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Obituary - Rick Littlewood
Saturday, 28 July 2018 16:30

We regret to advise that Rick Littlewood passed away on July 24th aged 77. He will be sadly missed by his wife Yumiko and family and also his many judo colleagues & friends.

Rick started Judo in 1959 at Hastings Judo Club and during the next 5 years was also member of the Otago University Judo Club, Dunedin & Invercargill Judo Club whilst attending Dunedin Teachers Collage.

Obituary - Des Tarring
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:00

Des Tarring with Yasuhiro YamashitaWe regret to advise that Des Tarring passed away on July 16th aged 92. Hw was a Life Member and foundation member of the New Zealand Judo Federation Inc (JNZ)

Des will be sadly missed by his wife Beryl and family including their son Steve who is a current JNZ Board Member and also Des’s many judo colleagues & friends.

Welcome To Another New Judo Club
Saturday, 21 July 2018 09:44

JNZ extends a welcome to yet another new club affiliated in the WN Area.

Yongi Yudo (YON WN) is situated in central Wellington and will be operated by Carlton Ruffell.

We wish Carlton and the club all the very best of success.

NZL Men Amoung The Medals In Hong Kong
Thursday, 19 July 2018 08:43

The JNZ Cadet and Junior Development Team competed last weekend at the Hong Kong Asian Cup.

The men where among the medals with the following results.

Rihari Iki (HOW AK)  won 2nd place in the cadet and 3rd place in the Junior -81kg categories.

Keightley Watson (WAN NW) fighting in the +90 kg in the cadets and +100 kg in the Juniors won a bronze medal in each division.

We wish the team more success at the next event in Macau this coming weekend.

JNZ Welcomes Another New Club
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 12:37

JNZ is pleased to announce the affiliation of a new club - Hajamie Judo (HAJ AK) run by Jamie Hopson.

It is encouraging to see another club being run by a young woman, particularly in West Auckland which has been lacking a "judo presence" recently.

We wish Jamie and the club all the best.

JNZ Homepage Review
Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:27

JNZ are currently working on an upgrade to the JNZ Homepage and the navigation of the Members' area.

We would like constructive input from our members on the redesign of the Homepage.

If you have any positive suggestions on how we can make this more useful to our members, please contact the NBD via e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 20 July.

Youth Olympics Referee Appointment
Monday, 16 April 2018 09:14

Craig Barlett (HOW AK) has been selected by the IJF to referee at the upcoming Youth Olympics to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is another milestone for both Craig and the achievements of NZL referees over a long period.

Congratulations Craig, and good luck for the event.

OJU Success For NZL Team
Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:29

The NZL Team won 28 medals at the OJU Continental Championships held in Noumea - 9 gold, 11 silver, and 8 bronze.

A full list of NZL medallists is attached.

In addition, a number of athletes also stayed for the training camp run by former multiple world and Olympic champion David Douillet.

Congratulations to all NZL medallists.

WN Grassroots Camp
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:21

The annual Wellington Grassroots Camp was held 16-18th March with guest Coach, Jason King (GIS WB).
There were 78 attendees with many being new 2018 beginners.
The atmosphere was electric as usual, with lots of judo and fun.
All ages were excited with the new judo techniques they learnt from Jason.
Their were big smiles all round with the 'Beat Up A Black Belt' event.
Thanks to Jason for the tireless effort he put into the weekend.
Wellington Judo Association.

And Yet Another New Club
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 12:49

Things are really happening in CA Area!

After adding 2 new clubs late last year, and 2 new ones already this year, yet another club has been affiliated to (now) the largest Area.

We welcome Queenstown Judo (QUE CA) run by sandan Jordan Doherty.

It is great to have another new club operating in the South Island, and also great to have a club operating in Queenstown again.

We wish Jordan all the best as she takes on her new venture.

2018 NZL OJU Team
Thursday, 29 March 2018 13:58

A team of 31 have accepted their selections to compete at the 2018 OJU Continental Championships to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia.

This event begins 6 April and is followed by a training camp.

JNZ wishes all team members the very best for this event.

Welcome To Two New Clubs
Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:10

JNZ and CA Area welcome two new clubs.

Premiere Equipe Judo Club based in Christchurch will be operated by Jason and Moira Koster.

The Alexandra Judo-Champ Academy (AJA CA) will be run by new member and very experienced judoka Tatyana Simantov, who has been resident in NZ for some time now.

We wish both clubs all the best and look forward to supporting them with their new ventures.

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.

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