The Vernon Judo Club meets at the Vernon Japanese Cultural Centre, 4895 Bella Vista Road.

Regular Classes run from September until the end of April (often into May for Nationals).

Contact us for summer or special programs.

2017 Nationals

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Congratulations to Avery, Brendan and Sydney on their 2017 national competitions in Calgary, where Brendan took home his third silver medal.



The VJC is located in the Western Canadian province of British Columbia, in the city of Vernon at the north end of Okanagan Lake.

The club was formed in 1944 by Mr. Y. Mori, in a time when martial arts were banned in many places and Japanese Canadians even required a special police permit to meet in groups. We’ve been practising ever since, making the VJC the longest continuously running club in Canada.

The club is run entirely by volunteers. Our parent group is a non-profit society dedicated to support our judoka.

We practice Monday and Thursday nights at the Vernon Japanese Cultural Centre, 4895 Bella Vista Road.

6:30-7:45 PM Junior/intermediate

7:45-9:15 PM Senior

Our season runs from early September to late April.

Advanced/conditioning sessions are on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 PM.  New for 2017, we are planning to run rec sessions at the same time.

Spectators are welcome at any time.



December Dates

As announced by email, we are only having a single combined class Thursday December 13 from 7-8:30. The last regional team workout in December is in Kelowna Sunday the 16th, from 10-noon. We are having our  Christmas Potluck and Promotions dinner Thursday December 20th 6:30-8PM. After the Christmas break, classes will resume on January 7th. The Vernon Judo Club sent …

November Notes

As announced Thursday, we are having a “Bring a Friend Night” Monday November 5th. Congratulations to Nadine and Sydney for their participation in the Saskatchewan Open. This is the first national event of the season and they both did well against tough competition. Nadine placed second in U16-44 and third in the U18 division. Our …

Happy Thanksgiving

Just sending out a quick Vernon Judo Club update on this holiday weekend. First, remember there are no classes Monday. For those who can attend Tuesday, we will be having a combined make-up class Tuesday 7-8:30, where younger students can leave at 8 if it makes for too late a night. Next, thanks for all …