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To all Coaches & Judoka attending the National Grading 19th February 2017

The new rules introduced by the IJF January 2017 will be in effect at the National Grading. Please note the following:

Ippon Win = 10 points

Wazari Win = 5 points

Please see attached documents for those who did not attend the IJA Referee's Seminar in January.

IJF Seminar Baku 2017

Adaption of the new refereeing rules 2017


Tuesday, January 31st 2017

IMPORTANT – New IJF Anti-Doping Rules

Dear National Federations,

The International Judo Federation is committed to ensuring that judo is a clean sport and wants set an example of integrity which reflects the values of our sport. We wish to reinforce our work in this area and as such have amended our Anti-Doping Rules.

These changes, which have been suggested and recently approved by WADA and have the full support of the IJF Executive Committee, are effective from 1 February 2017.

Please find attached the new IJF Anti-Doping Rules and an excerpt of the amendments.

IJF ADR amended articles

We wish you to note that the new WADA Prohibited list has been in effect since 1 January 2017 and can be found here: https://www.ijf.org/news/show/wada-publishes-2017-prohibited-list

Best regards,

Jean-Luc ROUGE

IJF General Secretary

The Executive Committee of the Irish Judo Association would like to welcome Edmund Rice College Judo Club to the Irish Judo Association.

Mr Sean Fleming, President of the Association, who will be Head Coach, is well known within the judo circles in Belfast & throughout Ireland.  Sean has taken the step to open up a judo club within the school he teaches in and looks forward to the challenge of bringing judo into the school sports curriculum.

The Association is delighted to welcome Edmund Rice College Judo Club to the Association.

We wish Sean the very best of luck for the future, contact details can be found here

The IJA will be hosting an education seminar for Referees & Coaches to discuss the IJF New Referee Rules 2017.

The seminar will be held in Irish Sport HQ Sunday 29th January 2017 starting at 11.00am.

David Holmes & Keith Gough will be on hand to deliver the seminar to all interested parties, be they Referees, Coaches or Judoka.

Tea/Coffee/Biscuits will be available on the day.  Please look to bring a UBS stick with you, should you wish to take home video examples of the New Referee Rules 2017.

This seminar is Free of Charge.


The Judo Office was delighted to receive a wonderful synopsis of Judo in the early years, alongside a number of outstanding photos, our thanks to Christy Fagan, Liam Brennan, Tommy O'Hara and the family of the late Frank Collinge.

Judo - The Early Years

Please find below the National Referee Committee Policy & Appendix 2016.

Any queries can be answered by Mr David Holmes or Mr Michael Power.

National Referee Committee Policy & Appendix 2016


Please find attached results from the Irish Veterans Open 2016

Any queries, contact Donal Tannam

Irish Veterans Open 2016 Results

The International Judo Federation has worked on the new regulations and published them 9th December 2016. They will apply for the next Olympic cycle. The goal is to promote the rules of judo and make them easier to understand, as well as to simplify them. The purpose of these rules is to give priority to the attack and to the realization of IPPON. A final document will be prepared and published before the end of the year.


The Irish Judo Association is sending Mr David Holmes (Refereeing Chair) and Mr Ciaran Ward (High Performance Director) to the IJF Coach & Referee Seminar in Baku, Azerbijan on the 6th & 7th January 2017. Both David & Ciaran will be making a joint Coach & Referee Presentation for Coaches & Referees following their return - date & venue to be confirmed after they return to Ireland.

If anyone has any specific questions about the rule changes in advance of David & Ciaran's attendance, please email same to the office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The National Grading Commission has calculated points earned at the All Ireland's 2016 for those aspiring to Dan Grades, list below for your information, inquires to Mr Harry McGuigan.

Points from All Irelands 2016

Following assessment & examination at the All Ireland's 2016, the following Referee Promotions were awarded:

Mr Eoghan Barr - National A

Mr David Rolland - National A

Mr Frederic Marmain - National A

Mr Anthony Delaney - National C

Mr Eddie O'Loughlin - National C

Mr Paul McConville - National C

Following assessment, the following Referees have been promoted to Senior National Referees:

Mr David Holmes - Senior National

Mr Kevin Fitzmaurice - Senior National


All referees who attended and refereed have had their CPD hours recorded as part of the ongoing CPD and re-validation. The IJA Referee Commission would like to thank all referees for their commitment and dedication on what was a most successful tournament.

Michael Power

IJA Referee Commission



Please find attached results from the All Ireland's 2016.

Our thanks to all those volunteers who assisted the Association on Friday evening and Saturday and our thanks to Phibblestown Community Sports Centre for looking after us over the weekend.

Results - All Ireland's 2016

The entry list for the All Ireland's 2016 is now complete, please see below table for Female & Male judoka, should you have any queries in advance of the weigh-in Friday or Saturday, please email the judo office at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Entry List - All Irelands 2016


***Close Date Extended***

All Ireland's 2016 - close date extended to Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Midday, one last chance at Monday & Tuesday night classes to get your final entries in.


The Executive Committee of the Irish Judo Association & all its club members would like to extend their condolences to the Mannix family following the sudden death of Noel Mannix from Phoenix Judo Club.

Noel was involved with Newcastle West Judo Club, Cabra Judo Club & Stewarts Judo Club back in the day and obtained his 1st Dan during that period. He came to Phoenix Judo Club in 2008 and enjoyed his return to judo immensely. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Annie, his children Ross & Laura and his extended family.

Funeral Details as follows:

Mannix Noel, Newcastle and formerly Ballyfermot & PT Sergeant at the Irish Air Corps, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, November 19th 2016 (Suddenly). Loving husband and best friend of Annie and adored dad to Ross & Laura. He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken wife & children, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives & many many friends.

Reposing at his home on Wednesday from 4pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am in St. Finian’s Church, Newcastle followed by cremation in Newland Crematorium.

May He Rest In Peace

The Executive Committee of the Irish Judo Association would like to welcome Inspire NI to the Irish Judo Association.

Ms Gemma Reynolds, who will be Head Coach, is well known within the judo circles in Belfast & throughout Ireland.  Gemma has taken the step to open up a judo club for children aged 6 to 14 years with special needs. Gemma is a qualified support worker for children with special needs & she has just completed the IJA Level 2 Coaching Programme.

The Association is delighted to welcome Gemma & Insire NI to the Association.

We wish Gemma the very best of luck for the future, contact details can be found here

The Irish Judo Association would like to wish Team Ireland the very best of luck as they head off to Fort Lauderdale this week to compete at the IJF Veterans World Judo Championships.

Enda Hackett of Waterford Judo Club, John Dennis of Lusk Judo Club, Richard Murphy of Oranmore Judo Club, Paul Cummins, Dermot Killeen & David Meagher of Paul Cummins School of Judo, Donal Tannam of Wild Geese Judo Club & Brian Killeen of Coolmine Judo Club are competing with Chris Hickey of Galway School of Judo Refereeing.

Best of luck to everyone!

Please be advised that our next Sports Specific First Aid course will take place in Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday 26th of November at 12.00pm to 3.30pm.

This is a 2 year certified course. Please contact Ray Stears to reserve a place. (0862597192)

The phone line connection in the Irish Sports HQ will be down during lunchtime 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

This is due to further maintenance being carried out by the service provider. Phone service may be intermittent during this time.

Any urgent queries, call Deirdre on 086 8157292.


On 29 September, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods along with the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code),designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and which substances are banned in particular sports.

This is simply a reminder for all International Federations, National Anti-Doping Organizations and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations that we must all ensure that the 2017 List and its Modifications are easily accessible for consultation by athletes and their entourage on our websites; and that, you are proactively communicating them to athletes and entourage via the direct communications channels that you may have at your disposal. 

As you know, WADA releases the List and its Modifications three months before it enters into force so that all stakeholders – in particular athletes and their entourage -- have ample time to familiarize themselves. While, ultimately, the athlete is responsible for knowing what substances and methods are on the List and for the substances in his or her body; let’s make sure that we do everything we can in this regard to help keep them clean.

World Anti-Doping Agency



The Referee's Commission is offering all referees an opportunity to present for Examination or Assessment at the upcoming All Ireland's on December 3rd 2016.

Should any current referee or aspiring referee wish to attend for Assessment or Examination, please complete and submit the attached form along with the appropriate fee where applicable to the Judo Office prior to 1st December 2016.

IJA Referee Assessment or Examination Request

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