Steveston Judo Tournament – Saturday Feb 16, 2008

18 02 2008

Steveston Judo Club held their annual senior tournament on Saturday.  It was well attended by athletes from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec as well as 40+ member team from Tokai University in Japan.

The blend of competitors resulted in some GREAT Judo overall.   It was fun to watch.  I wanted to try out my new 40D and a nice fast indoor lens so I was shooting with a 70-200L F/2.8 non-IS.  The lighting at these events is always tricky, and I settled for ISO 3200, F/4 1/400s.  This gave me some decent lighting on the shots for later processing.  I was shooting in RAW, so I took about 260 photos on my 4GB card (I ran out before the end… 😦 )  After all was said and done, I ended up with about 30 that I thought were the best.  The whole gallery is here:

Here are a few highlights:

Canada West Judo Tournament

2 12 2007

My Judo Club (Burnaby Judo Club) hosted the Canada West Judo Tournament on Saturday December 1, 2007.  It’s an annual event held on the first Saturday of December.  We use the entire gymnasium at Bonsor Recreation Centre in Burnaby.  This year we had over 300 competitors entered.  I went as a coach to my students that were entered in the tournament this year, some of them in their very first tournament ever.  I’m really proud of my students they did a very good job.  Obviously there’s always room for improvement, but overall a very good showing.

While the day was long, the many people helping to set up and take things down meant that the work went smoothly and everyone was able to get home before the REALLY heavy snow of later that evening came down.

I made a small gallery of some of the pictures from the tournament at:

Here are some of my highlight pictures from the tournament:

Some of my students with their medals:

Video replay in Judo – Technology continues to creep into our lives!

8 04 2007

At the All Japan Championships, for the first time ever – they used video replay to determine a winner of a Judo match.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this changes Judo, a sport which has relied on 3 different sets of eyes to make the call regarding points in a match.  Now, there will be longer breaks and the flow of the match may just be broken up even more as officials and participants wait for the judges to view the replays.  I don’t know if I like it or not, but it will help to bring more objectivity to the Judo refereeing process which, at times it seems it needs.

And so the technological train just keeps rolling on.

Kinesiology Study

29 08 2006

My Judo Class was asked to participate in a Kinesiology experiment for a PhD thesis yesterday.  We headed up to SFU to participate, not knowing what they had in mind. 

First, they had us weighed and measured.  Then the took our reaction time by having us tap on a switch upon seeing a light.  So far so easy.  After this it got a bit harder.  There were two more tests left.

The first involved being strapped into chair and having to extend your leg with all your force to see how high you can get during a 5 second effort.  There was lots of red faces, grunting, groaning, and even some good old Judo ki-ays.  With slightly sore right legs we finished that. 

One or two at a time we were led into the next room and fitted with little IR sensors like they use at EA Sports to record human motion.  We all looked really funny, but we were easy going, not knowing what came next.

We went into the last room one at  a time, as it was important to maintain ignorance of the upcoming test.   They asked you to stand with your feet just less than shoulder width apart and said, “We’re going to perturb your balance.  See if you can correct your balance, and remain standing”. 

“No problem”, I thought.  They’re going to tilt the floor or shake it, and I have to try and stay standing.  “OK”, I say.



Some woman off to the side then hits a switch and the whole floor goes whizzing off to the side, leaving me crumpling up, looking like and idiot trying to regain balance as I gracelessly hit the floor.  My mind is racing saying “WTF!!! This is NOT ‘perturbing my balance’, this is turning my world upside down!”

“OK, we’re going to do it again”

“Uh – OK”

Whizzz!  This time I stumbled, but I stayed upright!  Hah!  One last time again after that, and I had no problem at all (I had learned!)

The last thing on the agenda included them whipping out my floor from under me, and me NOT trying to regain my balance, just do a break-fall.  Tough to change mindsets 🙂   Again with the Whizzzz! and this time I let it rip my feet off to the side.  I landed with a beautiful break-fall, and was done.

That was it.  It was fun.  Here are some pictures (other than of the falling and stumbling part – being a participant, I wasn’t allowed to see before going, and I was one of the last to go)

The study authors also paid for us all to have new Burnaby Judo Club T-shirts (sweet) and paid to have two Judo Gi’s raffled off as door prizes.  I won one!  (Extra sweet!)

All in the name of science 🙂

Did some Judo Photography this weekend

27 02 2006

The Steveston Judo Club had their annual tournament on Feb 25, 2006 and there were competitors there from across Canada and the US as well as Tokai University, Japan. There was some excellent judo to behold!
I have captured some of the tournament, but of course with 4 mats going simultaneously there were quite a few moments when you turned just AFTER the action 😦

All the pictures were taken at ISO 1600 on a Canon Digital Rebel D300.  Post processed for levels and noise in PS CS2.

The whole set is available at:

It’s tough with that lighting!

BC Judo Championships

5 11 2005

The BC Judo Championships were held in Abbotsford today.  We had many competitors from our club (Burnaby Judo Club) attending, and I think we did fairly well.  I decided to go out and try my hand at some indoor sport photos…

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