Message from the Executive


Press Release – Thursday, August 17, 2017


Judo Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of the new Junior Development Coach of Judo Ontario, Leandro da Cunha.

Leandro has arrived in Canada from Brazil, where he was teaching judo to soldiers and officers in the Brazilian Army, and running clinics, seminars and judo tournaments in military schools across Brazil. He also developed training plans and programs at his own judo school where he worked with a broad range of athletes of different ages and skill levels, from recreational to high performance.

Leandro is a former two time World Championships silver medalist and London 2012 Olympian representing Brazil.  He has over 50 international titles to his name.

“The addition of Leandro to the Judo Ontario team will have a huge impact on the long term development of judo in the province.” says Aartje Sheffield, President of Judo Ontario. 

Leandro has already begun to work actively with Ontario’s young judoka, and is looking forward to meeting Judo Ontario’s athletes and dojoshus.