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Welcome to the Almonte Judo Club's Official Web site


We are one of Almonte's longest standing recreational group, operating out of the Almonte Arena. Our club consists of young and old and is run by long-time Judo enthusiast, Gord MacDonald. The Almonte Judo Club welcomes all ages to our mats... for a great way to keep fit, have fun and compete.

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Almonte Judo Club celebrates 50 years !!!!!!!!!!

From humble beginnings in 1968 …… the same year organized soccer was introduced to Almonte, to a large and thriving martial arts club, judo has come a long way !!!!!

The Almonte Judo Club has operated uninterrupted since 1968, and kept many of its finest traditions since its inception. Times have certainly changed, the judo uniform (judogi) has improved dramatically, we no longer colour dye belts, rules have changed, the venue (dojo) has been modernized, and we boast a large surface area of Olympic calibre official tatami. (high density foam mats) We communicate and promote our Club via the latest in social media tools, have introduced e-commerce and on-line registration, and have seen somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1,000 students pass through our doors over the years !!!

The Club has always carried the reputation of having a low cost and very affordable program for all family members – this continues strongly to this day. Membership topped 90 students this current season, and we attract participants from not only our great town, but all outlying areas stretching from Lanark, Christie Lake, Middleville, Tatlock and Clayton in the west, to Pakenham, Arnprior, Renfrew and Calabogie in the North, to Carp, Kanata, Stittsville and Ottawa in the East, and Appleton, Carleton Place and Smiths Falls in the south.

Along with strong support from the communities comes a great loyalty from our judo families, some now in their second generation within the Club ! We have nurtured young students to the level of Black Belt, watched our competitors compete at the Provincial and National levels, enjoyed numerous visits from Olympians, and watched hundreds of young and old students weave their way through school, adulthood and chosen careers.

There are so many reasons to celebrate, and not enough time to sit back and enjoy. Our Club members have been active in numerous competitions, training for higher belt levels, and dedicating their time toward the betterment of our Club for future generations to enjoy.

Wednesday night in Almonte has become synonymous with judo, and where other sports and activities have come and gone, judo remains a staple in the diets of Mississippi Mills residents and beyond. We thank you for your continued support !!

Ontario Winter Games, Midland On March 2, 2018

Left to Right Amir, Brendan, Ashdon, Ben, Max, Kaden, Duncan

The judo team consisted of 7 athletes meeting U18 criteria for competition. The Almonte Judo Club was fortunate to claim 5 of the 7 spots on the Team !!!!

Team members, club affiliation, and results were as follows;

Ashdon Howlett Almonte Judo Club

Ben Howlett Almonte Judo Club

Max Hemsley Almonte Judo Club

Duncan Rpbertson Almonte Judo Club Silver Medal

Brendan Nichols Almonte Judo Club

Kaden Venugopal RA / Takahashi Judo Club Gold Medal

Amir Shukle Ottawa Judo Club Gold Medal

Congratulations to all athletes on such a fine showing amidst top competitors from across all 6 Regions of Ontario !!!

Until 2020 ..........

‘Why I LOVE Judo’ contest, Valentines Day 2018

As Judo class coincided with Valentine’s Day, we thought it appropriate to hold a contest of written submissions on ‘Why I LOVE Judo’. Students were given 4 weeks notice to put together a short paragraph or page explaining what they loved about the sport of judo, and the Almonte Judo Club.

The contest was open to those between the ages of 5 and 14, and we received a total of 24 entries !!! The students put a lot of thought and effort into the friendly competition – with small cash prizes on the line !! 1st place winners were presented with $25, 2nd place $15, 3rd place $5, and all entrants walked away with at least $2 for their efforts !!

Junior Division Winners

1st Place Charlie Pratt

2nd Place Pascal Marshall

3rd Place Bodhi Barringer

3rd Place Daniel Fitzsimon

Intermediate Division Winners

1st Place Clementine Weir

2nd Place Marjorie Mennie

3rd Place Erwin Marshall

3rd Place Marlise Ibrahim

A big thanks to all for the time and effort they put into their entries – they were all awesome. The quality of submissions made it very difficult for the panel of judges (Club Instructors) to select the winners !!!

Ne-Waza Competition at Takahashi Dojo, Sat Feb 10, 2018

Once again, Almonte Judo Club took part in this friendly competition designed to provide younger judoka an opportunity to experience a ‘tournament’. And once again, the tournament experience did not disappoint. Many of the children were awarded medals at the end of the day, along with certificates of participation. The entire competition involved 60 athletes from Clubs across East Region of Judo Ontario, and Western Quebec.

Almonte Judo Club participants at this event included;

Daniel Fitzsimon

Max Nicholson

Ivan Sorokowsky

Thor Sorokowsky

Charlie Pratt

Bodhi Barringer

Paxton Barringer

For first -timers, all were very impressive on the mats. Second time participants showed dramatic improvement over the first tournament held in December 2017. Congratulations to all on a fine showing !!

A big thank you to Ryan Barringer for all his efforts in tracking the results of our competitors throughout the day!

Almonte sends large team to inaugural ‘NE Waza’ Event at Takahashi Dojo

Takahashi Martial Arts was host to a Ne-Waza (ground work) competition for our younger athletes, Saturday December 9, 2017.

A total of 60 competitors competed in the day-long event, putting 6 teams of 10 athletes against one another.

Almonte was capably represented by 14 young athletes including;

Tavis Hargreaves

Charlie Pratt

Bodhi Barringer

Connor Edmondson

Tait Jaynes

Ben Ladouceur

Paxton Barringer

Casey Gayton

Tyler Dalton

Ivan Sorokowsky

Marjorie Mennie

Lucas Lafortune

Getson Hall

Myles Thompson

Our athletes won or tied a number of matches, met new friends, and enjoyed a friendly day of competition and team spirit !! Athletes from the top teams were awarded with medals, and all others walked away with water bottles and other tokens. Each athlete was also presented with a participation certificate from Takahashi Martial Arts. Well done everyone !

Gatineau Tournament (Daniel Massie Invitational) Results

Almonte was well represented at the 1st annual Daniel Massie Cup, a judo tournament held Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Gatineau.

The Almonte Judo Club had a total of 8 competitors, 5 within the Junior Divisions, and 3 within the Juvenile/Senior Divisions. For Getson Hall, Casey Gayton, Matthew Burke and Mason Spinks, this tournament served as initiation to competitive judo.

Junior results were as follows;

Tait Jaynes U10 Male Silver Medal

Casey Gayton U12 Male Bronze Medal

Rory S.Dennis U12 Female Bronze Medal

Getson Hall U14 Male Not on podium

Erika Toop U14 Female Not on podium

Senior Results were as follows;

Caitlyn Burke U16 Female Not on podium

Mason Spinks U16 Male Not on podium

Matthew Burke Male Veteran Not on podium

A very solid performance from all of our competitors amidst very tough competition. Congratulations to all !!

A big shout out to Dan Lafortune for all his efforts in coaching the athletes, and ensuring our younger athletes arrived at each of their matches in a prepared state. Kudos Dan !

2017-18 Registration and First Class Wed Sept 6, 2017 !!!!!

The Almonte Judo Club returns for it’s 50th season on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 !!! You may register and participate on the first night (Sept 6), or simply show up, sign a waiver form, and try the class (or 2, or 3) with no obligation or cost.

We continue to practice in the upstairs Hall of the Almonte Community Centre each Wednesday night, September through the end of April. New members are always welcome but it is recommended the student begins in September. Come enjoy one of the finest Clubs anywhere – view from our comfortable seating area, enjoy free trial classes, or jump right in !! We are well established, very affordable, fully insured, fun, safe, friendly, and will provide you an element of challenge and fitness which fits your age and lifestyle.

Your membership entitles you to all the privileges as a member of the Almonte Judo Club, Judo Ontario, and Judo Canada, including quality black belt instruction, participation in tournaments and clinics (optional), inter-Club training, insurance coverage, and much, much more.

Juniors (5-12 yrs of age) are on the mats from 6:45PM – 8:00 PM, then Seniors (13+) begin practice at 8:05PM and end at 9:30PM.

Prices for Juniors start at approx. $200 for a full season comprised of 32 weeks. Payments may be made in September and January, or enjoy the Club discount if fully prepaid in September. Used uniforms (if size in stock) are available for $20, and if purchased new, $40 – $50. Membership with Judo Ontario and Judo Canada are included in the above-noted fees.

Serving Almonte and surrounding communities steady since 1968, we are anxious to meet and introduce you to the Olympic sport, martial art, and means of self-defence known as Judo. Join hundreds of others from the community who have benefited from our program over the years – you will not be disappointed !

Call Gord MacDonald at 613-256-2180 if interested – and we’ll reserve you a spot. If you are uncertain or have questions – we can answer them !!

Year-end Awards Night, Wednesday April 26, 2017

Family and friends gathered Wednesday April 26, 2017 in the Almonte Arena Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of Almonte Judo Club members over the 2016-17 season.

Promotions in belt rank were as follows;

To White-Yellow Stripe: (10 members)

Bodhi Barringer
Paxton Barringer
Max Ibarra
Luke Ibrahim
Sophia Leclair
Pascal Marshall
Max Nicholson
Sylas St.Dennis
Griffin Weir
Elliott Weldon

To Yellow Belt: (13 members)

Keaton Allison Bourne
George Clattenburg
Casey Gayton
Marlise Ibrahim
Ben Ladouceur
Erwin Marshall
Marjorie Mennie
Luka Rizk
Mason Spinks
Enola Stevens
Johnathan Stroud
Ella Villeneuve
Clementine Weir

To Yellow-Orange Stripe: (9 members)

Samuel Blum
Ben Clattenburg
Getson Hall
Tait Jaynes
Rory St.Dennis
Ayla Stevens
Darius Stevens
Emma Stevens
Erika Toop

To Orange Belt: (3 members)

Rowen Stevens
Bill Treusch
Jackson Weldon

To Orange-Green Stripe: (4 members)

Isabelle Georgeadis
Lucas Lafortune
Myles Thompson
Ruby Watters

To Green Belt: (2 members)

Dan Lafortune
Liam Lafortune

To Green-Blue Stripe: (5 members)

Kaylee Demers
Kathryn Hawkins
Max Hemsley
Brendan Nichols
Drake Nichols

To Blue Belt: (2 members)

Duncan Robertson
Curtis Villeneuve

To Blue-Brown Stripe: (2 members)

Devon Georgeadis
Ben Howlett

To Brown Belt: (1 member)

Sylvain Ganter

Congratulations to a total of 51 members earning belt promotions this season !!

In addition to the above-noted members, several blue, brown and black belt members continue to train and work toward their next belt/Dan. We congratulate each of them on a successful season as well!

A number of students who achieved a perfect attendance record over the past season were also recognized with certificates.

1st year perfect attendance:

Bodhi Barringer
Paxton Barringer
Ben Clattenburg
Casey Gayton
Tait Jaynes
Marjorie Mennie
Mason Spinks
Clementine Weir
Griffin Weir

3rd year perfect attendance:

Isabelle Georgeadis

4th year perfect attendance:

Devon Georgeadis
Myles Thompson

22 years perfect attendance:

(Head Instructor) Gord MacDonald

Congratulations to all certificate recipients for their dedication and perseverance throughout the year(s).

2016-17 Fall Registration – Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Almonte Judo Club returns for it’s 49th season on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 !!! You may register and participate on the first night (Sept 7), or simply show up, sign a waiver form, and try the class (or 2, or 3) with no obligation or cost.

We continue to practice in the upstairs Hall of the Almonte Community Centre each Wednesday night, September through the end of April. New members are always welcome but it’s recommended the student begins in September!! Come enjoy one of the finest Clubs anywhere – view from our comfortable seating area, enjoy free trial classes, or jump right in !! We are well established, very affordable, fully insured, fun, safe, friendly, and will provide you an element of challenge and fitness which fits your age and lifestyle.

Your membership entitles you to all the privileges as a member of the Almonte Judo Club, Judo Ontario, and Judo Canada, including quality black belt instruction, participation in tournaments and clinics (optional), inter-Club training, insurance coverage, and much, much more.

Juniors (5-12 yrs of age) are on the mats from 6:45PM – 8:00 PM, then Seniors (13+) begin practice at 8:05PM and end at 9:30PM.

Prices for Juniors start at only $190 for a full season comprised of 32 weeks. Payments may be made in September and January, or enjoy the Club discount if fully prepaid in September. Used uniforms (if size in stock) are available for $20, and if purchased new, $40 – $50. Membership with Judo Ontario and Judo Canada are included in the above-noted fees.

Serving Almonte and surrounding communities steady since 1968, we are anxious to meet you and introduce you to the Olympic sport, martial art, and means of self-defence known as Judo. Join hundreds of others from the community who have benefited from our program over the years – you will not be disappointed !

Call Gord MacDonald at 613-256-2180 if interested – and we’ll reserve you a spot. If you are uncertain or have questions – we can answer them !!

Year-end Awards Night, April 27, 2016

Family and friends gathered Wednesday April 27 in the Almonte Arena Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of Almonte Judo Club members over the 2015-16 season.

    Certificates of progress

Casey Gayton
Max Ibarra
Pascal Marshall
Thomas More
Sylas St.Dennis
Ella Villeneuve

A large number of

    belt promotions

were announced including;

To White/Yellow stripe:

Keaton Allison Bourne
George Clattenburg
Jayden Goodwin
Getson Hall
Tait Jaynes
Benoit Labonte
Ben Ladouceur
Erwin Marshall

To Yellow Belt:

Darius Bilshausen
Rowen Bilshausen
Samuel Blum
Ben Clattenburg
Abel Hollinger
Vicky Lafortune
Marley St.Dennis
Rory St.Dennis
Ayla Stevens
Emma Stevens
Erika Toop
Phoenix Torck
Bill Treusch

To Yellow/Orange stripe:

Elowyn Rodriguez

To Orange Belt:

Caitlyn Burke
Liam Burke
Dan Lafortune
Lucas Lafortune
Myles Thompson
Will Thompson
Joe Watters

To Orange/Green stripe:

Abby Thompson

To Green Belt:

Kathryn Hawkins
Max Hemsley
Brendan Nichols
Drake Nichols
Curtis Villeneuve

To Green/Blue stripe:

Duncan Robertson

To Blue Belt:

Ashdon Howlett
Castin Howlett

A total of 20 Club members (current blue, brown and black belts) were not graded at this time.

Congratulations to All !!!

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