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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 competitors shine at Gatineau tournament Jan 24, 2016

There's the Spirit !!!

The Almonte Judo Club fared very well in a tournament held at Centre de Sportif in Gatineau, Sunday Jan 24, 2016. This was the first tournament for Caitlyn Burke, Kathryn Hawkins and Elowyn Rodriguez, and only the second tournament for Liam Burke. Congratulations to all on your excellent results, competitive spirit, and outstanding representation of our Club and town!!

Included are two photos – one serious, and one ‘not so’.

Pictured are:

Front Row Left to Right; Liam Burke – Gold medal, Ava Allison Bourne (Beckwith/Almonte) – Bronze medal.

Back Row Left to Right; Sensei Gord MacDonald, Elowyn Rodriguez – Silver medal, Ben Howlett – Bronze medal, Ashdon Howlett – Silver medal, Caitlyn Burke – Bronze medal, Kathryn Hawkins – Gold medal, Sensei Chenoa Marshall

AJC Celebrates the Holiday Season !!!

Climbing the Belt !!!

Judo Appetites !!On Wednesday evening, December 16, Club members were joined by family and friends to celebrate the final class of 2015, and the arrival of the Christmas Season. Following an hour of entertaining judo, festive treats and drinks were enjoyed by well over 100 people of all ages. The Club took a well deserved 3 week break and returned for the start of a new session on January 6, 2016.

Summer Judo holds final class and BBQ, Sunday August 16, 2015

Perfect weather greeted more than 50 members, friends and family at Metcalfe Park in Almonte on Sunday August 16. What a perfect way to end our 10th summer judo session. What started as a small group of keeners has now expanded to become one of the premiere summer judo programs in the region.

Nothing beats a fun outdoor session followed by a BBQ consisting of hotdogs, hamburgers, and steak !!!! Thanks to the many volunteers who supplied food and assistance at this great event.

We take a brief 3 week break before returning for our Fall Session. The new season promises to hold all the fun and excitement our Club is known for ….. and also introduces at least two new black belts, and possibly three !

Fall Registration , Wed Sept 9

The Almonte Judo Club returns for it’s 48th season !!!!! on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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!! 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.

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.

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 !

Two long time club members awarded Black Belts !!!!

Tina Takahashi Martial Arts and Fitness was host to an East Region Grading on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Several judoka from Ottawa, Ajax, Almonte and beyond were evaluated in front of a panel of high ranking judo officials from across the province.

The Almonte Judo Club is proud to announce both Almonte candidates, Meghan Ladouceur and Ward Smith, were successful in their grading to Shodan !! (1st degree black belt) This is a tremendous accomplishment for both club members, and follows several months of intensive training. Chenoa Marshall and Sebastian Kadoke-Scantlebury volunteered their time and bodies in the capacity of ‘partners’ for Meghan and Ward respectively. We are indebted to those individuals who unselfishly devoted so much time to ensure the readiness of both candidates.

Meghan and Ward join existing black belts, Chenoa Marshall, Lena Vinogradov and Gord MacDonald to help form one awesome team! As Sensei, I could not be more proud to see the direction our Club is moving. Exciting times for certain!

A celebration and gathering was held at the Almonte Fitness Centre on Sunday June 14 to recognize the success of Meghan and Ward. Thanks to all those who were able to attend. A great time was had by all, and we’ll let the pictures tell the story!

Year-end Awards Night, April 29, 2015

Family and friends gathered Wednesday April 29 in the Almonte Arena Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of Almonte Judo Club members over the 2014-15 season.

A large number of belt promotions were announced including;

To White/Yellow stripe:

Ben Clattenburg
George Clattenburg
Alexia Francoeur
Ben Ladouceur
Marley St.Dennis
Rory St.Dennis
Erika Toop

To Yellow Belt:

Elowyn Rodriguez

To Yellow/Orange stripe:

Caitlyn Burke
Liam Burke
Matthew Gagliano
Sarina Geisser
Dan Lafortune
Lucas Lafortune
Willow Marwood
Brody St.Dennis
Myles Thompson
Will Thompson
Joe Watters
Kathryn Whitaker

To Orange Belt:

William Francoeur
Isabelle Georgeadis
Liam Lafortune
Fern Marwood
Rebecca Robertson
Abhy Thompson
Ruby Watters

To Orange/Green stripe:

Kathryn Hawkins
Max Hemsley
Brendan Nichols
Curtis Villeneuve
Ryan Vinogradov

To Green Belt:

Duncan Robertson

To Green/Blue stripe:

Ashdon Howlett
Castin Howlett

To Blue Belt:

Ben Howlett

To Brown Belt:

Matthew Church
Sebastian Kadoke-Scantlebury

Congratulations everyone !!

Results from East Region Tournament, May 2, 2015

An East Region Judo Ontario tournament was held Saturday May 2, 2015 at the Munster Elementary School. Almonte competitor results were as follows;

Liam Burke – Bronze Medal
Max Hemsley – Silver Medal
Ashdon Howlett – Gold Medal
Ben Howlett – Gold Medal
Castin Howlett – Silver Medal
Fern Marwood – Silver Medal
Willow Marwood – Bronze Medal
Duncan Robertson – no competitors
Joe Watters – Bronze Medal
Ruby Watters – no competitors

Congratulations to all athletes on a great day of competition !!

A big thanks to all the volunteers and family members who helped make the tournament a success.

Almonte athletes shine at Gatineau Judo Tournament

Almonte athletes descended on CEGEP college in Gatineau on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for their annual Judo tournament. A great day was had by all participants, and many came home with medals for their efforts. Congratulations to everyone who competed, and to Brendan Nichols and Meghan Ladouceur for attending with intentions of competing. Unfortunately neither Brendan nor Meghan had competitors registered in their category.

A big thanks also to all family members and friends who were able to attend and cheer on our athletes.

Front Row, left to right; Ava Allison Bourne (Beckwith/Almonte), Ruby Watters, Willow Marwood, Michael Levis (Munster/Almonte)

Back Row, left to right; Fern Marwood, Dan Lafortune, Castin Howlett, Joe Watters (on shoulders), Sensei Gord MacDonald, Duncan Robertson

Promotions to Yellow Belt !!

Congratulations to the following Almonte Judo Club members, all recipients of their yellow belt on Wednesday, December 2, 2014;

Caitlyn Burke

Liam Burke

Brody St.Dennis

Well done !!!

Still accepting new members in Fall Judo Program !!!

Come check us out any Wednesday evening in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Arena. We are in the Hall between roughly 6:30PM and 9:30PM to answer any questions you may have, or simply observe or join in a class in progress. Juniors (5-12 yrs) occupy the mat surface between 6:45 and 8:00PM, and Seniors (13+) afterward.

It’s fun, safe, and very affordable. Do what thousands of residents during our 47 years in the Community have done – a martial art, a means of self-defence, and an Olympic Sport!! Come alone, or bring a friend – you will not be disappointed.