Workshop: 2X Judo Olympian Nick Delpopolo – Chu To Bu Brasa, Avon OH

March 31st 2017 and April 1st 2017 What: Chu To Bu / Brasa Judo, Jiu-Jitsu is pleased to announce that 2X Judo Olympian Nick Delpopolo will be visiting Chu To Bu for 3 sessions. One Friday evening, for Kids Ages 4-12, and two on Saturday for adults. Nick will be going over the ground, standing […]

Judo Chop Suey Ep. 16 - Marius Vizer Q&A, North Korea, and Care Packages

Marius Vizer Q&A on Twitter, opinions on the IJF trying to hold a Judo tournament in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the water bottle has finally arrived!  Plus, the Judo Chop Suey podcast received its first listener voicemail!  The show outline is below:  

  • Great experience visiting United Judo of Tampa. [00:37]  
  • Hans van Essen delivers! [04:11]  
  • First voicemail of the JCS podcast. [09:18]  
  • Thoughts on Marius Vizer Twitter Q&A. [17:15]  
  • Judo in Japan losing popularity? [24:10]  
  • The IJF postpones holding a tournament in North Korea. [28:04]  
  • Podcast Outtakes. [39:24]    

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Opening Music: Blade by Kynetic  

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GB Judo Weekend Review: 25th – 26th March 2017

It was a golden weekend for the younger members of the GB Judo squad as they travelled to Germany for the competitive Bremen and Thuringia International Masters events.

Although not an official European Judo Union (EJU) event, they regularly attract a world-class standard of field with entrants from across the globe and coming away with a medal is a strong feat.

International Thuringia Cup 

The younger female members of the squad travelled to Thuringia to continue their experience of continental standard judo and the likes of Olivia Piechota (-48kg), Molly Harvey (-48kg), Chelsie Giles (-52kg) and Kiera Bateman (-52kg) were joined by the likes of Lubjana Piovesana (-63kg) and Jessica Richardson (-78kg).

Giles and Piovesana prepare for their medal contests

It was Lubjana Piovesana and Chelsie Giles that demonstrated great displays of judo as they came away with a silver and bronze medal respectively. Chelsie Giles impressively brushed aside 2nd seed Ainur Suleimen (KAZ) in her opening contest as she coasted through the early rounds, throwing for ippon to progress past Lalou Lebrun (FRA) and Danique Janssen (NED). She came up against Jessica Lima in the quarter finals but could not find a way past the stubborn Brazilian as she fell into the repechage. Giles was able to shrug off the disappointment of the loss however, defeating Amber Ryheul (BEL) to come away with the medal.

Piovesana breezed through her opening pool stage as she won her opening five fights, with her opponents scoreless throughout, barring a single shido in her third contest. She came up against Junior Pan American Yanka Pascoalino (BRA) in the final but this proved to be a step too far for the 20 year old as Pascoalino used her experience to snatch victory, and with it, the gold medal.

Bremen International Masters

Petgrave proudly receives his gold medal

In-form Jamal Petgrave (-90kg) took home his second medal in as many weeks as he struck Gold to win GB Judo’s first U21 gold medal at the Bremen event since Craig Fallon, over 15 years ago, back in 2001. He followed up his bronze medal win last week at Coimbra with an impressive display saw Petgrave secure 4 ippons and 4 wazaris across his six contests throughout the event.

Special mentions must also go out to Archie Platt (5th, -66kg – Cadet), Charlie Young (7th – Cadets), Connor Wilson (7th, -60kg), Oliver Park (-60kg) and Del Imrie (5th, -90kg). Platt finished in fifth place, narrowly missing out to the Cadet European Champion, Dennis Mauer by 2 wazaris to 1. He showed an incredible resilience but could not contain Mauer as he fell into the repechage but could not find a way past Latvian Artjoms Galaktionovs in the bronze medal contest. Del Imrie (-90kg) placed 5th but fought well with notable victories over German and French opposition, who all entered strong squads for the tournament.

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Social Media Round-up: 20 – 26 March 2017

Check out our social media round-up for some of the best posts from across British Judo in the last week

We do like a good graphic, top stuff from CJL Photography

We agree Tom!

Welcome to the #JudoFamily Joe!

Always great to see more people getting into judo

Competition of a different kind in between sessions out in Munich

Lazer tag was very fun! Thank you to our lovely hosts #munich #judogirls #training #workhardplayhard

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Good week of training for Kelly Edwards 

Good experience for the Welsh judoka out in Bremen

Over 1000 entered this weekend in Bremen, great opportunity to have lots of fights for the @welsh_judo boys #judo

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Good result for Lubjana Piovesana out in Thuringia (with a nice lump on the forehead thrown in for good measure)

Great numbers at Iinkai Judo Club’s competition this weekend

Competition over and straight into the camp for the players in Thuringia

Bit of history made by Jamal Petgrave (and doesn’t he look happy about it!)

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A look at the 2017 All-Japan Open Weight Championships (April 29th) brackets

I may be getting ahead of myself since the All-Japan Weight Class Championships will be held this weekend, but most of the search engine traffic linking to my site  is related to people searching for the draw for the open weight tournament on April 29th. The brackets have been up for a couple of weeks and...

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Wessex Wins School of the Term

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Award to Sensei Eric

Congratulations Sensei Eric for receiving the Annual Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Award by the City of Thunder Bay! You truly deserve it for all the time you've committed to teaching judo and contributing to the judo community in this city and across Northwestern Ontario.

Previous recipients of this award from our dojo include Senseis Sven, Pat, and Kevin. Again, congratulations!


As it was already prominent from day one Turkey won the first place at the Junior European Judo Cup in Athens. The representatives of the neighbor country won 8 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals that brought them easily to the top of the 9th edition of the Iliadis Cup.

The curtain for the Junior EJCup fell with Greece traditionally winning at least one medal as it did in previous events. Mina Agneta RICKEN won the gold medal in category -63kg and Dimitrios TSOUMITAS in category +100kg. The two gold medals brought Greece to the second place of the general classifications before Austria (2-0-0) and Ukraine (1-3-1) that ranked third and fourth respectively.

Ricken and Tsoumitas out of gold

It took only 1 minute for Mina Agneta Ricken to defeat Jovana OBRADOVIC (Serbia) and win the gold medal in category -63kg. For the Greek champion that ranked third in the respective tournament in 2016 and fifth in 2015, the way to the finals and the first place included 3 wins, two waza-ari and one ippon.

“I am excited to have won the gold medal which shows among others that I am constantly improving my performance. It was time my efforts borne fruit after the fifth place in 2015 and the third last year. I really wanted to succeed that is why I trained hard daily giving the best of myself. Watching the Greek athletes all these days I can only say that their level is as always high and they have a lot to give in the future. Ilias Iliadis is a role model for me, an icon, and I feel deeply honored to compete in an event named after him. My future goals is to give my best self in the national games and above all to excel in the European Cup Berlin U21” stated RICKEN.

Dimitrios TSOUMITAS in category +100kg finals eliminated Vladyslav BEREZKA from Ukraine. The Greek champion and bronze medalists of the Cadet European Championships 2015 showed an excellent performance and finished with the first place.

“I had nothing in mind during the final. My success is attributed to the directions of my coach whose directions and strategy lead me to this extremely high level. I did my best in this hard final and I dedicate the gold medal to my parents that have been at my side all these years. My goal is the Olympic Games of 2020 where I hope I can qualify. All Greek athletes had a good performance and we can continue to succeed in the future as we have done in the past” 

With the two medals of RICKEN and TSOUMITAS Greece reached the number of 61 medals in the history of Iliadis Cup. 238 judokas from 24 countries have participated in Athens.

Gold Medal for Nefeli PAPADAKIS (USA)

The sole representative of the US in the Ano Liosia event, Nefeli PAPADAKIS of Greek origin, won the first place in the -78kg category. Fifth at the Cadet World Championships in 2015, PAPADAKIS won three matches to the way to the finals where she competed with Narjes BEN HMIDA from Tunisia. The Golden score was what determined the final and the American judoka from Chicago literally “stole” the gold medal in shido. In perfect Greek PAPADAKIS stated:

“I was here in the Games of “Athens 2004” watching Ilias Iliadis triumphing at the age of 17. This inspired me and gave me the motive to get involved with Judo and 13 years later, here in my country, to win a gold medal. I competed with a lot of thought and strategy. I believed in my success and I was excited to realize my great potential. It was a great event and I hope to be able to come to Greece to compete in the future. I have competed with Elisavet TELTSIDOU. I have been watching the Greek Judo and what I can say is that all athletes have a high performance”

EJU Junior Training Camp- Loutraki

In two days  the tournament which 238 judokas from 24 countries The EJU Junior Training Camp organized by Olympionikis Ag.I.Rentis will be hosted at Loutraki SportCamp from Monday 27 March to Thursday 30 March 2017. Five countries will participate with 82 athletes.


The final of the premiere of the Junior European Judo Cup Athens 2017 was marked by the playing - for the first time- of the  National Anthem of Turkey  at the -44kg women category medal ceremony. Indeed, the superiority and ascendancy of athletes from the neighboring country was such that Turkey’s national anthem was played in seven out of the eight ceremonies of the first date of the 9th Iliadis Cup.  It is worth mentioning that only 6 countries had a presence in today’s 7 finals (-44kg category was played as ”Round Robin”) and Turkey was present in all with one or even two athletes.

The first place “secured” from day one

Turkey did secure its first place to the 9th Iliadis Cup even from the first day of the tournament. More specifically Turkish athletes won 7 gold medals, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals while it also had presence in the fourth and fifth places. 

National coaches Mustafa KALAYCI (women) and Oktay AYAZ (men) stated: 

“We are very satisfied with the performance of our athletes, both men and women, and results prove that. Winning medals in all categories shows that we do a great job and the secret is nothing more than hard work and training. Our country also offers us favourable preparation conditions which enables us to have a strong presence in world judo. Our aim is to hit the top in all categories by the end of the tournament. We are glad to participate in this important event under the name of Ilias Iliadis, an athlete that not only we as coaches but our athletes as well admire” .

Melisa CAKMAKLI, who also ranked first in the respective 2015 event in category -44kg has also won 3 medals in great tournaments since she won the third place in Juniors World Championships 2014, second in European Junior Championships 2015 and European Junior Championships 2014. Irem KORKMAZ on the other hand won the bronze medal in World Championships Cadets 2015 and silver in Junior European Championships 2016. Bilal CILOGLU ranked first in the Cadet European Judo Championships 2015, third in the Junior European Judo Championships 2015 and fifth in the World Championships Cadets 2015.

Austria’s Greek “scent” medal

Three years after the 7th place in the European Cadet Championships U18, that was also held in Ano Liosia, Asimina THEODORAKIS won the first place in the -57kg category. Four successful games led Theodorakis, the athlete that competed under her recently adopted Austrian flag in U23, to the gold medal. The highlight however was her victory over Meltem DINDAR from Turkey in Golden Score. Theodorakis managed to break even at the last second of the 4 minute mark, while it took her 2 minutes and 22 seconds for one more waza-ari, that led her to the gold medal and a high score in the European classification of the EJU.

“I am deeply moved and I am all in tears because I never imagined that I could reach that high in this tournament. It was a heartrending final and I constantly had in mind that I had to win, something that did happen since I was the one that wanted it the most. Whenever I compete in Greece I feel Greek but I am always moved when I hear the Austrian national anthem. This game was therefore very special for me. I am happy that this tournament  is dedicated to Ilias Iliadis who I have been admiring  throughout all these years”, mentioned Asimina Theodorakis.

Martin Grafl, Asimina’s coach stated:

“I am very proud and happy for my athlete that proved a fighted and won such a difficult final. She has a strong mind and one could say that despite having a Greek heart she has an Austrian mindset and culture. I am glad because she tries hard and from being seventh in the European Cadet Championships U18 she managed to win the gold medal.”


Well Done

Well done to everyone who successfully passed their grading today.