Saturday, October 11, 2008
Pat Toner is awarded 7th Dan!
Pat Toner, senior member of our team to the world masters has been awarded his 7th Dan reports The Dominion Post
Pat who fought with us in Brussels is a regular at the World Masters and the new comers to the event really enjoyed his company and his insights into the borth of the New Zealand Judo Federation. Pat had only recently come to New Zealand form the U.K. when the federation was founded. With 60 years of mat time, he is a perfect example of Judo as a way of life.
It was an honour for the younger members of the masters team to spend time with Pat in Brussels and on behalf of all the Brussels team, I/we would like to congratulate Pat on his 7th Dan.
Monday, July 07, 2008
TeamNZJudo at the World Masters 2008.
Here is a small team photo of all but two of the team who attended the
World Masters 2008.
Left to right we have:
Antoinette & Joyce both won medals (unlike like the chaps).
Both are living in Auckland and training (from Memory) at Judokwai.
NZers in Belgium & TeamNZJudo.
As you'll know if you have been following this blog, whilst in Brussels
we shared an evening with the New Zealanders in Belgium club.
It was a great evening out and we enjoyed socialising with fellow Kiwis based away from home.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
A quick update before summaries later this week.
well the competition is over and we are returning to the real world of
work and such.
We have some photos and videos to post later this week, but to till then, here is a youtube video from some TV coverage of the event.
This footage is about Adil Belgaid, who is the fighter Lance fought in
his first match.
He isa classy fighter and we enjoyed watching his fights!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Day 2 - Results
Today, Mike Sexton, Aaron Scott & Lance Wicks competed.
Aaron fought a a Brazilian in the first round, where it went to golden score and Aaron lost on a penalty. His second match was against a Russian, which went Wazari-Awasete against Aaron.
Mike, fought a French man in the first round (loss), Englishman in second round (win) and a Brazilian in the third (loss).
Lance, fought a Morocan in the first round and lost by Yuko (osae komi). The Morocan went on to be a finalist. His second was against a Frenchman where Lance caught him for Ippon with a Ura Nage. Finally he fought another Frenchman who unfortunately caught him for Ippon with a left Taio Toshi.
This evening we are heading out to have a couple of drinks with the New Zealanders in Belgium club, who kindly invited us to their monthly pub night, then tomorrow we shall be there to watch Mike Ritson compete.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Day 1 _ results.
Team NZ picked up two medals at the World Masters today!
Pat Toner got the national anthem played for us, GOLD!.
The second medal was not technically ours, we claim as ours despite the
fact it technically went to Great Britain.
Joyce Malley, won her division! Now Joyce is not a Kiwi, but she has been living in Auckland for quite a while now, so we claim that medal for ourselves too! ;-)
Tomorrow Aaron & Lance compete in the -90 and -100 divisions, more medals?
2008 World Masters Day 1
well the team has all arrived safe and well in Brussels
Here is a quick (sideways) photo of the outside of the venue.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
News from the trip - Live
As we travel we shall try and update as much as we can via twitter ( www.twitter.com ).
We have received offical sanction!
We are really pleased to have received an email this morning from the president of the NZ Judo Federation offically approving our team!
Here is the important bit of the email:
"... Please accept this email as a formal approval for your team to
represent New Zealand in the upcoming World Masters and Good Luck to you
This has come directly from Harry O'Rourke, President of the New Zealand
This is great news for the team and Harry's support is a real boost just before we compete!!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
T-Shirts and our billions!
this will probably be the last communication on the Blog until we arrive
And it has some great news contained within it!
Steph (from the facebook group) & Aaron have managed to get some
t-shirts done at the last moment, after the previous plans fell through
due to... well due to budget cuts. :(
Maybe we'll be able to pay them back for their awesome efforts, seeing
as someone has just made us a serious offer of $20 Billion as a
That's a serious offer from someone by the way! $20 Billion!!!
Shame it is Zimbabwe money and is worth I think about twenty pounds!!
Seriously though, the donation is really REALLY REALLY
appreciated! As are they all, we shall be writing individually to all
donors and thanking them and shall also publish a list here on the blog.
Every penny helps this little team, so thank you so much to all the current donors and to everyone who donates after we post this!
So... till Brussels then!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Today Lance emailed a large number of people who he had in his email
inbox, and the hit rate has leapt for this site since then.
So hello recipients of Lance's email... He assures us that it was a one off email and that he has even deleted the list of addresses now.
If you do feel it in your heart to help support our little team of
Judoka, please do "chipin" via the box on the right.
Every penny/cent received is really appreciated! Seriously, every dollar/pound/euro helps !
We are still welcoming to partnering with sponsors, we will to be frank
do almost anything we can to make it worth your while.
Anyway... thanks for popping by!
Get your merchandise here!!!
Okay, the plan to have shirts for the event has gone the way of the Dodo, unfortunately the lack of sponsorship has limited budgets and as such having team clothing has been cancelled. Sorry everyone!
However... the idea lives on and may even help us fundraise.
I have been playing at some designs and you can even order them online!
Head over to SpreadShirt and take a look.
World famous in NZ - Thanks JudoKong.com
Our friends at the Auckland University Judo Club have been in touch, (Hi
And have sent some nice words of encouragement.
Not only that but they have included Mike's request for donations on their site, thanks everyone!
So do visit www.judokong.com and enjoy a irreverent take on a Judo Blog!
By the way, did we ever mention how much we like the club slogan?! Truely the slogan of a Judo club if ever we heard one.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And we are kiwis again!
We are pleased to let everyone know that we are again Kiwis (New Zealanders).
The postman has delivered our NZL back patches, replacing the ENG ones we received originally.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Gi unboxing!
Hi Everyone, well the new suits arrived from Toraki and they look great!
On Saturday night some of us met up in London for a meal and to hand over the suits, so that the mass washing could begin. Toraki recommend at least 8 washes till the suits settle to their "normal" size. So given the short period between now and the World Masters, getting into the washing cycle is really important.
Anyway, here are some photos of the new suits, let us know what you think, our thanks have to go to Stewart at Toraki who has helped get these suits done for us, thanks mate!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Team NZ Players train with two time Olympian.
Aaron & MikeR have been training hard and their preparation has included training with Two Time Olympian and friend of the Team, Daniel Gowing.
Daniel fought both the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics and is very well known to most people in New Zealand Judo I am sure.
Below is a photo from the training session:
Suits are on their way!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
TeamBath + TeamNZjudo + Combined Services Judo team = a good night!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
T-Shirt Design... how do you like it?
Mike over at http://www.thejudopodcast.com sent this through today!
How Mike an American knew about the saying "She'll be right" I do not
know, but what do you think of this design on the back of a Black
We are just looking at where we can get it online fastest.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
TeamBath Randori - 9 June 2008
as part of our final build up to the 2008 Judo World Masters some members of the team shall be attending the Monday night Randori session at Univerity of Bath this Monday, 9th of June.
If you are available that evening and able to be in Bath we would love to meet up with you there, let us know!