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NZL Double Gold
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:41

NZL had only 2 entries at the 2012 Commonwealth Championships held in Cardiff, Wales in late January, but achieved a 100% success rate.

Jason Koster (CAN CA) took out the -100kg title, and Moira de Villiers (NJC AK) won the -70kg category. Both now continue competing and training in Europe in an attempt to gain Olympic qualifying points.

Perhaps Another World Cup Chance?
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:27

Seen recently on the mat at his hometown dojo (Wainuiomata YMCA Judo Club), is Piri perhaps contemplating competing in a World Cup in another sport?

Success At Japanese Masters
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:07

A small but successful team competed in the Masters Championships in Katsuura, Japan in November.

Kiki Velloza (GIS EC) had a particularly busy event, competing, refereeing, and also entering the kata competition.

NZL Team Management Positions
Sunday, 11 December 2011 17:42

The 2012 OJU Championships will be held in Cairns at the end of April 2012. JNZ are seeking applications for Team Manager and/or Assistant Team Manager for the anticipated large NZL team.

Anyone interested in applying for a team management position for this event are requested to complete the attached application form and send it to JNZ by 12 January, 2012.

2012 National Training Camp
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:18


The first National Training Camp for 2012 is scheduled for 17 -19 February in Wanganui. This is a COMPULSORY camp for all Cadets, Junior Men & Women, and Seniors wishing to be selected for the OJU Championships in April.

OJU World Cup Results
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:03

The 2011 OJU World Cup lived up to expectations of being the best event in its 3 year history, with 174 competitors from 37 countries competing.


The small NZL team fought well, with 4 athletes gaining valuable World Ranking points.

2011 Dan Promotions
Monday, 14 November 2011 15:12

During 2011 twenty eight Dan promotions were awarded by Judo New Zealand. These were awarded in recognition of increases in skill and knowledge, and for services to Judo in New Zealand.

  A list of those promoted is attached;

Judo On Sky Sport
Sunday, 06 November 2011 08:16

The OJU have arranged for a series of highlights from recent top world competitions to be aired on Sky TV over the next few weeks. The 30 minute programs are commentated by former world champion Neil Adams. Each episode is repeated a number of times, and may possibly be re-run in the new year.

JNZ Members Forum and Congress
Saturday, 05 November 2011 10:51

As advised on the JNZ Calendar, the 2011 JNZ Memebrs Forum and Congress are being held in Auckland over the weekend of 19-20 November, 2011.

Junior World Championships Selection
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:07

Marco Nienaber (NJC AK) has been selected to compete at this year's Junior World Championships to be held in Capetown in November. The only other 2 players who met the selection criteria are both unavailable due to recent knee operations!

Marco, who will compete in the -81kg category, is currently training in Japan in preparation for the event. Good luck Marco!

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.

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