Recent news articles

JFA Inc. NATIONAL CLUBS SEMINAR AND NATIONAL AWARDS, 3-5 Nov 17

At the 2017 National Club Seminar held recently, Budokan was awarded "Best 4 Star Club in Australia" and "Best Initiative Club in Australian Judo". Belinda McIndoe represented Budokan and gave a presentation on what makes our club “tick” and accepted the two national awards.The “Best Initiative in Australian Judo” award was based on our programs for promotion/marketing, pre-school toddlers (Dino Kids), Government & Community, and International Participation.  The "Best 4 Star Club” was for the highest membership between 100 and 200 members. This year our membership peaked at 166 and is still growing, ranking us 2nd overall in Australia. We also have the most female membership of any club with 54 (32% of club members).Thank you to all the athletes, parents and coaches who make our club what it is and we are so proud to be a part of such an amazing club! Thanks to Belinda for representing the club at the seminar.  

JUDO NSW “TEAMKATZ” SUMMER JUDO CLINIC - SUNDAY 5th NOV

Josh Katz, supported by Kyle McIndoe, ran a technical and educational session at the Judo NSW Training Centre on Sunday 5th November. A total of 24 athletes attended from as far as Brisbane.  Thanks to the many Budokan athletes who also supported this event.  From all reports the kids had a great time with Josh and Kyle.  If you missed it this time, keep an eye of for future events.  Its a great experience for our young athletes!

THE HAGUE GRAND PRIX – 17 - 19 NOVEMBER – THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Nathan Katz competed in a high-level senior European event in Netherlands. He will now meet up with brother Josh who has been in Japan since 13th November after a couple of weeks home. Nathan and Josh will prepare for their next competitions in Japan: the Tokyo Grand Slam on 1st to 3rd December for Nathan and the Asian Open Hong Kong 9 – 10 December for both boys (together with Kyle McIndoe).

SENIOR EUROPEAN CUP MALAGA SPAIN 28 - 29 OCT - RESULTS

Nathan Katz fought a Spanish lad in the first round and should have had this match. He looked comfortable and in control but needed to change up the strategy when no score was forthcoming and no penalty was going to the Spanish lad (not surprisingly it’s a Spanish competition). At full-time, there was a Shido each and Nathan continued to pressure for a minute in GS. He did a poor first attack and followed up with Kouchi Gake, but was given a Shido for the first drop. This was harsh and also disappointing, but Nathan will bounce back and address the strategy issue in his next event only 3 weeks later.

SENIOR OCEANIA OPEN (WORLD CUP) VANUATU 10 – 12 NOV - RESULTS

Kyle McIndoe competed in the Oceania Continental Open on Saturday 11th November.  He had 5 in his division and was drawn in the pool of 3 against Vanuatu and Hong Kong. He won both these matches and his final was against the other Hong Kong athlete who had beaten the other Vanuatu athlete. Kyle was a level above these athletes but took a little time getting his rhythm. Both wins were convincing.  The final was a bit tricky and the match was reasonably even but Kyle took an opportunity for a very fast and effective transition which resulted in a submission and the Gold medal. Well done Kyle! Kyle will soon be off to Japan to train in preparation for the Asian Open (World Cup) in Hong Kong 9 – 10 December.  We wish his all the best!