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NZ Success At Hong Kong Open
Sunday, 14 March 2010 09:27

Sean Choi (MET WB) gained a bronze medal in the -73kg category and Ryan Dill-Russell (JNH AK) attained 5th place in the -90kg category at last weekend's Hong Kong Open. Seventeen countries competed, with good fields in most categories. New Zealand is building a good record at this event, following a gold, silver and two 7ths in last year's event. Congratulations to Sean and Ryan.

University Judo Club Scholarships
Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:08

University Judo Club have advised the awarding of 3 month scholarships totalling $12,000 for the following 4 people; Jordan Reynolds (2 kyu, University Judo Club), Lee Calder (2 Dan, Western Judo Academy), Terry Ter-Lun Kung (2 kyu, University Judo Club), and Tim Brew (1 Dan, Gisborne Judo Club).

Judo On Screen
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 00:00

The final "All In The Games" episode featuring Judo is due to go to air on 10 March. This features some local competition judo with commentary explaining what is happening.


Also, for those able to get to Rialto Cinema in Auckland and Wellington, there is a documentary film screening about blind paralympic champion Antonio Tenorio. For details....

IJF Training Centre Opportunity
Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:08

High-performance and potential high-performance athletes with the necessary committment and work-ethic are invited to apply for a place at the IJF Training Centre in Paris.


 The only information we currently have regarding this opportunity is contained in the attachment from the OJU President.

RAF To Compete At Auckland International Open
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:52

The Royal Air Force are sending a team to compete at this year's AIO. The tour is being co-ordinated locally by Squadron Leader Murray Simons of Upper Hutt City Judo Club. They have plans to attend ANZAC day services prior to the event.

AJA Sports Director, Debbie Downing, reports that the attendance by another country is great news for the event and there are plans to host an RAF vs ANZAC Combined Services teams contest on the Sunday morning.

Competition Rules Seminars
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:24

Two seminars have been scheduled to outline the recent changes to the IJF contest rules, the way in which they are being interpreted in international events, and the JNZ application of these rules for this year's domestic program.

 It is strongly recommended that coaches, competitors, and referees attend one of these seminars in preparation for this year's competitive season.

JNZ Points Ranking Lists
Sunday, 07 February 2010 17:36

The JNZ High Performance Director has announced the introduction of a JNZ Points Ranking List for each category. These ranking lists will form the basis for selections into National Teams - amongst other uses.

2010 Commonwealth Championships Success
Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:33

New Zealand only had one representative at this year's Commonwealth Championships held in Singapore recently. Perth based Lee Bronkhorst competed in the combined -50 / -56kg category in both the Junior Mens and Senior Mens diivisions, gaining bronze medals in both. Congratulations Lee.

New IJF Competition Rules - Update
Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:36

While recently attending the IJF World Masters event in Suwon, Korea as an invited referee, JNZ President David Browne attended the referees meeting where the main point of discussion centred on the new publicised hansokumake interpretations, particularly those involving a cross-grip.

In addition to being instructed to award shido if a cross-grip is taken and not immediately used to attack (ie; no 5 second allowance as for other non-standard grips), the IJF Referees Commission advise that the following examples from the 60 Clip Video Samples (refer previous news item) are now to be excluded; 23,25,27,29,31,39,40,44,46,47,49,50,51,53.

New International Rule Changes
Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:29

The IJF have anounced further changes to the contest rules to apply from 1 January, 2010. The controversial changes result in direct Hansoku-make for certain techniques applied with the hands to the opponents legs. A link to videos of examples of the application of the new rules on the IJF website is attached.

2009 Dan Grade Promotions
Monday, 04 January 2010 10:41

Eleven new black belts were awarded in 2009, with a total of 19 gaining promotion in dan grades for the year.

Congratulations to all who achieved these milestones in 2009. For a full list .....

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Monday, 21 December 2009 22:14

The Board of Directors, National Technical Directorate, and National Business Directorate wish all members a restful and happy Christmas, and a successful New year of Judo.

For those who prefer the politically correct version ....

NZL Success At OJU World Cup
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 07:26

A team of 22 competed at the first OJU World Cup event held recently in Samoa. 15 of the 22 gained 5th place or better. 16 countries competed, including China, Russia, and Brazil.

Judo On Sky - December/January
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 13:18


JNZ has commissioned a short series of "human interest" style articles highlighting our sport, which will be included in a program entitled "Olympic Show; All In The Games".
We have specifically requested that they portray certain segments of our membership that need promotion - such as female, teenage years, the fact that Judo can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages from the "peewees" to the "Grand Master" age groups, as well as some coverage of sport Judo (including past and present success stories).

JNZ "Fight For Gold" Campaign
Friday, 30 October 2009 11:51

The 2009 Nationals saw the launch of the "Fight For Gold" campaign aimed at securing podium finishes for our athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Past Commonwealth Games Judo medalists were honoured with the unveiling of banners commemorating their success, and another banner challenges our up and coming athletes to work hard to become our next Commonwealth Games medalists in Glasgow.

Howick Invitation Tournament
Thursday, 22 October 2009 07:20

The Howick Invitation Tournament will be held on 8 November in Auckland.
Click on "Read More..." for event information. 

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