All remaining divisions, U14 and older have been posted with match numbers.
There were no entries for the team competition.
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.
Our BC Open Judo Tournament is only 3 weeks away. The tournament technical package and online registration is at http://www.trackiereg.com/2018BCOpen.
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.
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
The VJC Parents’ Association has fresh-pressed local apple juice available for purchase again at the hall. Support our judoka and buy 5L for $15.
With the regional team workout behind us (much better attended than our October Session), note the following dates as we wind-down December:
The PDF version of the calendar posted in the club is at vernonjudo.ca, under Events and to the lower right if viewing on a computer or tablet and at the bottom if on a smartphone.
Finally, a big congratulations to all those who attended the Burnaby tournament (Avery, Carson, Kiyoshi, Mnason, Nadine, Teigan and Thaddeus). We were impressed with everyone’s efforts and determination over a long day. Four of the seven also took home medals: Kiyoshi and Carson got first in their divisions, Nadine second and Teigan third). George, Dean and Brian were able to coach and Donna, Sydney and Aubrey refereed (where I think it was a first-time experience for the last two with the judocare system). See full shiai results at judobc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017-Canada-West-Invitational-Results.pdf
Congratulations to all four of our BC Winter Games candidates who all placed first in their division at the zone 2 trials (*or are the alternate for their division): Teigan Bixby, Nadine Bondt, Kiyoshi Comley and Emma Houston*.