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New National Technical Director
Friday, 15 March 2013 09:34

After interviewing a small number of highly qualified applicants, the JNZ Board of Directors are please to confirm the appointment of Brent Cooper (HOW AK) to the position of National Technical Director.

Brent (7th Dan) has previously held numerous roles within JNZ, including National Coach and acting CEO. He takes up his duties on 1 April, following the resignation of Jim McPhee.

We wish Brent all the best in his new role.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 16:00

NZL are sending a large team of Cadets, Juniors, and Seniors to the 2013 OJU Continental Championships, despite increased restrictions on entry numbers for the Senior categories.

The team list for those who have confirmed their accceptance in the team is attached.

We wish the team all the best for this important international event.

Judo At Kids Fest
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:52

On Sunday 3 March the annual Kids Fest was held in Christchurch.  Judo Canterbury put on a ‘try judo’ event and although the start to the day was slow that soon changed after lunch when it became very busy.  A large number of kids came on the mat to try judo, which at times became hectic with all rolling around, grappling and having plenty of fun.

Pictured is Liam Nugent (WJC CA) helping out on the mat, with Mark Nugent (CA Area Director) keeping an eye out for recruits.

IJF Rule Changes - Pictorial Guide
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:42

The IJF experimental rule changes are in effect and will be used internationally including this year's OJU Continental Championships in Cairns.

JNZ have adopted the majority of these changes - with some amendments as advised. These will be used at all domestic events from Area Opens and above.

Attached is a p[ictorial guide supplied by the iJF to assist in clarifying some of the changes. This can also be found on the JNZ website in the High Performance section of the Documents menu.

Komlock Seminar Reminder
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:34

A reminder that as previously advertised, the seminar to be conducted by Kosen specialist Koji Komuro is being held at Wellington East Girls College on 30-31 March from 8.30am - 4.30pm

Contact Cameron Clarke ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.


NZL International Successes
Monday, 04 March 2013 13:06

A number of JNZ members were competing in two international events over the weekend, and many achieved podium positions.

A small team compted at the Hong Kong International Open, and another group at the Queensland International Open, achieving a total of 2 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals.

Tim Slyfield (UNI AK) followed up his OJU World Cup victory by winning the HK International -100kg title in a field that icluded players from Japan, China, and Korea.

Position Vacancy - NTD
Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:01

As a result of the resignation of the encumbent (Jim McPhee), the JNZ Board of Directors is seeking applications for the position of National Technical Director.

The position is a part-time contract role, based in Auckland. Attached are the relevant documents with further information about the role and application process.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 21 February, 2013. Applications can be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mailed toJNZ, PO Box 300 358, Albany 0752, Auckland.

Fight For Gold First Stage Funding
Monday, 28 January 2013 09:05

JNZ is pleased to announce that five of our members have received grants from the JNZ "Fight for Gold" funds.

This fund has been established by JNZ to assist prospective players in their aspiration to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

$1000 has been awarded to each of the following players to assist with their offshore training in preparation for the OJU Championships in Cairns in April. This is an important selection event for the Glasgow games.

Grant recipients are Darcina Manuel, Moira de Villiers, Ivica Pavlinic, Mark Brewer and Jason Koster. Congratulations to each of the recipients.

2013 Kata World Championships
Monday, 28 January 2013 08:58

The 2013 IJF Kata World Championships have been scheduled for 19-20 October in Kyoto, Japan.

This is the first time that the event has been held outside Europe, and the ancient capital of Japan will make an excellent backdrop for this event.

Any enquiries should be directed to JNZ Kata Commissioner, Bill Vincent.

Amended OJU Selection Criteria
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:51

The OJU have just advised that they will be relaxing the number of entries per category for Cadet and Junior divisions at this year's OJU Continental Championships.

Instead of 2 per category with a maximum team size of 10, countries can now enter 3 per category.


There is no change to size of Senior team (ie max 2 per category, no more than 9 per team). Updated selection criteria attached.

2013 National Training Camp
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:44

A reminder that the first JNZ event for 2013 is the National Training Camp to be held in Wanganui, 22-24 February.

This camp includes Cadet, Junior Men and Women, and Senior Men and Women age groups and is a selection requirement for anyone hoping to be selected for the OJU Continental Championship team.

Refer to previous news item or your club administrator for details regarding application, cost, etc.

NTD Resignation
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:21

It is with considerable regret that the JNZ President and Board have accepted the resignation of long time National Technical Director, Jim McPhee.

Jim is currently overseas visiting family, and has announced his resignation from the NTD role for personal reasons, effective the end of March, 2013.

Rules Seminars
Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:05

As previously advised JNZ Referee Director (Dave Browne) will be attending the IJF Seminar to be updated on the new competition rules that are being trialled world wide.

To ensure the new rules and interpretations are broadcast as soon as possible in New Zealand a series of Rules Seminars will be held on Dave's return. These seminars are available for all REGISTERED players, coaches, referees, and tournament technicians.

Details are as follows;

2013 OJU Continental Champioship Selection Criteria
Monday, 24 December 2012 10:11


The selection criteria for 2013 OJU Continental Championships is attached. This has also been sent to all clubs, and is in the documents section of the website under High Performance.

Fight For Gold First Stage Funding
Monday, 24 December 2012 09:05

The Board of JNZ is pleased to announce the approval of the first stage of funding in support of the Fight for Gold project that will lead to New Zealanders winning medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

In the first stage, a total of $10,000 is available to be shared among players who are strong prospects for Glasgow.

Merry Christmas
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:57

On behalf of the President, Board of Directors, National Technical Director, and National Business Director we wish all members - and especially those who provided voluntary assistance to their clubs, their Areas, and to Judo New Zealand - a safe and relaxing festive season.

See you all back on the mat in 2013 for another busy Judo year!

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