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2016 AKJA Nationals Notice

The 2016 AKJA Nationals will be held at the Snake Pit in Wollongong, September 30th to October 2nd. The VAJU are looking for a strong Victorian team so let us know if you're interested now.

  • Click here for all the information you will need regarding the event, accomodation options, getting there and more.
  • New Tournament Notices

    The Victorian Amateur Judo Union will no longer be holding events at Flemington Community Centre. Starting May 1st, all VAJU events will be held at Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough.

  • Click here to read the tournament notice
  • New VAJU Venue for Shiai and Gradings

    The Victorian Amateur Judo Union will no longer be holding events at Flemington Community Centre. Starting May 1st, all VAJU events will be held at Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough. See the map below:

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  • Obituary

    We regret the loss of two long serving members of the Victorian Amateur judo union and one from the South Australian Kodokan judo Association. Bob Bennett was the longest serving member of the V.A.J.U, Joining in the 1950’s and played, competed and served on committees for over 60 years, passing away last year at the age of 96 years. Colin Yarsley would have been the second longest serving member, joining in early 1960and served almost right up until his passing early this year, As secretary and committee member he served with distinction, passing away aged 98 years. In South Australia, veteran player of Goshin Judokan and a pioneer of Kodokan Judo in South Australia and mentor to many younger players Ted Salansang, 6th Dan passed away last week. He will be sadly missed.

    2016 Summer School

    The Summer School was a 5 day intensive Judo course held early in the New Year at Shudokan Judo Academy. It runs from Monday, January 4th to Friday the 8th. Two hours of randori-based training and three hours of kata after a lunchbreak. click here to get a printable registration form. Send your form to the VAJU, 55 Parkstone Ave, Pascoe Vale.

    VAJU Gradings and Shiai

    On Sunday December 6th, Senior and Junior Gradings will be held at Flemington Community Centre from 2pm. Don't forget your black registration books! 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington. Fees are as follows: Grading fee is $35 up to 2nd Kyu (brown belt) Senior and $60 for above. Annual fees need to be paid too. In addition to the grading there will be a shiai (competition) in which players cans score points toward their rank requirements. See you there, and check the event on facebook for more info.

    Photos from Fukuda Kata

    Photos from the recent Fukuda International Judo Kata Tournament in San Francisco have been added to the Photo Gallery. If you'd like to see more photos and footage please contact Damon Ellis from Zenyo Judo.

    Spring Tournament

    Haru ga kimashita! Spring has come! On Sunday September 27 the Spring Tournament will be held at Flemington Community Centre as usual. $20 for Shiai players, $10 for spectators, Children under 15 spectate for free. Weigh-in for competitors is at 1.30, and warm-ups on the mat begin shortly after. The competition starts at 2pm, following an official bow on. After all the competitors have fought, we conclude the tournament with a medal ceremony, bow off and group photo. Help with set up and pack up always appreciated.


    8th Dan Awarded

    Omedetou Gozaimasu (sincere congratulations) to Ivan Sensei for receiving an 8th Dan from the prestigious Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. On Sunday August 26 Ivan Sensei was presented with the Dan grade certificate by Kevin Walsh Sensei, representative of the DNBK. The grade was awaded in recognition of Ivan Sensei's lifelong dedication to Judo. Kevin Walsh Sensei has himself been teaching Judo and Jujutsu for many years. Find out more at idokan.com and dnbk.org

    Kevin Awards Ivan

    Winter Tournament

    The Winter Tournament is fast approaching! On Sunday August 23 they will be held at a venue to be advised so stay tuned. $20 for Shiai players, $10 for spectators, Children under 15 spectate for free. Help with set up and pack up appreciated.


    Photos from Novice Tournament

    Check out our photo gallery for some great shots of the Autumn Novice Tournament.

    2015 Junior and Senior Gradings

    On Sunday June 28, Senior and Junior Gradings will be held at Flemington Community Centre from 2pm. Don't forget your black registration books! 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington.

    2015 Autumn Novice Tournament

    On Sunday May 24, the Autumn Tournament was held at Flemington Community Centre. Congratulations to all our novices that gave competition Judo a go. Well done to all the competitors.

    2015 Metropolitan Championships

    On Sunday April 26, the Metropolitan championships will be held at Flemington Community Centre from 2pm. Competitors need to arrive earlier, at 1.30pm. $20 for Shiai players, $10 for spectators. 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington.

    2015 Opening Championships

    On Sunday March 22, the first Judo shiai competition of the year will be held at Flemington Community Center from 2pm. Competitors need to arrive earlier, at 1.30pm.

    Judo in 2014

    2014 Judo Nationals Info

    The 2014 AKJA Nationals in Rokeby were a big success. Click here for Shiai Results. Thanks to all competitors, referees and supporters.Congratulations especially to our Intermediate/Junior medalists Connor.K and Eirini.K, and Senior medalist Damon.E and Jakub.S.

    Kodokan Judo

    Jigoro Kano

    Jigorō Kanō Sensei
    (Founder Kodokan Judo b. 28 October 1860 – d. 4 May 1938)

    The origins of Kodokan Judo are well documented, with Jigorō Kanō founding his school of modified jujutsu in 1882. After studying for many years with eminent masters and practitioners in Japan, Master Kanō began to have thoughts of his own about the nature of jujutsu practice and competition.

    At this time, he had also studied Education, and was being immersed in the events of a rapidly changing Japan. Interests from Western governments meant that Japan was opening it's doors to trade, ideas and cultural exchange. It was in this setting that Master Kanō was forging a new jujutsu; one that he would call Judo, or the Way of Yielding, also translated as the Way of Gentleness, and has as its underpinning the notion that in order to overcome an attack, you must first yield to the attack. Seemingly counterintuitive, but the Western term that might best be applied is go with the flow – your reaction to force is not more force, but yielding to it, controlling it, applying your skill and strength to this controlled external force, and helping it on its way.

    “Maximum Efficiency, Minimum Effort”

    “Success is a matter of falling down and getting up; with equal enthusiasm”

    Victorian Amateur Judo Union inc.

    The V.A.J.U. is an organisation which promotes the safe and fun pursuit of Kodokan Judo in Victoria. We strive to make good individuals better characters and community members. As the members practice Kodokan Judo they will naturally attain a good level of fitness and mental vigor. We organize competitions as a part of Judo training.

    Our members also learn Techniques (both Tachiwaza and Ne waza - Standing and Ground Techniques), Randori (Free Practice), Kata (Pre-designed forms) and other cultural aspects of Kodokan Judo.

    The union's president is Mr Ivan Zavetchanos, surely one of Australian Judo`s most illustrious Budo icons whose curriculum vitae is too lengthy to do justice to here. By way of introduction, he was, amongst many other things, a co-Founder of the Judo Federation of Australia (J.F.A.) 1951, a member of the Australian Olympic Committee, one of 17 founding members of International Judo Federation (I.J.F.) in 1952, founder of Oceania Judo Union (O.J.U.)1954, Australian Open Champion 1954 & 1955, President J.F.A., 1958-1969, President O.J.U., 1958- 1979, Vice-President I.J.F. (International Judo Federation) 1958-1979, Australian Olympic team manager/coach Tokyo , 1964, National, Continental and International Judo Referee, and promoted to 8th Dan in 2001.

    The history of the V.A.J.U. began in 1952 in Brunswick, Victoria and the V.A.J.U. was a foundation member of the J.F.A. The V.A.J.U. was instrumental in getting Judo recognized by the Australian Olympic Federation. In 1975 three malcontents became dissatisfied with the V.A.J.U. and proceeded to undermine it with the conspiracy culminating in having the V.A.J.U. expelled from the J.F.A. in 1981.

    ‘While one door shuts another opens’ is an old saying but rather true, and in 1981 the V.A.J.U. organized the formation of the Australian Kodokan Judo Association (A.K.J.A.) which expanded very rapidly into all States of Australia and has conducted a National Judo championship annually ever since, plus sundry International events.

    We welcome everyone who wants to learn Kodokan Judo and all experienced Judoka (Judo practitioners). All the necessary accreditations, insurances and training curricula can be provided for by affiliation with the V.A.J.U. for those schools not currently affiliated.

    We encourage you to browse our website, Kodokan Judo, its techniques, philosophy, history, etiquette, cultural roots, its status as both an Olympic sport and traditional Budo, its unique and fortunate position in the martial arts world in being free from the chaos of apparently competing ‘styles’, its beginnings from the creative genius of just one universally recognised founder, Dr Jigoro Kano and perhaps most importantly, the enormously enriching journey it can offer to you.

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    Benefits of Judo

    Judo Pic 2Budo can improve mental attitude and social skills.

    Judo Pic 1 Judo techniques teach the student good physical skills, including balance, self-awareness and coordination.

    Judo Self Defence Self Defence Judo can build practitioners confidence, enabling students to properly ascertain their circumstance, and a possible course of action.