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New Patron For JNZ
Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:34

Following the sad passing last year of our long term Patron (Joe McManemin) the Congress recently elected his successor.

JNZ's new Patron is Rob Waddell. In addition to being an Olympic and World champion, America's Cup grinder, and Chef de Mission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (where he showed great interest in and support for the NZL Judo team) and 2016 Olympics, Rob is a shodan and was a member of Henkada club.

We look forward to having Rob re-involved with Judo, and seeing him at events amongst his busy schedule.

A more comprehensive bio is attached;

Japan Masters Success
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:22

September 19-20 saw the 12th annual Japan Masters Judo Championships held in Ureshino, a small city in the Saga prefecture located in the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. The area is most noted for its hot springs and ceramics industry, and now as host of the Japan Masters Judo tournament for 2015. Approximately 500 judoka competed in Kata, team and individual events with players from Japan, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Spain and New Zealand. All were there to experience the high level of international competition, not to mention the hospitality and ever-lasting friendships, that this event is well known for.

Successful JNZ members were; Pat Toner (WEL WN) 85-89 years, -100 kg - gold, Rick Littlewood (UNI AK) 70-74 years, open weight - gold, Alan Greene (UNI AK) 60-64years, -90kg - silver

Congratulations to all the players who competed.

Judo Now "Core" To Commonwealth Games
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 17:14

The Commonwelath Games Federation have just voted to include an additional 6 sports as "core" events for all events from 2022, including Judo.

We are now one of 16 sports that will be on every Commonwealth Games program starting with Durban in 2022.

This decision was made at the CGF General Assembly which is currently being held in Auckland.

Judo first made an appearance at the 1990 Games held in Auckland, and then not until 2002 in Manchester, and again last year in Glasgow. Judo is not included for the 2018 Gold Coast Games, but we will then be a permanent fixture on the program.

This decision provides our athletes with certainty and allows them to plan and prepare for this achievable four yearly target.

NZL Team At Senior World Champs
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 09:05

Some of Judo NZ's elite judoka will be competing at the Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in August.

This is a very important tournament in their Olympic campaign, all will be chasing world ranking points and trying to meet New Zealand Olympic selection criteria.

Fights will be streamed live on

We wish them the best of luck.

Team members and Competition dates are as follows;

Age Is No Barrier
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:18

Rick Littlewood (UNI AK) recently competed in the Kodokan High Grades Shiai 7th Dan Shiai.

Rick has been a regular attendee at this event for many years now giving us a NZ presence.

In this competition you are matched with an equivalent grade, weight and aged competitor and have just the one fight. On the 29th April Rick again won his shiai event. In addition, Rick was honoured by being presented with a trophy and certificate for being the best Kodokan 7th Dan. He is the first non Japanese ever to be presented with this honour.

Congratulations Rick!


upcoming events

National Championships
Tauranga, NZL

OJU Continental Cup
Wollongong, AUS

National Training Camp

OJU Championships

Event information is available on the documents page