Edmonton International Judo Championship 2105

January 10th, 2015

Dear fellow Judoka,

The Edmonton International Organizing Committee is pleased to confirm that the Edmonton International Judo Championship will take place March 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2015 at our unique venue, West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is now our 10th year as a high quality Judo Canada A level tournament. We note the selection of Edmonton as the site of the 2015 Pan American Championships is based on the historical success and quality of judo demonstrated at our Edmonton International.

It is our opinion that this tournament will provide athletes a tremendous opportunity to obtain valuable national and international experience while limiting travel costs and associated time zone issues due to accessibility, proximity and location in North America. We believe that the tournament’s three day format facilitates travel time for all participants, as well as well placed tournament match times. It also ensures that participants, coaches and families have the opportunity to partake in the shopping and special events aspects of the largest indoor shopping center in North America, West Edmonton Mall. www.westedmontonmall.com.

For those not in attendance these past few years, the West Edmonton Mall venue, provides a unique opportunity for the display and understanding of our sport, as a result of the 100,000 + people per day walking around the enclosed but open air tournament site. Please review our website www.edmontonjudo.com for pictures of this very dynamic tournament environment.

In addition to an incredible array of competitors, over 700 in 2014, which benefit from cash prize funding for divisional winners of the Senior Women’s and Men’s Brown & Black divisions, we have a number of other events coinciding with the tournament including:

Kata Camp: This is the most popular Kata competition in Western Canada, and we want you to participate in the competition and the subsequent Kata camp! Nage-no Kata, Ju-no-Kata, Katame-no-Kata Kime-No- Kata and Kodokan Goshinjutsu are all being offered. If you wish to improve your Kata this is your opportunity! For details email Gord Okamura gokamura@telus.net

Kata Judge Seminar: If you wish to Judge Kata in the future, Judo Canada is putting on a kata Judge seminar, evaluation, and examination in conjunction with the tournament which is open to Nidan and above but requires Provincial recommendation. The Kata evaluation will be completed on Goshin Jitsu and Katame no Kata. Please contact Judo Canada’s Representatives Fred Blaney Fred.Blaney@gnb.ca or Gerald Poirier at gerald_poirier@videotron.ca

Referee Symposium: Run also by IJF Referees. A full evening of detailed assessment of what is changing in today’s judo and how you as a ref, or you as a coach or a fighter, can adjust your game to move forward with these changes. If you are in the competitive sport of judo, you need to attend.

Judo Canada Online Club Management Seminar: an informational session for Senseis and organizers alike, Judo Canada will discuss some automation options that may be very useful to help you simplify and grow your judo club. Put on by Judo Canada representatives it should prove enlightening to those in attendance.

There are a number of other unique Judo related events scheduled which we hope to announce soon, but without question the Edmonton International provides the best opportunity for all to immerse one’s self in our sport from many perspectives. It is not just a tournament but a multi day judo learning opportunity with your peers.
We have negotiated hotel packages for participants and members of their travel teams which are included in the tournament package on our website www.edmontonjudo.com . Additionally, any further information or tournament package revisions will be uploaded on our website, as they become available. If you have any questions in the short term I would be pleased to respond by email.
Please mark your calendars, adjust your budgets, and plan to travel this March 13th, 14th, and 15th 2015 to the Edmonton International Judo Championship. . . truly a unique Judo tournament experience.
Yours in Judo,

Mark Hicks
Tournament Director
Edmonton International Judo Championship

To view the tournament technical package please click here.

To view the tournament registration sheet please click here.

Electronic distribution of this correspondence by yourself to your club members, potential competitors, and referees would be appreciated and welcomed.