Training resumes

Training resumes at almost normal levels

We are back to training on Tuesday 2 June, with school classes and dojo classes. Some changes …..

1. Stanmore Bay school classes :

It is confirmed that the school chose to “play it safe” for the rest of the term. Those classes, with

times changing slightly (3:15 to 4:15), have moved to the community hall across the road from the school. 

 Senior class also moved to Friday from 4 to 5. Short overlap with junior class.

2. Junior Class at NorthCross dojo :

Now combined with Intermediate classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30

3. Senior classes :

Moving to a slightly earlier time slot (6:45 to 7:45) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Monday still 6:30.

4. Intermediate and Junior  Classes :

Slightly different  time slot from 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Post Lock Down Judo Classes

Tough times for us all. Our club will halve the Term 2 Judo Fees for all members who paid full fees in term 1.

We don’t know when we will be allowed to go back to training, but hoping for Monday 11 May – fingers crossed


Judo Illustration Competition by the International Judo Federation

In this time of isolation and no-contact, the IJF has come up with a competition for under 14 kids. Here are the details of that – good luck.

Send a copy of your entries to as well, and it will be published on our fb page.


Isolation drills to keep the mind on Judo

Our satellite Club, run by Christine and Meghan, has come up with this footage of how to stay involved in Judo during this time.

Hope you enjoy it. Have a look here : 

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Posted by Judo Club Alzira on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 All Classes suspended for now

Please note that judo classes have been suspended for now, with immediate effect. The situation will be monitored and if anything changes, we will be back to training immediately. Keep checking here and the FB page for news on training sessions.


2020 Competition Programme under way in early February

 Good luck to Justine and Jurlina in the ACT and Sydney International events over the next 2 weekends.


News Archive 2015 – 2019

Great Results from 2019 National Championships

Congratulations to the winners of the 9 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, and 9 Bronze Medals. This would not have been possible without all the fabulous training partners and supportive parents, and Vinay coaching during the holidays. Thank you to everyone.


Thanks to all participating clubs – it has been a roaring success.

Here are our Award winners for 2018.

12/11/2018                     Western Australia Open

Justine and Vinay both won their categories in Perth. Now they are training there for a week before the World Cup event.

We wish them luck

01/11/2018                   Nationals 2018

Congrats to everyone who competed in Christchurch. It was a pleasure to see you all doing so well.

We have 7 new national champions : Blake, Beyers, Justine, Hollie, Lucy, Elizabeth and Jade.

Silver medalists were Mitchell, Jonny, Keir, Frederic, Kris, Justine, Charlotte, Hollie (2) and Jurlina

Bronze medalists : Vinay, Keegan, Lennie, Michael, Fredreic, Josh, Tom, Baker, Jade, Liam and Gavan/Chris.

Thanks again to First Security for First Security for our gear bags and Pub Charities for assistance with our accommodation costs.

21/06/2017                   Sponsorship for two of our athletes

These two ladies received a sponsorship from FujiMae in NZ. Many thanks, Rene from Fuji Mae, both Emma and Justine will be great ambassadors for your company

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5/06/2017                         Results – Waikato BOP Championships – 3/4 June 

A very successful tournament for Team Nippon in Rotorua. A bit smelly around the place due to the sulphur hot water around, but that just inspired the players to do even better. A total of 38 medals won over the weekend – 16 gold, 11 silver, 11 bronze.

Here are the names of the medal winners :

Gold – Tatalong, Keegan (2), Lewis, Mitchell, Theo, Emma, Justine, Charlotte, Meghan, Jurlina, Jonny, Rafe, Kris, Elizabeth, Gavan

Silver – Blake, Mitchell, Keegan, Jurlina, Michael, Ryan, Keir, Chris, Matz, Lucy, Paul

Bronze – Lewis, Blake, Charlotte, Meghan, Jurlina, Liam, Luke, Amelie, Elizabeth, Teddy, Phoenix

Very well done to all. Now to get better for the Auckland International Championships on 29/30 July.

22/05/2017                    *****  (Not so) NEW ****SATURDAY KATA SESSIONS****

A new opportunity for everyone interested in kata for leisure or grading or competition purposes. A Kata session will be held on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 until 1:30. The first class was on Saturday 20 May 2017, covering the 4th set (ma-sutemi waza) of Nage-no-kata. The cost is $ 10 per session for players registered with Nippon Judo, and $ 20 for non-registered players.

The 5th group of Nage No Kata (Yoko Sutemi Waza) was on the agenda for Saturday 27 May. Next session on Saturday 10 June, was used as repetition and some real progress shown in terms of presentation of the last 2 sets of Nage No Kata. Next session, on 1/8 – First set of Nage No Kata. The session on 24 June will be a revision session.

No need to pre-register, just turn up on the day. However, make sure you know the techniques and the sequence that will be covered on the day.

22/05/2017                   Palmerston North Results

Keegan won the cadet division, and got silver medals in both junior and senior men on 20 May in Palmerston North. Blake won his first match, and then got injuredraw. and had to withd

17/05/2017                     Canterbury Open Results 

A great weekend out for the crew at the Canterbury Open in Christchurch. A total medal haul of 22, consisting of 11 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze.

Gold medals for Lewis (2), Keegan, Meghan, Jurlina, Cristyn, David, Gavan, Blake, Jonny and Lucy

Silver for Mitchell, Meghan, Cristyn (2), Jurlina, David and Lucy

Bronze : Mitchell, Keegan, Zeke and Meghan

4/05/2017                        National Training Camp – no more   

The National Training Camp which was provisionally scheduled for the first week of June, is not happening.

 In stead, Waikato took initiative to get former NZ Representative Ivica PAVLINIC, to host a clinic during the long weekend.

 The clinic will be on Sunday and Monday. Entries through the club. Participation is free for all cadets and older.

1/05/2017                            OJU Champs – Results

A very successful competition for our small delegation of 6 representatives. The event was held in Tonga.

Seniors – Emma Rouse – Gold medal and Oceania Champion. Justine Bishop – Silver medal. Vinay Reddy – Bronze

Juniors – Cristyn Jones – Silver. Charlotte Pryce-Jones – Bronze

Cadetss – Cristyn – Gold

10/04/2017                     Wellington Open

A small squad travelled to Kapiti to compete in the Wellington Open. Here are their results :

Keegan – 2 gold medals

Emma – 1 gold and 1 silver

Lewis – 1 gold and 1 silver

Blake – silver

Mackenzie – bronze

02/04/2017                     Judokwai Junior Championships

A good day out in Glenfield for the Nippon Junior crew. A total of 33 medals won by :

Gold (10) – Jude, Kris, Stanley, Matz, Mason, Phoenix, Jonny, Rafe, Elizabeth and Lucy

Silver (12) – Bede, Tom, Durandt, Charlotte, Liam, George,Tate, Keir, Luke, Elliot, Michael, Jade

Bronze (11) – Rocco, Richard, Matthijs, Josh, Torr, Baker, Reuben, Oliver, Liam, Noah, Lenny.

Well done, Team Nippon Nippers.

12/03/2017                       Queensland International Open

Great Tour to Queensland for our members who were part of the Auckland squad. Hard training beforehand at the Ohori Club in Brisbane, and then a successful event on the Gold Coast.

Double gold for Cristyn, silver for Justine, and bronze each for Tatalong, Mitchell and a double for Jurlina. 

18/12/2016             Honour’s List 2016

Ryan Jeffery  
Gary Rouse Emma Rouse
Cameron Baker  
Viola Haupt  
Charlotte Pryce-Jones  
Emma Rouse/Tatalong H’rong  

17/12/2016             New Zealand Rankings at the end of 2016 

2016 Nippon Members with their Best NZ Rankings


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place



Gavan Brunton mm73

Kris Hollings jb24

Tatalong Hannarong sm60

Lewis Peart jm6 – 4

Vinay Reddy sm81

Jonny Milne jb28

Ryen Jeffery sm73

Morgan B-Kennedy 4

Zeke Thornton sb66

Gary Rouse mm73

Mitchell Bond jm100

Helen Ross sw52 – 4

Emma Rouse sw52

Cameron Baker jm81

Rafe Beaman sb40

Amber Rouse sg45- 4

Charlotte Pryce-Jones jw 52

Blake Platt sb55

Matz Beaman jb28

Keir Beaman sb36 – 5

Charlotte Thomas cw78

Daniel Kalepa jb40

Phoenix Boltar jb32

Mackenzie Bond – 5

Lucy Brunton sg36

Viola Haupt jw70

Justine Bishop sw52

Keegan Rautenbach 6

Cristyn Jones cw63

Elizabeth Tickner sg32

Amelie Back sg 45 -6

Holly Rouse sg36

Danni Coutts – 7

David Milne mm73

Anton Hammond – 10

Liam Back sb36 – 14

Fynn Kellmann – 15

Justin Maclaren – 4

Anton Venter – 4

07/11/2016              Another Senior Grade

Congrats to Vinay on passing his examination for his 3rd Dan. Job well done. He now joins Gary and Justine as the 3rd Dan black belt holders in the club. We can’t wait for the next person to join them.

14/10/2016              NZ Nationals 2016

The 2016 NZ National Championships has now come and gone. All that remains, is for us to congratulate every person involved in the preparation of our athletes to compete at this event. This circle of excellence includes the athletes, their parents, training partners, coaching staff and club administrators. It was a really good performance of our athletes. Here are the names of the 36 medal winners and new black belts :

1st Dan black belt – Cameron Baker

2nd Dan black belt – Emma Rouse and Tatalong Hannarong

3rd Dan black belt – Justine Bishop

Gold medals (12) : Ryan, Cameron, Blake, Emma, Viola, Charlotte, Gary, Kris, Phoenix, Cristyn (2), Emma/Tatalong (Kata)

Silver (7) : Viola, Gavan, Zeke (2), Jonny, Mitchell, Lucy

Bronze (17) : Tatalong, Cameron, Helen, Mackenzie, Keir, Rafe, Matz, Daniel, Morgan, Elizabeth, Holly, Amber, Dani, Mitchell, Justine and David (both in kata), Vinay

05/10/2016              New Dojo – Silverdale

We have secured the use of a new dojo in Silverdale. This will be in operation from 10 October, and the first class there will be on 12 October 2016. The Tuesday classes in Silverdale have now moved to Wednesday as from the 12th, and the Friday class will not happen until further notice.

The address of the new dojo is 34E Peters Way, Silverdale. Parking is limited inside the fence of this complex, but there is enough space in the street to park.

So, Coasties – see you all on the 12th at the new premises……… 

19/9/2016                Results of the South Island Championships

Gold (5)  : Zeke, Blake, Cristyn, Gavan, Jonny, Tatalong

Silver (5) : Mackenzie (2), Lucy, Justin, David

Well done, everyone that competed.

07/09/2016           Results from the North Island Championships

Super performances from the squad in Wellington. Really proud of everyone that competed. Here are the medallists :

Gold (14) – Vinay, Zeke, Emma, Lucy, Cristyn (2), Elizabeth, Kris, Daniel, Viola (4), Gavan

Silver (7) – Ryan, Cameron (3), Rafe, Matz, Cristyn

Bronze (10) – Lewis, Gavan, Keegan (2), Keir, Daniel, Zeke, Jonny, Emma, Mackenzie

Our German import, Viola, won the trophy for the winner of the Open weight category, taking over from Justine, who won it in 2015.

29/08/2016           Metro Results

Great competition in Hamilton, thanks to Terry and Dianne.

Jude and Keegan won gold, Makenzie and Reuben got silver, and Zeke got bronze. Well one to all.

14/08/2016           Howick Competition was fun and competitive

More than 150 athletes made the trek to the Howick competition on Sunday 14 August. Lots of new faces on the mat playing and refereeing, as well as officials doing table duties. Always good to see new faces.

Team Nippon had good results, ending the day with a total of 21 medals. Here are the names of the medal winners :

Gold : Faris, Jude, Jonny, Amelie

Silver : Gavan, Durandt, Kris, Sophie, Keegan Rice, Keegan Rautenbch, Zeke, Oliver, Lucy, Amber, Maya, Mackenzie, Daniel

Bronze : Rafe, Ryan,  Matz and Charlotte

Congrats to all

01/08/2016        Results from Auckland and Bangkok       

Emma was in Bangkok over the weekend for the Thailand Open. She won her first match, but then could not get across the line in her next 2 matches, unfortunately. So she was placed 5th.

In Auckland, it was a different story. A total number of 25 medals were won in the Auckland International Opens. Here are the names ofthe medal winners :

Gold – Charlotte Pryce-Jones and Charlotte Thomas (2), Cristyn, Hollie and Gavan

Silver – Lewis (2), Vinay, Cameron, Zeke, Cristyn, Lucy, Daniel, Amber, Charlotte, Amelie and David

Bronze – Kristopher, Jonny, Matz, Daniel, Charlotte, Mackenzie and Morgan

Well done to all.

08/07/2016           NZ Intermediate and Secondary Schools Championships

Probably the worst results ever for the club last Sunday in the NZ Secondary schools championships. This is due to the re-building of the competition squad, so not really unexpected. One full set of medals : Gold for Anber, Silver for Finn and Bronze for Mackenzie. Got to be better next year.

In the Intermediate Schools event, our girls were fantastic, going 1-2 in both categories that we contested. Lucy and Amelie won gold, and Hollie and Amber won the silver medals.   Teddy made it look better for the boys, with a bronze medal.                                                                                                                                    

5/06/2016           WBOP Results

Great weather, great venue, great competition, and great results for Team Nippon in the build-up to the major events coming up in the next few months. A total of 31 medals, won by the following athletes :

Gold : Ryan, Vinay, Anton, Justine, Cristyn (2), Blake, Charlotte, Lucy, Amber, Amelie and Gary

Silver : Emma, Cristyn (2), Cameron (2), Keir, Kris, Elizabeth, David and Anton

Bronze : Keegan, Fynn, Liam, Zeke (2), Keegan Rice, Phoenix, Daniel and Hollie

14/05/2016        Canterbury Open

A good medal haul on Day 1 of the Canterbury Opens.

Gold to Vinay (welcome back), Gavan, Viola (3), Blake, Cristyn (2) and Charlotte.

Silver to Justin and Charlotte, and a bronze to Zeke. Job well done!!!!

Day 2 brought a gold rush for Morgan, Zeke and Blake, and bronze for Lucy and Morgan

9/04/2016             Oceania Results 2016

Justine has won the gold medal at the 2016 OJU Championships in Canberra. This title comes about 10 years after her first Oceania title, as a junior. Congrats to her.

Emma was within one score away from her first Oceania title, just losing to the reigning champion in her final match. So, so close ……..Next Time, no doubt.

Lewis got knocked over in his match, but mighty congratulations on getting into the NZ National Team and competing. He did get a silver medal though.

Gary was also in the NZ Team for the first time. Unfortunately, due to low numbers, he had to fight in a higher weight category, and that was just out of reach for him.

27/03/2016          Results from Gisborne

A small, but powerful club contingent, headed to Gisborne over Easter, to compete in the EC Championships. Cameron was the star winning a gold and two silver medals, Ronan and Gavan won a gold each. Raewyn made her debut as a competitor, and had to compete in the open weight division. Vikki and Lucy also had hit-outs, but came back without medals. But good experience gained.

24/03/2016           Harry O’Rourke

It is with deep sadness that we learnt about the passing of Mr Harry O’Rourke. Harry worked for judo over many, many years. He was President of JudoNZ for many years, as well as President of the Commonwealth Judo Association. Our club is also closely linked to Harry. It was Harry O’Rourke who convinced our founder, Johan Boshoff, to immigrate to New Zealand in stead of Australia or Canada.

14/03/2016           Western Junior Open – 13 March

After a marathon event, a loooong day ended with a reasonable medal haul for Team Nippon. Gold medals for Elizabeth, Lucy, Kris, Jonny, Matz, Morgan, Blake and Keegan. Silver for Sophie, Jade, Phoenix, Rafe, Zeke and Tom. Bronze to Siena, Liam, Cooper, Keir, Baker and Keegan Rice.

Special mention to the parents who made it through the marathon day in the warm dojo.

14/03/2016           Justine competing in South America

Justine had a win in the event in Peru, placing 7th in the event. Missed out in Argentina, and now coming home to prepare for the Oceania Championships

05/03/2016           Queensland International Open

Well done to the team doing the QIO Judo Competition. Gold medals for Cristyn and Lucy, silver for Blake, and a bronze for Cristyn as well.

31/12/2015           NZ Ranked Players

2015 Nippon Members with NZ Rankings


1st Place

Keir Beaman jb36

2nd Place

William Hays jb24


Jade Milne 6sg36


Rafe Beaman 8jb36

Lucy Brunton jg36

Char Thomas sg+60

Blake Platt 4sb45

Kris Hollings 4jb24

Kobe Phillip jb40

Annezka Joubert jw63

Dan O’hof 11 sb40

Braden Mcgregor4jb

Amaya Phillip jg24

Emma Rouse sw48

Bran Lilley 5cm73

Jonny Milne 5jb28

Hollie Rouse sg32

Stig Svendsen sw+78

Ryan Jeffery 5sm81

Phoenix Boltar 10jb

Amber Rouse sg36

Cam Baker cm81

Zeke Thornton 6sb60

Daniel Kalepa 7jb36

Cristyn Jones sg60

Keegan R’bach cm60

Lenny Thornton 6jb

Luke Thomson 8jb45

Lewis Peart cm60

 3rd Place

Elizabeth Ticknerjg28

Justine Bishop sw52

Alex Bishop sm66

13/12/2015         Black Belt and Parents Dinner

A very enjoyable evening at Franco’s in Browns Bay with 42 people turning up for a splendid meal and some down-time with fellow club members. A great night indeed.

10/12/2015         Award Winners : Nippon Judo 2015

Here are the names of the award winners for 2015: (Congrats to all)

Overall Contribution to the Club           – Justin Maclaren

Most Improved Male Player                   – Keegan Rautenbach

Most Improved Female Player               – Mackenzie Bond

Most Scientific Player                              – Not awarded in 2015

Special Award (attitude, Spirit, Results – Charlotte Thomas

Mest Individual Performance (Male)      – Lewis Peart (NI)

Best Individual Performance (Female)   – Emma Rouse (NI)

Under 11 Player of the Year                     – Kobe Phillip

Under 14 Player of the Year                     – Cristyn Jones

Cadet Player of the Year                           – Cameron Baker

Hibiscus Coast Player of the Year            – Cristyn Jones

Male Player of the Year                             – Cameron Baker

Female Player of the Year                         – Justine Bishop

Player of the Year 2015                             – Justine Bishop

10/12/2015         Training with the Team from Tahiti

We are receiving a visit from the Budokan Martial Arts Judo Club from Tahiti on the weekend of 17 – 20 December. Coach Benjamin is bringing 13 players to NZ. We have 3 training sessions with them, and here are the times and venues :

Thursday 17 Dec : 6 to 7 pm at the Torbay dojo

Friday 18 Dec      : 5:30 to 6:30 at the Silverdale dojo

Saturday 19 Dec : 10:30 to 12 at the Silverdale dojo

All players are invited to attend any or all of these sessions.

Homestays wanted for a few more of the players, please!!!!!! There are 5 girls and 8 boys between the ages of 10 and 15. Please let Johan know if you could help out with overnight stays for the players on the Friday and Saturday nights.

6/12/2015           Nippon Junior Opens

Thanks to Judokwai, Howick, Milford, Valley Judo Club, Metro and Western Judo Club for attending our competitions on Sunday 6 December. We had just on 120 entries, and we started on time and finished a few minutes earlier than scheduled – and that is always a good sign. Names of the medal winners will be published here soon.

5/12/2015           Great day at JUMP

More than 50 of the club members and parents gathered at JUMP on the North Shore on Saturday 5 December. Everyone had a blast and there will be a few sore muscles for some of the “less-active” people who joined in, and the coach is certainly in that category.

18/11/2015         Result from the Metro Competition on 14 November

Well done to Tate Kelly and Daniel Kalepa on winning medals at the competition in Hamilton. Job well done!!!! Tate won two silver medals, and Daniel won bronze.

19/10/2015         Nationals 2015:

31 Medals and a Black Belt

Well done to everyone who competed in the NZ Nationals in Tauranga. You did yourselves proud, and you will all be invited back next year if you keep training hard. And we will add a few new ones to the mix as well. Here are the names of the medal winners :

Gold medal and National Champion (11) : Alex, Justine, Cameron, Kobe (2), Hollie, Cristyn, Amaya, Lucy, David and Gary

Silver (9) : Ryan, Cameron, Keegan, Kris, Jade, Annezka, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Paul/David in the kata

Bronze (11) : Lewis, Cameron, Brandon, Blake, William, Braden, Keir, Amber, Cristyn, Gavan, Paul/Gary in the kata.

In addition to all of this, Paul was awarded with his black belt. He started with judo in his late 30’s, and after 7 years of hard work, he acheived

Nippon Judo Schools is a business venture, born out of a passion for Judo and education. This is the driving force behind the founder, Johan Boshoff.

Johan spent his childhood in South Africa, coached by his mentor and “second dad” Kokkie Uys. Through this man, he developed a love for the sport, and got an insight in the benefits the sport bring to participants. These benefits are not only for the few people who compete, but for the majority of others involved in other aspects of the sport, such as recreation, administration and just being parents of participants.

After emigrating to New Zealand in 2000, Johan started Nippon Judo Schools on the Auckland North Shore. Initially, all classes were run at schools. When some players became competitive, combined training times at a central venue was found, and the club went from strength to strength.

More details about the achievements of the club will be added here soon.