Vancouver International Judo Tournament

16 02 2015

Another Judo Tournament last week. Finally at a venue with enough LIGHT to get decent exposures! It wasn’t a BIG tournament, but it did have some good action….

1. Holding on for dear life
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Judo – Vancouver International Tournament 2015 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. O-soto gari
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Judo – Vancouver International Tournament 2015 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Not getting anywhere…
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Judo – Vancouver International Tournament 2015 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Uchimata
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Judo – Vancouver International Tournament 2015 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Levitation
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Judo – Vancouver International Tournament 2015 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them! The full set can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650724432415/

Comments and feedback always welcome.





BC Judo Championships – 2014

29 10 2014

The BC Judo Championships were held in Abbotsford, BC on October 18.  I had two of my students competing in the tournament and as usual I was there shooting pictures. It was a tough day for me, personally, as I had just re-torn my MCL in my right knee the night before… I felt a bit like someone had taken a baseball bat to my knee that morning.  I had to go, though… I told my students that I would be there to cheer/coach them on.  My club, The Burnaby Judo Club, did fairly well, although at our senior levels, there were a few let downs.  My two students had mixed result.  It was their first tournament and nerves were definitely a factor. Importantly, everyone competed hard and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the November Tournament. 

Here are a few shots from the day:

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

And one to make you go "Awwwwwwe…"

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set of pictures is available at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648622209597/

I hope you enjoy them!





Pacific International Judo Tournament – 2014

19 02 2014

It was a two day event hosted by the Steveston Judo Club at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Competitors came from across Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Japan and even Brazil.

For those that are interested, results of the day: http://t.co/Un9Ol29W2W

The full set of photos from the weekend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157641214433375/

Some of the highlights:

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Pacific International Judo Tournament 2014 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed them!





2013 In Photos

1 01 2014

I took a bit of time and made a "2013 in Review"

The Year 2013 in Photos by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

If you click the link, you can see the larger size.





2013 Canada West Judo Tournament

16 12 2013

My Judo club hosted the 2013 Canada West Judo Tournament on Dec 7, 2013. The usual challenges of shooting in a gymnasium aside, there were some decent shots to be had.

1. Last minute coaching
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Serious hold down
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The landing
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Reversal
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Big Uchimata!
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157638623787415/





Canadian National Judo Championships

8 07 2013

Canadian National Judo Championships from the Richmond Olympic Oval in Beautiful British Columbia – 4 days of Great Judo!

 

Full set of pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157634477242810/

 

1. Getting a bit woozy.

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CNJC – Day 1 U18 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

2. Uchimata!

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CNJC – Day 1 U18 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

3. Handstand.

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

4. A Huge Throw!

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

5. Champion!

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CNJC 2013 Day 2 – Senior Men and Women by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

6. Masters action.

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CNJC 2013 Day 3 – u15 and Masters by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

7. Every match has a winner and a loser…

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CNJC 2013 Day 3 – u15 and Masters by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

8. Going down?

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CNJC 2013 Day 4 – U21 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Pacific International Judo Tournament 2013

20 02 2013

Last weekend saw the action of the Pacific International Judo Tournament at the Olympic Oval near Vancouver BC! Here are some highlights:

1. Going down?

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Noooo!

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Choked out

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You might feel a bit of a bump on landing…

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Just a little further

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6.Hey! Watch out for the photographer!

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. One of the venue – with that beautiful BC cedar ceiling!

2013 Pacific International Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set is online on my Flickr at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8494118134/

I hope you enjoy them!





Canada West Judo Tournament

31 12 2012

My Judo Club hosted the Canada West Tournament on December 1st at Bonsor Recreation Centre in Burnaby. Here are a few highlights:
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Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
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Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There a whole bunch on my Flickr site:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632385781815/show/
Enjoy!





Judo Practice with Tokai University Students

22 02 2012
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We had three of the team from Tokai University come by our practice on Monday and work out with us. They showed us a few things and we all had a good time!





Judo – Pacific International 2012

21 02 2012
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What a great tournament – the Japanese team from Tokai University cleaned up.





Judo – Vancouver Open 2012

10 02 2012
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Judo – Vancouver Open 2012, a set on Flickr.

It was a great day to be out shooting Judo! The Seikidokan Dojo hosted a fine tournament.





Judo – 2011 Canada West Invitational

21 12 2011
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Our Judo club hosted this tournament on December 3rd, 2011. It turns out I got more shots that were decent than I thought. When I walked out, it felt like it had been a BAD day of shooting. I’m pleasantly surprised.





Judo – 2011 BC Championships

24 10 2011
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Judo – 2011 BC Championships, a set on Flickr.

Got some photos from This weekend’s Judo. All shot with the 7D and 70-200 at F/2.8 ISO 3200 and 1/400s

Enjoy.





Pacific International Judo Tournament – 2011

20 02 2011

Pacific International Judo Tournament
Steveston Judo Club
Richmond, BC, Canada

Over 140 top class athletes came from Canada, USA, and Japan. Competition was fierce and the Judo – nothing short of thrilling!

The tournament was open to Green belt and up – No Juniors. It still ran for almost 8 hours!  I can’t believe I actually got the photos all processed and posted within a day! I took over 600 photos and ended up with about 75 that I’m happy with.

The whole set can be seen at my Flickr:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157626098550116/with/5463551430/

Here are a few shots:

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2011 Pacific International Judo Tournament – Steveston by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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2011 Pacific International Judo Tournament – Steveston by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. OK – so not everyone was amped up the whole time Smiley

2011 Pacific International Judo Tournament – Steveston by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy the photos.





Vancouver Open Judo Tournament – 2011

10 02 2011
I was out at the Vancouver open Judo tournament last weekend and did a bit of shooting.
This is the first time that ANY Judo tournament was held in the new Olympic Oval. The light was great and it was a real pleasure to get out and shoot there. So much better than so many of the dark gymnasia that many competitions occur within. I was actually able to get the ISO as low as 2500!!! The full set is on my Flickr at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157625891666987/with/5432773987/

Here are a few pics from the tournament.

Like Judo, speed skating, the original design of the building, requires the human machine to be functioning at full capacity
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Vancouver Open Judo Tournament 2011 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Will he make it?
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Vancouver Open Judo Tournament 2011 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Chess Match
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Vancouver Open Judo Tournament 2011 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Finishing it off
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Vancouver Open Judo Tournament 2011 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Crunch
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Vancouver Open Judo Tournament 2011 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are more available on my Flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157625891666987/with/5432773987/
I hope you enjoy them!






Canada West Open Judo Tournament

5 12 2010

The Canada West Open Judo Tournament was held on Saturday December 4, 2010 this year.

I didn’t get as many shots as I would have liked, as I was busy coaching this year. Here are a few:

1) Nerves…
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2) Even the little guys are serious!
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Canada West 2010_005 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3)This is NOT going to end well for one them!
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Canada West 2010_010 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Ouch!
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Canada West 2010_016 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) A couple of my students
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Canada West 2010_029 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

You can see the whole set at: My Flickr Set





Vancouver International Judo Tournament – 2010 Pictures

31 03 2010

These are pretty late, but I’ve been swamped with other things that have required my attention in the last couple of months.

The whole series can be seen at:

 http://www.slacker.ca/brian/webpics/showpix.aspx?20100206Judo

Here are a few select images:

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Canada West Judo Tournament – 2009

31 12 2009

Our club, the Burnaby Judo Club hosted the Canada West Invitational Judo Tournament on December 5, 2009.  We had a great range of competitors come from across Canada and the US.  It was a long day but all involved had fun. There was some good judo to be seen.  Everyone agreed that it went really smoothly!

The photos were taken with a Canon 7D and for the most part the 70-200 F/2.8 lens.  Some were taken with the 17-55 F/2.8 lens.  Almost all were taken at ISO 6400

The photo gallery can be seen at my web gallery.

Here are a few highlight shots:





World Police and Fire Games Judo was great!

9 08 2009

I made it out on Saturday to watch day 2 of the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) Judo.  The light in the BCIT gym was better than many places, but I was still stuck shooting at 2.8, ISO 3200 1/640s.

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The Judo was great.   There were some excellent players and some incredible Judo.    It was my first time watching international Judo. It’s really quite something to see the local fans cheer on athletes from their home country.  The russians and the Croatians had big cheering squads, but the Taiwanese and Brazilians made themselves heard (both the fans with their cheers and the athletes in their action!)  The action was on two mats, so I missed photographing some of it.  The other parts that I missed were due to people wandering in front of the shot just as the big technique occured.  It would have probably been a good idea to try to work my way over to the “official” photography side of the gym so that I wouldn’t have been blocked so often.  Sigh… you get what you can when you don’t step up I guess.

Judo WPFG BCIT Burnaby BC Canada International

I’ve separated the pictures into 3 galleries…

WPFG Judo Competition 

WPFG Judo Awards Ceremonies

WPFG Judo – People

Judo WPFG BCIT Burnaby BC Canada International

It’s in my homemade photo gallery, hosted on a private system so you’re going to have to be a bit patient. 

I hope the pictures help convey the great day that it was.

If you would like a copy of an image in higher resolution, please let me know in the comments!





Steveston Judo – February 21, 2009

2 03 2009

Sorry Folks,  I’ve been out of blogging action for a bit.  Last Monday I started feeling like a train hit me and the flu that took a hold of me didn’t really let go until Saturday.   It was a rough ride, but I’m back and better.

Just before feeling like someone had used me for an Olympic class Uke, I managed to finish processing my pictures from the Steveston Judo Tournament held on February 21, 2009.   The tournament is a senior only tournament and as such moves along a bit faster than the ones that include juniors and juveniles.  It started around 1000 and ended quite nicely around 1630.  There was a small contingent of Japanese competitors, but they fought no less fiercely than had there been 20 of them.  There was some great Judo to see and I managed to catch some good action!

 

 

The complete Galleries can be seen in two parts:

Steveston Judo Tournament Part 1

Steveston Judo Tournament Part 2

(If you visit the links, please check out the Google ads for him… he’s giving me the space and bandwidth free – THANKS!)

The photos were shot with the Canon 50D using the 70-200 2.8IS lens.  ISO varied up to 3200 at times.  The EXIF is still embedded in the large photos so that you can see the tech stats.  I shot both JPG and RAW and tried processing the RAW shots, but couldn’t get as good a shot as the camera had at JPG, so I took the JPGs and ran them through lightroom to “punch them up” a bit and was really happy with the result.

A GREAT day of Judo and Judo photography.








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