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“do or not do - there is no try”
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;

Success In Japan
Monday, 25 May 2015 11:46

James McCombe (UNI AK) has committed to a year training in Kyoto, Japan. He now trains six days per week at Ritsumei, Kyoto, and Doshisha Universities .
On the weekend he won the kyu grade division of the Osaka Mayor's cup after beating eight opponents.
Congratulations James, and good luck for next weekend.

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!

Fond Farewell to Hiro
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:44

We will soon be saying goodbye to a positive contributor to New Zealand Judo.

Since coming from Japan in 2010, Hironori (Hiro) Matsuo (PMN NW) has been a regular on the New Zealand Judo circuit, impressing with his dynamic style.

Along with his achievements at on the competition circuit, it will be his contribution to local club Judo that Hiro will be remembered and recognised for also.

We wish Hiro well and a huge thank-you for his contribution as he nears the end of his stay in New Zealand and wish him every success on his return home to Kobe, Japan in June.

Welcome to Another New Club
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:40

JNZ welcomes another new club in the South Island.

Andrew MacDonald has affiliated Woodbourne Judo School, based at the RNZAF Base Woodbourne.

We wish Andrew and the club all the best success in growing the club.


upcoming events

North Island Championships
Auckland, NZL



South Island Championships
Christchurch, CA

Event information is available on the documents page