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 was represented by 5 team members at the games with Yan, Kurt, Yuki, Declan and Chris (latter representing UNSW) travelling up to the Gold Coast. The teams event tussle proved challenging for the team giving away a grade or weight advantage to the other teams. However, 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 (Vito, Nick & Slava) securing third in the teams and Slava winning bronze and praise in the U66kg individuals. Well down guys! In 2017, the uni games will be held at the Gold Coast on Sunday 24 September, with these games to trial the Commonwealth Games venues, so mark this date in your diary. More details at //australianunigames.com.au/sports/judo
The ACT International Judo Championships
This competition is held annually in Canberra each February (18-19 Feb 2017). 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 (National Titles)
These championships are always held on the Queens Birthday weekend in June (9-12) and will be staged at the Gold Coast in 2017. If you wish to represent the ACT, you will need to gain qualification by competing at the ACT International and two local competitions before the Nationals as well as attending 70% of ACT squad training on Saturdays (2.30-4pm) at Hill Sports Belconnen. Note that the kyu grades and masters will be held on the Monday. See //ausjudo.com.au/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=Newsitem&NewsID=64774 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 up to ten competitions staged locally for local and nearby areas. These are staged at Hills Sports Academy, the Ni Bonchi, the Olympia clubs and the state titles are at the AIS. 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.