Edmonton Yudanshakai Judo Society
Originally founded in 1982 by Edmonton judokas, Wally Litousky and Kathie Okamura. The Edmonton Yudanshakai Judo Society (EYJS) as formed as a non-profit organization to provide judo tournament opportunities in the Edmonton area, train volunteers as to time-keeping, draw sheets, and all the other tasks required to run a shiai (tournament). 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’s major activity is the EYJS monthly tournaments, which are primarily focused on children (16 years old and younger) and are limited to lower ranks (yellow to green belts) and 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, including age groups from Cadets, through Masters, held at West Edmonton Mall, Noth America’s largest shopping mall, held in spring of each year. The Edmonton International, is a full four mat, two day event, and is held in the centre of the mall in a 16,000 square foot skylight venue, and allows for passive review of our sport by as many as 100,000 daily visitors to the mall. This Edmonton International Judo Tournament now attracts several hundred competitors from across Canada, Europe and the USA and is a Canadian Senior National Team points tournament. The Edmonton International forms part of an important Canadian Judo Tournament circuit which Includes the Edmonton International, Quebec Open (Montreal), Pacific International (Vancouver, BC) and the Ontario International (Toronto, Ontario).
If you are taking your children there to participate in our monthly tournaments, please consider volunteering. Your help will be very much appreciated! Just approach one of the coaches or organizers and ask what you can do to help.
If you are a judoka, blue belt and above, you can help referee the matches.
Local volunteers are 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 the seven Edmonton Judo clubs, your assistance would be appreciated there too. Contact your local club sensei on how you can help…