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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!

NZL Success in Chile
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:37

A small NZL team are currently competing in 3 international events in South America this month.

The first event was the PanAmerican Open in Santiago, Chile where Moira de Villiers (CAN CA), -70kg won her pool and semi-final, finishing with a silver medal. Jason Koster (CAN CA), -100 also won his pool, lost his semi-final to the eventual gold medallist, placing third.

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) lost her second round fight to the eventual bronze medallist.

So congratulatuions team, and good luck for the next event.

Kapiti Judo Club Gets A Taste Of Japanaese Judo
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:36

Kapiti Judo Club had the privilege of Mr Toru Takeuchi, a visiting Japanese teacher from the Tokai University attend their club on 3rd February, while he visits with Kapiti College’s sister school.  He was accompanied by two students who participate in Judo at Tokai-Urayasu Junior High School.

Mr Takeuchi, coach for a top Japanese high school judo team, is a highly regarded judoka, holding a 6th Dan.  He teaches Physical Education, History and Social Studies at Tokai University plus Judo at the Urayasa High School which is associated with the university.

Loss Of An "Old Warhorse"
Monday, 08 December 2014 15:50

Former member Eric Onyon (4th Dan) passed away recently after a battle with cancer, aged 66.

Eric was recognised as an "uncompromising" competitor who represented New Zealand internationally, and was at one time National Mens Coach.

Eric was a long-time Cambridge farmer, and a member of Camkada. JNZ extends sympathy to Eric's family.


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