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 two competitors, three referees and three coaches to Steveston for the first event in the 2018 season. Nadine Bond got a bronze in her U16-44 division and a silver in U18-44. Kiyoshi Comley got bronze in U16-46—his first event as an under 16 competitor—where shimewa gets added for intermediate and advanced competitors. Sydney Grevatt both received her Provincial B refereeing accreditation and successfully demonstrated Nage no Kata in front of the provincial grading board to complete requirements for/receive her shodan first-degree black belt. We are all very proud of Sydney as these are significant achievements for a high school senior.  We are likewise proud of Donna who accepted the nomination to become the president of Judo BC at the November AGM.

The club still has space in our kids’ and adults’ classes.

Our Parents’ Association recenlty finished BC Societies Act updates and has received a new batch of fresh-pressed apple juice from Ringo En for our annual fundraiser.

We will be hosting our annual BC Open tournament at the curling rink April 5-6, 2019.

The location and date for our 75th anniversary celebration have been confirmed: the Vernon Lodge on October 5, 2019. It’s not too early to start collecting anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. Mail if you would like to take part.

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 first regional team workout was not well attended, but we did have attendees from Kelowna, Aberdeen, Lake Country, Kamloops and Vernon–more than meeting the 3-club minimum participation requirements. Athletes who attended both sessions received two session credits toward the eight required before nationals as part of their BC Team qualifications.

Note the following important dates in November:

Nov 5 Bring a friend night November 5th.
Nov 7 Meeting for 75th Anniversary Prep (7PM)
Nov 13 Monday classes moved to Tuesday (combined 7-8:30 class) for Remembrance Day stat
Nov 14 Registration deadline for Steveston Tournament (Shiai)
Nov 15 Registration for Judo BC AGM
Nov 17 Steveston Shiai/JBC AGM
Nov 18 Provincial Training/Black Belt Grading
Nov 25 Regional Team Workout (Aberdeen)

The full calendar (available under Events at has been updated.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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 the volunteers who helped at the Inter-Provincial workout. Your effort and expertise was greatly appreciated by the club and attendees. The national team coach was so impressed with things that he mentioned he’d like to retire to our area. Hosting over 250 competitive and high-level judoists was great for judo in our region.

Looks like Nadine and Sydney will compete at the Sask Open with Donna refereeing. Other events coming up include the Rainier Cup, Quebec Open and Ontario Open. Our juniors should be focusing on the upcoming Steveston Junior Tournament November 17th.

The season calendar is up at the site and will be receiving periodic updates. See the Events tab at with the calendar at the lower right if you’re on a PC or at the bottom if you’re on a smart phone.

The first pair of Regional Team workouts is in Vernon Sunday October 28th, 10-12 and 1-3. I think that Team BC hopefuls need to attend a minimum of 8 sessions–which are also posted on our calendar.

Finally, the last of our 2017/2018 season apple juice is expiring November; we will be selling off the remaining stock (there are less than 10 boxes left) and receiving another batch soon.

New Season

Classes are underway for 2018/19, with registration ongoing, and we are starting the season in a big way.

Over 250 athletes and coaches, mostly from BC and Alberta, are in town this weekend for the Judo BC Inter-Provincial Training Camp at Seaton Secondary from September 28-30. Welcome to all judoka and guest instructor, National Training Centre Coach, Olympian Alexandre Edmond!

Preliminary Draws

We have posted the preliminary draws (to be adjusted with completed division weigh-ins) at the venue.  See this link for a Listing of Divisions as they currently stand.

We are particularly impressed by the big showing of U10 and U12 competitors — it could be about noon before we can get underway with the Petit Sam event.  Calling all clubs:  any assistance you can provide with coaching for the PS group would be greatly appreciated.

Some club updates…

Brian and Aubrey had good results with the new tournament software at the BC Winter games – with an invitation to run the head table portion of the venue at the 2020 games in Fort St. John (and likely the 2022 games when Vernon is hosting).

Our youngest team member Teigan Bixby fought in the largest division and had good experience—where she hopefully will be able to participate in the 2020 games. Nadine Bondt and Kiyoshi Comley received bronze and silver medals in their respective divisions. At youth provincials, Nadine took silver for U16-40; Kiyoshi silver for U16-38, bronze for U14-38; and Sydney Grevatt gold for U18-57.

At Pacific International, Nadine was our only medalist receiving a bronze in U16-40. At Edmonton International, Kiyoshi was our sole competitor but managed bronze in U14-38 (his only loss to the gold medalist, in a decision). Sydney is working towards a tourney in England and both Nadine and Sydney are our hopefuls for the 2018 Nationals coming up in Calgary.

The club has recreational members too!  We are already looking towards membership for next season. We really want to get a 5 to 6 year olds kids’ class going and investigating options for judo in area schools.

Judo is a sport that promotes physical literacy. Unlike many other martial arts, there’s no hitting; it is truly both the “gentle way” and a serious Olympic sport/self-defense martial art. Learning to fall properly is a life skill everyone should master and a basic judo technique.

We are planning a demo at the Japanese Cultural Society Spring Festival April 21. Our tournament will be held at the curling rink, April 13-14 (Friday night kata and Saturday shiai). We are looking to add a “petit samourai” fun kids practice and a team competition this year.

Spring Break

As a reminder, classes continue during Spring Break but with a single combined class time of 7-8:30 (where younger members can bow off at 8 if required).
The Easter Monday class is moved to Tuesday April 3, with the same combined class time (7-8:30).
Regular class times resume April 5th.

High Performance Coach in the Okanagan

Judo BC Head Coach Jérémy Le Bris is coming for some practices in the Okanagan the week leading up to the BC Winter Games (NEXT WEEK). His schedule is limited to a few clubs because of the Youth Provincials just before the BC Winter Games and then the Games. Everyone is welcome to attend the closest practice or all the practices! It is a great opportunity to experience his coaching and ideas and enjoy working with the other club members. Let’s show him some Okanagan Spirit!!!

Feb 19 (Monday) Workout at Vernon Judo Club at 4895 Bella Vista Road

Beginner class: 6:30 to 7:45 pm

Advanced class: 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Feb 20 (Tuesday) Kelowna Judo Club at 710 Evans Ct. Kelowna

Advanced class: 7:15 -8:45 pm

Feb 21 (Wednesday) Kamloops Judo Club at 1080 Kenora Road, Kamloops

Advanced class: 6:30 to 8 pm