Wellington Junior Blue and White #2 11/11/2018

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This was an enjoyable event with representation from most Wellington Clubs including Budokan, Wainuiomata, Koizumi Kwai, Upper Hutt and Kapiti. The Blue and White was temporarily halted for a moment’s silence at 11am in remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

Our team was highly successful and won first place in 15 of the 17 divisions contested on the day.

First Place: Kaija Jaugilas, Blake Shepherd, James Stockwell Williams, Kalyan Hira, Tarek Gilmour, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Aurie Tzeng, Caitlin McGirr, Francesca Sigal, Roberta Griffiths, Alexis Tzeng, Isla Morrison, Lucinda Griffiths(2)
Second Place: Arden Grove, Miles Vincent, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Francesca Sigal, Maisie Morrsion, Peri Shaw,
Hayley Shaw
Third Place: Moses Buda, Blake Shepherd, Zacharie Girard, Tom McKinnon, Aurie Tzeng, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Caitlin McGirr, Hayley Shaw, Yasmeen Parbhu, Isla Morrison

We are now looking forward to the end of year Chocolate Fish Competition at Upper Hutt City Judo Club on 9 December.

Kids Judo

Oceania Open Success – 17/11/2018.

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The Academy’s own Qona Venus Christie has brought home gold in her final competition for 2018 with a Gold Medal win at the Oceania Open in Perth.

Qona overcame her Australian opponent after a grueling final to take the Gold in the Junior Women’s Under 57kg Class.

This has crowned a highly successful year in which she won Gold at Wellington, Auckland International, North Island, National and OJU Champs prior to this final event. She also attained her Shodan grade and was awarded the title of New Zealand Judoka of the Year for 2018.

Hukutsu no Seishin
Never, ever give up


Parking at the Dojo.

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We have had a polite request from the management of Spotlight.

They have asked our members to refrain from using their car park during business hours. Recently it has become difficult for their customers to find a park, especially on weekends.

There are people patronising other businesses at the Animates Building who are also using Spotlight car parks, but it is fairly obvious when kids in white pyjamas get out of a car where they are heading.

I have told Spotlight I will pass on the message in the interest of being neighborly.



Results: 2018 National Championships. 27-28 October 2018. Christchurch.

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The Team: Hugo Dewar, Sparkles MacDiarmid, Al RIvett, Qona Christie, Oscar Quin, Sam Power, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Aurie Tzeng, Caitlin McGirr, Isla Morrison

The Haul-
Gold: Qona Christie, Isla Morrison, Aurie Tzeng
Silver: Qona Christie, Hugo Dewar, Al Rivett, Oscar Quin, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Caitlin McGirr
Bronze: Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Sam Power

Our campaign got off to a good start with Sparkles grading successfully to Nidan with Qona as uke.

Sam fought well in his junior men’s division the face of strong competition. He was successful on Sunday winning Bronze in cadets.

Oscy beat a brown belt on his way to the final where won silver.

Al’s absence from training due to his training for his new job didn’t seem to be too much of a hindrance in his way to a silver finish – his best result this year.

Isla’s first Nationals, in the Junior Girls division resulted in her winning gold.

Aurie “The Punishmentator” Tzeng, repeated his North Island performance, winning his Junior Boys division final in less than 20 seconds before winning the openweight final against Sean. An oft repeated combination in the final.

Caitlin stood out on the podium in her division, being the only yellow belt where the others were green belt.

Every member of the team bar Sparkles (toting his Nidan certificate) winning medals along with 9 in finals would make this one of our most successful Nationals ever.

The crowning achievement for the competition was Qona being selected as Judo New Zealand’s Judoka of the year for 2018, with an award of $1000 as part of this.

Hukutsu no seishin
Never, ever give up

Academy Tees are back!!!

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After a considerable period of absence, we bring you the new Wellington Judo Academy Tee Shirts.
Available in Black or Red, these sport the new logo courtesy of Walter Moala, graphic designer extraordinaire, on the front and the club motto in English and Japanese on the back.
Sizes run from Kids, Size 2 – 14 and Adult Size S – 7XL.
Cost is $30 each.
Please email or text Cameron if you want to make an order. He will give you an order number to put on your bank deposit.

Lost Tablet

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Somebody left a tablet at the dojo just before the end of the school term. Please contact us on the info interface on the homepage if you think it is yours.

Results: Wellington Closed Champs 2018.

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Held once again at Wellington East Girls College on Sunday 30 September,

The Team: Sergey Arykov, Malcolm Wilson, Oscar Quin, Cameron Clarke, Jack Polly, Sparkles MacDiarmid, Maxim Zhilkin, Sam Power, Jay Blair, Ethan Campbell-Smith, Hugo Dewar, Isla Morrison, Maisie Morrison, Roberta Griffiths, Lucinda Griffiths, Francesca Sigal, Caitlin McGirr, Ruby McKenzie, Peri Shaw, Hayley Shaw, Alexis Tzeng, Qona Christie, Sarah Tench, Aeryn Tench, Jaxon Vincent, Maxym Arykov, Arturo Neale, Niko Neale, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Sean Masuda-Morgan, Aurie Tzeng, Moses Buda, Nico Buda, Hayley Shaw, Peri Shaw, Adam Byrne, Tom McKinnon, Camille Girard, Tarek Gilmour, Kaija Jaugilas, Josh Pomfret, Miles Vincent

The Haul:

Gold: Sergey A, Hudo D (2), Cameron C, Maxim Z (2), Oscar Q (2), Josh P, Tom Mc, Camille, G, Aurie T (2), Nico Buda, Qona C (3), Caitlin Mc, Francesca S,
Roberta G, Alexis T, Isla M, Lucinda G (2)
Silver: Malcolm W, Maxim Z (2), Cameron C, Jay B (2), Sam P (2), Kaija J, Adam B, Tarek G, Sean Masuda-Morgan (2), Jaxon Vincent, Caitlin Mc, Peri S, Ruby Mc, Hayley S
Bronze: Jack P, Sparkles, Sam P, Ethan C-S, Niko N, Arturo N, Kieran Masuda-Morgan, Francesca S, Isla M, Alexis T

Some noteworthy events:

Several of our newcomers to competition taking medals, including Tarek and Kaija beating orange belts from other clubs.

Alexis getting a 2 second ippon in one fight.

Nico B and Jaxon having a 9 and a half minute fight after going into extra time.

Sparkles struggling manfully on in his division against the mystery illness which laid him low the morning of the competition.

End of Term 3/ Beginning of Term 4.

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Junior Judo.

The last practice of Term 3 is Saturday 29 September.
The first practice of Term 4 is Saturday 13 October.

Peewee Judo.

The first practice of Term 4 is Tuesday 16 October.

Senior Judo.

Classes continue as normal.