Originally founded in 1982 by Edmonton judokas, Wally Litousky and Kathie Okamura. The Edmonton Yudanshakai Judo Society is a non-profit organization focused on the development of our youth and young adults through the sport of judo. In recent years the organization has provided multiple judo tournament opportunities in the greater Edmonton area to competitive oriented judoka, and has utilized these events to train the membership in all aspects of tournament operations. The membership in EYJS is through the eight Judo clubs in the communities of Edmonton, Drayton Valley, Ft. Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove and St. Albert.
The society operates EYJS monthly tournaments, which are primarily focused on children (16 years old and younger) and are limited to lower ranks (yellow to green belts). These are development tournaments aimed at developing the skill sets of young judoka in a tournament surrounding. They also includes associated training camps to develop and grow these individuals.
In recent years, EYJS has developed the Edmonton International Judo Championship tournament, a major full spectrum tournament. This event includes age groups from Cadets through Masters, and is held at West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping and entertainment mall, in the spring of each year.
The Edmonton International is a full four-mat, multi-day event, and is held in the centre of the 5.3 million square foot facility, in a 16,000 square foot skylight venue. This tournament venue facilitates the passive and active review of our sport by as many as 100,000 daily visitors to West Edmonton Mall. The venue is the number one tourist attraction in Alberta and attracts 31,000,000 visitors annually and unquestionably provides the greatest array of ancillary benefits of any judo event in the world.
The Edmonton International Judo Championship is a Judo Canada sanctioned national A event that now attracts almost 1,000 competitors, primarily from across Canada, but in recent years has included representation from South America, Europe, Asia, and the USA. This event is a Canadian Senior National Team points tournament and also forms part of the important Canadian Judo Tournament circuit.
If your children participate in our monthly tournaments, please consider volunteering. If you are a judoka (blue belt and above), you can volunteer to help referee matches.
Local volunteers are also always needed for managing, organizing, setup and teardown of the Edmonton International Judo Championships as well. As this is a very large tournament run by local Edmonton Judo clubs, your assistance would be appreciated there too!
To get started, just approach one of the coaches or organizers or send us an email and ask what you can do to help.