Get Ready for the 2023 Canada Winter Games: Judo Fans, Mark Your Calendars!

Get Ready for the 2023 Canada Winter Games: Judo Fans, Mark Your Calendars!

The highly anticipated 2023 Canada Winter Games are just two weeks away, and judo fans are in for a treat! The games, which will take place in Prince Edward Island from February 19 to March 3, will feature some of the best young athletes from across Canada competing in a variety of winter sports, including judo.

Judo is a martial art that emphasizes grappling and throwing techniques to take down opponents. At the 2023 Canada Winter Games, you’ll have the chance to watch some of the most talented young judokas from across the country showcase their skills and compete for gold.

The judo competition at the games will take place from March 1 to March 4, with both male and female athletes competing in various weight categories. The competition will be held at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, where spectators can cheer on their favorite athletes and witness the intensity of the sport. Streaming and broadcasting schedules can be found here.

If you’re a fan of judo, this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the most promising young athletes in the country compete at the highest level. Not only will you get to see some great matches, but you’ll also get a chance to experience the excitement and energy of the Canada Winter Games.

So mark your calendars and get ready for some incredible judo action at the 2023 Canada Winter Games!

Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp, February 18-19, 2023

Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp, February 18-19, 2023

 Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp – February 18 & 19, 2023

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

Address for regional training camp location:

Hiro’s Judo Club

 #115 1919 – 27th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta

Saturday February 18, 2023

1:30PM to 3:00PM – Ne-waza Technique & Ne-waza Randori

5:00PM to 7:00PM – Tachi-waza Technique & Tachi-waza Randori

Sunday February 19, 2023

9:00AM to 10:00AM – Uchi-komi & Fitness

10:30AM to 12:30AM – Technique & Randori

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 16, 2023 (No cost for the training camp)



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

IMPORTANT: Healthy Dojo

  • Do not come to judo if you have any flu like symptoms
  • Clean hands – wash many times during the day and sanitize entering/leaving the dojo
  • Wash your judogi and workout clothes following judo practice, shower after practice
  • Use your own water bottle,

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach                   

Phone: (403) 892-6099        E-mail: ewan@judoalberta.com

Edmonton International Judo Championship

Edmonton International Judo Championship

Important Links

General Information

  • Tournament Site – West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace, 8882 – 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
  • U10/U12 – Check in from 3-7 PM on Friday, March 10  at Volunteer/T- Shirt table at the Ice Palace
  • U14 & older Weigh In –  Fantasyland Hotel Conference Centre (Ballrooms #14 & #15)
  • Ne Waza – Friday, March 10, 2023 (Ne Waza ONLY)
    • Unofficial Weigh-In – 11 AM-12 PM
    • Official Weigh-In – 12 PM – 1 PM
  • Shiai – Friday, March 10, 2023 (U14, U18, U21, Veteran
    • Unofficial Weigh-In – 2-3 PM (Friday)
    • Official Weigh-In – 3-4 PM (U14); 4-5 PM (U18); 5-6 PM (U21, Veteran)
  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 (U16 & Seniors)
    • Unofficial Weigh-In 1-2PM
    • Official Weigh-In 2-3:30 PM
  • U16 & Seniors – Check-in for Sunday division is required on Saturday within 30 minutes of the last match of the day or before. Athlete, coach or another designate can confirm at Joseki.  IF NOT CHECKED IN BY THIS TIME, SUNDAY’S REGISTRATION WILL BE REMOVED WITH NO REFUND.
  • NEW this year – Novice divisions for U16 & older
  • Westjet are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border.
    • Coupon Code: 9A7H9AJ
    • https://judocanada.org/westjetcode/

Registration Information

  • ATHLETE – Regular Registration ends February 18, 2023 @ 23:59 MST.
  • Late registrations ends February 28, 2023 @ 23:59 MST.
  • COACH – Registration is MANDATORY until March 4, 2023 MST.  Register before February 15, 2023 to receive a tournament t-shirt.  NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MARCH 4, 2023.
  • REFEREE – register before February 18, 2023 @ 23:59 MST for a gift. Registrations open until March 4, 2023  @ 23:59 MST.


  • Open to all members of Judo Provincial/Territorial Associations and IJF Associations of other countries.
  • Minimum rank is YELLOW.
  • All participants must provide proof of current affiliation at weigh in.
  • U16 & older MUST provide photo ID at weigh in.
  • Foreign participants must email a copy of their current judo membership & a letter of affiliation from their country’s judo organization to registrar@edmontonjudo.com.
Kata Clinic – March 4-5, 2023

Kata Clinic – March 4-5, 2023

Mark your calendar!

The Judo Alberta Grading Board is pleased to announce that Gordon Okamura (National Kata Coach) will be leading a series of kata clinics for participants to sample various kata for interest. Key points and principles will be covered in each kata but the entire kata may not necessarily be shown. Questions will be addressed and critique will be provided. Weapons will be provided. These sessions are open to all interested judoka!        

Saturday March 4   
10 am – 1 pm Nage no Kata
1-2 pm – Lunch
2 pm – 5 pm Kodokan Goshin Jutsu
Sunday March 5      
9am – 12pm Katame no Kata
12 – 1 pm – Lunch 
1 pm – 4 pm Kime no Kata

Location: Victoria Sports Park 350E 100N, Raymond, Alberta T0K2S0

Registration: $35 – Register by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Gord Okamura at gyokamura@gmail.com

The 42nd Rocky Mountain Invitational Shiai

The 42nd Rocky Mountain Invitational Shiai

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, 11300 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, Calgary, AB

U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, U21 (Female and Male)
Senior Women and Senior Men
Veteran Men and Women

This is a pre-registration tournament only. Register now on trackie at https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/2023-rocky-mountain-invitational/485127/#.Y7R8nHbMJro. This is a points tournament for the 2023 National Championships

Honorary Tournament Chairman: Mr. Paul Knoll
Tournament Chairman: Mr. Garry Yamashita
Tournament Director: Mr. George Tesanovic
Chief Referee: Mr. Allan Sattin, IJF Continental Referee

Gradings for Provincial C, B, and A level Referees will be held at the tournament. Club Sensei should submit the names of candidates to Steven Norris (stevenorris69@gmail.com) by January 20, 2023. Candidates for Provincial C can put their own names forward.

Supported by volunteers from the Airdrie Judo Club, Hiro’s Judo Club, and Ishi Yama Institute of Judo

No phone entries. No registrations accepted at weigh-ins. No refunds. All information can be found here.

NOTE:  Two new remote weigh-in sites have been approved for the Rocky Mountain Invitational Judo Tournament

In addition to weighing in at the Tokugawa Judo Club (Edmonton) and the Lethbridge Judo Club, competitors can now weigh-in at the following locations

Remote weigh-ins on February 3rd, Friday night 6:30-7:30pm 
1) Aka Shika Judo Club – 87 Petrolia Drive, Red Deer
2) Barracuda Judo Club – in the Total Balance Health building, 1173B Hunter Street, Pincher Creek

Garry Yamashita 
Rocky Mountain Invitational Judo Tournament Chair  

Edmonton Female Training Session

Edmonton Female Training Session

FREE female training session on January 6 at the Tokugawa Judo Club.

Registration is online on trackie: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/edmonton-female-judo-training/485054/#.Y6PGByUTEWM

6:00pm to 7:00pm Female Training Session: 

This is open to all ages and skill levels! A fun and challenging class. 7:00PM to 8:30PM Female Provincial Team Session: This session is open to athletes competing on the national circuit with goals to compete at 2023 Nationals.

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

Happy Holidays!

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/

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.

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

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