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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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BAM (Beckwith, Almonte, Munster) Fun Day held Sat April 14, 2018

The trio of valley judo clubs, Beckwith, Almonte and Munster gathered once again for a fun day of judo on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The 3 clubs had first gathered in 2014 at Munster, and our last get together was in 2016 at Beckwith.

Dozens of athletes descended upon the Munster Elementary School for close to 3 hours of fun – with many of the fun activities being led by Beckwith student Rayven Gray. Sensei Karen Heney of Munster, Sensei Jacques Sauve of Beckwith and Sensei Gord MacDonald of Almonte helped organize the day, along with strong support from Mike Heney (MC) and Sensei’s from all 3 Clubs.

Students were divided into 12 groups to do randori battle in a friendly ‘Top Lobster’ event. Sensei Karen Heney crafted beautiful ‘Top Lobster’ plaques for the overall winner of each group. When students were not occupied in ‘Top Lobster’, they were challenged to a Judo quiz, complete with small prizes for successful completion.

Sensei Gord, Keaton, Sensei Jacques (Beckwith), Ava (Beckwith/Almonte)

Almonte students enjoyed the day immensely, and worked hard throughout several ne waza challenges, and the Top Lobster randori event.

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Top Lobster plaque recipients from Almonte included; Max Nicholson (junior super lightweight category), Sylas St.Dennis (junior lightweight category), Sylvain Ganter (senior light/middleweight category), and Matthew Church (senior heavyweight category). Congratulations to all participants on a fine showing, win or lose.

Stretching out

Almonte participants included:

Ava Allison Bourne (Beckwith/Almonte)
Keaton Allison Bourne
Bodhi Barringer
Indiana Barringer
Paxton Barringer
Matthew Burke
Matthew Church
Tyler Dalton
Connor Edmondson
Daniel Fitzsimon
Casey Gayton
Sylvain Ganter
Keira Guthrie
Murray Guthrie
Tavis Hargreaves
Chris Hashimoto
Ronin Hashimoto
Theo Hashimoto
Tait Jaynes
Ben Ladouceur
Meghan Ladouceur (Sensei)
Dan Lafortune
Lucas Lafortune
Gord MacDonald (Sensei)
Chenoa Marshall (Sensei)
Erwin Marshall
Pascal Marshall
Max Nicholson
Charlie Pratt
Ivan Sorokowsky
Thor Sorokowsky
Rory St. Sennis
Sylas St. Dennis
Clementine Weir
Griffin Weir

Congratulations to all, and thank you for representing our Club so well !!! Special thanks to the Munster Judo Club for hosting the event, and to the Munster Community Association for so generously contributing medals for each participant!

Lexi (of Munster) with her 'Top Lobster' plaque

Judo Club performs demonstrations at Naismith Public School in Almonte

A total of 15 Almonte Judo Club members participated in judo demonstrations at Naismith School on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Everyone had a blast, and would gladly perform elsewhere if called upon to do so !!

Twelve of the participants were students of Naismith School including, Bodhi Barringer, Indiana Barringer, Paxton Barringer, Tait Jaynes, Ben Ladouceur, Lucas Lafortune, Luke Ibrahim, Marlise Ibrahim, Luka Rizk, Ella Villeneuve, Clementine Weir, and Griffin Weir.

Pictured below are 10 of the 12 students along with Dan Lafortune, Meghan Ladouceur (Club Instructor), and Gord MacDonald, (Head Instructor).

Demo #3 to Grades 5 and 6

Thanks to everyone for participating, and thanks to the teachers and Principal of Naismith School for allowing us to entertain the students.

Year-End Awards Night, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Family and friends gathered Wednesday, April 25 2018 in the Almonte Arena Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of Almonte Judo Club members over the 2017-18 season. Our 50th year of continuous operation being recognized and celebrated made the season extra special.

Certificates of Progress to under age judoka (6 members) were awarded to:

Indiana Barringer
Daniel Fitzsimon
Shandi Gayton
Murray Guthrie
Neva McIntyre
Maeva Neilz-Reid

Promotions in belt rank were as follows;

    To White-Yellow Striped Belt (10 members)

Connor Edmondson
Ana-Sofia Fitzsimon
Keira Guthrie
Tavis Hargreaves
Theo Hashimoto
Allan Lytle
Ben Lytle
Max Mould
Simon Neilz-Reid
Charlie Pratt

    To Yellow Belt (14 members)

Bodhi Barringer
Paxton Barringer
Tyler Dalton
Chris Hashimoto
Ronin Hashimoto
Luke Ibrahim
Pascal Marshall
Sophia Newton
Max Nicholson
Ivan Sorokowsky
Sylas St. Dennis
Mike Watters
Griffin Weir
Isabelle Whitaker

    To Yellow-Orange Striped Belt (9 members)

Keaton Allison Bourne
Casey Gayton
Marlise Ibrahim
Ben Ladouceur
Erwin Marshall
Marjorie Mennie
Luka Rizk
Ella Villeneuve
Clementine Weir

    To Orange Belt (6 members)

Matthew Burke
Getson Hall
Tait Jaynes
Mason Spinks
Rory St. Dennis
Johnathan Stroud

    To Orange-Green Striped Belt (2 members)

Caitlyn Burke
Joe Watters

    To Green Belt (5 members)

Isabelle Georgeadis
Lucas Lafortune
Myles Thompson
Bill Treusch
Ruby Watters

    To Green-Blue Striped Belt (1 member)

Liam Lafortune

    To Blue Belt (5 members)

Kathryn Hawkins
Max Hemsley
Dan Lafortune
Brendan Nichols
Drake Nichols

New 'Blue' Belts

    To Blue-Brown Striped Belt (1 member)

Ashdon Howlett

    To Brown Belt (2 members)

Devon Georgeadis
Ben Howlett

In total we had 6 students receive ‘Certificates of Progress’, and 55 students receive belt promotions, for a total of 61 recognized. In addition, we have several blue, brown, and black belt members who continue to train and work toward their next belt/Dan level. We congratulate all of them on a successful season as well !!

A number of students achieved perfect attendance over the past season and were recognized with certificates, as follows:

    1st Year Perfect Attendance

Connor Edmondson
Daniel Fitzsimon
Getson Hall
Curtis Villeneuve

    2nd Year Perfect Attendance

Bodhi Barringer
Paxton Barringer
Casey Gayton
Dan Lafortune
Clementine Weir

    5th Year Perfect Attendance

Devon Georgeadis

    23 Years Perfect Attendance

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

(Head Instructor) Gord MacDonald

The annual ‘Sensei Award’ for the student(s) who best display the attributes of ‘Confidence, Fitness, Fairness and Discipline’ was awarded to Ivan Sorokowsky of our Junior Class, and Chris Hashimoto of our Senior class. Congratulations to both students on an exemplary year of judo.

We finally celebrate on Wed April 18, 2018 !!

Thank you Judo Ontario !!

Amidst tables of memorabilia from years past, club members and family took time out of the evening program to celebrate with a wonderful cake from our local bakery

Sensei Meghan Ladouceur, Sensei Gord MacDonald, Sensei Chenoa Marshall

. Stories were told and memories were cherished, but above-all, we devoured the cake !!!

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 !

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