Based in Scarborough and in partnership with Judo Canada, Judo Ontario operates one of Canada's Regional Training Centres. The RTC program provides a centralized world class training environment in Ontario for aspiring full-time U16 to U21 athletes who wish to transition onto the international competitive circuit and to the National Training Centre in Montreal.
This program is open for application to all judoka from all provinces across Canada.

The RTC program provides opportunity for the greater volume of training needed to succeed at the higher levels of competitive judo. Athletes will have access to international level coaching, technical/tactical skills, individualized strength & conditioning, goal setting and further support services through the Canadian Institute of Sport.

Regional Training Centre Ontario - Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

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Benefits of the RTC / High Performance Program

The RTC program helps to bridge the gap between club training and the eventual transition to the National Training Centre and is an important step along the Judo Canada performance pathway for those wanting to pursue athletic excellence.

• World class technical and tactical judo training 5 days per week.
• Individualized strength and conditioning program.
• Individual performance and competition plans.
• Accessibility to multiple secondary and higher education establishments.
• Access to mental performance, nutrition and medical support
• Subsidized costs for National & International event travel



History of RTC / High Performance Program

Since its establishment in 2012, the Judo Ontario RTC program has consistently improved year on year, with its program delivery, facility access and major championship results. The RTC Ontario program has a history of working with and producing some of Ontario's best athletes before their successful transition to the National training Centre in Montreal.
The RTC program has included athletes like; Jessica Klimkait, Shady El Nahas, Kelita Stevens (Zupancic), Bradley Langlois, Mohab El Nahas, Benjamin Kendrick, Keagan Young and Amr Abd Elrehim.
During its history, athletes have won multiple major championship medals and numerous international tournament medals, including the IJF Tour. The RTC program will continue to fully support & develop the next generation of athletes.



Judo Ontario Coaching Staff

Regional Training Centre Coach: James Millar 4th Dan
James is a 2-time Olympic alternate (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), Multiple-time IJF tour medalist and a former IJF world no.9. He has operated as Judo Canada's RTC Ontario coach since 2017, following his retirement from the GB National Team.

High Performance Coach: An Jeonghwan 4th Dan
An is a former IJF world championship medalist and Olympic alternate (London 2012). He is also a multiple time IJF tour medalist and joins Judo Ontario after consecutive roles as national team coach for both Korea and Spain.


For more information on the Regional Training Centre, email: james.millar@judoontario.ca 
For Regional Training Centre program application form click link below. 


(please note application does not guarantee admission)

When should I apply or relocate to Judo Canada / Judo Ontario RTC?

Athletes in grade ten to twelve or first year university will see the greatest benefit from training at the Judo Canada / Judo Ontario RTC.

Where will i live while training at Judo Canada / Judo Ontario RTC

Ontario athletes can maintain their current residence while training at Ontario RTC Out of province athletes - Judo Ontario is currently working on multiple options for billeting / host families to help accomodate individual needs. For those attending University, there are options for campus accomodations.

What school(s) can i attend?

There are a number of secondary schools in the surrounding area of the RTC and several secondary schools that support High performance within a short distance from the RTC. There are a number of reputable higher education establishments in the Greater Toronto Area with several campuses within a short distance from the RTC.

Do I have to be a member of Judo Ontario if I am an out of province athlete?

It is recommended that out of province athletes remain members of their provincial associations. Athletes do not have to be a member of Judo Ontario to be able to access the Judo Canada / Judo Ontario RTC. Athletes will have to be members in good standing with their provincial associations & Judo Canada.

What happens if i am unable to attend trainings due to a scheduling conflict?

If athletes are unable to make certain training sessions due to scheduling / school conflicts then these absences need to be communicated at least 48 hours in advance to the provincial coaching staff by emailing james.millar@judoontario.ca It is the responsibility of each athlete to ensure their attendance and their individual progression, while respecting the overall neccessity to develop and prioritize the team training culture needed to succeed at International Level. If athletes are consistently absent or unable to make the commitment to follow the training program then perhaps the RTC Ontario program is not for them. Their attendance will be reviewed and athlete deselection will be made if deemed inadequte. Athletes would then be directed to return to their club to pursue their own competitive or recreational training schedule.