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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.

NZL Team OJU Results
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:16

The NZL team competed at the OJU Continental Championships last weekend, in Senior, Junior, Cadet, Team, Masters, and Kata divisions.

A haul of 15 gold medals, 10 silver, and 8 bronze resulted, with some memebrs of the senior team collecting valuable IJF ranking points in an attempt to gain selection for the upcoming Olympics.

Congratulations to the team and the officials. Medal information attached (a full list of results is available on the OJU website)

JNZ Welcomes A New Club
Friday, 08 April 2016 09:32

JNZ and Auckland Area welcome the establishment of Goshin Judo Club (GOS AK) to be run by Paul Abbey on Auckland's North Shore.

We wish Paul and the club every success.

Obituary - Harry O'Rourke NZOM
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:17

We regret to advise that Life Member and Honorary Past President Harry O’Rourke passed away on 21 March, aged 74. Harry will be sadly missed by his family and his many judo colleagues & friends.

Harry's list of achievements and contributions are varied, lengthy, and significant. A fuller account is contained below, but to highlight a few;



  • President of NZJF for 21 years
  • President of Commonwealth Judo Association
  • Life member of JNZ
  • IJF Silver Medal of Merit for Services to National and International Judo
  • Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for outstanding contribution to New Zealand in various areas, including Judo

A more detailed account of Harry's judo history and other contributions follows, along with details of the service to celebrate Harry's life.

Judo New Zealand extends our condolences to Jackie, family & friends.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:11

The team to represent NZL at the 2016 OJU Continental Championships is almost finalised. This year sees a good sized Masters division joining the Cadets, Juniors, and Seniors.

We wish the team all the best for the event to be held in Canberra in April.

The team is attached;

Christchurch National Training Camp
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:05

Held at Lincoln University in Canterbury, the Waitangi Weekend 2016 National Camp was well attended with 85 members training during the weekend.  Presenting a talk on ‘what it takes to win’ our Patron  Rob Waddell gave up his precious time to spend with our athletes.  Talking about his own challenges and road to success this was a great start to a very challenging weekend organised by Rob Levy and his team.

Obituary - Ted Lonergan
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 07:47

Judo NZ joins Judokwai in mourning the passing of JNH Life member and former club President Ted Lonergan.

He started with Judokwai in the early 50's and was in the first ever JNZ team which competed at the first Oceania Champs which were held at the Auckland YMCA in 1965 and was also in the team that fought in the second Oceania’s in North Sydney in 1966.

Ted is described by those who knew him as one of life’s gentleman off the mat, but a ‘tough’ competitor on the mat.

He was a well respected and skillful Judoka who was responsible for developing many of Judo NZ’s champions from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s.

Our condolences to Ted's family and friends.

Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 07:41

The JNZ Board of Directors, National Business and National Technical Directors, and their teams would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers throughout the club network and the JNZ Commissions for another dedicated year of delivering Judo to the clubs in our communities across the country.

Please have a safe, restful, and enjoyable holiday period, and get set for a successful 2016 Judo year.


Obituary - Frank Best
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 07:33

Judo NZ joins Canterbury Area in mourning the passing of former member Frank Best after a long illness.

Frank became a member in 1960 and maintained this membership until 2012. He was a National Champion and ran a number of clubs in Christchurch over the years.

Our condolences to Frank's family and friends.

Further information follows;


Welcome To Our Latest New Club
Monday, 23 November 2015 07:31

JNZ welcomes Valley Judo Club (VJC WB) as a new affiliated member.

The club is operating in the Thames Valley and being run by Jason Pearse.

We wish the club all the very best in their endeavour to bring Judo to this area of the country.

OJU Continental Cup Team
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 08:11

The NZL Team selected to compete at the OJU Continental Cup event being held in Wollongong will be chasing valuable IJF World Ranking points. For a number in the team this will be a crucial opportunity to assist in meeting criteria for 2016 Olympic selections.

However, with not long left in the qualifying period many countries are also chasing points so very strong fields in most categories are expected.

The event runs over 2 days (13-14 November) and concludes with a training day. We wish the whole team all the best for this competition.

The team that has accepted selection is attached;

NZ Championships
Friday, 16 October 2015 08:24

The 2015 National Judo Championships are being held in Tauranga this weekend.

The venue is ASB Stadium, Bay Park Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui, with Junior and Senior Men and Women competing on Saturday, and children, Cadets, Kata and Masters on Sunday.

Good luck to all competitors.

A draft schedule is attached.

New Patron For JNZ
Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:34

Following the sad passing last year of our long term Patron (Joe McManemin) the Congress recently elected his successor.

JNZ's new Patron is Rob Waddell. In addition to being an Olympic and World champion, America's Cup grinder, and Chef de Mission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (where he showed great interest in and support for the NZL Judo team) and 2016 Olympics, Rob is a shodan and was a member of Henkada club.

We look forward to having Rob re-involved with Judo, and seeing him at events amongst his busy schedule.

A more comprehensive bio is attached;

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