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Dear Budokanis, You would have probably heard tonight in a statement made by our PM that amongst other venues, indoor sporting venues must cease to operate by mid-day tomorrow (23rd March). Unfortunately, this means that the 3 clubs that operate in the Budokan Dojo (including Budokan Judo Club) in the Showground's Horticulture Pavilion, will be unable to provide training services to their club members until the Government lifts this restriction.  This is a sad day but, given the current state of many other countries, we knew that this would become inevitable in Australia and is probably the most sensible thing to do to limit social contact.  Judo players are resilient and adaptable; this is the nature of our sport. We may not have had a challenge like this one before, but we know that you and the club will be back stronger than ever after the restrictions are lifted.  A couple of things to ease any concerns regarding the club:

  • 1.We will ensure that club members are not disadvantaged financially as the result of the club’s closure - once the extent of the closure is known, we will determine a period of credit for which all members will be entitled.
  • 2.For parents who can demonstrate that they have been financially disadvantaged through this crisis period in terms of income, when training resumes special arrangements may be made so that your children will be able to resume training straight away.
  • 3.During the club’s downtime, if any Budokan athlete requires support regarding circuits or training options, please contact us and advise any equipment or machines you have available and we can send some ideas of how to stay fit. 


  • In the meantime, please look after yourselves and each other and observe a responsible approach to your daily lives, limiting the risks associated with the transmission of the virus as best as you can. We want you back fit and well.


  • We will still issue a Newsletter during the downtime - I am overdue with this but have been somewhat pre-occupied with other issues. We have had some competitions and other activities and news that still need to be reported and will be of interest to club members so at least we can stay in touch that way.

 All the best, Rob and Kerrye



  1. Sat 14th Dec                      Last Saturday class
  2. Mon 16 Dec 19                 Last Senior Beginner / Kyu Grades
  3. Wed 11 Dec 19                Last Dinos and MONS Session
  4. Thurs 19 Dec 19               Last Junior and Senior Session
  5. 25th Dec 19                       Junior Japan Trip Starts


  1. Sat 11th Jan                        Mat scrub – 0800
  2. Tues 14th Jan 20                First Junior and Senior Session
  3. Thurs 16th Jan 20               Junior Japan Trip Ends
  4. 16-19 Jan20                       AIS Futures Camp
  5. 17-18 Jan20                       Illawarra Camp
  6. Sat 25th Jan 20                   Sandro Picirillo & Francesco Maio visit the club
  7. Mon 3rd Feb 20                  First Senior Kyu Grades session
  8. Wed 5th Feb 20                  First MONS and Dinos session
  9. 14 – 16 Feb 20                  ACT International Open
  10.  23 Feb 20                         Sydney International Open
  11.  Sun 1st Mar 20                  Budokan MONS and Juniors Competition
  12. 20-22 Mar 20                    Melbourne International Open
  13. 5th Apr 20                           NSW State Titles
  14. 5 - 8 Jun 20                        Nationals
  15. 9th Aug 19                          Budokan MONS/Junior Competition
  16. Early Oct 20                      Queensland International Open
  17. Mon 2nd Nov 20                 Budokan AGM