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At Budokan, we are always looking at ways to improve the effective delivery of Judo skills and experiences to our club’s athletes.  Initiatives such as the:

  • introduction of the Monday Senior Beginner and Kyu grade class,
  • creation of the pre-school pre-Judo “Dinos” class,
  • splitting  of the Senior and Junior competition-level technique sessions on Saturday, and
  • Seniors participating in the last 30 minutes of randori for the Tuesday/Thursday Junior classes,

are just some examples of this.

  • Participation during our Tuesday and Thursday Junior classes comprising U/11, U/13 and U/15 athletes from beginner level to National Champion, have been substantial, sometimes with over 50 children. This is a “great problem” for us to have to address, but it does pose issues for us. Despite the large number of supporting coaches, it is clear that we can deliver a better service by splitting the group into 2 classes, based on experience levels.
  • One class would be for higher skilled competition-level judoka, the “Competitive-Level Junior” class, and the other class will be for less experienced, less skilled Judoka including all beginners, the “Fundamental-Level Junior” class.  
  • A limiting factor in taking this initiative is to find appropriately skilled coaches who also have the time and desire to take on a new responsibility. All going well, hopefully at the beginning of Term 3 (22nd July), we will be able to introduce a “Fundamental Junior Class” from 5.00-6.00pm on Thursdays, which over time will ideally expand to Tuesdays.

From that time, the 6.00-7.30pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will only be for “Competitive-Level Juniors”. This may be an inconvenience for some parents whose children currently participate in the 6.00-7.30pm Junior class but is unavoidable. Kerrye and Rob will be responsible for determining the athletes who will move across from the 6.00-7.30pm class to the 5.00-6.00pm class and also when they will move back to the “Competitive Junior” classes. All beginners will only participate in the new “Fundamental Junior Class”.


The Combat Institute of Australia (CombatAUS) is a purely High-Performance focussed organisation, aiming to deliver sustained international success for our Cadet and older National Team athletes. You can read more about CombatAUS at:

  • Nathan and Josh spent 16 months at the Melbourne-based CombatAUS High Performance Centre until mid-2023 when they moved back home. They are the only NSW-based male athletes (until Nathan’s retirement from competition) to be categorised under the CombatAUS/AIS athlete categorisation program and Josh is currently the highest ranked male Judo athlete and on track for qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Members of the Athlete Advisory Committee for CombatAUS were appointed for 2024. The Committee comprises athletes from Judo, Boxing, Taekwondo and Wrestling. Nathan was re-appointed Chairperson of the Committee and Josh was appointed to the Committee for the first time. Congratulations boys – great leadership initiative.


We will be holding our Mons and Junior (U/a11) competition at the club only a few weeks away.  This is a great opportunity for our youngest members to participate in competition in our own club. Please take advantage of the opportunity and challenge yourself especially if you have never participated in competition before. There are novice and graded divisions in each age category and weight divisions will be created on the day. The club medals for our event are legendary and worth competing for. We also need our older Juniors, our Seniors and our parents to assist in the running of this event, including: set-up (on Saturday 16th March), and on the day: front door entry, weigh-ins, first aid, scoring, timing, athlete marshalling, canteen, BBQ, and so on.  Please see Kerrye or Kate in the first instance.  A sheet will be placed on the main table at the club where you can write your name against activities that you would like to support for this event.  The competition information sheet as well as instructions for some of the key volunteer roles are attached to the email accompanying this newsletter.


Entries for the 2024 SIO close Tuesday 27th February. Our entries should be very strong this year and we encourage all eligible Budokan athletes to challenge themselves in competition at our home city. This year for the first time in decades, the event will be staged at the Whitlam Leisure Centre Liverpool. The competition schedule and event guide are attached to the email which accompanies this Newsletter. We wish all our Budokan athletes a great competition. All NSW clubs have been asked by Judo NSW to put forward competition volunteers. As one of the largest NSW clubs, if you have children competing in this event, please put your hand up to support the competition. See Franz Tandean at the club if you are interested or have any questions about this.


I mentioned in my opening message how well our 28 Budokan athletes competed at Goulburn and what a great time we all had. 27 of our athletes competed in 36 divisions over 6 age categories, for the first time that the Junior and Senior Boys/Girls age categories were replaced by U11, U13, and U15 categories. Our athletes won 21 medals: 10 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze and 3 x 5th places. This means that 60% of divisions entered by our athletes resulted in a medal. Additionally, 3 other athletes fought for a medal. We also had 2 athletes contest Kata winning a Gold medal. Details of the results for all our athletes are attached to the email accompanying this Newsletter. You can also find the completed draws at 

  • We set many challenges for our athletes when we think they are ready for them, and whilst most competitors have 2-4 matches in their weight division on a competition day, we encourage very competitive Budokan Cadet athletes to contest higher age categories to get more matches and experience, and in doing so build resilience. A great example was Max Zollinger who fought in Cadet, Junior Men and Senior Men categories, having 12 matches in total and winning 2 Gold medals and fighting for a medal in Seniors, a great outcome.  Bianca Tandean also fought in 3 age categories having 9 matches and winning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. It takes courage and both physical and mental strength to say focussed over a full day of competition.
  • At the competition, we also had 3 coaches (Rob, Kerrye, Josh), 1 Referee (Lubo)  and 2 Kata judges (Dale, Franz) as well as our famous Budokan travelling circus of families who, as is customary in the club, spent valuable downtime together after each day of competition. 
  • The last time Budokan won 10 or more Gold medals at an ACTIO was in 2013 (12 Gold) and the last time in any State Open was in 2017 SIO (11 Gold).
  • The competition management system “” indicates that Budokan had the highest medal tally in both Juniors (U11, 13, 15) and Seniors (Cadets, JM/W, SM/W) which is a great achievement for the club and a great start to the competition year – keep it up guys and stay focussed on your goals.