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Rick Littlewood - Kodokan 8th Dan
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:27

On December the 13th the Kodokan promoted Rick Littlewood to 8th Dan in recognition of his achievements since attaining his Kodokan 7th Dan in 2005.

Promotion to 7th Dan or higher (men) and women’s 6th Dan or higher is decided by the International Special Council (ISC) which is the supreme council meeting at Kodokan to deliberate Dan promotions for foreign applicants.
This council consists of three 10th Dans (Abe Sensei, Osawa Sensei and Daigo Sensei) and a 9th Dan (Matsushita Sensei) and the Chairman is Mr. Uemura, President of the Kodokan.

Rick's application was approved for recommendation to the Kodokan by the New Zealand Kodokan Committee (NZKC) and was submitted in March 2017.

However, as the International Special Council meets irregularly, at most only a few times a year and only when when more than one application for 7th Dan or above has been submitted from overseas applicants, Rick's application for promotion was not considered until the ISC met earlier this month.


JNZ congratulates Rick on this significant recognition of his achievement in Judo.

Merry Christmas
Friday, 22 December 2017 14:13

On behalf of the JNZ Board of Directors, the Technical Director and Commissions, and the Business Director and Commissions, we wish all our members - and especially our coaches, volunteers who administer and keep Judo "happening" in NZ - a very Merry Chrsitmas and Happy New Year.

We hope you all enjoy a relaxing, safe, and well earned break and come back recharged for another busy Judo year in 2018.

Internation Refereeing Success
Monday, 11 December 2017 08:24

Diane Limbrey (MET WB) completed the requirements in passing her International A referee licence at the Asian Open in Hong Kong last weekend.
To achieve this she has spent the last few years travelling the world to improve her refereeing, and to prepare for the examination.
Diane is the third NewZealand women to achieve this level, and the first in 30 years. She is the 13th NZ referee to obtain this IJF A level.

In addition, Neisha Brooking (TAU WB) and Steven Gray (MAI WB) passed their OJUB referee licence at the OJU Open held recently in Vanuatu.
At the South Pacific Mini-Games held in Vanuatu, Dave Browne (JNH AK) was Referee Commissioner, and Bryce Butterfield (MAI CA) refereed.

Congratulations to these and all our referees representing and flying the NZ flag at international level.

2017 Dan Gradings
Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:39

After a very successful National Technical Examination Weekend held in Petone, JNZ is pleased to announce that the following members attained Dan Grades;

6th Dan; Jason King (GIS EC)

3rd Dan; Shayne Jacks (BLN CD)

2nd Dan; John Mackay (GIS EC)
1st Dan; Brent Jarrell (KAP WN), Lewis Peart (NJC AK), Raeanne Cowell (KAP WN)

JNZ would also like to acknowledge other members who also attained Dan Grades through out the year. They are as follows:

3rd Dan; Bevan Brooking (GIS EC)
2nd Dan; Stefan Heinrich (MOT CD), James Entwistle (RGA CA), Carl Beech (MOT CD), Hilary Rosser (UPP WN), Paul Kirk (PMA WB)
1st Dan; Lynton Maiava (JNH AK), Sam Entwistle (RGA CA), Keightley Watson (WAN NW)

Congratulation to all who attained Dan grades this year.

CD Camp
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:39

Central Districts Area Judo held their annual camp in Kaiteriteri on 11-13 October 2017, attended by 18 young Judoka from Blenheim, Nelson, Motueka and Granity clubs.

Fundamental judo skills were the main focus at this fully residential camp. There was an introduction to the Koshi waza set of the Nage no kata and as this was a camp for youngsters fun was a key ingredient.

Visits to the nearby beach and a Waka Ama lesson were very popular. The quiz night (including some judo questions) and film night were relaxing and complimented all the hard training and learning done during the day.

Big thanks to coaches Stefan Heinrich and Shayne Jacks, and a massive thanks to all parents, helpers and sponsors that played a part in making it happen.


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