Three Out of Three for Canadian Judokas in Taipei

The long trip to Taiwan has proven to be most fruitful for Canadian judokas Stéfanie Tremblay, Sergio Pessoa and David Ancor: Tremblay got her hands on a gold medal, while her teammates came away with a silver medal each at the Asian Open in Taipei.

Valois-Fortier, Zupancic Make Podium at Tyumen Grand Slam

Antoine Valois-Fortier snatched the Under 81kg silver medal, whereas Kelita Zupancic grabbed third place in the Under 70kg class today at the Tyumen judo Grand Slam, in Russia.

“I’ve had a good day, better than in Mongolia two weeks ago,” said Valois-Fortier. “I’m a bit disappointed that I lost in the final, but it’s still a very good sign for the World Championships five weeks from now.”

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Tyumen Grand Slam 2015 concluded on Sunday with a pulse-pounding finale at the Tyumen Athletic Centre.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the remaining seven categories as the full judo programme delighted the home audience who have embraced their annual Grand Slam with their traditional enthusiasm and patriotism.

The women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78g categories and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories were all contested as 153 judoka stepped into the arena in Tyumen with the upcoming World Championships at the forefront of their minds.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard Gets Judo Bronze in Russia

Just days after winning silver at the Pan-Ams, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard climbed the third step of the podium this Saturday at the judo Grand Slam in Tyumen, Russia.

In the fight for one of the bronze medals, the Saint-Hubert athlete defeated Italian Giulia Quintavalle by ippon after immobilizing her on the ground.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

The second IJF Grand Slam of the season started on Saturday with a sensational judo spectacle at the sold out Tyumen Athletic Centre in Siberia.

The two-day centrepiece of Russian Judo has welcomed 312 judoka from 53 nations who are all looking to strengthen their case for world honours next month in Astana, Kazakhstan.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tyumen, Russia 2015 Full Preview

Russia’s premier judo competition, the Tyumen Grand Slam, has become the focal point of the sport this week as the world’s elite judoka prepare for the final IJF competition before August’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The second edition of the Tyumen Grand Slam will illuminate the Siberian region from 18-19 July at the Tyumen Athletic Centre as judoka bid to make one last push towards the last World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Deschênes Vice-Champ, Roberge Gets Judo Bronze in Toronto

The sport of judo added two more medals to Canada’s medal haul on Tuesday night, at the end of the last day of judo competitions at the Toronto Pan-Ams. Marc Deschênes snatched the silver medal, and Catherine Roberge came away with the bronze.

In the Under 100kg final, Marc Deschênes, 49th in the world, bowed out to Brazil’s Luciano Correa, 14th. “The silver medal is a positive outcome, although I would have loved to get the gold,” said the Quebec judoka.

Kelita Zupancic Crowned Judo Champion at Pan Am Games

For the first time since the beginning of the judo competitions at the Toronto Pan-American Games, the Canadian anthem could be heard during the podium ceremony on Monday night, at the Mississauga Sports Centre, and it was all thanks to Kelita Zupancic, gold medallist in the Under 70kg class. Stéfanie Tremblay also contributed to the medal haul and climbed onto the second step of the podium.

The final match pitted Zupancic, 5th in the world, against Cuban Onix Cortes Aldama, ranked 25th in the world. The Canadian athlete managed to pin her opponent to the ground, immobilize her, and score an ippon in the last minute of the match. “I did good ground work, with quick transitions. Everything seems like it’s coming together, it feels so good!,” rejoiced Zupancic, who appreciated the support from the crowd at the Mississauga Sports Centre. “It helped me keep my momentum.”

Three Canadian Judo Medals on the Pan-Am Tatami

Canadian judokas Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Antoine Bouchard climbed onto the second step of the podium in their weight classes, whereas Arthur Margelidon snatched the bronze on Sunday night, at the Toronto Pan-American Games.

Beauchemin-Pinard, ranked 11th in the world, was up against American Marti Malloy in the Under 57kg final. Malloy, 6th in the world, won the final match with a yuko.

Ecaterina Guica, Pan-American Judo Vice-Champion

On Saturday evening, Quebec judoka Ecaterina Guica won Canada’s first medal for tatami sports at the Pan-American Games in Toronto, the Under 52kg silver.

Guica had gone undefeated in the competition until she was stopped on her tracks by Brazil’s Erika Miranda. In the final match, the Brazilian, 3rd in the world, threw Guica and scored an ippon in a mere 26 seconds.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015 Day 3 Recap & Photos

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, concluded on Sunday at the atmospheric Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

Mongolia’s premier competition has took pride of place in Ulaanbaatar since the first edition in 2013 and is rapidly developing as the athletes and spectators return every year with increased vigour.

Antoine Valois-Fortier Wins Gold at Grand Prix in Mongolia

Antoine Valois-Fortier snatched the gold medal on Saturday, at the Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix, in Mongolia.

“It wasn’t one of my best days in terms of throwing, but I’m happy I won,” said the 25-year-old after beating Hungary’s Attila Ungvari in the final match. “It’s a good sign, especially two months before the World Championships.” Ungvari, 44th in the world, was penalized twice in the bout, whereas Valois-Fortier received only one penalty.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015 produced a fascinating day two as 34 nations aimed to stop the domination of the home nation with the middleweights in action at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories as 73 judoka were in action in Ulaanbaatar with high expectations from the home crowd who witnessed their team hitting the medal trail on the opening day after a stunning haul of 11 medals including three gold.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the sixth Grand Prix of the season, started on Friday with a spectacular day of judo which was dominated by the home nation at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

The three-day event, which is the penultimate Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, opened with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg categories and the men’s -60kg and -66kg categories.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2015 Full Preview

The Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2015, the final Grand Prix before August’s World Championships, will be rich on quality and intrigue as a host of Olympic champions and rising names will be thrust into action from Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex.

Recent Judo Chairman Kerrith Brown Appointed IMMAF President

IMMAF is proud to announce Kerrith Brown as the new President of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), following election by unanimous board vote in Berlin on 20th June.

Following discussions with both the EJU and the BJA Board, Kerrith Brown resigned as Chairman of the British Judo Association due to ideological differences with the leadership of the European Judo Union and the International Judo Federation and to ensure the best interests of British Judo.

Oceania Judo Eyes Exciting Future After IJF Educational Tour

Official Launch of the Judo Educational Journey Through Oceania in Wollongong, Australia on the occasion of the National Championship.

Organised jointly by the IJF and Oceania Judo Union and IJF President Marius Vizer the latest edition of the globetrotting tour (after two editions in China and one in northern Canada previously), visited four countries and territories in Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia).

Renaud-Roy Wins Against Zupancic in El Salvador

It was Canadian against Canadian in the fight for the gold in the Under 70 kg at the Pan American Open of San Salvador, in El Salvador this Sunday, when Alix Renaud-Roy defeated Kelita Zupanzic. Three Canadians also brought home bronze medals: Zachary Burt and Louis Krieber-Gagnon in the Under 81 kg class, and Ignacio Rodriguez in the Over 100 kg class.

The match between Renaud-Roy, 38th in the world, and Zupancic, 4th, went the distance and ended when a single penalty was awarded, with 90 seconds left on the clock.

Wins for Beauchemin-Pinard, Guica, Tremblay in El Salvador

Six Canadians climbed the podium, three of whom the all the way to the highest step, at the Judo Pan American Open of San Salvador, in El Salvador.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (Under 57 kg), Ecaterina Guica (Under 52 kg) and Stéfanie Tremblay (Under 63 kg) won the gold, while Jessica Klimkait (Under 57 kg) and David Ancor (Under 73 kg) lost their final matches and finished second, and Antoine Bouchard (Under 66 kg) won his match for the bronze.

Jean-Pierre Cantin Returns to Judo Canada

Coaches at Judo Canada will welcome a new member to their ranks beginning next month as Jean-Pierre Cantin takes over the reins of the Junior and Cadet programs at Montreal’s National Training Centre.

“I always wanted to develop high performance judo in Canada, that has always been a dream for me,” confided the former Olympic athlete, who came ninth at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, and who was part-time Junior National coach from 2001-2009.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Budapest 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Budapest Grand Prix 2015 came to a fascinating conclusion on Sunday as the remaining seven categories were decided at the Papp László Sportaréna.

On day two gold medallists were crowned in the women’s -70kg, -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories as 207 judoka were in action in Budapest.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Budapest 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

The Budapest Grand Prix 2015 served up a high-octane spectacle on the opening day at the teeming Papp László Sportaréna as seven categories were contested in the Hungarian capital.

The two-day event has attracted 411 judoka from 66 nations as they once again showed their desire for Olympic qualification points at a crucial time in the Olympic cycle and the global appeal of the World Judo Tour. On the opening day in Hungary the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and -63kg categories and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all contested and the hosts’ 43-strong team were backed every step of the way by a partisan crowd of judo lovers.

Short Day for Canadian Judokas in Budapest

Canadian judokas Antoine Bouchard, Étienne Briand and Arthur Margelidon all faced early eliminations this Saturday at the Budapest Grand Prix, in Hungary.

“We could have won the fights we lost,” admitted Michel Almeida, assistant coach for the national men’s team. “They were close. There wasn’t such a big difference in level between the competitors.”

IJF Judo Grand Prix Budapest, Hungary 2015 Full Preview

The Budapest Grand Prix is all set to captivate Hungary as the capital city hosts a star-studded field including Olympic champions from Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 June.

Budapest, which is also the location of the IJF Presidential Office, will host the 2017 World Championships and the event is every bit as important for the athletes as it is for the organisers.

Briand Takes Home Bronze at Judo European Open

Quebec judoka Étienne Briand is leaving Romania with a bronze medal around his neck. He beat France’s Guillaume Chaine in the fight for the third place, at the European Open in Cluj Napoca, on Saturday.

“The day was off to a difficult start, but after repechage, things started to look up for me,” said the Sept-Îles native. “In the match for the bronze, I was up against Chaine, who I think is a great athlete, a very physical judoka. I had already lost to him this year, just after Christmas. And as always, this fight was intense from the very start. He managed to get me to take two penalties, but then he slowed down a bit. Eventually I got him to take four penalties and I won.”

No Podium Place for Antoine Valois-Fortier in Morocco

Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier came in fifth in the Under 81kg this Sunday, at the World Masters Championships in Rabat, Morocco.

With two penalties, he lost the fight for the bronze medal to Georgia’s Avtandili Tchrikishvili, world champion, who was penalized only once during the match. “I could have managed the match better,” says the Quebec native. “I should not have lost. He scored a yuko and I couldn’t bounce back.”

IJF Judo World Masters Morocco 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The second day of the World Judo Masters, Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco, featured the last seven categories as the women’s -70kg, -78kg and 78kg and men’s -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg judoka were all in action at the Palace of Sport.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard Places Fifth in Rabat, Morocco

Canadian judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard came in fifth in the Under 57kg class on Saturday, at the World Masters Tournament in Rabat, Morocco.

In the fight for the bronze, the Saint-Hubert native, ranked ninth in the world, succumbed to Nae Udaka, gold medallist in the last World Championships.

IJF Judo World Masters Morocco 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

The first day of the World Judo Masters, Mohammed VI, in Rabat, Morocco, featured the first seven categories as the women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and 63kg and men’s -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories were all in action at the Palace of Sport. With the top sixteen athletes per weight category being engaged, a show was guaranteed and the enthusiastic public was not disappointed, as round after round, the quality of judo was increasing. Broadcasted in over 150 countries, the event, which is offering 700 points to the winners, will definitely mark the beginning of a new period of development for judo worldwide.

Just one more paragraph for the intro: At the end of this first day, Mr. Vizer, the IJF President declared: “This a very good organisation and Morocco put a lot of effort to organize the World Masters. I especially want to thank His Majesty, the Kind Mohammed VI, for his great support. I also want to thank Teddy Riner, who played a key role to host the event in the country. My gratitude goes also to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Olympic Committee of Morocco and the National Judo Federation, as well as to all those who participated in that success. Having the best judo players in the world guarantees to have a very high level of judo and that is what we had all day long. Throughout the preliminary rounds and the final block, we saw a lot of scores and I hope that tomorrow it will be the same. The World Masters are being held in Africa for the first time. It will open many doors to the development of judo in the continent. It is a very good motivation for all the judo players and beyond.“

IJF World Judo Masters Morocco 2015 Full Preview

The IJF World Judo Tour has now moved on to Morocco for the invite-only World Judo Masters event which will take place from 23-24 May at the Palace of Sport in Rabat. For the very first time in history, after Suwon (KOR 2010), Baku (AZE 2011), Almaty (KAZ 2012) and Tyumen (RUS 2013) the event gathering the top sixteen athletes per weight category will be held on the African soil. Under the patronage of the King of Morocco, his Highness Mohammed VI, the World Judo Masters will offer 700 points to the winners.

Tony Walby in Quarterfinals at ISBA Judo Games in Seoul

Ontario judoka Tony Walby competed in the quarterfinals in the Under 90kg class at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Seoul, South Korea.

After benefiting from an exemption out of the first round, Walby scored two waza-aris and beat Japan’s Aramitsu Kitazono by ippon.