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Judo Ontario is working hard to bring you the most up-to-date news from Judo in Ontario, Canada and around the world. Please visit this link often.

Good Luck to Team Ontario at the Judo National Championship

Tuesday May 14th, 2019

We are proud of all our athletes, Coaches and Referees participating in the upcoming 2019 Canadian Open Judo Championship held in Edmonton, Alberta from May 16th to May 19th. We wish them good luck for the games, and we hope to see you succeed. Go for Gold ! &...

FREE Professional Development Opportunity for NCCP Maintenance Points

Wednesday January 30th, 2019

The Canadian Tire lead "Jump Start Program" developed a new on line course addressing working with children of different abilities and special needs - both medical and social. This course can be accessed at:

2019 Judo Canada Elite Nationals Results!

Friday January 25th, 2019

2018 Ontario Open Competitors List

Thursday November 8th, 2018

  The 2018 Ontario Open Competitors List has been posted and can be viewed here by division:   Ontario Open Competitors & Divisions

Watch the Ontario Open Online!

Thursday November 8th, 2018

  Watch all the action from the 2018 Ontario Open LIVE online this weekend at  Here's a rough schedule:   Saturday First Block 8am- Kata & Ne Waza 10am – Opening Ceremonies 10:15 – Veterans &U2...

2018 Ontario Open registrations as of October 31st

Wednesday October 31st, 2018

  Here's the list of Shiai & Ne-waza registrations as of 11am on Oct 31st.  Please review and e-mail the Judo Ontario office at if there are any corrections needed by November 2nd. Ontario Open Registrations  

Sterling BackCheck

Friday October 5th, 2018

Judo Ontario is pleased to announce its affiliation with Sterling Talent Solutions, an organization that provides Criminal Record Checks for a variety of organizations including the Coaches Association of Canada. Dojo Shus, Referees and Officials who do not ha...

Membership Growth Incentive Plans

Wednesday August 15th, 2018

  Judo Ontario is committed to increasing our membership numbers year over year and is pleased to offer programs to help increase our membership by encouraging new clubs to register and existing clubs to increase their membership.  The programs are care...

Membership Numbers by Club

Monday April 2nd, 2018

  Here are the membership numbers by club as of March 31, 2018 for the purpose of the annual Judo Ontario board elections.   Club Name Members as at Mar 31, 2018 Action and Reaction ...

Judo Ontario Newsletter 2017 Fall Edition now posted

Thursday October 5th, 2017

Judo Ontario's Newsletter 2017 Fall Edition is now posted. Here is the link

Constitution Meeting & AGM

Thursday August 31st, 2017

Minor Schedule Clarification:  AGM starts at 9am, and the Constitution Meeting will begin after the AGM (roughly 11am) Join us on Sunday Sept 10, 2017 to review and vote on proposed constitution changes and...

AGM & Constitutional Documents

Wednesday August 9th, 2017

  In preparation for the upcoming Election, Constitutional Meeting, and Annual General Meeting.  Judo Ontario has posted the following documents in the Organization section of this website and we are poviding direct links to these documents here for you...

2017 World Masters Championships Important Information

Tuesday August 1st, 2017

  Dear Master Athletes,     Please be aware that the registration to the Veteran World Championships MUST BE DONE by Judo Canada in the IJF Database. To process your registration, Judo Canada requires that by August 14, 2017 midnight you regist...

Fee Structure for 2017-2018

Tuesday August 1st, 2017

  Last year Judo Ontario decided to not increase fees even though there was a modest increase in Judo Canada fees.  For this coming year however, Judo Canada has restructured to a flat fee of $25 for all regular membership types and is adding a $5 fee f...

Elections Online Voting Preparation

Wednesday June 14th, 2017

  Elections Voting Preferences As you know, the Judo Ontario Constitution was changed at last year’s meeting to incorporate online voting to help encourage more members to vote.  We would like to give everyone time to prepare for the switch to o...

Tough finish for Tony Walby

Monday September 12th, 2016

A tough finish in his second Paralympics After his first match loss in the -90kg division on Sept 10th, Tony was eliminated from his second Paralympic games. An experienced fighter in both the able-bodied and paralympic categories, the Ontario athlete was expec...

5th place for Priscilla Gagne

Friday September 9th, 2016

With the Paralympic Games underway in Rio this September, we have our athletes competing for glory. Ontario athlete Priscilla Gagne placed 5th in the -52kg category when she lost the Bronze medal match. She fought hard and well against internationally experienced...

Judo Ontario Awards Gala!

Wednesday August 24th, 2016

Judo Ontario is pleased to present awards to the province's greatest volunteers, athletes, and coaches. With two hall of fame inductions, awards for outstanding athletes, and recognition for hard working contributors, Judo Ontario is hosting an Awards Gala to...

Kyle Reyes in the first round

Friday August 12th, 2016

The Canadian athlete in the -100kg division, Kyle Reyes, lost in the first round to the dutch Henk Grol. It was a tough fight for a 22 year old, against a two time Olympic medalist and three time world champion in the division.  Kyle is the first Canadian ...

Kelita Zupancic short one second.

Thursday August 11th, 2016

  Our home grown Olympian from Whitby, Kelita Zupancic, placed 7th in her second run at the Olympics. After a victory over the Georgian, Kelita lost the quarter final to Japanese judoka Haruka Tachimoto, who would go on to win the division. She lost the qu...

Antoine Valois-Fortier finishes 7th

Wednesday August 10th, 2016

  Four years after his bronze medal finish in London, Antoine returned with high hopes for the podium. However, after a strong fight that went to golden score against the Russian in the quaterfinal, he was sent down to the repechage. His next fight would be ...

Tough luck for Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard

Tuesday August 9th, 2016

  After a long journey to the games, Canada's -57kg athlete, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard lost in the first round to Hungary over a shido for non-combativity. Catherine was seeded well for the games, having placed 5th at the 2016 World Championships and...

Congratulations Antoine Bouchard!

Sunday August 7th, 2016

A fifth place finish for the -66kg athlete, Antoine Bouchard! Today, with a string of four wins and 2 loses, 21-year old Antoine placed fifth, losing the bronze medal match to the three time world champion and London 2012 olympic bronze medalist, Masashi Ebinu...

Sergio Pessoa out after one match

Sunday August 7th, 2016

  After a hard fight, our -60kg fighter, Sergio Pessoa Jr. is out from the Rio 2016 games. “I am so proud to be here today,” said the judoka. “I have overcome so many obstacles these past few years. I’ve spent two and a half out of ...

One week untill Rio!

Thursday July 28th, 2016

Check out the View!   The team left to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday making the ten hour flight to South America, moving one timezone and one hour ahead. They have just over a week to get ready for the start of the games and competition. Meanwhile, the...

Two weeks to Rio!

Tuesday July 19th, 2016

The Olympics are coming up     Are you excited for the games coming up? From August 5th to the 21st, make sure you watch and cheer for our teams as they play for Canada! The games consist of 42 different sports, cumulating 306 events over 19 days; a l...

Tony Walby and Priscilla Gagne selected for the Paralympic Games!

Thursday July 14th, 2016

Canada's Paralympic team! Congratulations to Priscilla and Tony for being nominated by Judo Canada for selection to the Paralympic games that will be held in September! A rising star in International judo and a seasoned veteran, we hope that the pair make a...

The Canadian Judo Team for Rio 2016

Thursday July 14th, 2016

The best of the best The Canadian Olympic Committee named the eight athletes for the olympic team for the upcoming games in August from the 6th to the 12th. The team will be accompanied by three coaches, Nicolas Gill, Sasha Mehmedovic, and Michel Almeida as the...

Keep updated on our Olympians with the CSIO

Wednesday July 13th, 2016

Keep updated on our Olympians with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario! The CSIO posted a profile on our home grown Ontario Olympians, featuring Kelita Zupancic, Tony Walby, and Priscilla Gagne!  Read the whole article at:

Judo Ontario 2016-17 Bursary RTC-NTC

Thursday June 23rd, 2016

     Judo Ontario in partnership with Judo Canada is offering a new program/bursary to facilitate the Judo Ontario High Performance Program/Regional Training Centre athletes to transition to the National Training Centre in Montreal. This program...

2016 Judo Ontario Camp Development Program

Friday May 6th, 2016

  Project: Funding opportunity for Ontario Summer Judo camps: In order to improve the level of Judo across Ontario long term, it is important to support U14 & U16 development judo camps during the summer. The goal of the program is to provide fi...

Judo Ontario Club Numbers for Voting as of March 31st 2016

Tuesday April 12th, 2016

Below are the number of registered members for each club as at March 31, 2016 and will be used for votes calculations for the annual elections.   Club Number of Members ACE 1 ...

How to get on the email list.

Tuesday March 1st, 2016

How can I get on the Judo Ontario e-mail list? It's easy!  Simply visit the e-mail list sign-up page ( and complete the form making sure to set your subscription preferences.  It will send you an automated e-mail wit...

Judo Ontario club membership numbers as at Dec 31, 2015.

Friday February 12th, 2016

Judo Ontario club membership numbers as at Dec 31, 2015. Ajax Budokan 102 All Round Barrie Tora 8 Almonte Judo Club 58 Annex Judo Academy 8 Asahi Judo Cl...

Judo Ontario Partners with Johnson Insurance

Thursday January 21st, 2016

  We are pleased to announce that Judo Ontario has selected Johnson Insurance as our insurance partner.  For over 50 years, Johnson has been helping groups and associations like ours get more from their insurance.     HOME & AUTO As ...

2015-2016 Clubs With Significant Growth

Sunday January 17th, 2016

Judo Ontario would like to congratulate the clubs listed below for their efforts in growing their membership during the first four months (September through December) of the 2015-2016 season.  These clubs have succeeded in growing their membership by at least ...

Happy Holidays from Judo Ontario

Monday December 21st, 2015

2015 Ontario Open Results Posted

Tuesday November 10th, 2015

  Thank you to all the volunteers, referees, athletes, coaches, and parents. The 2015 Ontario Open was a huge success!   The results for have been posted at:

Silver for Priscilla Gagne at the ParaPan-American Games

Thursday August 13th, 2015

Ontario judoka Priscilla Gagne got her hands on the Under 52kg silver medal at the ParaPan-American Games on Wednesday afternoon, after winning three of her four matches in the round robin competition at the Whitby Sports Centre. After winning her first...

Official Hotel Supplier for Judo Ontario

Monday July 27th, 2015

  Judo Ontario is pleased to announce the Westmont Hospitality Group (WHG) as the Official hotel supplier for Judo Ontario effective immediately.  The agreement provides opportunity to generate revenue for both the Association and Judo Ontario sanctione...

Important 2015-2016 Fee Announcement

Monday July 27th, 2015

  Dear Members, At our most recent board meeting, the directors hammered out the fee structure for the coming year, 2015-2016.  As with taxes, nothing ever stays the same and generally we all face an increase over the previous year. In an effort to ...

Pan and Parapan Am Games Judo Tickets Still Available

Thursday June 25th, 2015

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Pan Am and Parapan Am judo events, please refer to the appropriate link below.   PAN AM:

Summer Experience Program - Student Employment Opportunity

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

JUDO ONTARIO Application Deadline: June 9th 2015 Position: Summer Experience Program - Student Employment Opportunity Location: 875 Morningside Ave., Suite 2040 Scarborough, Ontario M1C 0C7 Canada   The Summer Experience Program will provide the em...

Judo Ontario Club Numbers for Voting as of March 31st 2015

Wednesday May 6th, 2015

  Clubs Mudansha Members Yudansha                  Members Grand        Total ...

Ontario Club Championships

Friday March 27th, 2015

Hatashita Presents Ontario Club Championships Come out for a great night of Judo on April 8th at 7:30pm. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Kobayashi Hall. 6 Garamond Court Toronto. Specators only $10.00- Come early for best seating. Please click below f...

Canada Winter Games

Friday March 13th, 2015

  The first Canada Games in Canadian history was held in Quebec City in February 1967.  This is the largest national multi-sport event to be held in Canada.  In 1967, it hosted over 1800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories and has sin...

Quest for Gold Nominees Posted

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

  We are pleased to announce the final list of Ontario athletes nominated for the Quest for Gold Program 2014-2015. Please download the list here or from the Quest for Gold page. Please remember, the email address for all communications with th...

Judo Ontario Presents the Team Ontario Canada Winter Games Judo Team

Tuesday February 17th, 2015

  Judo Ontario is proud to announce the members of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Judo Team.  The Canada Winter Games are held only once every 4 years and hosts a premiere judo event for this age group.  To follow the games online and see the media c...

The 2015 Ontario Youth International

Monday February 9th, 2015

  Judo Ontario’s Annual 2015 Ontario Youth International, held on Jan. 31st, 2015, showcased the talent of Judo Ontario’s young elite athletes.  These young judoka represent the future Olympians of our sport and should be commended on t...

2014-2015 Clubs with Significant Growth

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

  Judo Ontario would like to congratulate the clubs listed below for their efforts in growing their membership during the first four months (September through December) of the 2014-2015 season compared to the same period last season.  While the num...

Judo Ontario Luciano Correa Clinic A Transfer of Knowledge

Sunday January 25th, 2015

  On Saturday, January 17th, 2015, Judo Ontario athletes and coaches had the opportunity to learn winning techniques from 2007 Sr. World Judo Champion, Luciano Correa. Like many young judoka, Luciano began judo at the age of 4 and like many Canadian judoka...

Upcoming International Tournament Opportunities for U21 & U18

Tuesday January 20th, 2015

  Please see the message below from Judo Canada about upcoming international tournament opportunities - Please note the application deadline is January 21st and must be completed online.  Document links are povided at the bottom.   Tournament ...

Draft Quest for Gold Athletes Posted

Tuesday January 20th, 2015

  The draft list of Quest for Gold Nominations has been posted on the Judo Ontario website at  Congratulations to all the athletes!  Please address any questions to    ...

A Great Weekend at the Elite 8 2015

Wednesday January 14th, 2015

  On January 10th and 11th, 2015 Judo Canada hosted the first ever Elite 8 National Championships in Montreal Quebec. This was an invitation only Canadian Championships. Selection was made by the Judo Canada High Performance Committee and was based on J...

Exciting Times for Judo Ontario’s Elite Athletes

Wednesday January 7th, 2015

  December 2014 and January 2015 will prove to be exciting months for Judo Ontario’s elite athletes.  From December 11-22, 2014, members of Judo Ontario’s High Performance Program attended a training camp at the Dutch Regional Train...

IJF Restriction on Other Combat Sport Competition

Thursday November 20th, 2014

Please see the important notice from the IJF for internationally competing judoka:     Tuesday, November 18, 2014   IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION   SUBJECT: PARTICIPATION OF JUDOKA IN OTHER COMBAT SPORT INTERNATIO...

2014 Ontario Open A Resounding Success

Tuesday November 18th, 2014

The 2014 Ontario Open held recently at the fabulous Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario, was a resounding success.  With over 400 registrants from all over Canada, a team from Germany, Brazil and the United States, the Ontario Open provided elite athletes with...

Youssef and Klimkait Podium at Oceanic Open

Saturday November 15th, 2014

Youssef Youssef and Jessica Klimkait put in an impressive performance, Friday, at the Oceanic Open presented in Wollongong, Australia. JCCC Judo Kai’s Youssef Youssef, competing in the under 60 kg, took home a 3rd place classification. In the prelims, he got the...

Update on Combative Sport Legislation

Tuesday November 11th, 2014

  Attention:  Judo Ontario Members.   Over the past decade there has been discussion over a Criminal Code that prohibited Combative Sports in Canada.  The Government of Ontario with the Ontario Amateur Combative Sports, including Judo, hav...

2014-2015 Quest for Gold Criteria

Thursday October 30th, 2014

The Quest for Gold Criteria for Judo which applies to the 2014-2015 season has been posted on the website:   The email address for all communications with the Quest for Gold Committee is   ...

2014 Judo Canada Women's Committee Newsletter

Wednesday September 24th, 2014

The Judo Canada Women's Committee has been busy over the 2013-2014 season!  Please download the newsletter below outlining various activities promoting women in judo over the 2013 -2014 season.   Download Newsletter    

2014 Ontario Open Technical Package

Friday September 12th, 2014

  We are pleased to announce the technical package for the 2014 Ontario Open has been posted on the events calendar.  Click the link below to view the event page. New this year is the introduction of categories for visually impaired (VI) athletes. &nb...

2014-2015 Membership Structure and Fees

Friday September 12th, 2014

  By now, many of you will have noticed that effective for the 2014-2015 season, the recreational level memberships have been eliminated and there are no doubt have questions as to why.  Here is some information to help clarify. Background The recre...

2014 Elections Status

Sunday August 24th, 2014

  Dear Yudansha Members and Dojo Shus:   As the Chair of the Election Committee, I am reporting to the membership of Judo Ontario that the Election Committee sought to fill the following Board positions in accordance with the by-laws governing their v...

Proposed Changes to Constitution

Thursday August 21st, 2014

  Attention Judo Ontario Members: There are some significant potential changes to the Judo Ontario constitution to be discussed at the 2014 Constitution Meeting which will be held just prior to the AGM on September 21st. Please download and review the pr...

IMPORTANT! Planned Service Interruption

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

  *** Please note that the Judo Ontario Website and Judo Ontario e-mail addresses will experience a planned service interruption starting the afternoon of Thursday July 23rd starting around 3pm. For most users, the disruption will last only a few hours, but ...

2014 Hatashita Ontario Team Championships

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

  On Wednesday, July 2nd, Judo Ontario and sponsor Hatashita International put forward the challenge.  Who is the best club in Ontario?   Four clubs accepted the challenge by entering their club teams.  Teams were to consist of three men and two women in ...

2014 Annual General Meeting & Elections (Updated)

Thursday June 26th, 2014

  DOWNLOAD THE 2014 AGM REPORT   > VENUE CHANGED TO THE TORONTO PAN AM SPORTS CENTRE >> ELECTIONS NOT NEEDED Only 1 applicant per position was received. Official results will be announced at the AGM and posted online after.   *...

E-mail Policy Changes

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

  Action Required Before July 1, 2014   To ensure compliance with new e-mail laws coming into effect and provide you with a better e-mail experience, Judo Ontario is adopting an express permission policy where you must actively subscribe to the e-ma...

Tom Kasprzyk Honoured

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

  Tom Kasprzyk who is battling pancreatic cancer was honoured on Friday, May 23 at his home in  Smithville, ON. The ceremony which, at the request of the family, was kept brief due to the severity of Tom’s illness was attended by representatives o...

Day 4 - Team Ontario 2014 Nationals Results

Monday May 19th, 2014

  The U21 athletes were in action on the last day of the 2014 Canadian National Championships.  Team Ontario continued their strong performance earning another 13 medals (4 Gold, 2, Silver, and 7 Bronze) bringing Team Ontarios medal count up to 53. &nbs...

Day 3 - Team Ontario 2014 Nationals Results

Saturday May 17th, 2014

  The 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships were is full swing on day 3 with Kata, Masters, and U16 competing.  Ontario had a very busy and productive day amassing 19 medals (4 Gold, 6 Silver, and 9 Bronze), bringing Team Ontario's medal count u...

Day 2 - Team Ontario 2014 Nationals Results

Friday May 16th, 2014

  Day 2 of the Canadian National Judo Championships consisted of the Senior divisions.  Team Ontario earned 9 more medals today including 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.  After day 2, Team Ontario's medal count is up to 21 (6 Gold, 6 Silver, and...

Day 1 - Team Ontario 2014 Nationals Results

Friday May 16th, 2014

  On Day 1 of the 2014 Canadian National Championships, U18 Athletes from Team Ontario had a productive day collecting a total of 12 medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver, and 6 Bronze).   The listing of U18 medallists is below and full results are available at...

2014 Team Ontario Letter Posted

Tuesday May 6th, 2014

  To everyone participating in the 2014 National Championships:  Please read the letter and attachment posted here:

Judo Ontario’s Pathway to Podium

Monday April 21st, 2014

Judo Ontario’s Pathway to Podium PDF Version These are exciting times for Judo Ontario. Our vision and sustained effort of building a stronger High Performance Program, hiring of a professional coach and the development of Canada’s first Provincial ...

2014 Team Ontario

Monday April 21st, 2014

  Congratulations to all the athletes selected to represent Ontario at the upcoming National Championships in May.  To download the list of selected athletes click here.

A Great Night for Judo at the Ontario Sports Awards

Friday April 11th, 2014

  For the first time, Judo had three successful nominees in three categories at the Ontario Sport Awards on Thursday April 11th. Since 1965 the Ontario Sport Awards have annually recognized athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves nationally...

2014 Canadian Judo Championships Forms & Information Posted

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

  The documents that Ontario athletes need for the 2014 Nationals are now available.  This is for everyone who intends on participating at Nationals: U16, U18, U21, Seniors, Masters and Kata.  Athletes are encouraged to submit their completed docum...

Some stuff you may have missed...

Tuesday March 18th, 2014

  Lot's has been happening, and if you haven't "Liked" the Judo Ontario Facebook Page already you may have missed some of the cool photos and videos that have been posted.. Some of the cool stuff that has been happening include: A judo...

2013 Judo Ontario Awards Presented

Monday March 17th, 2014

  Judo Ontario presented the 2013 recognition awards on Feb 8th at the Budokan Annual Shiai. Here's the video of the presentation that played during the awards presentation. A list of the awards & recipients is below the video.   (function(d...

Canada's Visually Impaired Athletes Bring Home the Hardware from Germany

Wednesday March 5th, 2014

  Congratulations to Canada's visually impaired athletes who competed recently at the Open German VI Judo tournament.  There were 12 countries competing in the event.  Canada was represented by four judoka each returning home with a medal! &nbs...

Kohbukan-Sisu Tournament Cancelled

Thursday February 27th, 2014

  The Kohbukan-Sisu tournament scheduled for March 1st has been cancelled due to insufficient pre-registration.  Anyone who has pre-paid will be contacted by tournament organizers.  

DRAFT List of Quest For Gold Athletes

Wednesday January 15th, 2014

  Dear Athletes,    Below is the Draft List of Quest for Gold Ontario Card Nominations.    Also attached is the Ontario Card Athlete Handbook which is written by the Ministry of Health, Culture and Sport Promotion (MHCS).  Th...

Ajax Annual Shiai Mandatory Senior Qualifier

Wednesday January 8th, 2014

  The Ajax Annual Shiai was moved to February 8th and is a Mandatory Senior Qualifier for Nationals.  More details and the technical package is available here: Please note, the date of the annu...

Judo in the News on CTV

Tuesday January 7th, 2014

  Judo was prominently featured on CTV Ottawa evening news on Jan 6th!  The Ottawa Judo Club put on an excellent and timely demonstration on how learning breakfalls can be a life-long skill to help reduce the chance of injury when slipping on the ice. ...

Happy Holidays from Judo Ontario

Saturday December 21st, 2013

Upcoming Quest for Gold Deadlines

Tuesday December 3rd, 2013

  An important deadline in the Quest for Gold calendar comes up on December 9, 2013.   Any athletes requesting a "Residency Exception" or a "Canada Card Exception" or reporting injury must submit their information, as detail...

Ontario Brings Home the Hardware from U15 PanAm

Monday November 25th, 2013

  Four Ontario athletes represented Canada at the 2013 U15 PanAm Championships in El Salvador on November 16th. Ontario took home Canada’s only 3 medals.   Zacharie Cheng-Boivin (Club De Judo Du Lycee Claudel) took Gold in the -44 kg divi...

Job Posting: Executive Director

Thursday November 14th, 2013

The Judo Ontario Board of Directors is seeking a capable professional for the role of Executive Director.  Download the job description and posting below.  Please note the CV submission deadline of November 29, 2013.   DOWNLOAD JOB DESCRIPTION...

2013-2014 Quest For Gold Criteria

Monday October 28th, 2013

  The Quest for Gold Criteria for Judo which applies to the 2013-2014 season has been posted on the website:   There is a new email address for all communications with the Quest for Gold Committee: Q4G@judoon...

Judo Ontario Office Staff Transition

Wednesday October 16th, 2013

  Judo Ontario currently has no full time administration staff in the office and is in the process of hiring an Executive Director.  In the month of September Judo Ontario had a Service Agreement with Judo Canada to answer all calls and emails and to ...

Canadian Judo History Made at 2013 Cadet World Championship

Thursday August 15th, 2013

Just under one year of the creation the the Ontario's High Performance Program, Ontario has earned 9 spots to the Cadet and Junior Worlds and Jessica Klimkait (pictured on the right with coach Pedro Guedes) has made history with Canada's First Gold Medal...

Congratulations Jessica!

Friday August 9th, 2013

Congratulations!   Jessica Klimkait is the first ever judo World Champion in any age group for Canada. This is a momentous event for all those closely involved in her career, and a glorious moment of inspiration for all Canadian judoka. From Ottawa, I foll...

Canadian Visually Impaired Judoka on the Podium in the USA

Wednesday July 31st, 2013

The Pan-American International Blind Sport Association (IBSA) Games took place in Colorado Springs, USA. Three Canadian judoka took part in this event and all placed on the podium. In 60 kg Justin Karn won a bronze medal and in 90 kg two Canadians – Tony Wa...

Congratulations Team Ontario!

Tuesday July 9th, 2013

Congratulations to Team Ontario athletes, coaches, and managers on a stellar performance at the 2013 Canadian National Championships which were held July 4th - 7th in British Columbia! Team Ontario earned a total of 46 medals (13 gold, 13 silver, and 26 bronze). ...

Election Results Posted

Monday June 17th, 2013

Congratulations to Kevin Doherty, Mitch Kawasaki, and Chris Brown who were elected to the Judo Ontario board at the Annual General Meeting held on June 15th in Toronto. Click here to download the full election results.

July Junior European Events - Next Deadline for applications June 20, 2013

Monday June 10th, 2013

All applications for the following competitions should be sent to Judo Canada’s High Performance Office by e-mail to   Applications need to be approved by the applicants' provincial association. To be eligible, athletes must be m...

National Championships reminder notice

Monday June 10th, 2013

Dear Athletes, Coaches and Parents, Team Ontario for the 2013 National Championships has been registered, and Judo Ontario is excited and optimistic about the performance of our Team in July. Please click here

Judo Canada Newsletter - Updated June 13, 2013

Wednesday June 5th, 2013

Please see Judo Canada's latest newsletter. Download Newsletter (PDF)

July Junior European Events - Next Deadline for applications June 20, 2013

Wednesday June 5th, 2013

  All applications (document attached) for the following competitions should be sent to Judo Canada’s High Performance Office by e-mail to   Download Application Form   Applications need to be approved by the ...

Election Candidate Videos Posted

Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Each of the candidates running in the Judo Ontario elections on June 15th were offered the opportunity to record a short video campaign message and have it posted to the Judo Ontario Facebook page.  Two videos were submitted. To watch the videos, click the b...

Team Ontario 2013

Tuesday May 28th, 2013

The High Performance Committee of Judo Ontario has reviewed the tournament participation, results and attendance at provincial trainings of Ontario athletes against the criteria in the Athletes' Handbook. The athletes listed in the provided document on https...

Team Ontario Dominates 2013 Ontario Open

Wednesday May 22nd, 2013

Congratulations! I want to send out a congratulations and a special thanks to all the volunteers, competitors, coaches and parents who made the Ontario Open 2013 one of our most successful events on many levels in recent memory.   A special thanks goes ...

Error in Mailed Elections Package

Thursday May 16th, 2013

A draft version of the Voting Procedures for Regular Members was inadvertently mixed in with the final elections documents when they were photocopied and mailed out this week.  Please disregard the version of the document that indicates the...

2013 Elections Candidates Announcement

Monday May 13th, 2013

  Dear Yudansha Members and Dojo Shus:   On behalf of the 2013 Election Committee, I am reporting to the membership of Judo Ontario that the Committee sought to fill the following four Board positions in accordance with the by-laws governing their v...

Hatashita Club Championships

Monday April 29th, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6th, Judo Ontario and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre hosted the first ever Hatashita Club Championships at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.     The event was held in the impressive Kobayashi Hall with a single mat area l...

Kelita Zupancic on the Podium at Pan-Am

Sunday April 21st, 2013

Kelita Zupancic wins gold at the 2013 Pan-Am Judo Championship!  See photos, videos, and news about this and other stories on the Judo Ontario Facebook page at ...   ... and don't forget to like the page while you...

Attention: All Ontario athletes interested in competing at Nationals 2013

Wednesday March 20th, 2013

Attention: All Ontario athletes interested in competing at Nationals 2013 Please download and complete the document provided here and return it to Judo Ontario as soon as possible, no later than March 29, 2013. Please fax to the office at (416) 449-5836 or emai...

Constitution Meeting, Annual General Meeting and Elections - Updated Mar 25

Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Constitution Meeting, Annual General Meeting and Elections June 15, 2013 Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM - until completion Location: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Room 2C, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z5 Agenda 1. Constitu...

Easter Sunday, March 31st: Provincial Training

Wednesday March 13th, 2013

EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31st PROVINCIAL TRAINING   NOT MANDATORY The Judo Ontario HPC would like to inform you there will be Provincial Training on Sunday, March 31st but WILL NOT be mandatory to attend.  For athletes who wish to a...

Sensei Herman Vermeiren World Master Champion

Monday March 4th, 2013

Sensei Herman, who at the age of 77 won a Gold medal at the World Master Judo Championships in Germany, 2011. In the photo is Sensei Mitchel Kawasaki presenting the Sensei Vermeiren with a Judo Ontario certificate of Recognition.

Judo Canada Newsletter

Monday March 4th, 2013

View the latest Judo Canada newsletter here.

2012 Judo Ontario Recognition Awards

Thursday February 28th, 2013

Judo Ontario Recognition Awards   Judo Ontario recently recognized individuals for their achievements, support and contributions to Judo Ontario.  The following, is a list of awards and their recipients. BEST ATHLETE AWARDS U15 Male Ossama Mahmo...


Tuesday February 12th, 2013

Judo Ontario presents Hatashita Club Championship Download Event Flyer Here DATE: March 6, 2013 START TIME:  7:30 pm LOCATION:  JCCC Kobayashi Hall 6 Garamond court, Toronto, ON WEIGH-INS: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm REGISTRATION FE...

Keiko Fukuda - Professor Jigiro Kano's last living disciple passes away at the age of 99 just 62 days short of her 100th birthday

Sunday February 10th, 2013

  Fukuda passed away on February 9, 2013, in San Francisco at the age of 99.   Early Life Fukuda was born on April 12, 1913, in Tokyo. Her father died when she was very young. As a youth, she learned the arts of calligraphy, flower arran...


Thursday February 7th, 2013

JUDO CANADA REFEREE COMMITTEE COMMENTARY ON NEW IJF REFEREEING RULES (2013-2016)   This commentary addresses the changes listed in the IJF’s REFEREEING RULES 2013-2016 announcement made in Tokyo dated 2/12/2012.   The IJF will apply the foll...

Tournaments Opportunities

Monday January 14th, 2013

All applications for the following competitions can be sent to Judo Canada’s High Performance Office (document attach) Envoyer votre application au bureau de la haute performance de Judo Canada. (Document attaché)   ...

Leo Laros Passing - Updated Jan 12th

Monday January 7th, 2013

Leo was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, January 3rd, and it is with great sadness that we announce that Leo passed away from complications due to pneumonia on Sunday January 6th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  He will be missed. W...

Open Mat Trainings 2013

Wednesday January 2nd, 2013

On behalf of the HPC there will be Open Mat Trainings monthly at Ajax Budokan Judo Club (Ajax Recreation Centre 75, Centennial Rd. Ajax, OntarioL1S 4S4). The trainings will be ONLY for U18 and up (blue belt and up). Personal coaches are allowed on the mat. The ...

Merry Christmas from Judo Ontario

Saturday December 22nd, 2012

Judo Ontario Office Hours

Saturday December 22nd, 2012

Please Note: The Judo Ontario office will be closed for these days during the holidays: December 21, 24, 25, 26, 2012 and January 1, 2013


Tuesday November 27th, 2012

SASHA MEHMEDOVIC XMAS JUDO Clinic December 17th, 18th and 20th, from 07:00 pm to 09:30 pm. Cost is $ 25.00 fo one session ~ $ 50.00 for all three sessions. Please make payable to Nort York Judo Club Location: Seneca Village 1700 Finch Avenue West North Yor...

NEW IJF Rules for 2013 U21 and U18 - Effective January 1st, 2013

Monday November 19th, 2012

NOTE:   AGE REFERS TO THE AGE AS OF DECEMBER 31st.                 NEW IJF U21 Division! –  events conducted in Canada starting January 1, 2013   MINIMUM RANK ST...

Awards & Constitution Meeting

Tuesday October 9th, 2012

On November 10th, in conjunction with the Youth International tournament in Brampton, there will be an awards ceremony starting at 7:30 and a constitution meeting to address the following suggested changes to the constitution: • 4.1.1. Remove “VP train...

Judo Ontario Election Results

Tuesday September 11th, 2012

As the Chair of the Election Committee, I am pleased to report the results of the 2012 Elections to the membership of Judo Ontario. Insofar as Judo Ontario only received one Declaration of Candidacy for the positions of President, Treasurer and Vice-President, Op...

Announcement of Candidates

Thursday August 9th, 2012

Dear Yudansha Members and Dojo Shus, As the Chair of the Election Committee, I am reporting to the membership of Judo Ontario that the 2012 Election Committee sought to fill the following four Board positions as well as candidates for the position of Judo Canada ...

Office Closures in August

Thursday August 2nd, 2012

The Judo Ontario office will be closed on these dates during the month of August: Monday, August 6th – Civic Holiday Tuesday, August 7th – Closed Friday, August 10th – Closed Monday, August 13th – Closed Friday, August 17th – C...

Whitby's Kelita Zupancic loses by ippon in Olympic judo debut

Wednesday August 1st, 2012

  Promising athlete already looking ahead to Rio 2016 Games Brian McNair/ Metroland Cheering For Kelita LONDON, ENGLAND -- Kelita Zupancic's parents Ed and Annette Zupancic and best friend Alexus Breau outside the judo venue at ExCeL. August 1, 201...

Congratulations Team Ontario!

Thursday July 26th, 2012

Team Ontario took home a total of 57 medals 15 gold, 17 silver and 25 bronze Congratulations to Team Ontario, their coaches and managers at the Canadian Judo Championships held at the Mastercard Centre. The 4 day tournament saw 700 competitors from across the ...

2012 Judo Ontario Elections Notice

Saturday July 7th, 2012

Dear Yudansha Members and Dojo Shus. Summer is here and I hope that you and your students are taking advantage of one of the many judo camps being offered to hone your judo skills. Before we know it, we will be starting our new competition year on September 1, 20...

Attending or Officiating at Unsanctioned or Non-Judo Ontario Events

Friday June 22nd, 2012

Athletes who wish to participate in unsanctioned events, even if sanctioned by other sports associations, may do so, however in doing so they must understand that they do so at their own risk without reliance on Judo Ontario insurance.  Other than Judo Canada,...

Pedro Guedes, new Judo Ontario Technical/Coaching Director

Thursday June 7th, 2012

Please join me in welcoming Pedro Guedes as our new Technical/Coaching Director Pedro joined Judo at the age of 4 and became part of the Olympic Project in the country side of Sao Paulo. Pedro eventually became a member of the Brazilian National Team and travel...

Judo Ontario Medal at US Open

Monday May 14th, 2012

Judo Ontario Judoka medal at the US Open   Judo Ontario was represented by 6 talented athletes who all performed well at the US Open in Miami on Saturday, May 12, 2012.     Tony Walby was able to claim the gold medal in the + 100 kg class&n...

Congratulations Bill Doherty - 2011 SYL APPS Volunteer Achievement Award

Tuesday April 24th, 2012

Bill Doherty was presented last week with the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award and with over 58 years of Judo under his belt, he has proven to be one of Judo Ontario's most prominent judokas.  Congratulations to Mr. William Doherty on behalf of the ...

Mel Ginter passes away

Thursday February 2nd, 2012

Mel Ginter, founder and father of one of the country's largest and longest lasting tournaments, passed away last week.Born in 1929 in Pennsylvania, Ginter earned his black belt from the Kodokan in Japan in 1954.  He founded the Judo-No-Kata club in the Buffalo a...

Judo Ontario Athletes Net 7 Medals at 2012 Commonwealth

Monday January 30th, 2012

Athletes from Judo Ontario won seven of Canada's nineteen medals at the 2012 Commonwealth Judo Campionships.  Here's the Ontario athletes who won medals: Cadets Kaitlin Dennis -57 kg F - Bronze Monica Burgess -63 kg F - Bronze Seniors Male Derek Langlois -73 kg ...

Kelita takes home Bronze in Minsk

Wednesday October 12th, 2011

Montréal, October 9, 2011 – Thanks to a victory by ippon versus the Hungarian Franciska Szabo, Ontarian Kelita Zupancic took home the bronze medal in the under 70 kg category, Sunday, at the Judo World Cup competition being held in Minsk, Belarus.  ...

World Judo Day

Wednesday October 12th, 2011

The International Judo Federation in its missions, has the duty to develop judo in all sectors. When Master Jigoro Kano created judo in 1882, he wanted to create a means of education and he did it. This is the foundation of our discipline. Nowadays, I want this dimen...

CBC To Offer Multiplatform Coverage Of The 2011 Pan American Games

Thursday October 6th, 2011

CBC announced a multiplatform-broadcasting package to support the over 300 Canadian amateur athletes competing against some of the best in the world at the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Starting with the Opening Ceremony on October 14th at 8:00 p.m....

Follow the Canadian Pan Am team online

Thursday September 29th, 2011

The Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico  open on Friday, October 14th.      You can follow the Canadian Pan Am Team at, Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter (@CDNOlympicTeam.       Below find ...

Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces Team for Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games

Monday September 19th, 2011

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) on Saturday announced its high-performance team that will be competing in the 2011 Parapan American Games.   One of the largest teams in its history, a total of 213 members, will make up the Canadian team which will c...

Judo Ontario AGM Traffic Message

Thursday September 15th, 2011

The Don Valley Parkway will be closed this weekend for annual fall maintenance The Transportation Services Division will be performing a number of maintenance activities on the Don Valley Parkway from Saturday, September 17 to Monday, September 19.  To perform...

Online Group Registrations Now Available

Tuesday September 13th, 2011

Online Group Registrations/Renewals are Now Open Dojoshus may register on behalf of a group (or even all) of their members.  However, the process for online group registration has changed.  For member registrations to be complete, the members must log-in...

Individual Online Registrations & Renewals Are Open

Wednesday September 7th, 2011

As you are probably aware, online registration and renewals has been unavailable while upgrades are being done to the system.  On September 5th, online registrations/renewals for individual registrations only has been made available.Click the link below to revie...


Wednesday August 31st, 2011

Online Registration As you are probably already aware, the online membership registration feature is currently not available as upgrades are being completed to the registration system. Online registration for Individual Members Only is expected to re-open by Septem...

Canada's rising Judo star willing to pay the price

Wednesday August 24th, 2011

August 23, 2011Randy Starkman Source: The Toronto Star   It wasn’t unusual for the merits of one’s fighting skills to be debated in Kelita Zupancic’s home growing up.Zupancic has three younger brothers, Anton, Ryan and Andrew, all of whom were ...

Whitby's Kelita Zupancic eyes podium in Paris

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011

August 22, 2011 WHITBY -- Whitby's Kelita Zupancic is among the Canadians hoping to bring home a medal from the judo world championships taking place in Paris, France, beginning Aug. 23.   Zupancic is the lone Ontario athlete on the 11-member Canadian continge...

Rising Judo Star

Monday August 22nd, 2011

RISING JUDO STARBy Michel Belleau, Media Chairman  Rising JUDO STAR Monika Burgess a 16-year-old black belt who fights in the -63 kilogram division shines brighter than her medals. Securing several of them recently– she won gold (under-17) and silver (unde...

Boy brings home gold from International competition

Thursday July 28th, 2011

July 21, 2011SUNDRIDGE – It was the competition of a lifetime and James Johnson, a legally blind athlete, brought home the gold.The competition was the 2011 International Blind Sports Association’s World Youth and Student Games in Colorado Springs. He arr...

Young Canadian Judokas Shine at US Open

Tuesday July 5th, 2011

Montreal, July 3, 2011 (Sportcom) – Team Canada earned six medals Sunday at the Judo US Open, held in Miami.  Saskatchewan’s Bishop Sommerfeld (Under 78 kg) won two matches to take the gold medal, while British Columbia’s Stefan Zwiers (2-1) to...

Amy Cotton Wins Silver in Miami

Tuesday July 5th, 2011

Judo Canada - Amy Cotton Wins Silver in MiamiMontreal’s Amy Cotton took the silver medal in the Under 78 kg, Saturday at the Miami, (FLA) World Cup. The eventual gold medallist was American Kayla Harrison – ranked third in the world - who bested the Canad...

Kevin Kennedy dies at 58

Friday June 10th, 2011

By Jeff Labine, Kevin Kennedy was a man who always tried to put a smile on someone’s face.Kennedy, 58, better known as Dr. Funnybone, died unexpectedly sometime Tuesday morning while on a boating trip near Silver Island. He was taken to the...

Summer Student Employment Opportunity at Judo Ontario

Tuesday April 26th, 2011

Application Deadline: May 16, 2011Position: Summer Experience StudentLocation: Toronto, OntarioJob Description:Are you looking for a challenging summer work experience in the field of amateur provincial sports? By joining Judo Ontario, you will develop essential skil...

Congratulations Youssef Youssef

Thursday April 7th, 2011

Canada's Youssef takes silver medalCalgary Herald April 4, 2011   Youssef Youssef of Ontario earned a silver medal in men's 55 kilos at the Pan American championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the weekend.Youssef opened with a victory over Hiram Cruz of Puerto ...

Congratulations to Kelita Zupancic named to Sr. World Team

Monday March 28th, 2011

Kelita Zupancic (-70kg) was recently selected for the Senior World Team going to Paris in August.  Along with Ms. Zupancic, the following competitors will be going to Paris onto the Judo world stage:   -57kg Joliane Melancon-63kg Myriam Lamarche-70kg Kelita...


Friday February 4th, 2011

    TOURNAMENT REPORT HEIDELBERG V.I. CHAMPIONSHIP January 15, 2011-02-02 TOM THOMSON, NATIONAL COACH     Two members of the V.I. Judo team competed in Germany in January, at the German Olympic training center, which is located in Heidelberg....

Canadian Judokan medals in Japan

Monday December 13th, 2010

By QMI AgencyNick Tritton, an Olympic-calibre judokan who trained at Ottawa’s Takahashi Dojo before moving to Montreal to continue at the National Training Centre, is working his way back to the Olympic Games. After competing for Canada in 2008 in Beijing, Trit...

Kelita Zupancic wins Silver Medal

Wednesday December 8th, 2010

In control, Kelita Zupancic wins silver medalMontreal, December 4, 2010 – Ontario’s Kelita Zupancic won the silver medal in women’s 70 kilos on Saturday at a World Cup judo competition in Suwon, South Korea. She eliminated Qianchu Wang of China...

Announcement: Barbara Lyon-Stewart is appointed as Judo Ontario's Sport Consultant

Wednesday November 17th, 2010

This is to inform you that after a brief absence Barbara Lyon-Stewart from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (MHPS) is returning as the Sport Consultant for Judo Ontario.  The Board of Directors welcomes her return and looks forward to working with Barb...

Canada wins three medals in Baku

Tuesday October 12th, 2010

Montreal, October 10, 2010 – The three Canadians in action at the judo women’s World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan earned medals on Sunday.  Kelita Zupancic in 70 kilos, Amy Cotton and Marylise Lévesque, both in 78 kilos, earned gold, silver and bro...

Message from the Board of Directors

Wednesday October 6th, 2010

October 6, 2010 The Board of Directors of Judo Ontario wish to thank all applicants that applied for Committee Chairperson positions. We were greatly pleased with the number of individuals that submitted their names for consideration and were encouraged by ...

Nalini wrestles

Monday October 4th, 2010

Watch Nalini from CP24 interview David Miller during a Judo demonstration in advance of the PanAm games.   Click on the 'Video' button and select 'Nalini wrestles'.

Central West Region election

Tuesday September 14th, 2010

  August 20, 2010 Announced on Judo Ontario Web Site more than 30 days prior to Elections. Kawasaki Rendokan 45 Hempstead DriveHamilton On Meeting was called to order 7:35pm. A quorum was reached with 9 Black Belts present. Treasurers Report: Ezio informed us ...

A letter from Japan...

Tuesday September 7th, 2010

Judo is returning to its historic home for the 2010 World Championships, and a Canadian woman will be in Japan as more than just a competitor.    Kelita Zupancic will be welcoming teammates as a ‘local’ of sorts, after the 20-year-old fighter fr...

Judo Canada Women's Leadership Representative

Tuesday September 7th, 2010

Shu-Tai Cheng of Ottawa was elected as the national Women's Leadership Representative at the June 2010 Judo Canada AGM.   In her role as the first ever Women’s Leadership Representative, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Judo Canada and her...

2010 Final President's Message

Wednesday September 1st, 2010

This is my final message as President of Judo Ontario.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I wish to thank all of you who supported me as the president for the past six years; you were all instrumental in the betterment of Judo Ontario.  I am plea...

Election Mailing

Wednesday July 28th, 2010

On July 22nd the Judo Ontario office mailed election packages to all registered blackbelt members and clubs.   If you DO NOT receive your election package please contact the Judo Ontario office at 416-426-7006.   The Election Letter is available for do...

RIP, Melville Cox

Tuesday July 27th, 2010

It is with sadness from Judo Ontario that we announce the resent passing of a long time Judoka, Mel Cox.   Mel started practicing judo in mid 60's.  While living in the Northern region of Ontario and working for Ontario Hydro he started a judo Club.   ...

Central West Region Elections

Tuesday July 20th, 2010

Date: Friday August 20, 2010Place: Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy (45 Hempstead Drive, Hamilton On)Time: 7:30pm - 8:30 pm. Agenda:1. Outline financial statement by Treasurer (Ezio Contasti)2. Referee's Committee Chair (Ron Hampson)3. Grading Board Committee (Dun...

Event Calendar Upgrade

Thursday July 15th, 2010

To all members:   We have just finished upgrading our old event listing system with a new Event Calendar.  This more user friendly format allows you more control over the events you want to view, as well as the inclusion of a Google map.  Within the ne...

17 Medals at the Youth Nationals!

Tuesday July 13th, 2010

<p>Team Ontario took 17 gold medals at the recent Youth Nationals in Lethbridge, AB.   Overall, Ontario athletes won 17 gold, 10 silver, and 20 bronze medals.  The Youth Nationals serve as an important step in the lives of Ontario athletes and a ...

Senior, Masters and Kata Nationals 2010

Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

At the Senior, Masters and Kata Nationals in Jonquiere, Quebec, Ontario came away with 16 medals. Congratulations go out to all medalists in all three disciplines. Gold medals were won by Kelita Zupancic, Vitaly Polyansky, Shujon Mazumder, Tami Dacks (masters), Susan...

Updates to AGM page

Friday June 11th, 2010

Please note:   We have updated some information regarding the upcoming AGM and General Election.  Please visit the link provided above to review the updated information.

Celebrating Ontario's Athletes

Friday April 16th, 2010

Last night the Ontario sports community recognized the 2009 Ontario Sport Award winners at an event in Toronto.   Congratulations to Jack Polonsky for receiving the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award.   Jack was recognized for his work in judo as ...

Tritton wins gold & Youssef takes bronze

Monday April 12th, 2010

Montreal, April 10, 2010 – Canada won three medals on Saturday to conclude the individual portion of the Pan American judo championships held in San Salvador. Nicholas Tritton of Perth, Ont., went undefeated in four bouts to win the gold medal in men&rsquo...

Kelita Zupancic wins Gold at Pan Am Championships

Monday April 12th, 2010

<p>Kelita Zupancic wins gold at Pan Am Championships</p> <p><br />Montreal, April 9, 2010 – Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ont., won the gold medal and Catherine Roberge of Quebec City and Alexandre Émond of Varennes, Que., each added...

Fran McCrodden nominated for citizen's award by The City of Brampton

Tuesday April 6th, 2010

  The City of Brampton has nominated Fran McCrodden for a 2009 Citizens Award for Long Term Service for her involvement with Tora Martial Arts Club.  The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Theatre in Brampton.  ...

Looking for Newsletter Contributors

Tuesday March 30th, 2010

Are you a photographer? Writer? Artist?  Do you have an interesting Judo story to tell? Then we are looking for you!   As many of you are aware, Judo Ontario publishes a newsletter.  The newsletter is produced with the support of our many dedicated vol...

World Cup Bronze - Budapest, Hungary

Tuesday February 16th, 2010

Congratulations go out to Kelita Zupancic from Whitby, ON. Kelita won the bronze medal at this past weekends world cup event in Budapest, HUN. She went 3-1 in the tournament as her only loss was in golden score to the eventual gold medalist, Edith Bosch (20...

Kimberly Orr (nee Ribble) carries Olympic Torch

Tuesday February 16th, 2010

Judo Ontario would like to congratulate Kimberly Orr, as she was selected to carry the Olympic Torch. Kimberly was a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic Team in Sydney, AUS. Kimberly was accompanied by her family as she carried the torch through Niagara-on-the-L...

Upcoming NCCP Pilot Courses

Tuesday January 26th, 2010

Judo Ontario is pleased to offer  three NCCP Pilot courses in February and March in Sudbury, Oshawa and Ajax .   The three courses will be led by Course Conductors Ron Angus (Sudbury and Ajax) and Jim Walker (Oshawa).    On February 20-21, R...

Nathalie Gosselin runs the Olympic Torch through her hometown

Friday December 4th, 2009

Nathalie Gosselin ran the Olympic Torch Relay on Dec. 4th in her hometown of Sainte-Marie, Beauce, north of Quebec City.  Nathalie is a 7 time national champion who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games (Atlanta) and was inducted into the Judo Ontario Hall o...

Rendez-Vous Canada International

Tuesday October 20th, 2009

Judo Ontario was well represented in RVC 2009. Judo Ontario came away with six medals from the international tournament held once again in Montreal, PQ. Leading the way was gold medalist Yousef Yousef. Silver medals went to Aneta Mozdzen, Shujon Mazunder and Andea Ma...

US Open 2009

Tuesday October 20th, 2009

A small contingient from Judo Ontario headed south to San Jose, CA to compete in the 30th anniversary of the US Open. Judo Ontario head coach, Mitchell Kawasaki, was in attendance and the team succesfully placed four athletes in the top 8. Aneta Mozdzen secured Judo ...

Burlington's Tracy Angus named October 2009 Ontario Coach of the Month

Monday October 19th, 2009

Burlington’s Tracy Angus Named October 2009 Ontario Coach-of-the-Month Being able to recognize the positive contribution and life changing impact a coach can have on their athletes, no matter their age or skill level is what has made Tracy Angus stand out as ...

World Cup, Birmingham ENG

Tuesday September 29th, 2009

Judo Ontario is pleased to announce that Kelita Zupancic -70kg, won the bronze medal at the recent World Cup event in Birmingham, England. Kelita's only loss was against the eventual gold medalist from France. In total, Canada won six medals. Special mention also goe...

Judo clubs rake in medals

Friday July 31st, 2009

Local athletes beat rival Team Quebec to bring home 21 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze at championships in Calgary   Local judoka contributed to a milestone victory for Team Ontario at the Canadian Youth Judo Championships for under-15, under-17, and under-20 age ...

Constitutional Amendment Meeting

Wednesday July 15th, 2009

               IMPORTANT UPDATE   To:        Judo Ontario Members From:    Mohamad Hassani, Secretary General  Re:   ...

New website features for Dojo Shu's

Tuesday July 14th, 2009

The Judo Ontario website development team have implemented some new website features for Dojo Shu's and their appointed administrators.   To view these new features you must log-in to your account.   Click on "Club Members" under the Dojo Shu Tools.   ...

Youth Nationals 2009

Tuesday July 7th, 2009

Judo Ontario athletes stormed into Calgary, AB with one purpose. To bring home the most medals ever. Almost 100 athletes represented Ontario in the Youth National Championships 2009. When the weekend was over, athletes brought home 50 medals from Alberta. This was th...

National Championships 2009 for Seniors, Veterans & Kata

Sunday June 7th, 2009

Judo Ontario was well represented at the Canadian National Championships 2009 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Over sixty athletes took part from Ontario in the Senior, Veteran & Kata divisions.  Ontario came away with 15 medals in total. Gold medals went to Tressa Sh...

British Open bronze medal

Monday May 11th, 2009

Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, ON won a bronze medal at the recent British Open held in London, England. Kelita went an amazing six rounds, gathering a 5-1 won/loss record. This was an excellent accomplishment as the Open is an important step as she moves closer to the 2...

U17 and U20 World Update

Tuesday May 5th, 2009

U17 World Update The World championship is limited to athletes born in 1994 & 1993. No early bloomer will be selected.   U20 World Update U20 division weight categories might be added by the IJF to the 2009 World Championships:   44 kg Women...

Senior Pan-Am medals for Zupancic and Mazunder

Monday March 30th, 2009

The Senior Pan-Am Championships were recently held on March 26-29/09 in Beunos Aires, Argentina. Two members from Judo Ontario were on the Canadian Team. Representing Judo Ontario were Kelita Zupancic -70 kgs and Shujon Mazunder -55kgs. Judo Ontario is happy to ...

Recipient of the Syl Apps Award

Monday March 30th, 2009

Judo Ontario would like to congratulate Mr. Chuck Lee on his achievement award. On Thursday March 26/09, Chuck was award the prestigious Syl Apps Special Achievement Award at the Weston Bristol Hotel in Toronto. Chuck was presented the award by the Hon. Minister of H...

Upcoming NCCP Course

Wednesday February 4th, 2009

February 20 to 22, 2009 Subject: Dojo Assistant Theory and Technical Location: GTA    

RMC 2009

Thursday January 29th, 2009

Time is running out to register for RMC 2009.   We now offer Group Registration as well as Individual Registration.   ALL registrants are required to register on the website by clicking on the 'Website Registration' link and filling out the brief form. &nbs...

A message from the Judo Ontario web development team

Monday January 26th, 2009

Hi everyone,   Chris here from the Judo Ontario Web Development team. We've been working hard on all sorts of things behind the scenes to bring you many new and exciting features for the Judo Ontario website, as well as tighten up some old issues.   We app...

Provincial Referee Clinic, New Rules

Tuesday January 13th, 2009

Please note the upcoming Provincial Referee Clinic which is to be held conveniently in our region at the Ajax Budokan.  The clinic will be held on  Saturday, January 24.  The clinic is open to parents, coaches, athletes and referees. There have be...

Judo Ontario moves offices

Monday November 24th, 2008

The Judo Ontario Office is finally Moving. The new office is located about 2km from our old office. The office will therefore be interrupted due to this move and there will be very limited service in the coming week. Please see below for the more details: Monday...

Hatashita 2008 article in the Globe and Mail

Thursday November 13th, 2008

JAMES CHRISTIEGlobe and Mail UpdateNovember 12, 2008 at 7:23 PM ESTThe Hatashita International judo tournament, formerly known as the Ontario Open, has drawn a field of more than 575 judokas to Mississauga's Hershey Centre Sportzone for this weekend's competition.One...


Tuesday November 11th, 2008

MARA MARKOVIC-SILADI   In recent years, Mara has represented Judo with distinction.  She has frequently medaled locally and internationally in both Kata and fighting divisions. She is a sixth degree black belt and head coach of M&...

Rendez-Vous Canada 2008

Friday October 17th, 2008

Once again, the RVC tournament was held in Montreal, Quebec. Judo Ontario was represented by thirty athletes who competed over two days. Two of our top junior athletes did extremely well at the senior level and came away with gold medals. Congratulations go out to ...

Hatashita International Registration closes October 31st

Monday October 6th, 2008

Just a reminder to those of you who have not registered for the Hatashita International Judo Tournament yet and have plans on doing so... registration closes October 31st.Register and pay online to ensure your place in the tournament.Keep your email receipt for proof...

US Open Medalists

Sunday September 28th, 2008

Judo Ontario was well represented at the 2008 US Open Judo Championships which were held at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Some of our top junior and senior athletes competed very well. After two days of competition, Judo...

Upcoming web maintenance

Monday September 22nd, 2008

Dear Judo Ontario website users, Please be advised that there will be some network maintenance on Sunday, September 28th between 5:00am and 7:00am EST.  During this time no e-commerce transactions will be permitted on the website. We apologize for ...

Central West Elections 2008

Monday September 15th, 2008

When: Tuesday October 14, 2008 Where: Tora Judo Club 1295 Williams Parkway, Brampton ON Time: 8:45 pm sharp An optional workout class will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm for those members interested. Please contact Keith Crivea at 905-899-3700 or judokm...

Ontario's U20 shine in Istanbul

Sunday September 14th, 2008

Ontario's top under 20 athletes faired extremely well on the second half of their European Tour. Four of Ontario's best U20 athletes spent two weeks training and competing in Germany and Turkey. The German tournament is one of the hardest competitions in Europ...

Website membership sign-up

Wednesday July 30th, 2008

As many of you are already aware, Judo Ontario is now accepting registration to the Judo Ontario website. By becoming a member of the Judo Ontario website, you will have the ability to renew your Judo Ontario membership and register/pay for events online, securely ...

Judo Canada's New Age/Weight Divisions

Thursday July 24th, 2008

2009 YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSAGE GROUP AND WEIGHT DIVISION STANDARDS   Starting in 2009 Judo Season, Judo Canada will sanction a National Championships for a new age division of U15 (girls and boys of 13 and 14 years...

Juvenile / Junior Nationals 2008

Tuesday June 10th, 2008

Judo Ontario will be represented at the Junior Nationals with more than 80 athletes competing over two days. The tournament will take place at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON. Recently, Judo Ontario named the coaches, managers and referees who ...

Mehmedovic, Tritton and Morgan are Olympic-bound

Monday May 12th, 2008

Judo Ontario would like to congratulate Sasha Mehmedovic from North York, ON and Nicholas Tritton from Perth, ON for their recent success at the Pan-Am Championships in Miami, FL. Both athletes won a bronze medal.  With this result, both athletes ha...

North Region Kata Clinic

Monday May 5th, 2008

On May 3, 2008 members of the Provincial Grading Board headed north to conduct a one day kata clinic. PGB Chair, Goki Uemura and Vice-Chair, Wayne Erdman were in attendance along with grading board members, Mara Siladi, David Miller, Alan Daschuck and Craig Weldon....

Ontario Aboriginal Judo Day

Monday May 5th, 2008

Judo Ontario is pleased to announce the OAJD. All are welcome to join this celebration of First Nations Judo. Included in the celebration will be a skills competition, judo workshops, games and much more. The Ontario Aboriginal Judo Day will take place a...

Syl Apps Special Achievement Award

Monday May 5th, 2008

On April 24, 2008 the Ministry of Health Promotion held its annual Ontario Sport Awards dinner. Over 300 guests were in attendance to recognize the province's outstanding athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate supporters. This year, the President of Judo...

Senior Provincial & Kata Championships 2008

Wednesday March 5th, 2008

Judo Ontario's final qualifying tournament & Kata competition took place in Brampton, ON on March 2, 2008. As the Senior Nationals are fast approaching, athletes looked to finish with a strong performance before heading off to Quebec City in May. Judo Ontario w...

Tina Takahashi named as Chair of the NGB

Friday February 29th, 2008

Judo Ontario is pleased to announce that Ms. Tina Takahashi has been named as Chair of the National Grading Board. Tina was originally appointed as a committee member of the NGB four years ago by the President of Judo Ontario, Charlie Formosa.&n...

Sasha Mehmedovic wins bronze

Friday February 29th, 2008

(Nicholas Tritton fifth in 73 kilos) Montreal, February 24, 2008 – Sasha Mehmedovic of North York won the bronze medal in men’s 66 kilos Friday at a Super World Cup judo tournament in Hamburg, Germany. Mehmedovic got a bye in the first...

Zupancic wins gold in 70 kilos

Monday February 4th, 2008

  Montreal, February 3, 2008 (Sportcom) Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ont., won the gold medal this weekend at the d'Arlon Open judo tournament in Belgium with a victory in the under-20 women's 70 kilos division. Zupancic won her six bouts by ippon including a v...

Kawasaki Rendokan hosts Sergio Pessoa, Assistant National Coach

Monday January 14th, 2008

Mitchell Kawasaki is pleased to announce that Sergio Pessoa will visit Ontario to conduct a 2 day training clinic on Feb 22-23. As a former Olympian and Brazilian Champion, Sergio brings a wealth of knowledge to his position as Assistant National Coach. Some of Sergi...

Michio Fukushima to visit Ontario/Quebec

Monday January 14th, 2008

Sensei Michio Fukushima will be conducting a number of kata seminars in Quebec and Ontario during his one month stay in Canada. Sensei Fukushima will be arriving in early February and staying until March. He's agreed to visit Montreal's National Training Centre for o...

Hatashita judo legacy alive and well

Thursday November 29th, 2007

JAMES CHRISTIE Globe and Mail Update November 23, 2007 at 6:27 PM EST In a tradition-bound martial sport like judo, newcomers must to wait their turn. It's about respect, about learning. Calgary judoka Scott Edward is 22, but he's shown the skills to take ov...

The Hatashita International Judo Tournament was this past weekend and by all accounts it was a huge success.

Monday November 26th, 2007

The tournament which took place at the impressive Hershey Centre not far from the Toronto airport (which made access easy for those from out of town) was an excellent venue for a tournament of this magnitude. It all started on Friday night at the posh Delta Chelsea h...

US Open, Rendez-Vous Canada and Finnish Open

Friday November 23rd, 2007

Team Ontario was well represented at three international tournaments over the month of October and November. Lead by Head Coach, Craig Weldon and Manager, Brian Kalsen, Team Ontario gained some valuable experience at the US Open which was held in Gwinnett, Georgia. E...

Zupancic wins in Poland

Wednesday September 26th, 2007

Another team of junior judokas competed this weekend, this time at the EJU Open in Cetniewo, Poland. Kelita Zupancic of Ontario (70 kg) won the gold on Saturday with a set of five wins. Quebecer Antoine Valois Fortier (81 kg) finished fifth with three wins and two lo...

Night out at the Argo Game

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

On September 30th, 2006, 120 of our top elite athletes, disabled athletes & club level athletes all went out on a Judo Ontario social activity. Everyone had a great time! There will be more social events to come in the new year.

Jenicek claims gold

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

Brampton Guardian, November 3, 2006 Nicole Jenicek was a good representative for Ontario at the recent Quebec Open judo tournament. The Tora Judo Club athlete was the only Ontario competitor to take gold at the prestigious meet which drew top competitors from C...

New look for judo eventNext weekend's renamed Hatashita International honours legendary judoka

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

By MARK KEAST, TORONTO SUN (November 20, 2006) This coming weekend the country's top judoka gather at the Hershey Centre for the Hatashita International, formerly the Ontario Open. Organizers are hoping a new twist in the proceedings will help boost the excitement...

Award for Frank Juzenas

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

Brampton Guardian 11/29/06 - Brampton Guardian sports writer Frank Juzenas received Judo Ontario's Special Contrbution Award at the sports groups annual awards evening in Mississauga on Friday evening. Juzenas was recognized for his coverage of the sport. Making the ...

Former Judo Golden at U of T Wresling Tournament

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

The recently held competition at U of T, the following 3 former judokas earned gold medals: 1) Shannon Mullens --- Queen's University, (from Kidokan) 2) Natasha Matijasic --- U of T, (from Kawasaki Rendoukan) 3) Seiji Ishiguro ----- U of T, (from Sheffield Judo)...

Passing of a Sensei

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

Claude Bourdeau, long time Judoka passed away July 31st 2007. Claude owned the Cornwall Judo Martial Arts School, he will sadly be missed by all who have benefited from his instruction.

Joël Benoît and Kelita Zupancic On the Podium

Tuesday August 28th, 2007

Montreal, August 5, 2007 (Sportcom) – Two Canadians graced the podium at the Junior Omnium this weekend in Jicin in Czech Republic. In the Under 66kg category, Rimouski (Qc) native Joël Benoît won the Silver medal, while Ontarian Kelita Zupancic (Under 70kg) deli...