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“do or not do - there is no try”
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.

WB Training Clinic
Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:45

WB Area are hosting a training clinic in conjunction with the WB Area Open being held in June.

The featured coach will be NZL Commonwealth Games team member, and former Oceania, NZ, and Australian Champion - Ivica Pavlinic (MET WB).

Information on the clinic is attached, and application is completed on line by the Club Administrator.

This is a great opportunity to learn current competition technique and strategy from a successful national representative.

CD Development Camp
Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:33

Nelson Judo Club & Central Districts Area Judo held a Judo Development Camp (primarily for 9-14 year olds) at Nelson Boys College, Nelson between 20 - 23 April 2017.

It was a great success with over 90 judoka attending from 6 clubs nationally – NEL CD, BLN CD, MOT CD, GRA CD, along with NJS AK and WJC CA.

The last question in the final Q&A session was: "are we going to hold another camp this year?" – a great closing comment.


Congratulations to all those who took part, and especially those who organised and ran the program.

Obituary - Daniel Gowing
Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:37

It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of two-time Olympian, Daniel Gowing.

A celebration of Daniel's life will be held at All Saints Chapel, Purewa Crematorium, 100-102 St John's Road, Meadowbank on Friday 24 March at 12 noon.

JNZ extends our deepest sympathy to Daniel's family and friends.

The Judo Federation of Australia also adds its condolences as below;

Wellington Grass Roots Camp
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:57

The annual "Grass Roots" camp hosted by WN Area was run over the weekend 17-19 March.

Guest coach Jason King (GIS EC) took the attenddees and local coaches through their paces, with inspirational learning the result!

"Beat Up a Black Belt" and a Chocolate Fish Tournament were also great hits!

Congrats to the organisers and all who took part.

Auckland Team Successful At QIO
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:39

The Auckland Squad attended the recent Queensland International Open, which was the largest ever with over 400 competitors - including a number of Japanese teams.

The Auckland team of 17 claimed 13 medals, which was a superb effort given a high number of “first time” international competitors, on top of hard twice daily training in Brisbane leading up to the event and an International Training Camp in the Gold Coast immediately after the event.

Auckland Coach Rob Levy (UNI AK) was one of four international coaches invited to run workshops at the International Training Camp.

Congratulations to all the team, officials, and supporters for a successful tour.

Medallists below;


Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:43

The team to represent NZL at the 2017 OJU Continental Championships in Tonga has been confirmed, and is listed below.

The team competes in Senior, Junior Men and Women, and Cadet divisions on Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April.

We wish the team and management the very best for a successful tournament.

JNZ Official Facebook Page
Friday, 10 March 2017 08:11

Judo NZ will be launching our official trial Facebook page Saturday, March 11th. This page will be open to the public to view and make comment.

The purpose of the page is to promote and celebrate happenings amongst our community, along with those who follow Judo across country and internationally. It will also support JNZ in communicating key information to athletes, coaches, support teams, members and club administrators.

Please note, the JNZ website will remain the primary information and policy source, and will take precedence over information on the Facebook page if a conflict or discrepancy exists.

Our aim is to fairly represent what is happening in all clubs across NZ. If you have anything newsworthy, or would like to celebrate a local achievement, please send this through to our editor Justine Bishop ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We will endeavor to be timely with our posts, but there may be a delay in posting.

We trust that the provision of this facility will be used in a positive, constructive, and productive manner to assist our members and clubs.

60 Years On The Mat
Friday, 03 March 2017 08:14

Ron Jones (NSA AK) celebrated his 60th year of Judo on the mat at his North Shore Acadamy of Judo.

Ron began Judo in Sydney 2 March, 1957, becoming Australian lightweight champion before starting his coaching career in Australia. He moved to NZ in 1965, and took over the coaching at NSA AK in 1977, where he has coached ever since.

Ron has also taught self-defence and judo at a number of schools on the North Shore, and worked for some time teaching judo to members of Blind Sport NZ.

Ron's message;

"Give back to Judo what you have learnt. We will only keep the art and love of judo alive if we encourage our present players and competitors to give back to their clubs, and move into assisting and coaching to bring on the next generation of judoka".


JNZ congratulates Ron on this significant achievement, and thanks him for his long service to developing Judo in NZ.

2016 Dan Gradings
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:36

JNZ wish to congratulate all our members who were successful in attaining NZ Dan grades during the year. Those graded were;

1st Dan; Cameron Baker (NJC AK), Finn Brown (WCC NW), Todd Godfrey (WJA AK), Kevin Mackey (WHA WB), Gensric Sakiman (JNH AK), Jake Spinks (CAN CA), Koen Visser (HOW AK), Alex Rivett (WEL WN)

2nd Dan; Ross Beale (CAM CA), Neisha Brooking (WHA WB), Tatalong Hannarong (NJC AK), Chanel Kavamagh (TAU WB), Emma Rouse (NJC AK), Carlton Ruffell (BUB WN), Gareth Smith (WAI WN), Harry Smith (CAM WB)

3rd Dan; Justine Bishop (NJC AK), Alan Green (UNI AK), Vinay Reddy (NJC AK)

4th Dan; Craig Bartlett (HOW AK)

5th Dan; Graeme Fair (TAU WB) - Lifetime Award of Grade

Welcome Dae Han Judo
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:43

JNZ welcomes a new Judo club in the Waikato Bay of Plenty Area.

Dae Han Judo has been affiliated and will be run by Seong Keun (Ben) Park in Tauranga.

We wish Ben and the club success.

Revised IJF Contest Rules
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 07:54

The IJF have made a number of changes to the contest rules following the 2016 Olympics. Notably, the scoring system has been amended to only Ippon and Waza-ari (which are now not cummulative).

The changes are outlined in the attachment (and yes - they have been ammended already!)

JNZ Sports Commission will be making recommendations on how these changes will be implemented into the JNZ Sporting Code prior to the first points event for 2017. Any changes will be advised asap.

The Referees Commission have representatives attending the IJF Seminar on the revised rules, and will be running a number of Rules Seminars for coaches, referees, and competitors later in January and February.


Happy Holiday Season
Friday, 16 December 2016 08:13

On behalf of the JNZ Board of Directors, Business Directorate, and Technical Directorate we wish all members a very safe, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday season.

Special thanks to all our volunteers who make the development and delivery of Judo throughout New Zealand possible.

Look forward to working with you all again in 2017.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

NTD Appointment
Monday, 12 December 2016 08:44

JNZ Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the successful applicant for the National Technical Director's role is Mr David Browne.

Most of you will be familiar with David from his previous role as JNZ President, and active referee around NZ and internationally.

David was appointed by the selection panel after applications for the role were received, and a number of applicants interviewed.

JNZ congratulate David on his appointment to the role, and wish him every success in this important position.

Earthquake Concerns
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 07:23

JNZ wish to share our best wishes to the clubs and their members affected by the recent earthquakes - particularly the Kaikoura Judo Club (KAI CA).

We have received reports that all are safe, and some clubs have closed while safety assessments are conducted.

JNZ have also received an e-mail from the Judo Federation of Australia extending their concerns and pass on their thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Hopefully a return to "normal service" as soon as possible!

New Board Member
Monday, 31 October 2016 08:37

At the recent JNZ Congress Craig Bartlett (HOW AK) was elected to the Board of Directors.

Craig will be well known to many of you as the Referee Commission Director. Craig is currently active as an international referee at IJF events around the world, as well as coaching at his club in Auckland. Craig has also had experience on the OJU executiva as the Treasurer.

Craig replaces long-serving Board Member Naomi Spinks (CAN CA) who remains as the High Performance Director. We wish to publicly thank Naomi for the work she has done on behalf of the organisation and our members in her role on the Board.

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