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2013 Kata World Championships
Monday, 28 January 2013 08:58

The 2013 IJF Kata World Championships have been scheduled for 19-20 October in Kyoto, Japan.

This is the first time that the event has been held outside Europe, and the ancient capital of Japan will make an excellent backdrop for this event.

Any enquiries should be directed to JNZ Kata Commissioner, Bill Vincent.

Amended OJU Selection Criteria
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:51

The OJU have just advised that they will be relaxing the number of entries per category for Cadet and Junior divisions at this year's OJU Continental Championships.

Instead of 2 per category with a maximum team size of 10, countries can now enter 3 per category.


There is no change to size of Senior team (ie max 2 per category, no more than 9 per team). Updated selection criteria attached.

2013 National Training Camp
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:44

A reminder that the first JNZ event for 2013 is the National Training Camp to be held in Wanganui, 22-24 February.

This camp includes Cadet, Junior Men and Women, and Senior Men and Women age groups and is a selection requirement for anyone hoping to be selected for the OJU Continental Championship team.

Refer to previous news item or your club administrator for details regarding application, cost, etc.

NTD Resignation
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:21

It is with considerable regret that the JNZ President and Board have accepted the resignation of long time National Technical Director, Jim McPhee.

Jim is currently overseas visiting family, and has announced his resignation from the NTD role for personal reasons, effective the end of March, 2013.

Rules Seminars
Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:05

As previously advised JNZ Referee Director (Dave Browne) will be attending the IJF Seminar to be updated on the new competition rules that are being trialled world wide.

To ensure the new rules and interpretations are broadcast as soon as possible in New Zealand a series of Rules Seminars will be held on Dave's return. These seminars are available for all REGISTERED players, coaches, referees, and tournament technicians.

Details are as follows;

2013 OJU Continental Champioship Selection Criteria
Monday, 24 December 2012 10:11


The selection criteria for 2013 OJU Continental Championships is attached. This has also been sent to all clubs, and is in the documents section of the website under High Performance.

Fight For Gold First Stage Funding
Monday, 24 December 2012 09:05

The Board of JNZ is pleased to announce the approval of the first stage of funding in support of the Fight for Gold project that will lead to New Zealanders winning medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

In the first stage, a total of $10,000 is available to be shared among players who are strong prospects for Glasgow.

Merry Christmas
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:57

On behalf of the President, Board of Directors, National Technical Director, and National Business Director we wish all members - and especially those who provided voluntary assistance to their clubs, their Areas, and to Judo New Zealand - a safe and relaxing festive season.

See you all back on the mat in 2013 for another busy Judo year!

NZL Team Management Positions
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:46

JNZ invites applications from those with the interest and ability in being involved in Team Management for 2013 supported tours.

The deadline for the applications is 18 January, 2013.


At this stage, the supported events for 2013 are likely to include the OJU Continental Championships (Cairns, April), and OJU Continental Cup (Apia, November).

2013 JNZ National Camp Information
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:30

The first National Training Camp will be held in Wanganui, 22 - 24 February 2013.

This is a compulsory event for anyone wishing to be considered for selection for the 2013 OJU Continental Championships to be held in Cairns in April.

The details and application form have been forwarded to all clubs, and are also attched for your information. Please note deadlines and address for application and fees.

IJF Proposes Radical Rule Changes
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:16

The IJF have announced a series of "experimental" rule changes following the Olympic Games review. Some of these are controversial and radical, but will be in force for all IJF events (including OJU Continental Championship) for 2013. Changes have also been made to the allocation of World Ranking Points.


The JNZ Sports Commission will be analysing the proposed changes to determine the extent of there introduction into events held in New Zealand. These will be introduced prior to the Area Opens.

Young Judoka Wins Award
Friday, 30 November 2012 09:44

Joss Traub (KOI WN) won the Dominion Post Wellington College Judo Sports Person of the Year for the second year in a row recently. The overall winner of 2012 Sportsman of the Year was football's Scott Basalaj.

Great recognition for a hard working young athlete - well done Joss!

OJU Kata Succes
Friday, 30 November 2012 09:14

The OJU Spring Kata Course and OJU Kata Championships were held in Sydney recently.

NZL pair Bram Kukler (NSA AK) and Keith Salmon (JNH AK) gained a silver medal in the Goshin Jitsu, while Alan Hoverd (BUD WN) and Colin Berry (BUD WN) place third in the Katame No Kata. The event was dominated by Australia.

Bill Vincent, JNZ Kata Director, stated that the course was of a very high standard and encourages more to attend the next event in order to advance their technical skill and knowledge.

Congratulations to all NZ judoka who took part. Full results are available in the "Results" section.

Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Friday, 23 November 2012 08:05

Monique Dekkers (TAU WB) was recently named the Bay of Plenty Junior Sportswoman of the Year.

She was unable to accept her award in person as she was part of the NZL team competing in the OJU World Cup in Samoa.

Congratulations Monique for this well deserved public recognition.

NZL Team Performs Well At OJU World Cup
Sunday, 18 November 2012 09:41

The NZL team have fought very well at the 2012 OJU World Cup, finishing third on the medal table (behind GBR and RUS, and ahead of Australia).

Gold medals were won by Tim Slyfield (UNI AK) -100, and Moira de Villiers (JNH AK) -70. Silver medals went to Adrian Leat (JNH AK) -73 and Jason Koster (CAN CA) -100. Bronze medals to Patti Grogan (GIS EC) -52, Adel van der Walt (WJA AK) -57, Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) -57, and Mark Brewer (MOT CD) -81.

Many more team members picked up valuable World Ranking points which will assist them in meeting selection criteria for the 2013 Commonwealth Games.

Congratulations to all team members.

2012 Dan Grade Promotions
Saturday, 10 November 2012 07:56

Sixteen dan grade promotions were awarded during 2012.

Congratulations to the following:

Shodan; Haley Baxter (KAI CA), Liam Closey (NJC AK), Monique Dekkers (TAU WB), Roxanne English (NJC AK), Anton Hammond (NJC AK), Daryl Lim (JNH AK), Graham Rogers (MAS WN), Rebecca Scott (TAU WB), Kade Turner (TAU WB), Daniel Watson (WAN NW)

Nidan; Alex Bishop (NJC AK), Bevan Brooking (GIS EC), Ryan Jeffery (NJC AK), Troy McKinlay (TAU WB), Vinay Reddy (NJC AK), Shaun Walton (WAN NW)

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