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INTERNATIONAL & REPRESENTATIONAL UPDATE - African Grand Prix, Agadir, Morocco (9 – 11 March)

Nathan and Josh have been selected by the JFA to compete in this event which is the same weekend as the Queensland International Open. As previously mentioned, the Morocco GP was rescheduled from end-January.  Nathan has just completed a good training block at Grosshadern in Munich and will be home tomorrow to prepare for the ACT Open. Josh continues his training block at Camberley in the UK and is planning to do the international training camps which follow the Paris Grand Slam (12-15 Feb) and the Dusseldorf Grand Slam (26-28 Feb)


Kyle McIndoe:  Having completed his training block and enjoying the quality training and facilities at the Dutch National Training Centre in Papendal, Netherlands, Kyle competed in the Belgium Open. A big competition with over 60 entrants in 66kg Men.  Unfortunately the competition wasn’t streamed.  Kyle’s first match was against a Belgian lad for which we had no information. He won that match by Ippon with Uchi-Mata in 1 min 10 secs which was a great start. His second match was against the strong left Frenchman Bouda who came 2nd at the same event in 2017 and won his first match against Netherlands. Kyle reports that he was down Waza-Ari and had to chase for much of the match. He said referees called matte too early on a few occasions which broke the flow of the match and resulted in missed opportunities. Kyle felt competitive but also that FRA was just a bit quicker to the attack. Chasing him hard, Kyle was caught for Ippon just before full time.  Bouda won his next round against Germany to get to the Quarter-Final but lost that match to Argentina. In Repechage, Bouda won his next 3 matches for Bronze. More good experience for Kyle, who will do his next training block at Grosshadern in Munich Germany before coming home for the Queensland Open. 


The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program. Although from 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each school-enrolled child, Budokan Judo Club will not be in a position to be able to accept these vouchers until the club is registered as a provider. As Judo NSW did not pre-register clubs, we have to wait until 1 March 2018 before we can apply. Therefore, because the vouchers are not retrospective and can be uses once at any time of the year, we recommend that our members use them after we advise of our registration as a provider. If you pay fees quarterly, this should not cause a problem. If you pay fees either 6 monthly or annually, this should be done mid or end of year so should also not be a problem. To be an eligible child, you must be a NSW resident, aged between 4.5 and 18 years, and enrolled in school (from Kindergarten to Year 12, including those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW).  The voucher may be used with an approved activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities. This also means that the voucher can be used to pay your annual Judo NSW registration via (For New members – “Join a Club”; For existing or Temporary members – “Renew”). You will notice 2 new options in Judo NSW registrations:“Junior Membership (NSW Active Kids Voucher System”  (No Fee, because the voucher covers the $90 Junior Fee)“Senior Membership (NSW Active Kids Voucher System”  $30 (with the $100 voucher adding up to the $130 fee)Remember, you can only use the voucher once per year. Any issues, please talk to Rob.


Budokan had a strong presence at the first Junior competition for 2018 hosted by Tiger-Do at the Merrylands School. This competition represented an ice-breaker and an important milestone in the Judo careers of the following Budokanis who entered their very first competition and to these guys we offer a special congratulations: Nicky, Flynn and Hayley Mogilin, and Artin Ebadi Mehr.   Congratulations to Tiger-Do for hosting another great event, and thanks to all the parents and club coaches who came to support our young athletes.MONS 2nd place   Nicky Mogilin3rd place   Lilly Zollinger2nd place   Ariana Bazan-KoltaiJUNIOR BOYS & GIRLS1st place   Crosby Peake3rd place (next division)   Crosby Peake3rd place   Alex Barbarulo2nd place   Sam Lobsey2nd place   Gabriel Bazan-Koltai2nd place   Edan Koltai3rd place   Ethan Ehamparam1st place   Max Zollinger1st place   Bianca Tandean1st place (next division)   Bianca Tandean2nd place   Flynn MogilinSENIOR BOYS & GIRLS2nd place   Artin Ebadi Mehr3rd place (next division)   Artin Ebadi Mehr1st place   Ali Yuldashev2nd place   Ali Yuldasheve3rd place   Jackson Palgan1st place   Will Zollinger1st place (next division)   Will Zollinger3rd place   Christian Constantinou1st place   Beth Wade2nd place   Hayley Mogilin2nd place (next division)   Hayley Mogilin1st place   Mina Woo2nd place (next division)   Mina Woo1st place   Alex Shala1st place   George Shala3rd place   George Shala   


Australia Day long-weekend (26th – 28th January) – there is training for all graded athletes (all ages) on Saturday 27th January and also on Monday 29th for the Senior Beginners/Kyu Grades class.Saturday 3rd February – NSW Junior Development Squad - Judo NSW Training Centre, The Armory – NO BUDOKAN CLUB TRAINING ON THAT SATURDAYSunday 4th February – Tiger Do Junior Competition (Mons/Junior boys and girls, Senior boys and girls) – Info sheet attachedWednesday 7th February – First MONS session for 2018Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th February – First Dinos sessions for 2018Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February – ACT International Open – See the information sheet attached. Athlete entries now available on-line at Entries close 9th February.There will be a sheet at the club on which to note your name so that the club coaches are aware of you entering this event.Sunday 4th March – Budokan MONS CompetitionFriday 9th to Monday 12th March – Queensland International Open – See the information sheet attached. A one-day camp is available on Monday 12th March.Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th March – Melbourne International Open Sunday 25th March – Illawarra International Senior Kyu Grades