Recent news articles


No training Saturday 17th and 24th June, and 1st July.
Saturday Club sessions will not be held until 8th July.

Saturday 1st July:
The Saturday Club session will NOT be held on the 1st July due to the NSW Junior Development Squad to be held at the NSW Judo Centre Silverwater.

Saturday 8th July (and beyond):
Saturday club sessions resume. Saturday sessions are available to all graded Juniors and Seniors.


Nathan to Train in Japan followed by 2 Senior IJF Competitions in Asia.
Following the Nationals, Nathan will travel to Japan to participate in the international training camp at the Kodokan (14 - 21 June) and a few days training at Nittai Dai University before competing in the China (Hohhot) Grand Prix (30 June – 2 July) and training camp followed by the World Cup in Taipei (7 – 9 July) after which he will go back to Europe to train. Rob will accompany Nathan during his competition preparation in Japan. See the May article on Nathan and Josh by the AOC Media journalist Matt Bartolo at

Josh, Kyle and Cameron to Train in Europe and Compete in Junior European Cups.
Josh and Cameron will train at Camberley Judo Club in the UK and Kyle will train at Grosshadern Club in Munich Germany prior to competing in the trio of Junior European Cups in Paks, Hungary (15 – 16 July), Prague, Czech Republic (22 – 23 July) and Berlin, Germany (29 – 30 July), each followed by a training camp.

Logan was to train in Japan after the Nationals for 5 weeks but this has now been postponed due to his injury which also prevents him from competing in the Nationals. We wish him a speedy recovery.

As always, we wish all our athletes who are training and competing internationally over the next few months a positive experience in the development of their Judo and great success in their competitions. Congratulations for setting new challenges and new goals.

The JFA has also just released the new round of athlete categorisation under the Australia’s Winning Edge (AWE) program. The AWE program was developed in partnership with Australia's high performance network and provides the high performance sports sector with clear performance targets and a framework for collaboration from 2012-2022. It is managed by the JFA in collaboration with the AIS/ASC and allows for a structured hierarchy of funding for selected events. Budokan has currently 3 spots on AWE with Nathan and Josh Katz remaining on AWE and Kyle McIndoe now being categorised as well. This means that they will receive limited funding support for their scheduled international events. Well done guys.


Congratulations to the 7 Budokan athletes who competed as part of the Australian Team to the Oceania Continental Union Championships in Tonga just on a month ago. On Tuesday night 11th April, Budokan presented first-time Australian Team representatives Saskia, Amber and Emma with their IJF back-patches. The competition was quite small for an international event; however, was still important in particular for World Ranking List points which is used for seeding in international IJF events. Results for our 7 Budokanis were: 3 x Gold Medals, 2 x Silver Medals, and 1 x Bronze Medal Congratulations to all our guys who put in a strong effort.

Cadet Men/Women
U/57 – Silver Saskia Brothers
U63 – Bronze Amber Rudgley

Junior Men/Women
U/63 – Unplaced Emma Leishman
U66 – Gold Kyle McIndoe

Senior Men/Women
U/70 – Silver Naomi de Bruine
U/60 – Gold Josh Katz
U/66 – Gold Nathan Katz


Budokan has done well to qualify 7 athletes to the Oceania Continental Judo Union (OJU) Championships in Tonga on 28-29 April.
Well done to Senior Men/Women team representatives Naomi de Bruine (70kg), Josh Katz (60kg) and Nathan Katz (66kg); Junior Men/Women representatives Emma Leishman (63kg) and Kyle McIndoe (66kg); and Cadet Women representatives Saskia Brothers (57kg) and Amber Rudgley (63kg).
The National Team covers 3 age categories and is 50 strong. The three National Coaches includes Rob Katz and there is also one Team Manager. Rob is looking forward to supporting our Budokanis and all National Team members.
Wishing you all great performances on the mat!