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Budokan held its 25th Junior NSW competition for Mons and Junior Boys and Girls age categories on Sunday 6th  August, the first we’ve been able to run in over 2 years.51 Mons and Junior athletes from 3 clubs (Budokan, OKO and UTS) participated in 18 divisions with 96 matches contested plus a Mons teams event. Given this was the first Mons/Junior competition hosted by the club in 2 years, the participation from other NSW clubs was quite disappointing and also puzzling. All club coaches indicate a desire for more of this style of competition (i.e. with an educational element included for novice and graded Mons and Juniors) but then don't seem to encourage participation. Despite this, we will push harder for the next event and hopefully more kids can enjoy the positive atmosphere experienced by all the athletes and parents at the club event. Thanks to OKO and UTS Judo clubs for your support, to the NSW referees who attended and who coached our young referees, and to Martial Arts Tatami Mats / Rusty Sports, for donating the Judogis for Player of the Day awards and the raffle. Thanks to all the fantastic Budokan parents and members who made running the event so easy, and to all the young Judoka who participated - great effort. Results follow:

  1. Mons

Boys Novice U21kg

  • 1st Guy Steen (U
  • TS), 2nd Nathan Zhang (Budokan), 3rd Luca Nugroho (UTS)

Boys Novice Novice U24kg

  • 1st Max Carey (UTS), 2nd Eli Situ (UTS), 3rd Pierson Fedrigo (UTS), 4th Maximillian Xia (OKO), 5th Jagger Chen (Budokan)

Girls Novice/Graded U24kg (First round - 1 win each equal points)

  • 1st Gretchen Dong (Budokan), 2nd Sammi Chang (OKO), 3rd Victoria Grech (Budokan)

Boys Novice U27kg

  • 1st Brendon Jones (Budokan), 2nd Luke Park (Budokan), 3rd Ryan Zhao (OKO), 4th Hayden Bielby (Budokan), 5th Max Pyae (Budokan)

Boys Novice U30kg

  • 1st Eric G (OKO), 2nd Oliver Chen (OKO), 3rd Samson Chan (OKO), 4th Timothy Campbell (Budokan)

Boys Novice/Graded U34kg

  • 1st Anthony He (Budokan), 2nd Eric W (OKO)

Boys/Girls Novice/Graded Open

  • 1st Isabelle Tan (Budokan), 2nd Anthony He (Budokan), 3rd Eric W (OKO)

Special Awards:

  • Best Tachi-Waza – Ryan Zhao (OKO), Eric G (OKO),
  • Best Ne-Waza – Hayden Bielby (Budokan), Gretchen Dong (Budokan),
  • Best Spirit – Jagger Chen (Budokan), Luca Nugroho (UTS), Timothy Campbell (Budokan)
  • Player of the Day – Max Carey (UTS), Brendan Jones (Budokan)
  1. Junior

Boys/Girls Novice/Graded U26kg

  • Equal 1st (4 matches each) – Zachary Zhang (OKO), Taydon Zhang (Budokan), Nadia Nugroho (UTS),
  • 4th Jacob Jin (OKO), 5th Freya Fedrigo (UTS)

Boys/Girls Novice U26kg

  • 1st Taydon Zhang (Budokan, 2nd Jacob Jin (OKO), 3rd Freya Fedrigo (UTS)

Boys Novice U42kg

  • 1st Jadon Yu (OKO), 2nd Leonardo Abu-Maroun (Budokan)

Boys Novice U34kg

  • 1st Lucas Conti (Budokan), 2nd William Elliot (Budokan)

Boys Novice U50kg

  • 1st Henry Chen (Budokan), 2nd Jadon Yu (OKO), 3rd Leonardo Abu-Maroun (Budokan), 4th Charles Elliot (Budokan)

Girls Graded 36kg

  • 1st Junning Mak (Budokan), 2nd Joy Ma (Budokan)

Boys/Girls Graded U24kg

  • 1st Nadia Nugroho (UTS), 2nd Zachary Zhang (OKO)

Boys Graded U35kg

  • 1st Daniel Lin (OKO), 2nd Levi Murkins (Budokan), 3rd Leon Zhang (OKO), 4th Jason He (OKO), 5thAuroral Sun (OKO)

Boys Graded U40kg

  • 1st Lucas Gao (OKO), 2nd Isaac Murkins (Budokan), 3rd Daniel He (Budokan), 4th Donny Zhang (Budokan), 5th Lachlan Wang (Budokan)

Boys Graded U50kg

  • 1st Leon Park (Budokan), 2nd William Dong (Budokan), 3rd Isaac Choy (Budokan)

Boys Graded Open

  • 1st Leon Park (Budokan), 2nd Jeremy Tan (Budokan), 3rd William Dong (Budokan), 4th Isaac Choi (Budokan)

Special Awards:

  • Best Tachi-Waza – Lucas Gao (OKO), Best Ne-Waza – Levi Murkins (Budokan)
  • Player of the Day – Tayden Zhang (Budokan)


Welcome to all new members. We hope that you are enjoying your Judo experience at Budokan. Over the last few months there has been a healthy trend in our membership with numbers creeping as high as 207.  Please ensure that you stay financial with Judo NSW and keep track of when your club training fees are due. This is very important as we do not have a formal reminder system in place and following up over 200 members would be very time consuming.

  • This Newsletter is the one I promised in July’s Newsletter where I needed to catch up on reporting against older events including the Nationals. So we’re covering the news and events since May and also any upcoming events. We’re really looking forward to this Thursday night’s (17th August) club presentation when we will be continuing our tradition of recognising our National Champions, our NSW State Team representatives, and our international representatives. Please join us in recognising those in the club who set high goals, commit to them, and invest a strong effort toward their achievement. 


  • Since the last Newsletter, we also ran our annual Budokan NSW Mons & Junior competition. As usual it ran like clockwork and a special thanks to all club members who pitched in to set up and help run the event.

 This Newsletter is a bit longer than most and hopefully there aren’t too many errors or omissions – let me know if you find any.  Also please let me know if you have any news that you want to share in future newsletters.  Enjoy the Newsletter and “See you on the mat”.                                       Rob K


This Thursday night (17th August) between the Junior and Senior classes, we will be pleased to welcome to the club the Federal Member for Mitchell, The Hon. Alex Hawke MP, the Mayor of the Hills Shire Clr Dr Peter Gangemi and former club member Blacktown City Councillor Mr Michael Stubley.For many years It has been a tradition for the club to present the club members who represented NSW at the Nationals to the whole club. At this time we also present specially minted medallions (from the Perth Mint) to the National Champions to recognise their achievement. We will also take this opportunity to acknowledge our international representatives. This year represents the 17th time that we will be presenting these medallions and it has become a very important event in the club. 


Since April, the Budokan Mons class coaches have been awarding a student of the month award which is hotly contested for Mons athletes who attend consistently, are attentive and focussed and who are also developing well technically during the month. Four awards have been presented to date. Congratulations to the following:

  • Ishaan Laha (April)
  • Jagger Chen (May)
  • Thomas Blanch (June)
  • Myat Phone (Max) Pyae  (July)


  • 27th August - Judo NSW Community Series Competition - Stanhope Gardens. Note at the club
  • 22nd September – National Schools Championships – Brisbane
  • 23-24 September – Queensland Open – Brisbane
  • 10-12 November – Perth Oceania Cup (Cadets and Junior M/W)
  • 6th November – Budokan AGM
  • 25th November – Tentative date for Budokan Pool Christmas Party
  • 7th December – Tentative date for Budokan Awards Night