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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;

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.

Howick Have-A-Go
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:33

Howick Academy of Judo (HOW AK) recently held a "have-a-go" day at the Budhist Temple in Botany, Auckland.

Head coach Lawrie Crooke stated that it was a tremendous success, and received feedback from the organisers that we have a "great martial art".

Hopefully the enthusiasm of those that took the opportunity to have a go will translate into more members for Howick Academy. Well done team Howick!

OJU Medal Success For NZL Team
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:31

The NZL team completed the 2015 OJU Championships over the weekend with a total medal hall of 27, including 4 gold, 10 silver, and 13 bronze.

The 2015 OJU Champions are Qona Christie (WEL WN) CW -52kg, Matthew Roley (JNH AK) JM -90kg, Moira de Villiers (CAN CA) SW -70kg, and Jason Koster (CAN CA) SM -100kg.

Congratulations to the team and officials.

For a full medal count

NZL OJU Team To Compete This Weekend
Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:03

A large NZL team has been selected to compete in Cadet, Junior, and Senior divisions at this year's OJU Continental Championships to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia.

The event begins Friday 10 April, and concludes Sunday 12 April with Veterans and Kata. The event is followed by a training camp featuring 2012 Olympic gold medallist and 3 times World Champion Lucie Decosse (France), as well as Olympic silver medallists Larbi Benboudauod and Noriko Mizogushi.

We understand that the event will be available on live-stream via the OJU website (access by clicking OJU logo at bottom of this page).

We wish the team well for the event. A team list is attached.

JNZ Welcomes New Club
Thursday, 09 April 2015 15:55

JNZ is pleased to welcome another new club to the Canterbury Area.

Team UMAF Judo Club (TUJ CA) has just affiliated and will be run by long time member Kerry Saggers.

We wish Kerry and the club all the success.

WB Camp a Huge Success
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:52

The WB Area's annual weekend Camp was hosted this year by Whaktane Judo Club. Around 115 Judoka attended on both days with ages ranging from 5 to 60yrs.

A full, fun program was provided (for more detail, Read More).

A massive thank you from the clubs in the WB Area to Kevin Mackey (WHA WB) and his team for their hard work in putting on this event.


Great Finish To South American Tour
Monday, 23 March 2015 09:39

The NZL team in South America finished on a high note with 2 podium finishes at the PanAmerican Open in Buenos Aires.

Moira de Villiers (CAN CA) picked up another bronze medal in the -70kg category, and Jason Koster (CAN CA) lost the final of the -100kg category to place second. Darcina Manuael (GIS EC) could not get past the Argentinian opposition.

De Villiers and Koster finished the tour with 2 bronze and a silver each, and with important World Ranking points and great form heading into next month's OJU Championships.

Congratulations team!

Canterbury Sports Award Success
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:09

The annual Marriotts-Hadlee Canterbury Sports Awards were recently held in Christchurch with Judo well represented amongst the finalists for five categories.  Making the top three finalist in their categories were:

Jason Koster – Sports Man of the Year, Coach of the Year

Moira de Villiers -  Sports Woman of the Year

Oisin Roberts - Junior Sportsman of the Year

Can Am Ju – Club of the Year

The highlight for Judo Canterbury was Can Am Ju winning the Canterbury Sports Club of the Year award. In addition, Liz Crosbie (CAN CA) also received recognition for her long and excellent work at club, Area, and National levels.

Congratulations to all nominees. A full report follows;

NZL Trio Continue Good Form
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:50

The NZL team currently touring South America have had another successful weekend - this time at the PanAmerican Open event in Montevideo.

Moira de Villiers (CAN CA) -70kg again won her pool, and then lost to the eventual champion in the semi-final, gaining bronze. Jason Koster (CAN CA) -100kg also won his pool, then lost to the eventual gold medallist and won his bronze medal fight.

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) -57kg again lost to a Spaniard in the second round and couldn't get past the Argentian in the repecchage.

Well done team, and more valuable World Ranking points for Rio selection chances!

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