) You can find athlete expense claim forms here:


Nage no Kata and Kime no Kata Clinic June 14 – 15,

The Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club is pleased to host this clinic with Alberta’s own world class Kata team, Gord Okamura and Kelly Palmer, winners of 3 Gold Medals at the recent 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships.

Time: June 14, 2014 14:00 – 18:00 (Nage no Kata); 19:00 – 20:30 (Kime no Kata), June 15, 2014 9:00 – 12:00 (Kime no Kata); 12:00-13:00 (Review any other Kata questions)
Location: Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club
Registration: $25.00 at door.

Nage no Kata – will focus on the first 3 sets, ideal for those getting their Nage no Kata ready for grading.

Kim no Kata – please bring your wooden knife and sword for Kime no Kata. No metal weapons please. Some practice swords and knives will be available for sharing by those without their own.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Palmer at kellypal@telusplanet.

NCCP Dojo Instructor Course

Dates: June 27, 28 & 29, 2014
Location: Tolide Judo Kwai, Dow Centennial Centre, 8700-84 St. Ft. Saskatchewan
Time: 9 am, Friday, June 27. There is a substantial amount of material to cover so the course involves 28 hours of instruction.
Cost: $250 (payable “Judo Alberta”) which includes course materials and evaluation
Please bring: judogi, paper, pen/pencils
Registration: Deadline for registration is May 31/14. Please register by email to Keith Bibbey bibbey@telusplanet.net


A person with Level 1 certification under the old NCCP system may take the Dojo Instructor course.

A person who has taken the Dojo Assistant course may proceed directly to the Dojo Instructor course. This may be done before the completion of the 60 hour teaching requirement and before evaluation has taken place. Any hours of teaching in the DA portion will be credited toward the 120 hours required for the DI certification.

Judo Canada Notice

ANNOUNCEMENT – ELITE 8 – National Championships

U18 & Senior
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10-11 January 2015

This new event aims to provide an opportunity to have the top athletes compete in an event to gain national team points, but also will be a selection event for the U18 European Spring Tour.

DATES: 10 JANUARY 2015 (U18 division), 11 JANUARY 2015 (SENIOR division)

The High Performance Director will announce the eligible athletes within one (1) week of the conclusion of the 2014 Ontario Open.

This event will be for two age groups:

a) a) Under 18 years of age (born in 1998 & later);

b) b) SENIOR (born in 1997 and OLDER)

The complete event details will be released in a technical package in July 2014.

makeachamp.com Funding Program

Please read the press release below; If you are an athlete interested in making a campaign for Canadian Championships or if you want to donate to this campaign or one of Judo Alberta athletes campaign please visit the Make a champ website.

Funding for 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships

MONTREAL, Canada. (April 11, 2014) For the second year in a row, the Canadian Judo community unites together to make sure every judoka has the funds they need to get to the Canadian Judo Nationals. MAKEACHAMP has created a unique campaign (http://makeachamp.com/CanadianNationalChampionship) where all the funds that are raised, will be split equally among athletes with campaigns for the National Championships. Clickhere (http://makeachamp.com/CanadianNationalChampionship) to visit the campaign.

This campaign is unique in that it gives everyone a chance to support our judokas as they prepare for the Canadian Judo Nationals. A contribution to this campaign goes a long way because the funds are split equally among athletes already raising funds – it is these athletes that need your support the most. Your contribution will propel those campaigns forward and get them focus on training rather than financing.


If you are a judoka and you are going compete at the 2014 Canadian National Championships, you can get a portion of the funds collected by this campaign. All you have to do is create a campaign on MAKEACHAMP (http://makeachamp.com/login) before April 25th, 2014 and you will receive a portion of the funds collected by this campaign.

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