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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.

NTD Vacancy
Monday, 31 October 2016 08:24

The Board of Directors wish to extend their thanks and gratitude to Brent Cooper who recently resigned his role as National Technical Director.

As a result of this resignation, the BOD have reviewed the Function and Person specidfications for the role, and now ask for applications to fill this critical role within the organisation.

The role is a part-time contract position, reporting to the JNZ President.


All applications must be submitted as per the attached documents by 19 November 2016.

2016 Honours
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:58

Firstly, congratulations to all competitors, volunteers and organisers for a successful 60th Anniversary 2016 National Championships.

During the event a number of honours were conferred on members who have made significant contributions to Judo in New Zealand over a long period. These awards included Honorary Officer to Derek Maggs (HEN WB) and Jason King (GIS EC). These were conferred in 2014 but had not yet been awarded.

Honorary Member awards were made to Stephen Tarring (KOI WN), Craig Bartlett (HOW AK), and Antoinette Earl (JNZ) for service to the sport at a national level over a long period.

The Judoka of the Year was awraded to Darcina Manuel (GIS EC).

Graeme Fair (TAU WB) was received a Liftime Award of Grade of 5th Dan.

Brent Cooper (JNH AK) was inducted into the JNZ Hall of Fame as the second member of the Hall. Brent achieved a gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland (to date our only CG champion), and a 5th place at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (to date the highest ever placing by an NZL athlete).

Congratulations to all who were recognised for their service and results.

2016 National Championships
Friday, 14 October 2016 07:28

The 2016 NZ Championships are on this weekend at;

Auckland Netball Centre

7 Allison Ferguson Drive

Saint Johns


Additional information about the event can be obtained by selecting the green "documents" in the "Upcoming Events" box to the right of this article.

Congrats To Darcina
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:13

Congratulations to our Olympian, Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) who reached the round of 16 following a good victory against her Russian opponent in the first round of the -57kg category. She then lost by Yuko to the eventual bronze medallist, for an offical final placing of 9th.

This result met the criteria that were established by the NZOC and clearly justified the selection. There has been some publicity around the cost per medal and the amounts provided to various sports by HPSNZ for their campaigns - some of whom were more successful than others. Unfortunately, the criteria for financial assistance remains as podium performance at World and Olympic level, so the ability to gain such funding remains extremely challenging for global sports like ours.

Once again, well done Darcina and enjoy a well-earned rest before the international season kicks in again.

Great Opportunity For Young NZL Judoka
Monday, 29 August 2016 09:58

The IJF recently provided an opportunity for young judoka from around the world to take part in an International training camp held in Switzerland.

Two young NZL OJU Champions were selected to attend - Qona Christie (WEL WN) and Bradlee Wong (JNH AK). They were accompanied on this wonderful opportunity by Jason Koster (CAN CA).

By all accounts, a very beneficial experience for both.

Accounts of their experiences can be found at and,_Switzerland.html

NZL Olympic Judo Update
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:57

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) steps onto the mat tomorrow to compete in the -57kg category at the Rio Olympics. She has drawn the Russian athlete in the first round.

NZL team official Esther Velloza (GIS EC) sent an update earlier in the week;

"We were finally welcomed into the NZL team today with a powhiri. We had missed previous powhiri due to our training schedule, was worth the wait as we were part of the equestrian and gymnastic group, an honour to have sir mark Todd part of the group (8x Olympian ). We are getting into a nice flow here. No fires in our building!"

The event is being screened on Sky Sports (Pop-up 3 scheduled to begin 1255am) and Prime.

We wish Darcina all the very best!

Proposed Iran Judo Delegation Visit
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:37

Former Judo World Champion and Iran's Judo Federation Vice President Mr. Arash Miresmaeili is due to visit New Zealand to hold talks with JNZ on exploring ways and options that both National federations could cooperate.

Details on his visit will be released by Judo New Zealand upon confirmation, but it is intended that a training opportunity with Mr Miresmaelli will be arranged.

Three Iranians will be competing in the Rio 2016 Judo Olympics, and the first Iranian to compete in NZ - Ben Shadmanian - achieved a bronze medal in the Senior Men's -90kg category at the recent Auckland International Open.

Mr Shadmanian is involved in working with JNZ and the Iranian embassy to arrange the visit.

Obituary For Well Known Wellington Judo Identity
Monday, 25 July 2016 09:12

It is with sadness that we advise that Victor (Vic) Mawson (KOI WN) passed away on 17th July.

Vic became a member of JNZ from its incorporation in 1956 and remained a member since then.

Victor taught judo for generations and was practicing and teaching classes right up until last year – aged 95!

Messages of condolences can be sent to Vic's wife Denise, c/-  P.O.Box 30067, Lower Hutt.

Judo NZ extends its sympathies to Denise, family and friends of Vic Mawson.


Olympic Judo Stats
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:11

According to a recent press release from the IJF, the Rio Olympic Games will break records for both country and compeitor attendance in Judo.

136 countries will be competing in Judo, with 389 athletes qualifying. Japan, France, and the hosts Brazil will have full teams (ie 7 men and 7 women). 28 countries have 5 or more athletes competing.

Judo has been at 12 Olympics (6 including the women's division) since being included as a demonstration sport at Tokyo in 1964. Since then 51 different countries have achieved a an Olympic judo medal - Japan and France being the most successful so far.

Olympic Progress
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:38

Esther (Kiki) Veloloza (GIS EC) has been named by the NZOC as the official to support Darcina Manual at the Rio Olympics.

Darcina and Kiki have recently been in Bratislava where Darcina place third in the Bratislava European Cup event (-57kg).

She will now take part in a training camp before heading back to Perth prior departing for Rio.

Congratulations to Kiki on her selection, and Darcina on a good build-up result.

Kiwi Judoka At The Olympics
Friday, 17 June 2016 09:43

JNZ are proud to announce that Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) has been selected to represent NZL at the upcoming Rio Olympics in the Women's -57kg category.

Darcina obtained NZ's first judo medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a bronze in the same category. She recently won the OJU title and has produced some strong international performances leading up to selection.

Currently based in Perth, Darcina is off to a week long training camp in Spain and a competition in Slovakia before returning to Perth prior to heading up to Rio.

The NZOC announcement of her selection can be found at;

Attached is a recent interview with Darcina.

JNZ wishes Darcina all the very best for her build up and performance in Rio.

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