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Welcome to our new look newsletter

Hopefully by now you've realised something is different about JVI this year... 2015 marks the launch of our new branding JudoVIC and it's accompanying new look and feel. 

This is not just a cosmetic change for us but rather a cultural one. Our new image is one of professionalism, openness and clarity. All things we are looking to embrace in everything we deliver for our members.

Two of our first big changes our in our communications channels - primarily facebook and this newsletter. 

We hope you like and enjoy the new format and as always we would welcome your thoughts and feedback via email to 

Congratulations to Doug Noack who has been appointed President of Judo Victoria Incorporated. 

As a result of Neville Sharpe's appointment as President of the national body late last year, the committee unanimously voted Doug to take on the role of state president. 

Doug has played a strong role in Victorian Judo over a number of years of particular note are his establishment of the KIC Cup a school-level tournament which attracts over 100 participants annually, his years of service on the committee, his volunteer work at every local competition, his contributions to the state squad as assistance coach over the last few years and amongst of all that managing to coach one of Victoria's largest clubs in Kardinia. 

We all know Doug will do a fantastic job in the role and wish him all the best. 

Doug has written his first newspaper piece as president below - be sure to check it out!

Join in, Be Involved!

Doug Noack
Life is not a Spectator Sport, and neither is judo! In 2015, I encourage you to get involved, join in the fun, and in so doing make it more fun for those around you. There will be lots to do and much to achieve in 2015. You might be competing in your first tournament, aiming for your next belt grade or just setting new fitness goals. You might be developing your leadership skills, by volunteering at tournaments, learning how to referee or attending a coaching seminar. There are lots of goals that you can achieve this coming year.

The Committee is working hard to ensure that everyone, from our Grass=Roots Juniors, to our Elite Athletes, to our “Average Jo” Judoka like myself, can have more fun and find more rewards in judo in 2015.

Our goals are to make tournaments faster, more fun and more rewarding for our participants. To hold coaching and refereeing seminars, friendly inter-club tournaments, an Awards Night, possibly even a Convention to spice up the AGM! To help support these activities, the Committee is actively seeking funding from both corporate and government sponsors.

There will be plenty to do in 2015 and lots of opportunities to get involved. Your success this year will reflect your participation, so I urge you to challenge yourself, get involved in as many judo activities as you can, and reap the rewards. I wish you the best of success in judo in 2015.

State Titles 2014

The State Titles a great way to cap of the 2014 competition season, with 162 competitors in 47 Divisions competing on three mats all day. The competitors fought in great spirit, and some wonderful ippon wins were a regular feature of the day.

Congratulations to our 2014 State Champions, you all demonstrated exceptional Judo talent:
  • u/9 Boys and Girls: Shania Javni, Joshua Clarke, Yonatan Anshtein, Jules Aiberti, Brodie Nelson
  • Junior Boys and Girls: Daniel Breich, Zach Nabulsi, Dryan Regnaud, Nikita Harvey, Kei Hopper, Maximilian Dias
  • Senior Boys: Will Breich, Ben Ayzelman, Jordan Nabulsi, Ron Burshtein (x2), Zane Breich, Daniel Arzhintar,
  • Senior Girls: Nicole Akhmedova (x2), Aimee Aharoni
  • Cadet Men: Amit Ben-Harim, Harri Cassar, Bryan Jolly,  Taira Tajiri, Sam Farrington (x2),
  • Cadet Women: Maeve Coughlan, Airi Tajiri
  • Junior Men: Bryan Jolly, Noam Tidhar, Harri Cassar, Dylan Anderson
  • Junior Women: Maeve Coughlan, Ana Elefterescu, Aoife Coughlan
  • Senior Men: David Nabulsi, Eoin Coughlan, Nicolas Berard, Bryan Jolly, Perry Pappadimitropoulos, Noam Tidhar, Michal Valent
  • Senior Women: Aoife Coughlan, Maeve Coughlan, Stephanie Caddedu, Kim Chalmers
The Club Championship was won by Kardinia Judo Club, which won 93 points on the day. Kardinia also won the 2014 Club Championship, amassing 411 points. The second placed club was Traralgon, with 203, third was Judokan (194), fourth Mornington (187) and fifth were Yamada Judo Academy (171). Twenty-seven clubs took part in the 2014 championship.

Thankyou to all of our officials and volunteers who made running the day possible; to all of the coaches and participants for putting on a great show of Judo and finally thank you to all of those who came to watch and support our athletes - you made the atmosphere awesome! 

2015 JudoVIC Squad

The Victorian State Judo Team (aka. JudoVIC Squad) started back at training from Sunday 1st February, at Resilience Training Centre (86 Buckley St Footscray). 

It was great to see so many at the first session and we can't wait to see more attending as the weeks progress. 

Squad training is competition orientated and amongst some of the hardest training you will get in the country. If you are interested in improving your competition judo come and join in. Our state coaches Maria, Dan, David and Ivo would love to see you there. 

Remember for those who are seeking to represent the state at Nationals this year, Squad training participation is a key qualification criteria. Squad Manager Jean will be providing a range of information and registration forms on Sunday so make sure you don't miss out.

We will be following the progress of our squad here in the newsletter so stay tuned for updates throughout the year!

Grants now available

VicHealth Active Club Grants (2015 Round one) are now open. Club and organised sport provides important opportunities to get people active. VicHealth Active Club Grants aim to assist community sport club overcome barriers to participation in their club.

The Active Club Grants will provide funding of up to $3000 to purchase sports injury prevention and management equipment and/or essential sporting equipment/items.

The Online application form can be found here:


If you require advice or assistance with the application process, please reach out to Robyn our Sports Development Officer at for assistance


Next Month...

Our aim is to make this newsletter more relevant and exciting for all of our members as this year goes on. Next month, now that we have a new format - we will be working on some new and exciting content including: coaches tips, club profiles, and links to the latest world judo news. If you have any ideas or suggestions please get in touch via:  

Upcoming Events

2015 JudoVIC Squad
Training Commences
Sunday 1 February
Resilience Training Centre
2015 Competition Season
Rules Seminar #1

Sunday 8 February
2015 Competition Season - Summer Starter
Sunday 15 February
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