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2010 Dan Gradings
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 08:38


Twenty six dan grade promotions were awarded during 2010. Rick Littlewood (UNI AK) was recently awarded hachi-dan (8th dan) to become the second current holder of this - the highest grade - in New Zealand. In addition, 18 new dan grades awarded and 7 others were awarded higher dan grades.

Merry Christmas All
Friday, 10 December 2010 14:31

We wish to thank all volunteers at every level of the organisation for their valuable contributions to Judo in New Zealand over the past year. We continue to move through a period of change in an effort to provide our members with a rewarding judo experience. Without your assistance, successes achieved to date would not be possible, nor will the achievement of our future goals.
So, to all our members - and especially those who donate their time and energy to assisting them - we wish you a very happy Christmas / New Year season, enjoy the break, stay safe, and we hope to see you all back on the mat in 2011.

Christmas Parade Judo Float
Friday, 10 December 2010 14:23

So Kan Ju judo club in Timaru took the opportunity to show their stuff as part of this year's Christmas parade. A great marketing opportunity for other clubs to copy!

Well done to Trevor and the team.

South Waikato Sports Awards To Judo
Thursday, 18 November 2010 16:16

It was a great night for Judo at the 2010 South Waikato Sports Awards held in Tokoroa on 17 November.
Shawnee Felton (MET WB) and Joe Takao (TOK WB) both gained awards.

2011 IJF/OJU Scholarships
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 08:17


The recipients of the 2011 IJF/OJU Scholarships to train in Paris have been announced. The two NZL recipients are Jason Koster (CAN CA) and Moira de Villiers (NJC AK).

OJU World Cup - Day 2
Monday, 15 November 2010 14:23

The second day of the OJU World Cup saw NZL take more medals. Mahana Clutha (CAN CA) took silver in the -63 category, Alister Leat (JNH AK) -66, and Moira De Villiers (NJC AK) -70 gaining bronze.

This took the NZL total to 2 silver and 4 bronze at this World Cup, along with valuable world ranking points for Olympic selection.

NZL Results OJU World Cup
Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:28

Day one of the 2010 Oceania World Cup being held in Samoa saw 6 NZL team members in medal fights.

18 countries are competing in this year's event, held in hot, humid conditions in Apia.

Coaching Course
Saturday, 30 October 2010 11:00

The second of the revised C2 Coaching Courses will be held in Wellington on 20-21 November. This follows the successful initial course held earlier this month in Christchurch. Note that this program is different from previous C@ courses, and is well worth attending even if you already have the C2 qualification.

NZL Team To Compete At OJU World Cup
Saturday, 30 October 2010 10:28

The final selections have been confirmed for the NZL Team to compete at the OJU World Cup event to be held in Samoa, 12-13 November 2010.

This event attracts world ranking points that count for 2012 Olympic selection. Because of this, some tough competition is expected. To date entries have been received from 20 countries, including Russia, Hungary, USA, Canada, and Slovakia.

Kiwi Success In Scotland
Saturday, 30 October 2010 10:24

Mark Brewer (MOT CD) achieved a podium finish with second place in the -81kg category at the Scottish Open. Mark has been training in Europe and the UK for the past two years, and competes in the Swedish Open this weekend before returning to our part of the world to compete at the OJU World Cup in November.

Congratulations Mark, and good luck for the next events.

New JNZ Board Members Elected
Saturday, 30 October 2010 10:19

Two new JNZ Board of Directors members were elected at the recent JNZ Congress. Doug Lloyd (KOI WN) fills the position left vacant after the passing of Chris Purcell, and Naomi Spinks (CHR CA) was elected to replace Joy Williams who did not stand for re-election.

We wish the new Board Members well for their governance duties, and thank Joy for her work as part of the first JNZ Board of Directors.

NZL Success At Junior Worlds
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:18

 New Zealand had two representatives at this year's Junior World Championships held in Agidir, Morocco. Both fought outstandingly and gained very creditable results!

Kiwis At Junior Worlds
Thursday, 21 October 2010 20:22

The Junior World Championships are being held in Agidir, Morocco this weekend with two NZL representatives competing.

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) competes in the -57kg category and Lee Bronkhorst (MET WB) will be taking the mat in the -55kg category.

Good luck to both!

NZ Champs - Limited Edition T Shirt
Friday, 15 October 2010 16:13

A limited edition T-Shirt will be available to commemorate the 2010 Chris Purcell Memorial NZ Championships to be held over Labour Weekend. These T-Shirts are being marketed by Renshuden Judo Club and are approved by JNZ. They will only be available through mail order using the attached form.

OJU Kata Championships
Friday, 15 October 2010 15:11


Five members from JNZ attended the OJU Kata Seminar and competed in the OJU Championships in Sydney in September. The seminar attracted a large group of Kata enthusiasts and included instruction from high grades sent from the Kodokan.JNZ members achieved some very good results .

Everpure Sponsorship
Friday, 15 October 2010 12:43

JNZ is thrilled to anounce a sponsorhip deal with Micronz NZ Ltd to market their Everpure brand range. This company provides top quality specialist water filter products and has offered JNZ an opportunity to generate income through linked sales of its products, and a large discount to JNZ members. In addition, Everpure will be providing product and rehydration services to all entrants at this year's National Championships. Click on the link on the left hand side or

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