Obituary: Des Tarring. 7 Dan.

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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 at the same time as other european sons as a migrant after being demobbed from the Royal Marine Corps.

He is remembered by every generation of New Zealand Judo since for his contribution both on and off the mat which were 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.

Results: Senior Blue and White. Thursday 17 May 2018.

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Held at the Academy, this event drew support from Koizumi Kwai and Kapiti Judo Club.

Great spirit was shown by all competitors and there was great sportsmanship shown, along with a few laughs.

We hope more Wellington Area Judo Clubs will make the effort to support future competitions of this type.

1st Qona Christie
2nd Raeanne Cowell

Men -70kg
1st Daniel Lloyd
2nd Stephen Webby

Men – 90kg
1st Matthew MacDiarmid
2nd Sam Power

Men 90+
1st Will Rivett
2nd Cameron Clarke

Qona’s Raffles

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Hey Guys,

I am competing in two Junior Asian Cups in Hong Kong and Macau in July. To help fund my trip I am holding a couple of raffles 🙂 I have put together 5 different raffles with some amazing prizes including ONE NIGHT BED AND BREAKFAST AT RYDGES HOTEL as well as so many other goodies!!!

1 TICKET = $5 or 3 TICKETS = $10

Raffle #1 – For the foodie

2x $10 Crepes a go-go vouchers
Coffee Kit From L’affare
Free Meal + Coffee voucher @ Brew’d IB
$150 Community Voucher
12 Piece Chocolate Box by Bohemian Chocolates

Raffle #2 – Fitness Freak

Fuji Mae Judo Gi
Core Uniform from Zenjo Martial Arts Supplies
Nike Sport Drink Bottle
3 Months free Judo at Wellington Judo Academy

Raffle #3 – Entertainment Enthusiast

Double Movie Pass to Penthouse Cinema & Embassy Theatre
Movie Pass to Lighthouse Cinema
Movie Snack Kit
2x ‘2for1’ @ Uptown Bounce

Raffle #4 – Living Luxury

One Night Accomodation at Rydges Wellington with Breakfast in Portlander Bar & Grill

Raffle #5 – Picnic Fanatic

Picnic Hamper for two inc bottle of bubbles

Thank you so much for your support !

Any interested parties may email us on and we can forward your email to Qona.