Entry open for Commonwealth Championships 2019 

Entry is now open for the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships, the first to be hosted in England since the inaugural edition in 1986.

The five-day event was awarded to the British Judo Association to host and Walsall will be the location from 25 – 29 September 2019 with over 1,000 athletes expected to compete with categories for pre-cadet, cadet, junior, senior, veteran and visually impaired judoka.

The University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus – which is home to British Judo’s Centre of Excellence – will be the venue and there are high expectations for the event.

Click here for the event outlines

CJA mourns the tragic passing of Craig Fallon

posted 16 Jul 2019, 11:17 by Mark Pickering

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 in 2003 and European Championships in 2006 and was undoubtedly one of the greatest judoka Britain has every produced. 

Craig, who retired from competitive judo in 2011, had been coaching at Judo Landesverband Vorarlberg in Austria for the last two years, before joining the Welsh Judo Association in April as Head of Coaching.

CJA President Richard Kenney said: "It's just so sad. I send my condolences to Craig’s partner, family and friends. May he rest in peace."

Final Results - Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018

posted 30 Nov 2018, 09:29 by Mike Callan

Please see attached the final results from the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, India.

2018 Commonwealth Championships update

posted 22 Jun 2018, 08:46 by Mike Callan

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

Also available for download below.

OBITUARY: Barry James

posted 22 Jun 2018, 08:36 by Mike Callan

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 involvement in judo did not wane as he became a Board Member of the British Judo Association and also became a life member of the BJA.
Last year he received a County of Kent Judo long service award with his most recent achievement being his promotion to 6th Dan.
He was not just a fierce competitor on the mat however as he qualified as a National Referee, a Supervisory Examiner and a Senior Coach.
He was a member of Judo England Masters and was the Judo England Manager for over 18 years.
Barry was a long time Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Judo Association and was Sport Director from 2006 – 2010 and continued as an EC member until he sadly passed away.
He was England Team Manager and took teams to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester (2002) and also for the Commonwealth Judo Championships in Stephenville, Canada (2000), New Zealand (2004), Derry (2006), Mauritius (2008) and Singapore (2010).
He was also involved in para-judo for many years and went to the Sydney Para-Olympics in 2000 as a referee. 
Barry will be solely by all of the judo family, across the British Judo Association and the Commonwealth Judo Association.

Please see below for details of his funeral:
St Richards Chapel (Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley RH10 3NQ) on Wednesday the 27th June at 12 o’clock.
Followed by:
Commemoration and Reflection
Hunsdon Hall Room at Ghyll Manor Hotel, Rusper RH12 4PX.
Please feel free to dress informally.

If you are planning to attend please it would be appreciated if you could RSVP (

His family have requested that it is family flowers only at the funeral please. If you wish to make a donation in Barry’s memory then they would ask that you support the Institute of Cancer Research’s Immunotherapy work (therapies which use the body’s own immune system as a weapon against cancer), or another Cancer charity of your choice.

2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships, Jaipur, India, 5-10 November 2018

posted 13 Nov 2017, 11:47 by Mike Callan

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 Championships is as under:
Monday, 5th November 2018       -  Commonwealth Judo Congress
Tuesday, 6th November 2018     -   Commonwealth Judo Championships for Grand Masters
Wednesday, 7th November 2018  -  Commonwealth Judo Championships for Pre-Cadet  &  Visually impaired
Thursday, 8th November 2018      -  Commonwealth Judo Championships for Cadets
Friday, 9th November 2018          -  Commonwealth Judo Championships for Juniors
Saturday, 10th November 2018    -   Commonwealth Judo Championships for Seniors

We look forward to greeting the Commonwealth Judo family again in Jaipur, India, next year.

2016 Commonwealth Judo Congress

posted 29 Jan 2017, 15:32 by Mike Callan   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 15:32 ]

The 2016 Commonwealth Judo Association Congress was held on 23rd April 2016 at the Nelson Mandela Metropole University, Summerstrand Campus (South), University Way, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  

Mr Rick Kenney (SCO) President, welcomed delegates to the Congress, which was the first to be held in mainland Africa. Mr Kenney gave the CJA’s condolences on the death of Harry O’Rourke former President and Fr Jude McKenna, Assistant Sport Director, gave a tribute speech remembering Harry. Mr Kenney gave a verbal report to the Congress on the previous 2 year period since Glasgow 2014 highlighting the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the CJA and the IJF; the success of judo in becoming a Commonwealth Games core sport and the inclusion of judo in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in Bahamas. He asked that member nations also support the Northern Ireland Judo Federation in their bid to add judo to the sports programme for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games in Belfast. 

At the CJA elections, Fr Jude McKenna (ZAM) retired as Assistant Sports Director and Temba Hlasho (RSA) was elected as the new Assistant Sports Director. Mr Kenney thanked Fr McKenna for his many years of service to the CJA and presented him with an engraved clock.

Estony Pridgeon (BOT) was re-elected to the Executive Committee. Both positions are for a 4 year term of office.
They join the incumbent Executive Committee members Dr Mike Callan (ENG); Dr R Briggs (NIR); Mr M Limrick (ENG); Mr E Galea (MLA); Mr S Trikomitis (CYP); Mr A de Souza (NIG); Mr B James (ENG); Mr MM Jaiswal (IND)

The Congress saw the hosts for the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships awarded to India with the event to be held in the city of Jaipur. Scotland were outvoted but the Congress agreed to offer the country 2017 for a Championships.  The picture above shows Congress attendees, CJA Executive Committee members and those who made presentations to bid for hosting future CJA Championships.

Obituary: Harry O'Rourke

posted 24 May 2016, 04:49 by Unknown user

The Commonwealth Judo Association regret to advise that our former President Harry O’Rourke passed away on 21 March, aged 74. Harry will be sadly missed by his family and his many judo colleagues & friends.

In 1986 Harry O’Rourke was elected President of the Commonwealth Judo Association (CJA) after being one of the founders along with the late John Perrins of Wales and Owen Clarke of Scotland. After the success of the ‘demonstration’ sport at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986, judo was subsequently included in the sports programme for the Commonwealth Games held in Auckland in 1990. He subsequently directed and guided the games operations as Sports Director for Judo in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Harry O’Rourke was President of the New Zealand Judo Federation for over 20 years; was a Life Member of Judo New Zealand; he was a member of the IJF Finance Commission for many years and was a former Treasurer of the Oceania Judo Union. Harry remained CJA President until 2013 when he was elected Honorary President.

The Commonwealth Judo Association extends our condolences to his wife Jackie, family & friends.

Results - 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships

posted 28 Apr 2016, 09:53 by Mike Callan   [ updated 2 May 2016, 06:54 ]

The 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships were held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa hosted by Judo South Africa, under the auspices of the Commonwealth Judo Association, and supported by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, between 24 and 28 April 2016.

Commonwealth Judo Association President Rick Kenney said; "Thank you to the athletes, coaches, team managers, referees, table officials, medical teams,VIPs, sponsors, media teams and all volunteers for taking part in the biggest Commonwealth Judo Championships ever. Congratulations to Judo South Africa and their event team on a great organisation."

Judo South Africa President Temba Hlasho said: "Thank you to the Commonwealth Judo Association for the opportunity to host this Championships, and thank to our supporters, particularly; Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape Provincial Government, Eastern Cape Sports and Culture Department, Eastern Cape Sports Confederation and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. We are proud to show the difference that international judo events can bring to the region."

Full results are attached:

Commonwealth Judo Association signs MOU with the International Judo Federation

posted 15 Feb 2016, 12:27 by Mike Callan

The Commonwealth Judo Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Judo Federation on 6 February 2016 in Paris France on the occasion of the IJF Paris Grand Slam, a key qualifying event for athletes vying for selection and seeding at the Rio Olympic Games.

The CJA voted at its Congress in Glasgow 2014 to pursue a closer relationship with the IJF, with much of the negotiation led by CJA Vice President Envic Galea.

The agreement will see the two organisations work closer together to the benefit of judo in the Commonwealth nations.

The CJA was founded in 1986, to promote judo activity in the Commonwealth as judo was a discretionary sport in the Commonwealth Games, and after 1986 only appeared on the Games programme in Auckland 1990, Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014. During that period the CJA organised 11 editions of the Commonwealth Judo Championships.  At the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Auckland in September 2015, judo finally joined the list of compulsory sports commencing with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban. In 2017 the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas will also see judo on the programme, and this year, April 2016, the Commonwealth Judo Championships will be staged on the African continent for the first time in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Representing the CJA at the historic signing were President Richard Kenney (SCO) and Vice Presidents Dr Richard Briggs (NIR), and Envic Galea (MLT).

IJF President Marius Vizer said “It is a great honour and pleasure to sign this MoU to be part of the Commonwealth Sports Movement and is a chance to explore our sport at the Commonwealth Games and across the Commonwealth countries, I believe we can offer mutual benefits to the IJF and CJA and I look forward to a successful collaboration.”

CJA President Richard Kenney said ““Mr Vizer, all members of the judo family, I have been Executive President of the CJA for two years and in that time I have greatly admired the work of the IJF who I see as the leading international sports federation in the world, with the technical expertise of the IJF and the support of the judo family we wish to promote judo right across the Commonwealth.”

Thanks to David Finch of for the images.

2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

posted 25 Jul 2015, 09:50 by Mike Callan

The 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships will take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 23 - 28 April 2016.

The President of the Commonwealth Judo Association, Mr Rick Kenney, and the President of Judo South Africa, Mr Temba Hlasho welcome you to this week-long festival of judo in the beautiful seaside city of Port Elizabeth.
This is the first time that this championships has been held on the African continent.

Download the information pack and entry forms below.

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