The Uni Games
The Australian Uni games are held from the last week of September when many uni's have a break in the semester. Judo is a one day event, held on the Sunday. This event comprises a team event followed by a weighted individual competition. The men's team needs at least 3 members. If there are insufficient numbers for a team, individual competitors can still compete in the individual event. The games attract a wide range of grades and judoka from all over Australia and often include current Australian champions. Judo at the Uni games is an enjoyable event as the Uni games are also a social event
In 2015, the club sent 5 team members to the games at the Gold Coast. The guys fought really well in the individual weighted comp with Declan winning silver in the U90 whilst Yan and Chris both won bronze in the U60 and U66 divisions respectively.
In 2016, the games were held in Perth with our team securing third in the teams and Slava winning bronze individuals. Well down guys!
In 2017, the uni games will be held at the Gold Coast trialling the Commonwealth Games venues. Callum won the silver medal in the U60kg division.
In 2018, the games were contested at the Gold Coast with the ANU team performing above expectations to secure the silver medal in the teams event. The team (Callum, Colin, Nils & Fred) had some hard fights winning their matches against AU, ADFA, USYD & UNSW and losing only to the winners UQ. The team captain Callum, also won a silver medal in the Under 66 kg division of the Individuals event. A fantastic result for the team!
In 2019, we were placed 3rd behind UNSW and UQ in the teams after beating 5 other teams. In the individuals, Kurt won gold in U100kg whilst Fred was placed 3rd. Callum, the team captain won the bronze medal in the U66kg. Once again, great results for a very competative contest.
In 2020 and 2021, The games were to be staged in the Gold Coast but were cancelled due to Covid. In 2022, Judo was staged in Perth, where we entered a team of three men. In 2023, the games will return to the Gold Coast on Sunday 24 September. Unigames details for Judo can be found at //https://unisport.com.au/nationals-judo
The Canberra International Open Championships
This competition is held annually in Canberra and in 2022 will be held at the AIS Combat Centre 19-20 February. This competition attracts competitors from all over Australia, NZ and some international guests. As this is the first international competition in Australia at the start of the year, it is patronised by the top judoka in Australia seeking to progress their national rankings. The competition is based upon the standard IJF weight divisions and requirements. Competitors will need to bring both a white and blue judogi. This competition is recommended for the more experienced judoka. If you are a beginner or a recent starter, this is a great competition for you to cheer your graded club mates. Entry forms from www.judoact.org
Australian Judo Championships
These championships are to be held on the Queens Birthday weekend in June (10-13) and will be staged at the Gold Coast in 2022. If you wish to represent the ACT, you will need to gain qualification by competing at the Canberra International and two local competitions before the Nationals as well as attending 70% of ACT squad training on Saturdays (2.30-4pm) at various club locations. Note that the kyu grades and masters will be held on the Monday. The competition is based upon the standard IJF weight divisions and requirements. Competitors will need to bring both a white and blue Judogi. This competition attracts the top competitors from within Australia. The minimum grade for entry is 3rd kyu.
Local Interclub Competitions in Canberra
There are usually up to ten competitions staged locally but were curtailed last year due to COVID restrictions. These are staged at various locations in the ACT and will be added to the club calendar when scheduled this year. These competitions attract wide range of grades and provide a great opportunity for lower grades to gain their skills for competition. These are held on Sundays and the weigh in times are designed so that competitors can weigh in, compete and then be finished in an hour or two.