Northern Lights judokas clean up at championship

A home-mat advantage helped out the hosting club at the Northern Lights Judo Championships on Saturday at Ecole Emilie-Tremblay. The Northern Lights Judo Club (NLJ) came away with more medals than competitors.

A home-mat advantage helped out the hosting club at the Northern Lights Judo Championships on Saturday at Ecole Emilie-Tremblay.

The Northern Lights Judo Club (NLJ) came away with more medals than competitors.

Twenty-seven NLJ judokas collected 35 medals at the championships – Judo Yukon’s second of the season – with a few winning medals in both competition and judo knowledge.

Golden Horn Judo Club (GHJ), who entered six judokas, came away with two medals; Shiroumakai Judo Club (SHK) with 10 entered claimed 14 medals; and Carcross’ Hiroshikai Judo Club (HRK) had three competitors pocket two medals.

A total of 83 matches were held at the championship.

“We’ve plateaued with our competitors, so we’re always looking to bring in more competitors, more kids,” said Judo Yukon’s new president Richard Zebruck, who was elected at the organization’s annual general meeting on Nov. 14.

“This year we have a lot of U14s joining us, which is great. We have a really good core group of kids that’s U14 that are all green belts, getting ready for big tournaments. They’re pretty well versed in getting out and competing.”

For the second season in a row Judo Yukon is holding adult classes at Ecole Emilie-Tremblay.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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