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On Tuesday night 7th June, between the Junior & Senior classes we presented all Budokan members of the NSW State Team to the rest of the club. The NSW Team will participate in the National Championships at the Gold Coast this coming weekend 10 – 13 June followed by a National Camp 13 – 15 June. As is tradition for Budokan, all club members participating at the Nationals also receive some financial support and this was also presented by the Club on Tuesday. This tradition has been in place for many years and signifies the importance of our athletes setting high goals for themselves to compete at the Nationals. Qualification is via participation in certain competitions and also completing a State Camp and 5 weeks of Squad training. Interestingly, all our athletes have competed at Nationals before. No doubt they will be looking to improve on their previous results. Some are competing in older age categories for the first time, others have competed in multiple categories before; and some are expecting to win their division(s).  Regardless of expectation, our goal has been to prepare them so they are able to put in their best effort on the day and perform to their full potential; this is the importance of competition. We wish the following Budokanis well in their endeavours this weekend: 

  • 3 x Junior Boys/Girls – Isaac Murkins, Ethan Zhang, Dasha Platanov


  • 8 x Senior Boys/Girls – Nicholas Platonov, Marcus Liao, Crosby Peake, Ben Zollinger, Eva Murkins, Lilly Zollinger, Tamsin Black, Shanning Mak


  • 10 x Cadet Men/Women – Demin Cai, Aaron Xu, Max Zollinger, Will Zollinger, Phoenix Edwards, Flynn Mogilin, Ali Yuldashev, Jaeda Liao, Clarissa Vumbaca, Bianca Tandean


  • 6 x Junior Men/Women – Max Zollinger, Phoenix Edwards, Flynn Mogilin, Ali Yuldashev, Clarissa Vumbaca, Bianca Tandean


  • 5 x Senior Men/Women – Josh Katz, Phoenix Edwards, Clarissa Vumbaca, Isabella Vumbaca, Bianca Tandean


  • 2 x Veterans Men – Scott Young, Conrad van Dort


  • 2 x No Limits Men/Women – Bernhard Tandean, Lynne McCredden


  • 5 x Kata participants – Aaron Xu, Demin Cai, Bernhard Tandean, Bjorn Tandean, Bianca Tandean


  • 3 x State Coaches: Kerrye Katz (Juniors Head), Rob Katz (Junior/Seniors Assistant), Dale Keogh (Kata)


  • 1 x National Referee: Lubo Petr

 In total we have 31 Budokan members attending the Nationals:23 athletes will contest 32 divisions27 athletes will contest 38 divisions including Veterans and No Limits

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE - Clarissa Vumbaca/Will Zonllinger


  • Will Zollinger – first match against his Polish opponent who had beaten Ukraine in his first match. He was caught in groundwork after defending a Tomoe-Nage and did well to escape for a Waza-ari score. In response he attacked very strongly on the ground in the next exchange and almost secured a hold down. This was followed by strong Seoi-Nage and Ashi-Waza attacks which nearly scored and forced a Shido on Poland, but couldn’t quite get back the Waza-Ari. Unfortunately Poland lost to Germany in his next round and this put Will out. A strong performance by Will.


  • Clarissa Vumbaca – first match against Germany who had beaten Hungary in her first match. Clarissa used her feet well from the first exchange and maintained good gripping and intensity. She conceded a Shido about half way which was a bit harsh and late in the match whilst putting pressure on the German with Kouchi-Gari allowed the German to turn for a Makikomi which scored Ippon. Still a strong performance. The German went on to the semi-final and fought for Bronze putting Clarissa in repechage against Hungary.
  • In this match Clarissa had some challenges against the high dominant grip of the Hungarian and was caught for Waza-Ari off Kouchi-Gake after which she defended this attack well. Putting Hungary under pressure with a variety of attacks paid off as Clarissa used Left Sode for Waza-Ari to even up the scores. Pushing hard, Clarissa defended an attack but lost some control and was countered to a hold down. The Hungarian won her next two matches and fought for Bronze. Another strong effort.


  • Will and Clarissa trained well during the camp which followed the competition.


  • Will Zollinger – Unfortunately in the lead up to the Portugal competition, Will injured his shoulder and was unable to compete in Portugal


  • Clarissa Vumbaca – In the Round of 16 Clarissa played France, who had beaten Canada in her first match. Clarissa’s defence was solid against some strong attacks by France both standing and on the ground. Following a Shido for passivity, Clarissa used a Sasae chop against France’s extreme stance which was effective. However, later she used the same strategy but over-reached the leg and France score Waza-Ari with Kouchi-Gake, following up on the ground with Juji-Gatame (arm lock) giving France the win. France then lost to Sweden who went on to win the division. This put Clarissa out but again gave her valuable mat time on the international stage. Clarissa participated in the training camp and put in another big effort. 

 Much more to come from these 2 talented Budokan Cadets. Congratulations on your efforts so far.


PLEASE DO NOT VIDEO TRAINING DURING OUR CLASSES. Permission from all parents would be needed for this to be allowed and some parents don’t want their children videoed. Thank you.


Message from Jo Edwards who is coordinating with our supplier: “We are still hopeful of getting the polos and T-shirts delivered to the Gold Coast before the Nationals commence. All the other merchandise items will be delivered after we get back from the Nationals. Can’t wait to see TeamBudokan all kitted out at the Nationals this year. For further details please contact Jo on 0458580107 or at


  • Thursday 9th June = Juniors and Seniors will be run as per normal.
  • Tuesday14th June = Juniors will be run as per normal. Senior session cancelled as numbers will be quite low.
  • Wednesday 15th June = MONS class will be run as per normal.  Dino Class cancelled for this day only.