Perfect Score for Portuondo Isasi at Judo Pan Am Open

Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi was Canada’s best judoka on Sunday at the Pan American Open in Montevido, Uruguay, during which she won the bronze medal in the under 78 kg category.

The 19-year-old athlete stepped on the podium during each of her six competitions in 2015. She had also won a silver medal last week during the Pan American Open in Santiago, Chile, and a bronze medal during the African Open in Tunis, Tunisia, in January.

Étienne Briand Wins Bronze at Judo Pan American Open

Étienne Briand won the bronze medal in the under 73 kg category on Saturday during the judo Pan American Open in Montevideo, Uruguay. During his last bout, the athlete from Sept-Îles won by ippon against the Finn Eetu Laamanen.

On his way to the podium, Briand has defeated the American Alexander Turner and his Canadian teammate David Ancor before losing against the Brazilian Eduardo Barbosa, who ended up winning the gold medal.

Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi Finishes 2nd at Judo Pan Am Open

Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi won the silver medal on Sunday in the under 78 kg category during the Judo Pan American Open in Santiago, Chile.

Her medal adds to the ones won by Stéphanie Tremblay and Ecaterina Guica on Saturday. Tremblay won silver in the under 63 kg category, while Guica won bronze with the under 52 kg.

Chile’s Capital is Good for Tremblay, Guica

Quebecker judoka Stéphanie Tremblay won the silver medal during the Pan American Open in Santiago on Saturday. Chile was also good to Ecaterina Guica, who won one of the two bronze medals in the under 52 kg category.

Tremblay lost the finale in the under 63 kg category against the Mexican Andrea Gutierrez. “I had a good fight during the finale bout against the Mexican. 8 seconds before the end, there were no points on the score board and I wanted to put some pressure because I thought she deserved a penalty for the last sequence. By putting more pressure, I stepped too close and she attacked. The yuko given by the judges when there was 0 second left was pretty questionable” said Tremblay.

Solid Outing by Canadian Contingent at Para-Judo World Cup

The Ontarian Priscilla Gagne climbed to the third step of the podium in the under 52 kg class, Sunday, at the Para-Judo World Cup presented in Eger, Hungary.

Quebec-resident Justin Karn also performed well at this weekend’s competition, which was a qualifier for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Canadian came away with a 5th place classification in the under 60 kg division on Friday.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015 Day 3 Recap & Photos

The Düsseldorf Grand Prix 2015, produced a stirring conclusion for this first event of the IJF World Judo Tour 2015. Today the heavyweights went toe-to-toe at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle. The public saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals of the event in Germany. Next stop will be next month in Tbilisi, Georgia, from March 20-22.

Kelita Zupancic Wins Bronze at Judo Grand Prix in Dusseldorf

The Ontarian Kelita Zupancic walked away with a 3rd place finish, Saturday, at the Düsseldorf Grand Prix of Judo, presented in Germany. Quebecer Antoine Valois-Fortier also performed well, narrowly missing the podium with a 5th place classification.

Zupancic, who currently sits 4th in the world standings at -70 kg, began her day with victories over the American Samantha Bleier (95th) by an ippon, and the 23rd rated Chinese Chen Fei by a waza-ari.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Düsseldorf Judo Grand Prix 2015 in Germany continued with the focus on the middleweights on Saturday at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle on day two. The public and officials saw four weight categories take to the tatami in search of Grand Prix honours as the women’s -63kg and -70kg categories and men’s -73kg and -81kg categories were contested.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015 Day 1 Recap & Photos

Today was the first day of competition of the first event of the 2015 edition of the World Judo Tour, which this year starts in Düsseldorf, Germany and will continue over the next two days. Five weight categories were in action in the Mitsubishi Electric Halle: women’s -48kg, -52kg, -57kg and men’s -60kg and -66kg.

Mr. Vladimir Barta, the IJF Head Sports Director, said: “We can feel that everybody is already on their way to Rio 2016. The pressure is getting stronger and the level of every judoka is increasing. The federations are all taking the challenge very seriously. We had several surprises today like the world number one and world champion, GANBAT Boldbaatar (MGL), being defeated by a young Spanish athlete, Francisco GARRIGOS (ESP), Junior World Champion though. We can also enjoy a very good German organization.”

Short Outing for Canadian Judokas at Dusseldorf Grand Prix

It was a day to forget for the two Canadian judokas in action on Friday, both crashing out early at the Düsseldorf Grand Prix presented in Germany.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Saint-Hubert, Québec, was in action in the under 57 kg class. She was eliminated in her opening bout, falling to the Chinese Zhou Ying by an ippon.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2015 Full Preview

If Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is an international business and financial centre renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, this weekend, the city will also become the World Judo Capital as the first event of the 2015 World Judo Tour will be held in the Mitsubishi Elecric Halle from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd. Today, the official draw and press conference took place at the Nikko Hotel in the presence of the 75 heads of delegations, representing the 547 athletes (327 men – 220 women) engaged in the tournament.

Zupancic Wins Silver at Judo European Open in Oberwart

Canadian judoka Kelita Zupancic came away with a silver medal on Sunday, at the European Open of Oberwart, presented in Austria. Her only loss of the day came in the grand finale against the Austrian Bernadette Graf.

“I wasn’t in great shape today,” mentioned the Canadian judoka, who’s been battling through an injury for the past two weeks. “On top of that, I had an allergic reaction to my energy drinks and I wasn’t feel very good at all.”

Beauchemin-Pinard Wins Bronze Medal at Judo European Open

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (-57 kg) showed well in her first competition of the year, walking away with a 3rd place finish at the European Open of Oberwart, presented in Austria.

The Saint-Hubert native had to qualify through the repechage for her bronze medal match, where she took on the Italian Martina Lo Giudice. The latter took two penalties in the bout, which eventually came back to haunt her.

IMMAF Shocked by EJU’s Threat to Euro Judo Championships

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is deeply disappointed to learn that the European Judo Union (EJU) has threatened to cancel the European Judo Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on account of UFC sponsorship of the event.

This follows the recent announcement from the world leading MMA organisation of a sponsorship deal that was to include promotion of the judo event to millions of MMA fans worldwide. The British Judo Association (BJA) is set to host the championships in just eight weeks’ time, from 9th – 11th April at the Emirates Arena. However, the EJU has written to the BJA threatening to cancel the event. The EJU has not stated whether it intends to host the championships elsewhere.

UFC Forced to Withdraw Support to European Judo Championship

UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, is disappointed and saddened to announce its withdrawal of support to the European Judo Championships, following a threat from the European Judo Union (EJU) to cancel the event if UFC was to remain involved.

Ecatarina Guica 7th at Judo Sofia Euro Cup in Bulgaria

It was a tough day for the Canadian judokas at the Sofia European Cup, Saturday, presented in Bulgaria. Ecatarina Guica came away with the best Canadian result, a 7th place finish.

“The competition was tougher than we had expected,” coach Sasha Mehmedovic commented. “Our athletes weren’t able to find their rhythm today. Most of them will now return to Montréal and begin their preparation for the next competition.”

Klimkait Wins Gold at Judo Arlon Open in Belgium

Jessica Klimkait, who won the gold medal on Saturday in the under 57 kg junior category, won once again on Sunday, this time in the senior category, during the Arlon Open in Belgium.

The Ontarian judoka won her two bouts in the prelims, then won again against the French Amelie Guihur and Treicy Etiennar, and the British Theresa Stoll. In the finale, she defeated Aurella Issoumaila, also from France.

Jessica Klimkait Dominates at Judo Arlon Open in Belgium

Ontarian judoka Jessica Klimkait concluded her excellent run in the under 57 kg class with a gold medal triumph, Saturday, at the under-21 competition of the Arlon Open in Belgium.

After reeling off three straight victories in the preliminary round, Klimkait reached the grand finale by defeating the Brit Jodie Caller, the Israeli Adi Grossman and the Frenchwoman Nina Rottger. In the gold medal match, the Canadian got the better of the Brit Bekky Livesey.

Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi 3rd at Judo African Open in Tunis

Quebecoise judoka Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi finished third in the under 78 kg category on Sunday during the African Open in Tunis, Tunisia.

The Montrealer started her day off by winning by ippon against the Italian Chiara Meucci and the Gabonese Sarah Myriam Mazouz, former member of the Canadian national team.

Étienne Briand Finishes 3rd at Judo African Open in Tunis

Quebecois judoka Étienne Briand came away with a bronze medal in the under 73 kg class, Saturday, at the African Open presented in Tunis, Tunisia.

“It was a good day and I’m happy with the result. Many Europeans made the trip so the competition was at a pretty decent level,” pointed out Briand, who made his way on to the podium thanks to a victory over the Italian Marco Maddaloni.

Judo President Vizer to Guide the Future of Slovenian NOC

On 17 December 2014, Mr. Bogdan Gabrovec was elected as the new President of the Slovenian Olympic Committee (OKS). Mr. Gabrovec who was already the vice-President of the OKS is also a well known personage of the Judo World as he has been the Slovenian Judo Federation President for many years.

Canadian Kyle Reyes Places 7th at Judo Grand Slam in Tokyo

The Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes came away with a 7th place classification in the under 100 kg class, Sunday, on the last day of competition at the Tokyo Grand Slam in Japan. Also in action, Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi was eliminated in her opening bout in the under 78 kg category.

“Kyle put together some strong fights,” national coach Jeremy Le Bris affirmed.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tokyo 2014 Day 3 Recap & Photos

Today was the last day of the Judo Grand Slam, Tokyo 2014, but it was also the very last day of competition of the 2014 edition of the World Judo Tour. After 5 Grand Slams, 11 Grand Prix and successful world Championships in Chelyabinsk, the five last categories put a perfect and extraordinary conclusion to a season full of excitement and beautiful judo. Since the Judo Grand Prix in Havana, all IJF World Judo Tour events have been counting for the Olympic Qualification as it was once again the case in Tokyo this weekend. Time has come for athletes and official to take a break until next IJF event, which will be held in February in Düsseldorf. Next year, the Judo Grand Slam of Paris will take place in October, before coming back to its traditional position within the calendar, at the beginning of February 2016.

Zupancic Comes Away with Bronze at Judo Tokyo Grand Slam

Ontarian judoka Kelita Zupancic climbed to the third step of the podium, Saturday, at the Tokyo Grand Slam presented in Japan.

“It was really great to win my first ever medal at a Tokyo Grand Slam today,” the 24-year-old athlete affirmed.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tokyo 2014 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The second day of competition came to an end at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and four new Grand Slam winners were designated in the women’s -63kg and -70kg and men’s -73kg and -81kg. In the preliminary rounds, many surprises occurred as being a favorite in Tokyo does not necessarily mean to finish on the podium. Thus, several world and Olympic champions or medallists were defeated even before the final block, showing that this year’s edition of the Grand Slam is particularly uncertain in terms of results.

Quick Exit for Canadian Judokas at Grand Slam in Tokyo

The Canadian contingent got off to a tough start, Friday, on day 1 of the Tokyo Grand Slam presented in Japan. Only Saguenay-native Stéfanie Tremblay was able to come away with a victory on the day.

“It was a difficult start, overall,” national team coach Jeremy Le Bris explained. “Our judokas were handed some tough draws, and we weren’t able to overcome that challenge.”

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tokyo 2014 Day 1 Recap & Photos

For this first day of competition, the level of the Judo Grand Slam, Tokyo 2014, already reached a very high level as several world and Olympic Champions were in action in today’s five weight categories: women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg an men’s -60kg and -66kg. Throughout the day, being a favorite didn’t prove to guarantee a place on the top of the podium and sometimes not even on the podium, as several top athletes were eliminated early during the preliminary rounds.

IJF Judo Grand Slam Tokyo 2014 Full Preview

After a gruelling year on the IJF World Judo Tour composed of already four Grand Slams (Paris, Baku, Tyumen and Abu Dhabi), 11 Grand Prix (Düsseldorf, Tbilisi, Samsun, Havana, Budapest, Ulaanbaatar, Zagreb, Astana, Tashkent, Qingdao and Jeju) and the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the finest judoka in the world will have one last outing this weekend in Japan as the Tokyo Grand Slam brings the years to a close.

The Tokyo Grand Slam takes place from 5-7 December at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and fans can watch all the action live at www.ippon.tv (according the TV rights policy in each country).

Reyes, Isasi Come Away from Jeju Judo GP Wanting More

Canadian judokas Kyle Reyes (- 100 kg) and Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi (- 78 kg) took home 5th and 7th place classifications, Saturday, on the final day of competition at the Jeju Grand Prix presented in South Korea.

Reyes, who currently resides in Japan, got his day off to a good start with a win by ippon against the South Korean Yoonchul Lee. The Ontarian then went on to lose his next bout, falling to the 11th ranked Mongol, Tuvshinbayar Naidan, by a yuko.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Jeju 2014 Day 3 Recap & Photos

The Judo Grand Prix, Jeju 2014, produced a gripping third and final day as the heavyweights battled it out at the Jeju Halla Sport Complex on Saturday.

The Korean faithful saw the women’s -78kg and +78kg categories and the men’s -90kg, -100kg and +100kg categories compete for the remaining five gold medals.

Monika Burgess Finishes 5th at Judo GP in South Korea

Canadian judoka Monika Burgess came away with a 5th place classification in the under 70 kg class, Friday, at the Jeju Grand Prix presented in South Korea.

“It was a good day for Monika. There’s a lot to look forward to for her,” women’s national team coach Jeremy Le Bris explained.

IJF Judo Grand Prix Jeju 2014 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The final Grand Prix of 2014, Jeju 2014, produced a blistering second day as the top seeds shone at the Jeju Halla Sports Complex on Friday.

Home interest was largely on Olympic champion KIM Jae-Bum, Olympic silver medallist and double world champion WANG Ki-Chun and Junior world champion AN Changrim.