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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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New Judo Season starts September 3, 2014 !!!!

The 47th season of judo in Almonte will begin Wednesday, September 3, 2014. We will enjoy the same great training location (upper Hall of the Almonte Arena), an Olympic calibre practice surface, the same Wednesday evening schedule from September through April, and a talented group of devoted Instructors. As always, we expect a large number of returning members, and will entertain new members as well.

In anyone has any questions about the judo program and the benefits it provides, contact Gord MacDonald at 613-256-2180, email at gordalmonte@hotmail.com, or ‘contact us’ via the website. Either way, I will be happy to answer your questions.

Whether you are seeking a martial art for your child or yourself, or simply a fun sport and a great workout – we have it all. We remain very affordable (typically less than $200 per season!!!) and this includes new belts, an annual Christmas party, a year-end Awards Night, a March Break ‘Bring a Friend’ night, and much more. We cover your Judo Ontario membership costs whether you opt for competitive or remain ‘recreational’ in scope. We do not engage in fundraising – in other words, there are no hidden costs or obligations.

Join your friends, neighbours and like-minded individuals as we engage in a martial art, an Olympic Sport, a means of self-defense, and camaraderie that will keep you coming out. Are you in ?????????????

Lycee Claudel (Ottawa) Judo Tournament Results

Lycee Claudel was host Club to a tournament held Saturday, June 1 2014. The tournament was attended by more than 100 athletes from 10 different Clubs.

Almonte Judo Club was represented by 5 competitors with results as follows;

U14 Male Lightweight Duncan Robertson Gold Medal

U14 Male Lightmiddleweight Ashdon Howlett Silver Medal

U14 Male Middleweight Castin Howlett Silver Medal

U14 Male Lightheavyweight Ben Howlett Gold Medal

U18 Male -60kg Qualifier Division Devon Georgeadis Bronze Medal

Congratulations to all, and Best of Luck to Devon Georgeadis in possible selection to the East Region Team for the Ontario Summer Games to be held in Windsor, Ontario in August 2014.

April 30, 2014 Awards Night

The Annual Awards Night was held Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Arena.

Promotions in Belt Rank were as follows;

to White/Yellow striped Belt;

Caitlyn Burke
Liam Burke
Logan Duckworth
Gabriel Ramonal
Quinn Ramonal
Brody St.Dennis

to Yellow Belt;

Matthew Gagliano
Liam Lafortune
Lucas Lafortune
Tommy MacAskill
Fern Marwood
Willow Marwood
Ethan Mullen
Myles Thompson
Will Thompson
Joe Watters
Ruby Watters
Jackson Weldon
Kathryn Whitaker

to Yellow/Orange striped Belt;

William Francoeur
Isabelle Georgeadis
Rebecca Robertson
Abby Thompson

to Orange Belt;

Jacob Duckworth
Tyson Gill
Kat Hawkins
Max Hemsley
Brendan Nichols
Drake Nichols
Curtis Villeneuve
Ryan Vinogradov

to Orange/Green striped Belt;

Duncan Robertson
Claire Ruttan

to Green Belt;

Castin Howlett

to Green/Blue striped Belt;

Ben Howlett

to Blue Belt;

Devon Georgeadis

to Blue/Brown striped Belt;

Matthew Church

to Brown Belt;

Rob Ladouceur
Finn O’Brien

Perfect Attendance Certificates were awarded to the following students;

Logan Duckworth (1st year Perfect Attendance)
Myles Thompson (1st year Perfect Attendance)
Ryan Vinogradov (1st year Perfect Attendance)
Joe Watters (1st year Perfect Attendance)

Max Hemsley (2nd year Perfect Attendance)

Gord MacDonald (19th year Perfect Attendance)

    Trophies

Liam Lafortune Winner, 2014 Perseverance Award

Isabelle Georgeadis Winner, 2014 Most Improved Award

Joe Watters Winner, 2014 Spirit Award

Finn O’Brien Winner, 2014 Competitor of the Year Award

Ruby Watters Winner, 2014 Sensei Award

Congratulations to everyone on another great season.

The 2014 Summer Session begins June 1, 2014 and our regular season commences early September, 2014.

January Registration

Yes, we are accepting new members !!! The winter/spring term begins Wednesday January 8 and wraps up Wednesday April 30. Come join the fun. Learn a martial art, a means of self defense, an olympic sport, and so much more.

Any questions, email gordalmonte@hotmail.com or call 613-256-2180 and ask for Gord.

Fall session of Judo begins Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013 !!!

Welcome to our new Season !

Junior Registration commences at 6:30PM followed by class from 6:45 – 8:00PM, then every Wed PM to end of April (ages 5-12)

Senior Registration commences at 8:00PM followed by class from 8:05 – 9:30PM, then every Wed PM to end of April (teens and adults)

We are accepting new members of all ages (5 and above), male and female! You need not be an athlete – we will help develop your body and mind as you learn the martial art and Olympic Sport of judo. More than 100 million people in over 200 countries practice the sport – second only to soccer in world-wide popularity!! As an Olympic sport, track and field is the only discipline with more participating countries than judo – thus the large number of flag bearers being of judo origin.

Come experience a tradition within Almonte and follow literally thousands who have trained at the Almonte Judo Club since 1968.

We will be happy to meet you, and we trust the ensuing relationship will be a positive one. We offer unlimited FREE trial classes, and our membership rates are quite affordable. Apart from a modest registration fee, there are no other hidden costs, and we do not undertake fundraising of any kind. Promotions, gradings, belts are all included in your registration fee.

Our location remains the Upper Hall of the Almonte Community Centre. Enjoy ample secure and paved parking, clean and modern facilities, certified instructors and a Club atmosphere which befits ‘Almonte the Friendly Town’.

Contact Gord MacDonald via this website, or directly at gordalmonte@hotmail.com. Your inquiries will be dealt with promptly.

April 24, 2013 Awards Night

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;

Ethan Mullen
Jackson Weldon

to Yellow Belt;

William Francoeur
Isabelle Georgeadis
Kat Hawkins
Anne Hemsley
Max Hemsley
Brendan Nichols
Drake Nichols
Nick Scribner
Tessa Scribner
Abby Thompson
Curtis Villeneuve
Elizabeth Whitaker

to Yellow/Orange striped Belt;

Jacob Duckworth
Tyson Gill
Harry Tromans
Ryan Vinogradov

to Orange Belt;

Andrew Brown-Smith
Madison Georgeadis
Evie McDonald
Duncan Robertson
Claire Ruttan
Amy Thompson
Emma Wilson

to Orange/Green striped Belt;

Devan Burns
Castin Howlett

to Green Belt;

Kaylee Demers
Kody Hall
Ashdon Howlett
Ben Howlett
Ryan Neville
Owen Wilson

to Green/Blue striped Belt;

Ava de Pater
Devon Georgeadis

to Blue Belt;

Emily Kadoke-Scantlebury
Amanda Reside

to Blue/Brown striped Belt;

Finn O’Brien

    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

    Trophies

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!

Belt Promotions

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!!

Gatineau Tournament Results

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

Funding required for local Judo Olympian – Nick Tritton

To : Club Members
Associated Commercial enterprises
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.

You know you want to – why else are you here !!!

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 !!