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Judo Alberta Camp Fort Saskatchewan

The next Provincial Camp in Fort Saskatchewan is on Friday January 13 and Saturday on January 14, 2023. Life is about to get very busy – sign up today! 

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

Address for training camp:
Tolide Judo Kwai
Dow Centennial Centre, 84 St. & 87 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan

Friday January 13, 2023

Saturday January 14, 2023
9:00AM to 11:00AM Judo Fitness, Uchi-komi, Technique, Drilling, Throwing
2:00PM to 4:00PM Transition & Tachi-waza Randori

– Judo Alberta / Judo Canada Member
– U14 Orange – Club Coach Needs to Attend
– U14 / U16 / U18 / U21 / Senior / Veterans – Green & Above

Trackie Registration Link: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/judo-alberta-provincial-training-camp-fort-saskatchewan/484596/

Self-Defence Certification Auto-defense

Judo Canada is proud to announce new dates for the Judo Canada Women’s Self-Defense Instructor Training Course.

This course is open to both men and women.

The objective of Judo Canada is to train instructors so that this new program can be offered everywhere in Canada: in judo clubs, in schools, in women centers, etc.

Here is the information about the training. The training program will take place in two parts:

1- Theory by videoconference (duration 4.5 hours) – December 18, 2022, 10:30am-3:30pm – Eastern Time
2- Seminar: In-person practice and evaluation (2 days – over a weekend):
Option 1 – February 10-11 – Lennox Island – PEI
Option 2- February 25-26 – Spruce Grove – AB
Option 3- March 11-12 – Montreal – QC

You can choose the location and date you wish to do the seminar. At this time, three dates will be available in three provinces, there will be additional seminars added throughout 2023

The fee is $75 to register for the theory portion. This includes the seminar.

*Please note that no refunds will be possible after completing the theory component or if you do not notify us 48 hours prior to the start of the webinar

Once all modules are completed, participants will be certified by Judo Canada. You will receive a diploma, theory booklet and free access to the practical videos. This training provides NCCP development points.

You must be a member in good standing of Judo Canada.

The training will be given by Daniela Krukower:  http://krukower.com/
To register, follow this link https://judocanada.org/auto-defense-certification/
If you have any questions please contact: mh.chisholm@judocanada.org

Four Alberta Judoka Awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Four Alberta Judoka Awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Four Alberta Judoka’s were recognized by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. This medal is a commemorative medal created to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The recipients of this medal are individuals who have made significant sports contributions to the province and have helped build their sport to what it is today.

Congratulations to Joe Meli, Allan Sattin, Michael Tamura, and Dr. Garry Yamashita.

Joe Meli

Joe Meli’s contribution to sports in Alberta has been ongoing since he was a teenager. Mr. Meli’s record of achievement in Judo include being a National Team member and as an Olympic Team member. He is one of only 4 Judo Alberta members, and the first athlete, inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Meli has contributed to the development of Judo in Alberta by starting a Judo club at Lethbridge Community College and by continuing to support Judo athletes as the Chair of the Judo Alberta Grading Committee, a committee that tests and passes Judo athletes to and within the black belt ranks.

Allan Sattin

Allan Sattin has been involved in the Sport of Judo in Alberta since 1965 as an athlete, coach, instructor, referee and event organizer.  Allan’s volunteerism has led him to sit as president for Judo Alberta and Judo Canada.  On the international level, Mr. Sattin is the Chair of the Legal Committee of the Panamerican Judo Confederation, which is the governing body for Judo in the Americas. Mr. Sattin was appointed by the Federal Minister of State (Sport) to the Board of Directors of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and later to the position of Chair of the SDRCC.

Michael Tamura

Michael Tamura has been involved with Judo since 1975 as an athlete, coach, administrator, and volunteer. He has been a member of the Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club as Head Sensei and was involved with bringing the National Regional Training Center to Lethbridge. Michael also has a long history of volunteerism including serving as the president of Judo Alberta, current president of Judo Canada, and is one of only two Canadians ever appointed to the International Judo Federation Executive Committee. Since 2015, he has been the General Secretary for the Pan American Judo Confederation and have been on the Executive since 2013.

Garry Yamashita

Dr. Garry Yamashita has had an outstanding career in the sport of Judo both provincially and nationally as a referee, administrator, coach, teacher, and volunteer. With over 50 years of judo experience, Dr. Yamashita has taught judoka all over the province, including at the University of Alberta Judo Club and Hiro’s Judo Club. From 2003-2009 he was the President of Judo Alberta and during that same period, he sat on the Judo Canada Board of Governors and in 2011 he was elected to the Judo Canada Board of Directors for the Prairie Region. Dr. Yamashita has been a valuable member of the Provincial and National Grading Committees. He has conducted numerous technical clinics and training camps to a wide range of athletes, coaches, and instructors as preparation for their black belt evaluations as well as for competitive development.   

Congratulations to Joe, Allan, Michael, and Garry on this tremendous recognition for all that you have done for the sport of Judo. There will be four ceremonies throughout the province in December to recognize all of the medal recipients hosted by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Judo AB Elite Athlete Funding

Judo AB Elite Athlete Funding

The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee would like to congratulate the following athlete who have been granted elite athlete funding.  Funding is based on performance, results, commitment to training, participation in National or International events and financial need. The coach committee nominated the following athletes for the first round of elite athlete funding for costs incurred from events participated in from September 2022 to December 2022.  

Name National & International Events Judo Club Funding
Evelyn Beaton Columbia SR PJC Cup Lethbridge Judo Club  $      400.00
 $      400.00

The Judo Alberta Elite Funding will be sent to the athlete’s home judo clubs not directly to the athletes.


Judo Alberta High Performance Committee

Upcoming Grant Programs to Keep an Eye On

Multiple grant programs are opening in the new year for you to explore for your judo club. For more informaiton on the different grant programs, please click on the links below.

Community Facility Enhancement Grant (small funding stream)
January 15

Community Initiatives Program 
January 15

Community Services Recovery Fund 
January 6 to February 21

Co-op Community Spaces Program 
February 1 to March 1

Jumpstart Community Development Grants 
February 13 to March 10

Edmonton Area Female Training Friday December 02, 2022

Edmonton Area Female Training Friday December 02, 2022

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to host another female training session for the Edmonton Area. I have added a recreational class from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, this class is open to anyone who wants to have fun doing judo! I will be hosting a high-performance class afterwards for competitors. Please find more details below.

Edmonton Area Female Training
Friday, December 02, 2022 
St. Albert Judo Club42C Riel Dr, St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z8, Canada 

Recreational class: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
High-Performance class: 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
Note: There is no cost for these training sessions

Registration online: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/edmonton-female-judo-training/484615/

We want to have as many female judokas from around Edmonton participating. The goal is to build a community, a social group and an enjoyable healthy culture of female Judoka in Edmonton. Building a good base of female judoka who can continue to develop the sport in Alberta/Canada is an essential objective of the Judo Alberta Strategic Plan.

Tentative future dates:
January 6
February 10
March 3
April 14

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at alexgagnon57@gmail.com

Judo Alberta’s New Executive Committee

Dear Members, Athletes, and Clubs,

Judo Alberta hosted their Annual General Meeting on November 20th virtually. Multiple items were discussed and important votes were made. Some of the highlights were a good fiscal year for 2021-2022, changes to the bylaws, and new executive committee positions. All of the information on this can be found in our 2021-22 Annual and AGM Report.

We would like to thank Trevor Hazell for his leadership and guidance over the last 6 years as President. The President can only serve for 3 consecutive 2 year terms. There have been many challenges faced by Judo Alberta and Trevor has led the organization through all of it. Trevor will continue on the Executive Committee as the Secretary.

With Trevor’s time as President coming to an end, that means Judo Alberta has a new President. We are pleased to welcome back a familiar name and face for his second go around as President, Kelly Thornton. Kelly previously served as President for 6 years from 2011-2017. Kelly has stayed active on the Executive Committee in multiple roles over the last 6 years, including treasurer and secretary. We are excited to see where Kelly takes Judo in the province of Alberta for his next term as President.

The full list of our new Executive Committee is:

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Executive Committee at any time.


Caleb Boorse
Executive Director



Judo Alberta has launched our Annual Christmas 50/50 Draw TODAY! Come and support our athletes journey to the 2023 Open National Championships in Montreal. 
100 tickets for $100.0020 tickets for $50.004 tickets for $20.001 Ticket for $10.00 
Buy tickets today and you can WIN BIG like previous winners Jim Karas ($2,650.00) & Judy Hazell ($3,755.00). You can be a WINNER TOO! Please support our Judo Alberta athletes today! 
This is the season for GIVING & WINNING! 

Raffle Link:


Draw Date: December 18, 2022

December 3 Black Belt Grading Applicants

To all December 3 Black Belt Grading applicants: Please advise Gord Okamura at gyokamura@gmail.com if you have or will apply on the Judo Canada application system, and the stream (technical or competitive) and for what rank by the November 18 registration deadline. Thank you.

2022 Judo Alberta Winter Camp

2022 Judo Alberta Winter Camp

Judo Alberta is proud to announce that we will have 2016 Olympian Antoine Bouchard as our guest coach for the 2023 Winter Camp on December 16-18, 2022, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Antoine is a fantastic personality who came from a small town in Northern Quebec and developed into a force on the Internationa Judo Federation Competition tour.

Athletes Sign- up: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/2023-judo-alberta-winter-camp-athletes-registration/483974/

Coach Sign-up (FREE): https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/judo-alberta-winter-camp-coaches/483976/


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