Judo Canada – Call for Directors

Judo Canada is seeking four (4) Directors at large and one (1) Athlete Representative for its board of directors (2024-2028). If you are interested, please review and complete the nomination protocols below.


Any questions can be directed to Nicolas Gil, CEO and High Performance Director, at n.gill@judocanada.org

Grading Notice

Date:  Saturday June 3, 2023
Location:  TBD
Deadline to Register:  April 30, 2023

The grading is for both Technical and Competitive stream candidates.
Note that the time required for the vetting process through Judo Canada, candidates are advised to apply early at https://judocanada.org/grading-2/.

Any inquiries may be directed to Gord Okamura at gyokamura@gmail.com

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!

Guest Speaker Jessica Klimkait: March 3 Edmonton Female Training Session

I am excited to announce that Jessica Klimkait will be a speaker at the March 3 Edmonton Female Training Session. Jessica is Canada’s first female Olympic medalist and the 2021 World Champion. She will join the class for a 30 min virtual/online session where she will discuss her rise from club judoka to World Champion. https://olympic.ca/team-canada/jessica-klimkait/
She will also be taking/answering questions. We are asking judoka to please supply some questions ahead of time so she can prepare. Submit any questions that you have for Jessica here: https://forms.gle/FoQEwSVQcUQUoXRZ7

Tokugawa Judo Club
9647 62nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

6:00-7:00 pm: FUN-damental Judo Class (open to everyone)
7:00-7:30 pm: Chat with Jessica Klimkait (virtually)
7:30-9:00 pm: Performance Judo (open to people competing on the national circuit with goals to compete at the 2023 National Championships)

This is a free class. Please register online at: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/edmonton-female-judo-training/486946/
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at alexgagnon57@gmail.com


Judo Alberta Needs You to Volunteer

Judo Alberta Needs You to Volunteer

Judo Alberta has multiple volunteer positions that need to be filled. Please read the volunteer job description for the position you are interested in and complete the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3CVSL63

  1. Secretary – Executive Committee
  2. Technical Committee Chair
  3. Sanction Officer – Technical Committee

If you have any questions, please contact Caleb Boorse at judo@judoalberta.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

2023 Judo Alberta Provincial Championship – Fort Saskatchewan Volunteer Sign Up

Tolide Judo Kwai will host the 2023 Judo Alberta Provincial Championship at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan.

The tournament will be on Saturday April 1, 2023, with set up, registration and weight in on Friday March 31.

We are looking for volunteers to help host the events. If you are interested, click on the link below and select tasks you would be able to help with either in Friday March 31 or Saturday April 1.


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

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

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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