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Double Olympic Champion In NZ
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:15

Double Olympic and 4 time World Champion David Douillet paid a quick visit to NZ as the French Minister of Sport during the Rugby World Cup final.

Photographed here to the left of the rugby statue donated by France to the people of Christchurch prior to the World Cup final, with Crusaders chief executive and French Ambassador.

Adidas Half-Price Offer
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:32

 Teamsports Adidas will have a retail stand at the NZ Championships. As a special offer, they will be offering Adidas judogi at 50% off RRP for the entire weekend. In order to recieve the discount, a "trade-in" of a clean, re-usable judogi is required. These will be donated to selected OJU member countries to assist the development of judo in our region.

AIS Experience A Success
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:37

As earlier reported, a small team of young athletes attended the Australian Institute of Sport together with the Australian Junior and Cadet squads as part of their development.

A report on the experience is attached.

Commonwealth Championships Masters category
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:30

Information outlining the application process to be considered for selection to compete in the Masters category at the  2012 Commonwealth Championships to be held in Wales has been sent to all clubs.


Any players over the age of 30 who would like to be considered for selection for this event must get their deposit and application to the NTD by 23 October.

More Success In World Cups
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:27

Jason Koster (CAN CA) had his best result of the year with a 7th place finish at the Azerbaijan World Cup held last weekend in Baku.

Jason has almost finished his stay at the IJF Olympic Training facility in Paris before returning home to prepare for the OJU World Cup in November.

World Judo Day
Monday, 10 October 2011 10:21

The IJF have announced that 28 October will be known as "World Judo Day". This date coincides with Jigoro Kano's birthdate (1860) and falls the day before our National Championships. The theme for the first World Judo Day is "Respect". Information about this initiative can be found at, including some ideas on how your club may celebrate this important day.

NZL Team For 2011 OJU World Cup
Monday, 10 October 2011 10:04

A small NZL team have accepted their selection to compete at the 2011 OJU World Cup to be held in Apia, Samoa on 11-12 November.

The level of competition is expected to be very high this year, with many athletes chasing IJF World Ranking points to qualify for next year's Olympics. To date 22 countries have advised entries.

Applications For Selection Invited
Friday, 07 October 2011 09:51

Applications are requested from those wishing to be considered for selection to compete in the 2012 Commonwealth Championships to be held in January in Cardiff, Wales.


Applications are available to members of the National Squad in the Cadet, Junior, and Senior Men and Women categories. Note that the deadline for applications is 20 October (with deposit) to the JNZ High Performance Director.

Success At Italian World Cup
Friday, 07 October 2011 09:25

Moira de Villiers (NJC AK) placed 5th at the Italian World Cup event held in Rome last weekend, losing her bronze medal fight by waza-ari to an Italian player.

Moira is demonstarting promising form after her second year at the Olympic Training facility in Paris, and hopefully this will continue as she competes in the Belarus World Cup this weekend, and then the OJU World Cup in Samoa, chasing vital wins for Olympic consideration.

JNZ Development Team at the AIS
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:40

 A small group of young players are currently training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, with the Australian Cadet and Junior squads. They are in camp for 5 days, accompanied by coach Naomi Spinks (PHO CA).

New Club
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:34

JNZ welcomes another new club to East Coast Area - JUEC (Judo Unleashed East Coast). The club is affiliated now and will be based in Dannevirke under coach Hamish Rees.

Contact details are available on the JNZ Homepage. Good luck to Hamish and the club.

Referee Grading
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:19

Craig Bartlett (HOW AK) recently sat and passed his IJF A referee licence in Sydney. Craig has been spending a lot of time recently refereeing at events around the world in preparation for his grading, which was awarded by IJF Head Referee Director Juan Barcos at the NSW Open.

Congratulations Craig.

JNZ On-Line Shop
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 16:06

JNZ is trialling an on-line shop to offer a small range of promotional items and other merchandise to members. This can be accessed via the Uniformity button under the "Sponsorship" category at left, or the "Shop" Tab at the top of the homepage.

New Partnership To Assist Members
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:55

JNZ is pleased to announce another partnership that will assist clubs and members. Uniformity is a company that supplies sports apparel for teams and individuals - including the NZ Judo Team. Access to their website can be gained by clicking on their logo in the "Sponsors" section at left.

TAGS Resource KIt On-Line
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:41

The Teaching and Grading Syllabus (TAGS) Resource Kit has been updated and is now available on-line. Most clubs will have received their kit when they attended the required briefings at various events earlier in the year. The kit is a resource designed to support the revised Teaching and Grading Syllabus that was also e-mailed to all clubs.

National Technical Examination Weekend
Thursday, 08 September 2011 12:18

The 2011 NTEW is to be held in Auckland over the weekend of 1-2 October. A list of those eligible to sit their Dan grading has been sent to all clubs, along with the information and application form. The application form and information is also contained in the "Events" section on the website, and also as an attachment here.

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