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The 2021 Judo Nationals were held at the Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre in Carrara, from 11 - 14 June 2021. The competition was renamed from the Australian National Judo Championships because Judo VIC athletes were unable to participate. Numbers were a little down in some divisions and Victorian athletes were missed but the show had to go on. Despite significant setbacks and a very inexperienced and young team from Budokan representing NSW, the club was still able to make a significant contribution to the NSW team and to Australian Judo. 

  • The youth and inexperience of our club’s State Team members across all weight divisions is demonstrated by the fact that 40% of our athletes were first timers at Nationals. Clearly, this augers well for our competitive future. 

 Congratulations to the 22 athletes who contested 32 divisions in all 5 age categories, winning:21 medals: 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze. Notably Nathan and Josh Katz could not defend their 2019 National Titles as they were at the Senior World Championships.Additionally, we had 5 athletes contest 9 divisions in Kyu Grades, Masters and No Limits, winning:5 medals: 4 Gold and 1 Silver medal. In total the club’s 27 athletes won:11 Gold, 7 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. Finally 8 Budokan athletes also competed in 7 Kata divisions, winning:2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals

  • Congratulations to all our athletes on your commitment and strong effort in preparing for and competing at this event. Thanks also to our club coaches: Kerrye (Juniors), Rob (Juniors and Seniors), and Dale (Kata) and our fantastic Budokan travelling circus families.

 Budokan was also acknowledged by Judo Australia in being awarded a plaque for the Best 4-Star Club in the 2020 National Recognition Awards Scheme. This is for the largest Australian club with between 200 and 300 members. 

  • Individual results for all our athletes at the Nationals follow:


  • Tamsin Black (Gold Junior Girls Open, Bronze Junior Girls)
  • Crosby Peake and Max Zollinger (Gold Senior Boys)
  • Bianca Tandean (Gold Senior Girls, Gold Ju-No-Kata, Silver Nage-No-Kata)
  • Will Zollinger (Gold Cadet Men, Silver Junior Men)
  • Clarissa Vumbaca (Gold Cadet Women and Junior Women, Silver Senior Women)
  • Daniel Kennedy (Gold Masters Men, Silver Kyu Grade Masters, 4th Nage-No-Kata)
  • Scott Young (Gold Kyu Grade Masters, Unplaced Masters Men, 4th Nage-No-Kata)
  • Lynne McCredden (Gold No Limits)
  • Bernhard Tandean (Gold No Limits, Gold Ju-No-Kata, Silver Nage-No-Kata, 4th Katame-No-Kata)
  • Lilly Zollinger (Silver Junior Girls, Bronze Junior Girls Open)
  • Dasha Platonov (Silver Junior Girls)
  • Nicholas Platonov (Silver Senior Boys)
  • Jaeda Liao (Silver Senior Girls)
  • Isaac Murkins (Bronze Junior Boys)
  • Marcus Liao (Bronze Junior Boys)
  • Flynn Mogilin (Bronze Senior Boys)
  • Isabella Vumbaca (Bronze Junior Women, Unplaced Senior Women)
  • Phoenix Edwards (Bronze Senior Men, 5th Cadet Men, Unplaced Junior Men)
  • Montanna Poulsen (Bronze Senior Women, Unplaced Junior Women)
  • David Willison (Bronze Nage-No-Kata, Bronze Goshin-Jitsu)
  • Demin Cai (Gold Junior Nage-No-Kata, Unplaced Senior Boys)
  • Aaron Xu (Gold Junior Nage-No-Kata)
  • Ethan Zhang (5th Junior Boys)
  • Eva Murkins (5th Junior Girls, Unplaced Junior Girls Open)
  • Elisha Mistry (4th Cadet Women, Unplaced Kyu Grade Women)
  • Bjorn Tandean (4th Katame-No-Kata)
  • Callum Dick, Shanning Mak, Conrad van Dort (Unplaced)


At an awards ceremony hosted by the NSW Government being held tonight (17th June), Dale Keogh will be presented with a Sport NSW Distinguished Service Award which recognises Dales’ service and commitment to Judo for over 60 years. Congratulations to Dale and thank you for your commitment and service over a lifetime of Judo and for being such an integral part of the Budokan family.


Nathan and Josh have now returned from the Senior World Championships and are currently completing their two weeks quarantine. They want me to pass on their thanks to all who have reached out to them, who have purchased Team Katz Tee-Shirts and who have made generous donations through the Australian Sports Foundation going towards the costs of them participating in Olympic and Commonwealth Games qualifying events. Official announcements for Olympic qualification are still to me made by the IJF. Although the boys fought for a medal in the Asia-Oceania Continental Championships and also fought at probably their highest level at the Senior World Championships winning one match each and having very close matches with much higher ranked opponents in their next round, their Olympic Qualification points are just below what is required to make the cut-off for their respective divisions.  So the boys will take a well-earned rest from the mat to recover from numerous battle-damage injuries and then continue on their journeys.  We are immensely proud of their amazing effort and growth both on and off the mat during this Olympic cycle and how they have carried themselves through tough times. Although very disappointed, their motivation is unphased and no doubt bigger things are still in store for them. At a later date, I may still provide a “blow-by-blow” of their 4 matches at the Worlds for those interested.


Previous Budokan Newsletters advised that due to the Nationals campaign, Budokan’s Saturday classes for competition level athletes Junior Boys/Girls and older, would be suspended until 19th June.

  • However, we have decided to give all athletes a rest this Saturday 19th June and rather recommence on the 26th June. Recovery post intensive training and competition block is just as important as training and all competition athletes need to recover and be fresh when we recommence competition-level training for the next events.

Support for Nathan and Josh Katz 2021 Olympic Games and 2022 Commonwealth Games + Support for Budokan's State Team members

Hi Budokanis, As most of you know, for the past 3 years, Nathan and Josh have been on the Olympic qualification journey towards their second Olympic Games selection. In 2016, as 18 and 21 year olds, they were the first siblings to represent Australia at the same Olympic Games (Rio 2016). Josh was also the youngest Australian male Judo Olympian.

  • On Tuesday night 1st June, they fly out to their final Olympic qualification event, the Senior World Championships in Budapest Hungary. Josh will compete on Saturday 5th June and Nathan on Sunday 6th June.  In the April Club Newsletter I explained why this Olympic cycle has been horrifically difficult in every sense: last minute changes in flights and training base location, extensive COVID testing, no access outside of hotel rooms and training venues, back-to-back competitions in very short periods, illnesses, injury management, interruption to training from quarantine, just to name a few. Costs to Judo Australia have been understandably enormous and funding to support this program has almost dried up, which is unprecedented this close to the Olympic Games, so in addition to the other pressures, the financial pressure on the boys has also been very large.  
  • Few people could comprehend the resilience and commitment required to persevere and maintain motivation under such adverse conditions, to chip away getting so close to the Olympic qualification zone, but not quite being there yet. Kudos and respect to Nathan and Josh for their commendable and significant efforts to date and the progress made towards their goal.  Their results fighting for a medal in the Asian Oceania Continental Championships in Kyrgyzstan is testament to their consistent hard work and potential for podium performances. Nathan is currently ranked #44 and Josh #46 in their respective weight divisions on the world Olympic Qualification list. This means that they have a few positions to make up at this last event which is very possible but also very challenging. 
  • Although the last block of competitions was subsidised by Judo Australia, the boys had to contribute $7500 between them. The events covered in this block were the Grand Slams in Tel Aviv, Tashkent, Tbilisi and the Asian Oceania Continental in Bishkek between February and April. The cost of the Senior World Championships is not known and funding at this stage has been advised at $2000 each. Costs will be significantly higher.  If the boys qualify for the Olympic Games costs for the Senior World Championships will be reimbursed.  
  • Once the qualification for this Olympic cycle is over and all costs are known, I will be proposing to the club Committee that the club donate an amount to the boys. Judo NSW was approached by the boys for assistance whilst overseas during the last block and disappointingly, they declined - although technically they accepted on the basis that the boys pay back the donation via services to Judo NSW at $30/hour. We found this approach appalling especially given Judo Victoria supported their elite athletes and the boys and Budokan, have contributed greatly to Judo NSW. After the Olympic Games, their campaign continues though to the Commonwealth Games so their expenses will continue.  
  • With the financial year end fast approaching, the boys' manager is seeking corporate sponsorship; however, to date this has been limited. A sponsor has manufactured “Team Katz” Tee-Shirts which are targeted at club family members and friends and they have been appreciative of the great response received to date.  
  • There is also another opportunity for club families, in particular those associated with a business that may be seeking a method of leveraging from a tax-deductible donation towards the end of the financial year. 
  • The purpose of the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is to enable donors to claim a tax deduction for donations made to sporting projects that have signed up to fundraise with the ASF. For every donation of $2 or more, the ASF provides a receipt to the donor that they can then use to claim their tax deduction for the donation. Depending on an individual's income bracket, this can be up to half of the total amount of the donation. The ASF control the organisations and projects on their website and keep 5% of all donations. 
  • Some years ago, I created a project for ASF approval under their “Giving For Grassroots” program. The ASF approved the project and Budokan became a club recognised by the ASF for donations.  The Project is called: "Budokan Judo Club Athlete Support for Interstate & International Competitions”. Since inception of this project, we have received a number of generous donations, some for specified uses and others for general Budokan club support.  
  • Donors can go on the ASF website (at, search for the club, and make a donation. If you would like to contribute to the Team Katz Olympic and Commonwealth Games journeys, please follow the process:

Direct link is at  Or

  • Under, click on “Donate”, then Under "Clubs and Organisations”, click on "Explore Projects”. Click on “Sport Type” and select “Martial Arts”
  • Type in “Castle Hill” under the suburb and Budokan will be one of 3 clubs listed. 
  • Under Budokan, click on “Donate Now” and select the donation amount or insert an alternative figure
  • Select “Give Once” and follow the prompts.
  • Leave a message stating “For TeamKatz 2021 Olympic and 2022 Commonwealth Games” and also email me at, so that we can manage the allocation from the club to the boys. The boys would also be happy to speak with any companies who may be interested in making donations which could attract working together in  activities like corporate Judogi patches, speaking appearances, demonstrations.

Please also note that hopefully on Thursday 3rd June between the Junior and Senior sessions, the club will also be making presentations of cheques to all Budokan State Team members who will represent NSW at the 2021 National Championships in less than 2 weeks time. This has been a gesture made each year by the club prior to the Nationals to acknowledge the effort and commitment of the athletes and to support the financial burden on families making the journey to the Nationals. This year each athlete and club official will receive $200.All the best to Nathan and Josh at the Senior World Championships and beyond and to all the club’s athletes competing in the upcoming Nationals.   Thanks so much.  Rob