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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.

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.

Kiwis At The Junior Worlds
Friday, 20 October 2017 17:37

Judo New Zealand has three players and one referee on the mat at the IJF Junior World Championships currently being held in Zagreb, Croatia.

Qona Christie fought last night in the Under 57 kg category where after a first round bye she lost to Visser of the Netherlands in the second round.

Tonight Louise Kelly will contest the Under 70 kg category where she fights Aoyagi of Japan and Alex Rivett will contest the Under 81 kg category where he will meet Madzhidov of Tajikistan first up.

Craig Bartlett is our referee in Zagreb and on the first day refereed the Under 60 kg final and last night again made selection for the final block and refereed one of the Under 73 kg bronze medal matches.

Another New Club
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:00

JNZ are pleased to welcome another new club in Christchurch.

Rollone Grappling Academy (RGA CA) is providing Judo classes under coach James Entwistle.

We wish James and the club all the best.

JNZ Welcomes A New Club
Friday, 29 September 2017 10:31

JNZ welcomes another new club - Atamai Rutu Joe Edge Judo (ARJ CA) based in Halswell, Canterbury.

The new club will be coached and run by Nick Draper, formerly with Westside Judo Club in Christchurch.

We wish Nick all the best for the success of the new club.

2017 Senior World Championships Team
Thursday, 24 August 2017 16:46

Judo New Zealand has three participants in the 2017 World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary commencing on the 28th of August 2017.

Emma Rouse will compete on the 28th in the Under 48 kg category, Justine Bishop on the 29th in the Under 52 kg category and Vinay Reddy in the Under 81 kg category on the 31st.

Following the World Championships, the team will train at the IJF Olympic Training Centre before competing at the Bratislava Senior European Cup on the weekend of the 9th of September. Judo New Zealand wishes our players the best of luck at these events.

You can find information about the event and follow the results at the IJF event page.

Keightly Watson at the Cadet World Championships
Friday, 11 August 2017 09:33
Keightly WatsonKeightley Watson from Wanganui is Judo New Zealand's sole competitor at the the Cadet World Championships.
Keightley is entered in the men’s +90 kg category and is fighting this Saturday, August 12th, with the Argentinian Burgos as his first round opponent.

You can follow the draw at and see all news about the event, including live video of all fights at

Judo New Zealand wishes him well for this competition.

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