Results: North Island Judo Championships. 2-3 September 2018.

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Held at Kapiti College in Paraparaumu, this year’s North Islands were kicked off in style for the Academy with the promotion of Dougal McLellan and Qona Christie to Shodan. The kata exam was held at the beginning of the first day of competition.

The Team: Hugo Dewar, Sparkles MacDiarmid, Al Rivett, Qona Christie, Jack Polly, Sarah Tench, Oscar Quin, Jay Blair, Dean Banks, Roberta Griffiths, Francesca Sigal, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, James Stockwell Williams, Aurie Tzeng, Lucinda Griffiths, Isla Morrison

Gold: Jay (2 – 1 uncontested), Oscar (3), Aurie (2) Qona (2), Sarah (Uncontested), Isla (Uncontested), Lucinda (2)
Silver: Jay, Dean (2),
Bronze: Hugo (2), Sparkles, Al, Sean (2), Kieran, Francesca, Roberta

Isla was moved up a weight class and had more than once fight where she fought her way to Golden Score. Sarah was back into competition after a long lay off and keen to get as much mat time as possible. Several of our people got multiple gold medals.


Rick Littlewood

Rick Littlewood: Tribute

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Garrick Lenin (Rick) Littlewood, Kodokan 8th Dan passed away suddenly on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at the age of 77.
Rick was one of New Zealand Judo’s colourful characters. He was New Zealand’s first Judo Olympian in 1972 and the first New Zealander to survive the Japanese University system.
In Japan, he trained under Ebii Goichi and Kimura Mitsuro of Doshisha University in Kyoto. These two famous Sensei were graduates of the Budo Senmon Gakko and acknowledged experts in Kosen Judo. Rick’s skill in newaza was famous both in New Zealand and in Japan.
Rick was many times New Zealand champion, won Oceania titles, and was a regular at the Kodansha Shiai in Tokyo where he received awards for his technical skill.
As coach of Judokwai and University of Auckland judo clubs he produced many great competitors over the years. His motto which is shared by the Auckland University Judo Club: There is no learning without pain.
Rick was a great friend of our Sensei, Patrick Toner, and they shared many escapades, both on and off the mat together. In recent years, Rick ran several very popular seminars at the Academy and has proven supportive of the development of many of our judoka. His first act whenever he landed in Wellington was to head around to Patrick’s house and go to breakfast/ lunch/ a drink/ dinner with him.
Rick’s funeral in Auckland was attended by hundreds of people. This event was a veritable who’s who of New Zealand Judo.
The Academy gives its condolences to his wife, Yumiko Littlewood, and his daughters Hikari, Lisa and Jun and their families.
Garrick Littlewood’s passing marks the end of an era for New Zealand Judo.
The loss of such a man makes the judo world poorer, and the world at large that much less interesting.
The Academy joins the Judo community and your family in mourning you, Rick.


Term 3 Start Dates.

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Junior Judo starts back this Saturday, 21 July.
Peewee Judo starts back this Tuesday, 24 July.

We look forward to seeing you back on the mat.

Obituary: Des Tarring. 7 Dan.

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ABOVE: (L-R) Des Tarring, Yasuhiro Yamashita, Patrick Toner.

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Des Tarring, 7 Dan.

Des was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Judo Federation in 1956, having arrived in New Zealand as a migrant after being demobbed from the Royal Marine Corps at the same time as many other European sons.

He is remembered by every generation of New Zealand Judo since for his contribution both on and off the mat which was recognised in his Life Membership of the Federation.

His training methods have been described as simple and traditional, withstanding the test of time.

Always a gentleman, Des was happy to give his time to any number of younger judoka from around both the Wellington Area and New Zealand at his base at Koizumi Kwai in Petone.

The passing of Des Tarring marks the end of an era in Wellington and New Zealand Judo. One of the last few links with the origins of the Federation is now gone, and we have all lost a mentor, father figure and friend.

Our condolences to his family, and the Koizumi Kwai which he loved and was loved by so dearly.

Requiescat in pace.

Results: Secondary Schools Competition. Tauranga. 9 July 2018.

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The Team: Dean Banks, Roberta Griffiths, Caitlin McGirr, Ethan Campbell-Smith, Emily Hill

The Haul:

Silver: Dean Banks, Emily Hill
Bronze: Roberta Griffiths

The team thoroughly enjoyed their competition (injury notwithstanding) and are looking forward to the next challenge.

The competition was held in conjunction with the Tauranga Fun Day, which meant it was run entirely on one mat, leading to a 6pm finish.

End of Term 2/ Start of Term 3

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Last Peewee class of Term 2 – Tuesday 3 July.
Last Junior class of Term 2 – Thursday 5 July.
First Junior class of Term 3 – Saturday 21 July.
First Peewee class of Term 3 – Tuesday 24 July.
Senior classes continue as normal.

Budokan Chocolate Fish Competition – Sun 20 June 2018.

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Information regarding the Budokan Chocolate Fish Competition has been a bit lacking.
We have been assured that it is going ahead.
Where: Budokan Judo Club. 8 Oxford Tce.
This is behind the BP station on Adelaide Road (Southbound Lane
heading away from the Basin.)
When: 10am – 12noon.
Who: Registered members under 14 years, White to Orange Belt.

Results: Waikato BOP Open 2018.

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Alex Rivett was our only representative at the Waikato BOP open this year.

In the Junior Men’s Division he won Bronze medals in both the -81kg and Open Weight Classes and Gold in the Senior Men’s -81kg class.

Weekend Exclusion: 26 -27 May 2018.

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26-27 May is the Riai Aikido High Grades Retreat, taking place at the dojo.

The Junior Judo Class is cancelled for Saturday 26 May.

The Senior Class has arranged to visit Masterton Judo and Jujitsu Academy on Saturday. There will be 2 sessions running.

1. 10am-12noon. Technical Session.

2. 1pm-3pm. Randori Session.

MJJA is located at 149 Queen Street, Masterton.

Please let Cameron know if you need transport and he will arrange something.

kids Judo

Results: Canterbury Open. 19-20 May 2018.

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Our sole competitor at this year’s Canterbury Champs contested the Cadet Men and Young Men’s -81 kg divisions, unfortunately not placing in either.

Sam did succeed in placing 3rd in the Cadet Men’s Open Weight. Well done to Sam on his efforts over the weekend.