Edmonton International Judo Championship Update

Looks like the weather is going to be great for our event this coming weekend with a high Saturday now projected at 14C, That’s great for those travelling on the road Thursday or Friday and for those people who look forward to enjoying not only the tournament but Edmonton in general.

For those interested in Kata judging our seminar starts at 9 am with representatives from Judo Canada taking you through your paces until 4 pm at the Royal Executive Inn.

Don’t forget the Judo event Friday at 2 pm with Takahama Sensei of Japan teaching kids judo techniques on the tournament surface.

What a great place for Judoka to come get the travel dust off in a technical seminar by a highly regarded 8th Dan Japanese Judo Professional and a “totally cool place” to be practicing Judo for a couple of hours. If you could be there a few minute early on the mat and ready to go, that would be great, as we would like to be done by 4pm when the weigh-ins begin for the Saturday competitors. At this Technical Training Clinic, If the kids can learn one thing to carry with them during this, or future competitions, that will be great. If you are a coach and want to participate with Takahama Sensei, please feel free to come on the mats too. We all learn no matter how old we are or how long we have done Judo.

For those clubs interested in a one way or two way exchange opportunity with Japanese clubs, talking with Takahama Sensei after the Friday afternoon technical training or during the tournament timeline might be a good way to initiate future judo opportunities for you and your students in Japan. Hockey players come to Canada Judo Players go to Japan. . .

For those interested, our attendance is exceeding 700 at the time of writing so we are expecting an exciting and busy weekend of competition. We also have 30 people involved in the Kata competition so if you were on the fence about the kata we still have some opportunity there and Helen our Registrar, will sneak you in you want to give it a whirl in front of high quality judges and a crowd watching. She can be reached electronically at edmonton_international@yahoo.ca . , drop her a line and say “hi I want to try a kata competition!”

If pre event buzz is any indication we expect the Referring Seminar to be well attended Friday night as this ever changing sport requires constant information to all. Please ensure you are there early for this to get a seat!

If anyone needs any additional information or wants to double check any tournament information please see our website www.edmontonjudo.com for the package or email me!

Please click here to view the tournament participant list.

On behalf of the organizing committee, thank you, we look forward to seeing you Friday.

Yours in Judo,

Mark Hicks
Tournament Director
Edmonton International Judo Championship

p.s. we have free T-shirts for the competitors with a 10th anniversary memorable logo on it, I think you will like them and thanks again for coming to the 2015 10th edition of the Edmonton International.
As always, please do not hesitiate to pass this along electronically to people I might have missed.