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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The 45th Annual Awards Night and Party was held in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Community Centre, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Over 125 members and guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment followed by Awards and an ‘Ice-Cream’ party.
During the Awards portion of the evening the following promotions were announced, and Club members were presented with their new belts;
to White/Yellow striped Belt;
to Yellow Belt;
to Yellow/Orange striped Belt;
to Orange Belt;
to Orange/Green striped Belt;
to Green Belt;
to Green/Blue striped Belt;
Ava de Pater
to Blue Belt;
to Blue/Brown striped Belt;
Perfect Attendance Certificates
were awarded to the following students;
Jacob Duckworth 1st year Perfect Attendance
Tyson Gill 1st year Perfect Attendance
Max Hemsley 1st year Perfect Attendance
Duncan Robertson 1st year Perfect Attendance
Evie McDonald 2nd year Perfect Attendance
Sebastian Kadoke-Scantlebury 3rd year Perfect Attendance
(Sensei) Gord MacDonald 18th year Perfect Attendance
recognizing individual proficiency in one or more areas were presented to;
Devon Georgeadis 2013 Peer Award Winner (as chosen by his peers)
Max Hemsley 2013 Spirit Award Winner
Curtis Villeneuve 2013 Spirit Award Winner
Kat Hawkins 2013 Sensei Award Winner
Ryan Neville 2013 Sensei Award Winner
Left to Right; Kat Hawkins (Sensei Award Winner), Max Hemsley (Spirit), Curtis Villeneuve (Spirit), Devon Georgeadis (Peer), Ryan Neville (Sensei Award Winner)
Sensei Gord would like to thank all Club members, assistant instructors, and parents for their support throughout the 2012-13 season! We will have a tremendous Club base upon entering our 46th season in September. As always, keep an eye out for friends, neighbours, family members who may be interested in joining our Club as new white belts, or returning colour belts. Judo is a ‘Way of Life’ – do not be left behind!
In recognition of successful competition at the recent tournament held in Gatineau and continual improvement within the Club, the following belt promotions were announced Wednesday evening Feb 6, 2013;
Andrew Brown-Smith from Yellow Belt, to Yellow/Orange stripe
Ashdon Howlett from Orange Belt, to Orange/Green stripe
Ben Howlett from Orange Belt, to Orange/Green stripe
Congratulations to all three members on their promotions!!
A team of five Almonte Judo Club members competed in a tournament held in Gatineau, Sunday January 27, 2013. Andrew Brown-Smith took Gold in the U11 category in his first tournament experience! Veteran competitor Ben Howlett went undefeated in U13 boys, also earning Gold for his efforts. Younger brother Ashdon Howlett had several excellent contests and fought hard throughout the day but was unable to finish on the podium. In Senior Men’s competition, Matthew Church captured Bronze in the middle-weight category, and Phillip McNeely took Bronze in the light-weight division. All in all a very successful day and all competitors should be proud of their successes!
Front Row: (left to right) Andrew Brown-Smith, Ben Howlett, Ashdon Howlett
Back Row: (left to right) Phillip McNeely, Matthew Church
Andrew Brown-Smith (left) after receiving Gold Medal
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Website Followers, Judo Enthusiasts, Proud Canadians!!!
As you will read below, Nick has represented Canada on the world stage for some time now, most notably in the -73kg mens judo competition both in Beijing (2008 Olympics) and London (2012 Olympics). The Almonte Judo Club has always been a proud supporter of Nick and has contributed financially along the way. We would like to do more, in fact, I’m certain many of our readers would as well. Nick’s story is compelling, and his athletic feats and fighting spirit warrant the respect and financial support now more than ever. If you are interested in supporting Nick, or simply learning more about his story, I encourage you to speak with his father Mark at the phone number listed below. Mark has been with Nick every step along the way, and has always kept Nick true to his roots in the East Region of Judo Ontario where it all began in the 1990′s. If you or your organization are able to lend the type of support Nick is seeking, you will help fill a huge void caused by the cessation of sport-sponsored funding.
It’s not too late to join the current session – in fact it’s never too late!!
Simply show up at the dojo (practice hall) any Wednesday evening. We are located in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Arena complex, 182 Bridge Street in Almonte. Juniors (5-12 yrs) practice between 6:45PM and 8:00PM, while Seniors (13 yrs +) practice from 8:00PM to 9:30PM. No prior experience is necessary, and the Club is well balanced between males and females of all ages. Judo is a martial art without striking (no kicks or punches). All members learn to fall safely before being introduced to either judo takedowns or holddowns. The Japanese language and traditions are largely adhered to throughout all practice sessions. Come see what we’re about, take in as many FREE practice sessions as you see fit, and immerse yourself in one of the greatest sport offerings Almonte has to offer – going back to our origin in 1968 !!
See us at MM at a Glance, or come upstairs and view a class in progress, or both!!! Our first class begins at 6:45PM and we will be conducting our second class as MM at a Glance concludes at 9PM. Stay for a minute, stay for an hour – enjoy the comfortable seating area upstairs and a warm greeting! If you are unable to join Sept 5 – no worries, we’ll catch up with you the following week Sept 12, same place and time. (6:45 PM Upstairs Hall of Almonte Arena) JUDO INFO : 613-256-2180 Gord or Val
Congratulations to Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81kg) on earning a Bronze medal in Olympic competition at the London 2012 Games! Antoine is looking very much like a young Nicolas Gill, Canada’s most decorated judo Olympian. Gill himself last won Silver at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. Looking forward to seeing what our Team can do in Rio, 2016.
The 45th season of the Almonte Judo Club begins Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Only 5 years until the ‘BIG’ celebration, but that does not mean we do not have cause to celebrate 45 years. This season promises to be an exciting one, and we hope you can join us to share in the fun and excitement! Fall judo begins just weeks after the current summer session ends. If you did not take part in the summer session, or are new to the sport, not to worry – we’ll ease into the new season. If you or your children have never participated in a martial art (and Olympic Sport !!!) there is no better time to join. Canada hopes to place one or more athletes on the podium in judo – stay tuned ……
2012 Trophy Winners
Left to Right; Amy Thompson – Peer Award, Duncan Robertson – Spirit Award, Jacob Duckworth – Sensei Award, Rob Ladouceur – Sensei Award, Ava de Pater – Most Improved Award
Class of 2012
The 2011-12 Annual Awards Night was held at the Almonte Community Centre Hall, Wednesday, April 25 2012 in front of a capacity audience.
A number of personal accomplishments were recognized including certificates for those achieving Perfect Attendance throughout the course of the season, trophies to recognize various proficiencies, and new belts to recognize progression in the sport.
Perfect Attendance Certificates
were awarded to the following members;
Andrew Brown-Smith 1st year
Devan Burns 1st year
Kaylee Demers 1st year
Evie McDonald 1st year
Amy Thompson 1st year
Emma Wilson 1st year
Sebastian Kadoke-Scantlebury 2nd year
Claire Ruttan 2nd year
Owen Wilson 3rd year
(Sensei) Gord MacDonald 17th year
White-Yellow striped Belt:
Yellow-Orange striped Belt:
Orange-Green striped Belt:
Blue-Brown striped Belt:
Dylan de Pater
Ava de Pater, Matthew Church, and Devon Georgeadis
(Left) Athletes from the Almonte Judo Club represented the East Region Judo Team at the Ontario Winter Games held mid-March in Collingwood, Ontario. Our athletes brought home two bronze medals, in addition to the team earning a bronze out of 6 competing teams from across the province. A great time was had by all !!!
East Region Team pose with individual medals after the Games