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Recent Announcements

  • CJA mourns the tragic passing of Craig Fallon The Commonwealth Judo Association wishes to express its deepest condolences after hearing the tragic news that Craig Fallon, 36, has died. The 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist won the Worlds ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2019, 11:17 by Mark Pickering
  • Final Results - Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018 Please see attached the final results from the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, India.
    Posted 30 Nov 2018, 09:29 by Mike Callan
  • 2018 Commonwealth Championships update The outlines and information for the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, India from 5 - 11 November 2018 is now available on the Judo Federation of India website http://www ...
    Posted 22 Jun 2018, 08:46 by Mike Callan
  • OBITUARY: Barry James It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry James, Commonwealth Judo Association Executive Committee Member, who passed away recently.Upon retiring from the mat, Barry’s ...
    Posted 22 Jun 2018, 08:36 by Mike Callan
  • 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships, Jaipur, India, 5-10 November 2018 The Judo Federation of India has announced the rearranged dates for the Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018, from 5th to 10th November 2018 at Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The schedule of the ...
    Posted 13 Nov 2017, 11:47 by Mike Callan
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CANCELLED - 2021 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Malta

posted 18 Apr 2021, 21:42 by Mark Pickering

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Commonwealth Judo Championships due to have taken place in Malta in September 2021, has been cancelled. We hope that these Championships will take place in Malta in 2024. The next Championships will take place in Port Elizabeth,South Africa in 2023 and further details will be available in due course.

CJ President receives OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

posted 14 Oct 2020, 03:44 by Mark Pickering

Commonwealth Judo President Richard Kenney has become an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in recognition of his services to judo.


Scot Kenney, 68, said that he was delighted to receive an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


“I’ve been involved in judo now for 57 years and have loved everything about our sport since the time I stepped onto the mat at the Motherwell YMCA judo club in 1963,” a jubilant Kenney exclusively told Commonwealth Judo.


“I continue to be amazed by the number of friends, judoka, coaches and volunteers worldwide who make judo such a great sport and vehicle to allow people to be all that they can be. I will continue to work for the benefit of judo across the Commonwealth.”


Kenney, who helped push the sport forward towards a record-breaking level of entries at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has held a range of roles in the sport in his native Scotland, across Britain and the Commonwealth.


The 7th Dan was the British Judo team manager at World and European Championships in the early 1980s and served as the Vice Chair of the British Judo Association from 1997 to 2004.


He has been a member of the National Governing body for judo in Scotland since 1963 and was one of the founding members of Commonwealth Judo for whom he has held the role of President since 2013.

Kenney has shown his industry and vision for the sport by promoting the sport across the Commonwealth with the Commonwealth Championships and judo’s inclusion as a core sport at the Commonwealth Games being central to his success.  


The next edition of the annual Commonwealth Championships is tentatively scheduled to be held in Malta in September 2021. Stay tuned to the CJ platforms for the latest on Commonwealth events and information.

2020 Commonwealth Judo Championships Cancelled

posted 29 Apr 2020, 15:40 by Mark Pickering   [ updated 29 Apr 2020, 15:41 ]

Due to #COVID19, the 2020 Commonwealth Judo Championships due to have taken place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in September 2020, has been cancelled. We hope that these Championships will take place in South Africa in 2023. The next Championships will take place in September 2021 in Malta and further details will be available in due course.

Season's Greetings

posted 26 Dec 2019, 09:54 by Mark Pickering   [ updated 26 Dec 2019, 09:54 ]

The CJA sends it's festive wishes to all judoka and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

First Commonwealth Judo Conference held in Walsall

posted 28 Sept 2019, 20:27 by Mark Pickering

Hosted at the University of Wolverhampton, alongside the Commonwealth Judo Championships, the 1st Commonwealth Judo Conference was held, welcoming participants from 9 nations.

The welcome address was given by the President of Commonwealth Judo, Rick Kenney and the Chair of Judo England, Peter Blewett. There were 6 presentations covering a range of judo related topics. The event was co-ordinated by Associate Professor Mike Callan, Education Director of Commonwealth Judo.

Presentations were evaluated by the Conference Academic Panel of Dr Richard Briggs and Darren Warner. The winner of the award for best research presentation was Jim Feenan, from Scotland with his research paper; “The efficacy of Judo on young people with social, emotional, behavioural or other additional support needs”.

Second prize was given to Dr Amanda Spenn from England with her paper; “Ladies of The Commonwealth: The development of women’s judo through the early twentieth century”. The third prize winner was Temba Hlasho from South Africa with the paper; “The Application of the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) model to national judo federations in the Commonwealth”.

The Keynote lecture on “The role of judo in reducing the Fear of Falling among older people”, was given by Professor Callan, also speaking was IJF IT Team member Lance Wicks from New Zealand with “Participation in IJF events by Commonwealth Nations and Athletes”, and Geert Claes from Belgium with “Relationship between seeding and medal winning in International Judo Competitions”.

The Conference was well attended, participants included former World Champion Loretta Doyle, IJF Academy Director and Commonwealth Judo Vice President Envic Galea. Dr Richard Medcalf of the University of Wolverhampton facilitated the conference, the first time an academic judo conference has been held alongside the Commonwealth Championships.

Education Director Professor Callan (above) said “Thank you to all the participants and presenters for making this inaugural event so successful. President Kenney referred to kogi (lectures) as one of the four traditional ways to learn judo. I hope that from the wide breath of subjects presented, judoka have had the opportunity to learn a little. Judo is an education and a way of life. Congratulations to everyone who worked together to make this conference possible.”

Watch the final day of the Commonwealth Championships live and free on Sunday on the BJA YouTube account: https://www.youtube.com/user/BritishJudo

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