Empower Her Series

Empower Her Series

Edmonton Judo EmpowerHER:
Join Sensei Alex Gagnon for another exciting judo session of fundamental judo training and inspirational insight on January 19, 2024 at the Spruce Groves Judo Club. To become a skillful judoka it is important to master the fundamental movement skills needed for all throwing and ground techniques. Learning the fundamentals can improve a judokas progression in their development.

Location: Ryu Senshi Judo Club
Address: Unit 6, 100 King Street, Spruce Grove, Alberta T7X 0J6
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Judo Alberta Provincial Team and National Team Member Kiera Westlake will be joining the session for a video chat to talk about her progression from doing local developmental competitions to traveling around the world with the national team. Kiera has has been a cadet and junior National Champion and she won two gold medals as the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She is currently living in Montreal training with the national team.

Judo Alberta Inter- Provincial Training Camp: BC/AB/SK/MB/YU/NWT/NU

Judo Alberta Inter- Provincial Training Camp: BC/AB/SK/MB/YU/NWT/NU

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

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

Cost for the camp: 
$75.00 Regular Deadline March 29, 2024  
$95.00 Late Deadline April 12, 2024   

Trackie Sign Up: (IMPORTANT) Maximum Number of athletes 180 (90 athletes per group) https://registration.judocanada.org/event/2024-judo-alberta-inter-provincial-camp/1000431/

Coach Sign-up: (NO COST): https://registration.judocanada.org/event/coach-registration-2024-judo-alberta-inter-provincial-camp/1000433/

Friday April 26, 2024               

Group 1 6:00PM to 7:30PM / Group 2 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Saturday April 27, 2024          

Group 1 9:00AM to 10:30AM

Group 2 10:30AM to 12:00PM

Group 1 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Presentation: 4:30PM Understanding Weight Cutting

Group 2 5:00PM to 7:00PM

8:00PM Coaches Dinner: Mikes Steak House

Sunday: April 28, 2024            

Group 1 8:00AM to 9:45AM Judo

 Group 2 9:45AM to 11:30AM Judo

Hotel Information:

Fort Saskatchewan Super 8: $129.00 + tax (1 min walk to training site)

8750 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4R5, Phone(780) 998-2898

20 rooms blocked off; mention JUDO TRAINING CAMP (First come / first serve)

Comfort Inn & Suites: $129.00 + tax (5 min walk to training site)

120 Town Crest Rd, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0G7, Phone(780) 998-4000

55 rooms blocked off; MENTION JUDO ALBERTA (Drop date February 15, 2023)

Email: ewan@judoalberta.com   Phone: 403-892-6099

Judo AB Eligibility: Provincial Team member / U14 Green Belt with approval of Judo AB HP Coach

Introduction to Nage no Kata Clinic

Introduction to Nage no Kata Clinic

Nage no Kata (Forms of Throwing) is the first Kata most Judoka learn. It can improve your throws, movement and help your Judo. This clinic is for those who have never done Nage no Kata before, or have learned some but want to brush up. We will introduce you to the key points and some of the throws, and start you on your Kata journey!

Kata competitions are also held in the province and around the world – at the Canadian Nationals there will be a U16 Nage no Kata division.

Judo Alberta is pleased to host this clinic with Kelly Palmer (Sixth Dan) and Wesley Enns (Fourth Dan), Canadian Kata Champions and World Kata Competitors

This clinic is for everyone ages 12 and up, Orange Belt and higher.

Time: Sunday January 21, 2024 from 9:00 am– 1:00 pm

Location: Ishi Yama Judo Club 240 90 Ave SE, Calgary

Registration Link: No Fee – register on Trackie at  https://registration.judocanada.org/event/introduction-to-nage-no-kata-clinic/1000422/?admin=1     

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Palmer at kellypal@telusplanet.net

Judo Alberta Elite Athletes Funding – December 2023

Judo Alberta Elite Athletes Funding – December 2023

The Judo Alberta Coaching Committee would like to congratulate the following athletes 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 2023 to December 2023.  

September 2023 to December 2023
Name National & International Events Judo Club Funding Method of Payment
Evelyn Beaton Pan-Am, U21 Worlds, Japan Lethbridge  $ 1,300 Payment to club
Marianna Karas Pan-Am Kodokwai     $ 500 Payment to club
 $ 1,800

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

Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp – January 19-20, 2024

Judo Alberta Provincial Training Camp – January 19-20, 2024

Address for Provincial Training Camp:

Hiro’s Judo Club,  #115 1919 – 27th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta

Friday January 19, 2024

6:00PM to 8:00PM – Friday Night Fight Night  

Saturday January 20, 2024

8:30AM to 9:30AM – Uchi-komi & Fitness

10:00AM to 11:30AM – Ne-waza Technique, Transition & Drilling

2:30PM to 4:00PM – Tachi-waza Technique, Kumi-kata & Randori

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (No cost for the training camp)

Registration Linhttps://registration.judocanada.org/event/2024-judo-alberta-provincial-training-camp-calgary/1000404/


  • 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 attend judo training 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.

* Schedule is subject to change based on the number of participants 

Ewan Beaton HP Judo Alberta Coach                   

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

Alberta Cheer Squad

Alberta Cheer Squad

Alex Gagnon is organizing a Team Alberta Cheer Squad for the Elite 8 Championships. This event will occur on January 13 at the University of Alberta Butterdome in Edmonton. 

Edmonton has a history of putting on amazing judo events, such as the exciting Edmonton International Judo Championships every year, the 2015 Panam Championships and the 2019 National Open Championships. This will be a great opportunity for Judoka to see the best Canadian Judoka compete.

More information and link to register: 

We will do a poster-making session to get everyone into the cheering spirit before the competition begins and have pizza between preliminaries and finals. Judoka under 12 years old are free. Those over 12 will have to pay an admissions fee; however, we are looking into a group rate and will send an update to those registered.

I ask that you please share this information with your club members who may be interested in this event. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at alexgagnon57@gmail.com

Elite Nationals Volunteer Signup

Elite Nationals Volunteer Signup

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 2024 Elite Nationals event scheduled to take place in Edmonton on January 13-14. This exciting event promises to showcase the best Judo in Canada.

To ensure the success of this prestigious event, we are reaching out to our incredible community for support. Volunteer participation is crucial in making this event a resounding success, and we’re still seeking individuals to contribute their time and skills in various roles. No knowledge of Judo is required!

We have openings across all volunteer categories and dates, and we’d love for you to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Whether you have a passion for event organization, enjoy working with people, or simply want to be involved in a thrilling sporting event, there’s a role perfectly suited for you.

Volunteer Categories include but are not limited to:

  • Scoreboard Operator
  • Marshalling
  • Security
  • Accreditation
  • Setup/Takedown
  • Mat Maintenance
  • Medical
  • Food Services
  • Doping Control

If you’re interested in being a part of this incredible event, please fill out the volunteer sign up form online or reach out to us directly at judo@judoalberta.com for more information or to sign up for a specific role and date.

Thank you for your support and dedication to making the 2024 Elite Nationals in Edmonton an outstanding success!

Judo Alberta 2023 Christmas 50/50 Draw

Judo Alberta 2023 Christmas 50/50 Draw

Judo Alberta will be sending a team of 70 athletes to the 2024 Open National Championships, and we need your support to help get them there! Our athletes dedicate hours and hours of training every week in efforts to become the best in the province, Canada and the World.

Judo Alberta athletes are dedicated student athletes who are learning life lessons through their journey in sport; they learn about dedication and commitment to a goal, they learn how to deal with loss and success, they learn about becoming a good teammate and above all of this they learn how to work hard! Judo is not only about building champions on the mat it is about building good people that will contribute to their community. JUDO BUILDS GOOD PEOPLE!

Judo Alberta Winter Camp        December 15-17, 2023

Judo Alberta Winter Camp December 15-17, 2023

Guest Coach Arthur Margelidon, 2 x Canadian Olympian, Pan-American Champion, 13 x Medalist on the IJF World Judo Tour

Athlete Sign-up: https://registration.judocanada.org/event/2023-judo-alberta-winter-camp/1000302/

Coach Sign-up: https://registration.judocanada.org/event/coach-registration-2023-judo-alberta-winter-camp/1000303/

Judo Alberta Winter Camp Schedule

Friday December 15, 2023

6:00PM to 7:30PM Group 1 Fight Night
7:30PM to 9:00PM Group 2 Fight Night

Saturday December 16, 2023

8:30AM to 10:15AM Male
10:15AM to 12:00PM Female
3:00PM to 4:55PM Group 1
Group Photo
5:05PM to 7:00PM Group 2
Pizza 5:30PM to 8:00PM

Sunday December 17, 2023

8:30AM to 9:30AM Ne-waza Transition
9:45AM to 10:15AM Mental Toughness
10:30AM to 12:30PM Technical & Randori
  • Camp schedule is subject to change

Price: $55.00 

U14/U16/U21/SR – Orange belt & Higher / No cost for club coaches

Location: Lethbridge Judo Club: www.lajudo.com



  • Judo Alberta / Judo Canada Member
  • U12 Green Belt with Club Coach 
  • U14 Orange Belt with Club Coach
  • U16/U18/U21/SR/Veteran – Orange & above Judo Alberta

2024 AWG Information


I have attached the details for the 2024 AWG PLAYDOWN/QUALIFIER AWG to this email. (Technical Package) This is a great event for athletes to be part of a team in a multisport environment. I encourage all coaches to start to identify athletes that meet the age and weight division requirements and start to develop a program. You want to get these athletes competing and practicing within the province and at inter-provincial events like the 2024 Saskatchewan Open. The AWG is also a great opportunity to get young potential coaches and referees involved from your ZONES. The AWG program should be seen as a great developmental event for athletes, coaches and referees

Sample AWG Training / Preparation Plan:

November 03/04, 2023 Regional Training – Edmonton / Calgary

November 25, 2023 – Florence Senda Tournament, Lethbridge

November 25, 2023 – AWG PLAYDOWN/QUALIFIER Southern Zones, Lethbridge (ZONES 1-3)

December 02, 2023, AWG PLAYDOWN/QUALIFIER Northern Zones, Fort Saskatchewan (ZONE 4-8)

December 15-17, 2023, Winter Camp, Lethbridge

January 19-20, Provincial Training Camp/AWG Training Camp, Calgary 

January 27-28, 2024, Sask Open, Regina, Saskatchewan

February 03, 2024, Rocky Mountain, Calgary

Athletes teams do not have to follow this sample training/preparation plan but it is important to make sure that the athletes who are attending the 2024 AWG are prepared. It is is important to have a training plan that is full of training opportunities, competition opportunities and travel experiences. The preparation and journey is as important as the event itself!  

AWG PLAYDOWN/QUALIFIER (South – Zones 1-3), November 25, Lethbridge. Trackie Site


AWG PLAYDOWN/QUALIFIER (North – Zones 4-8) , December 2, Fort Saskatchewan. Trackie Site:


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