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Passing of Jack Fielding
Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:18

JNZ is sad to announce the passing of Jack Fielding at the age of 94 on 27 October.

Jack was a well-respected judoka who was amoung the "path-finders" of judo in New Zealand. He gave many years of service to Judo at a club, area, and national level over many years. He was awarded his 5th dan in 1995.

He was one of the founders of the still active Can Am Ju club in 1953, as well as the Canterbury Provincial Judo League (now the Canterbury Area Judo Association) of which he was the first Director and President.

Jack was President of the NZ Judo Federation from 1963-65 and 1971-73. He was made an Honorary Past President in 1995.

Mr Fielding became JNZ's first Life Member in 1971, and was also a life Member of Can Am Ju and Canterbury Area.

The funeral service will be held at the Westpark Chapel, Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village, Christchurch at 10am, 1 November.

Our condolences go to Jack's relatives and also his "judo family".

National Champs Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:08

A photographer was present at the Nationals over the weekend and may have some images available for those interested.

Please contact the photographer directly. Contact details are;

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Pavlinic Gains Valuable Points
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:49

Ivica Pavlinic (MET WB) followed up a good performance at the Senior Worlds with a 5th placing in the -81kg category at the European Open event held in Glasgow.

After scoring Waza-ari in his bronze medal fight, Ivica unfortuantely succumbed to his Italian opponent just short of the 4 minute mark. His final placing gains additional World Ranking points to support his selection bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to be held at the same venue next July.

Congratulations Ivica.

OJU Events
Monday, 21 October 2013 09:09

The OJU have just announced the event schedule for the next 2 years, as follows;

OJU Continental Championships; 2014 Auckland (April 26-27), 2015 Paita, New Caledonia (April)

OJU Continental Cup; 2014 and 2015 Wollongong, Australia (November)

No doubt exact dates will be posted on the oJU website once finalised.

NZL Team For Junior Worlds
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:44

A small team has been selected to compete at the Junior Worlds in Slovenia on the same weekend as the NZ Champs at the end of the month.

The three selected are Antoine Rahier (WCC NW) -60, Alex Bishop (NJC AK) -66, and Ryan Jeffery (NJC AK) -73.

We wish them all the best for this demanding challenge!

NZL Performance At Senior Worlds
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:36

The NZL team of 9 athletes competed at the Senior World Championships in Rio recently.

The individual results were mixed, with the best performance from Ivica Pavlinic (MET WB) who won his way through 3 rounds to achieve a top 16 placing in the -81kg category. Jason Koster (CAN CA) also won his first fight, before losing in the next round. Jason also "backed up" with a silver in an international competition in Santiago, Chile the following week.

The mens team qualified as one of 16 for the World Teams Championship by winning the OJU Teams event. Unfortunately they drew Japan first round, losing 1-4.

Well done to all, and some more valuable World Ranking points in the bank!

Success At Asian Masters
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:29

A team of 12 from NZ clubs competed at the Asian Masters recently. The team from NZ was the second largest contingent, and achieved the following podium placings;

Alan Green (UNI AK) gold M6 -110, Vitali Aliluev (UNI AK) gold M4-100, and Stuart Mitchell (OBJ AK) silver M2 -100. One of the three teams also made it through a number of rounds in the team competition.

Congratulations to all.

Kiwi Medals At Sydney International Open
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:24

A small number of JNZ members competed at the Sydney International recently, with the following achieving podium finishes;

Shawnee Felton (MET WB) bronze JW-63, Blake Platt (NJC AK) gold JB-38, Mark Brewer (MOT CD) gold SM-81, and Emma Rouse (NJC AK) gold SW-48.

Congratulations to all.

Three More Clubs Affiliate
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:00

JNZ again welcomes 3 new clubs who have recently affiliated.

Spartan Judo Club (SJC WB) has opened in Cambridge, run by Spiros Poros: Forgotten Art of Judo (FAJ NW) underway in Palmerston North, run by Hamish Rees; and Olympic Judo Albany run bt Bill Vincent on Auckland's North Shore.

This brings the total to 10 new clubs affiliated so far in 2013 - a pleasing trend that will hopefully result in an increase of membership and Judo being available to more people in NZ.

JNZ welcomes these new clubs and wishes them all the best of success.

Crowd Goes Wild
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:50

Josh Kronfeld joined members of the NZL Senior Worlds team for an introduction to Judo which screened on the Prime television show "The Crowd Goes Wild".

Unfortunately JNZ was advised extremely late on the screening date and so we were unable to advise prior to it screening last evening.

However, good exposure, and another opportunity to wish the NZL team well for the World Champs in Rio next week.

JNZ 2013 Members Forum and Congress
Monday, 19 August 2013 09:18

The anual JNZ Congress and Members Forum will be held in Auckland over the weekend of 28 - 29 September, 2013.

Delegates from each Area have been invited to attend.

The agenda for each meeting is attached.

Gisborne Judo Club 60th Anniversary
Sunday, 11 August 2013 09:51

Gisborne Judo Club (GJC EC) will be celebtaing its 60th Anniversary in December and invite all members, ex-members, and "friends of the club" to register for the celebrations.

Attached is some information and a registration form, and an order for "limited edition" anniversary T-shirts.

All orders and enquiries to Kiki Velloza (GJC EC) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Best wishes for the celebrations and congratulations on 60 years of quality judo!

Recent International Successes For NZL
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:19

New Zealand judoka have had good results in recent international tournaments.

Anton Hammond (NJC AK) place third at the Macau Junior International event in the -90kg category.

A small team attended the Thailand International Open with solid performances. Lee Bronkhorst (MET WB) -60, Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) -57, and Anne- Marie Rasmussen (GIS EC) -78 all took bronze medals, and Emma Rouse (NJC AK) placed 5th in the -48.

Congratulations to all.

2013 Asian Grand Nasters Open
Saturday, 27 July 2013 08:47

The Asian Grand Masters is an open judo event for masters over the age of 30 and comprises shiai and kata competitions. It is being held at the Kodokan, Tokyo, Japan on the 21st and 22nd of September.

The event is open to all masters and New Zealand is looking to have a contingent attend this event.

NZL Selection For Cadet World Championships
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:46

After outstanding performances at the OJU Championships where he won the Junior Men -60kg category and placed 2nd in the Cadet division, James Entwistle (CAN CA) has accepted selection for the Cadet World Championships.

James will leave for the Miami based event early in August. All the best James.

NZL Team To World Championships
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:22

One of the larger teams for some time has been selected to represent NZL at the Senior Worlds in Rio at the end of August.

The NZL Mens team will also compete in the World Team Championships - one of only 16 teams - following their victory at the OJU Championships

A team list is attached. We wish the team all the best for the event.

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