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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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2023-24 season – plans in progress !!!

Yes, plans are already in progress for the start of yet another season !! Our first class of the new season will be held Wed Sept 6, 2023 in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Community Centre. Club membership remains very strong, however we will be in contact with those at or near the top of our wait list. Stay tuned !!

2022-23 Season – A brief summary

The 2022-23 season saw a return to the Upper Hall of the Almonte Community Centre. Throughout the pandemic we operated on and off in a temporary dojo, created to allow for the safe practice of judo in a small controlled setting. This temporary dojo was vacated in August of 2022.

Membership throughout the 2022-23 season was very strong, and largely carried over from the pandemic years. The Club remains indebted to the community who have provided unwavering support through the toughest of (pandemic) challenges.

2021-22 Season in full swing !!

Contact Gord MacDonald at if you are interested in joining our Club ! Gord is the Head Instructor of the Almonte Judo Club and will respond promptly to all inquiries. Yes, we are operating throughout the pandemic following all guidelines, regulations, and protocols as prescribed by Judo Ontario, Judo Canada, the Province of Ontario, and local Health Authorities. Be assured your safety, and the safety of all our members remains our number one priority.

We hope to hear from you, whether for yourself, your son or daughter, or participation as a family. Our aim is to provide everyone a quality experience at the most affordable rates.

Club going strong amidst Pandemic !!

We endured, and were able to finish the 2020-21 season in a solid position. Thanks to all members for adhering to the health and safety protocols put in place as protection against Covid-19.

Although the 2020-21 season presented challenges, we met each one with the characteristic drive and determination which has kept us relevant since 1968.

Thanks everyone for your ongoing support, and your trust and confidence in our program.

Pandemic, and Lockdown

Fortunately we enjoyed an uninterrupted 15 week Fall session, September through December 2020 !! Membership remains at an all-time high, and all safety protocols are in place to meet the most stringent Covid guidelines and restrictions.

From Sept 1 through December 12 we conducted modified classes within the parameters of the ‘Green Zone’. On December 13 we entered the ‘Yellow Zone’ and made appropriate changes to meet the new guidelines imposed. Operations ceased temporarily on Dec 26 when the Province imposed a complete lockdown – ‘Grey Zone’.

While we remain in the ‘Grey Zone’, steady improvements are being made to the dojo in anticipation of the re-opening. At this time, we are hoping for a re-opening on Monday January 25 2021. Of course this will be dependent upon how well the Province responds to the lockdown vis a vis reduction in new cases.

At this time we will continue to accept new members to the extent we are able to accommodate. Feel free to contact Gord MacDonald at 613-256-2180, or email at Also refer to our FB page for general information regarding our program. Thank you for your continued support !!!

2020-21 Season set to open September 2, 2020 !!!!

This new season will be ‘different’ amidst guidelines and restrictions associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic. However, we WILL resume operations after all businesses and sport organizations were ‘sidelined’ by the pandemic in mid March 2020.

Our Club will be required to follow strict sanitizing, cleansing, social distancing, group gathering maximum, hand washing and other protocols, but we are prepared !!

At this time we are not certain how many of our current members will return given these circumstances, so we are therefore uncertain how many new members we may be able to accept.

If you are interested in joining, please proceed as normal in contacting myself via this website, by phone (613-256-2180 ask for Gord), by email, or see our Almonte Judo Club Facebook page, and message me.

We will make every effort to answer any questions you may have, and accommodate you/your child(ren).

Stay safe, stay healthy !!!

2019-2020 season begins !!!!!!!!!

Yes, Season #52 commenced Wednesday, Sept 4 in the Upper Hall of the Almonte Arena !!!

We have enjoyed an overwhelming response to our programs, both Junior and Senior. Our Junior Program is FULL with a wait list, whereas our Senior program continues to see new members walk onto the mats! It too is near capacity, but if you are a teen or adult – we may have an activity (and space) for you !!!

Inquiries are always welcome. Please feel free to contact Head Instructor Gord MacDonald any number of ways;

via email gordalmonte

via FB Messenger Gord MacDonald

via this website

via our Facebook Page Almonte Judo Club

by phone 613-256-2180

I personally guarantee a quick response to any questions you may have, however simple or complex.

Here’s to another awesome season of learning, competition, and FUN !!!!!!!!

Annual Awards Night, and season wrap-up, held Wednesday April 24, 2019

Details of belt promotions, and misc pics to follow.

Long Awaited New Roll-Out Mat arrives !!!

Simply put – the old ‘rice/straw/ mats had to go !!!! These mats dated from the 1960′s and were quickly gobbled up by existing club members for their home gyms.

Meanwhile, the dojo was treated to a custom manufactured ‘tatami-like’ surface, measuring the equivalent of roughly 8 regulation tatami. The Club holds reserves for mat purchases like this one, and all current and future members will benefit greatly by the added space, low maintenance, and high quality mat surface acquired.

Exciting times as we continue to expand and modernize !!!!

Annual Bring a Friend night held during March Break, March 13, 2019

The annual ‘Bring a Friend’ night once again proved a huge success !! Club members mixed it up with more than 50 friends, creating one large crowd of people having fun with a variety of judo games and challenges.

More details and pics to follow.