How to I become a member of Judo BC?
If you have never done Judo before, you will become a member of Judo BC and Judo Canada when you register at one of our member clubs. Click here for a listing of clubs.
Where is the Judo BC dojo?
We don’t have one or you could say we have almost 50. Judo BC is a Provincial Sport Governing body which oversees approximately 50 Judo clubs in the province. To locate a dojo in your area, click here.
How much do you charge for membership and other services?
For a complete fee schedule please click here.
What currency do you charge your members/customers in?
All transactions are in Canadian Dollars.
What methods of payment to you accept?
We accept cheques, bank drafts, certified money orders, cash (in person at events, clinics, tournaments, courses only) and coming soon credit card payments.
Where is your association located?
Judo BC is located in the Metro Vancouver area and is a registered society in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Our mailing address is:
#523 – 4438 West 10th Ave
Vancouver BC V6R 4R8
We don’t have an office, our staff work from home.
How and where can your members/customers contact you for support?
We can be contacted by mail, phone, email or fax. Please visit our Contact page.
What is your refund policy?
The membership fees refund policy is listed in the Judo BC Policies and Procedures which can be downloaded from the following link:
This refund policy also applies to all courses, seminars, examinations, grading, clinics, and tournament participation fees.
The refund policy for BC Team travel is provided to invited participants prior to the collection of the fees associated with the travel.
What benefits do I receive as a member of Judo BC?
There are many benefits accrued to the Judoka such as:
- Access to standardized, safe, age appropriate programs from the sport Canada Long Term Development model.
- Access to club sensei’s who receive coaching education training through the National Coaches Certification Program as well as Judo BC and Judo Canada through sanctioned and organized tournaments and clinics.
- Access to practice with black-belts members who have gone through extensive training through tournaments and clinics and have received their grading through a Judo BC and Judo Canada sanctioned grading board.
- Access to practice with full members who have gone through extensive training through tournaments and clinics sanctioned and organized by BC and Judo Canada.
Access to Safe, standard rules for competitions that aim to ensure a positive experience for participants. Judo BC also sanctions several competition per year:
- Provincial Championships
- Several Open Tournaments
- BC Winter Games
Access to higher performance competition through Team BC:
- National Championships – International Championship.
Access To support services and program through Team BC:
- Athlete Assistance Program
- Canadian Sport Institute and Pacific Sport
Access to the Judo BC / Judo Canada Officials program:
- Offers officiating courses conducted by highly skilled instructors.
- Insures competent officials for tournaments.
- Provides opportunity to excel at officiating at National and International Levels.
Access to the Ministry of Education’s External Sport Credentials Program (ESCP).
Access to KidSport funding through Sport BC.
National Sport Trust Fund – tax deductible receipt program (coming soon).
Insurance in case of injury to the Judoka.
Access to the Judo BC Digest (newsletter).
A forum to exchange ideas and get advice from others in the Judo community.
And more – See “Benefits of Membership” for more information.
I don’t plan on competing this year, do I need to still register with Judo BC?
Access to competition is only one benefit offered by Judo BC. As an active Judoka you may wish to retain you access to Judo BC’s insurance program. Judokas who aspire to access additional grading promotions should remember that on-going member in good standing status is one of the promotion requirement found in the Judo Canada Grading syllabus.
Why does Judo BC need all of the information requested on the Individual Membership Registration Form?
I suffered an injury while participating in a practice at the dojo. How do I access the Judo BC Insurance Program?
Judo BC, through its affiliation with Judo Canada, offers accidental insurance for registered Judokas. Click here for additional information.
Why should I take an NCCP course? I already have a black belt and I’m an instructor in my dojo?
Through the NCCP coach pathway, you will enhance your understanding of how to plan a purposeful practice and create engaging activities. You will also gain skills that will help participants identify how to improve their performance by providing constructive criticism and advice. Finally, you will learn how to manage problems by making ethical and respectful decisions and enable safe participation by creating a safe environment.
I took an NCCP course – Does that mean I’m now a certified coach?
Not quite but you are on your way. Once you have taken a course you are now considered “trained”. To become “certified” you must take and pass the Make Ethical Decision online evaluation complete and submit the coach portfolio and be evaluated. Not sure if you are “in training”, “trained” or certified? Check out your profile on the Coaches Association of Canada online database “The Locker”
Which “Make Ethical Decision” (MED) online evaluation module should I take?
Competition Introduction evaluation is the correct module for both Dojo Assistant and Dojo Instructor candidates.
How do I get evaluated?
Evaluations are conducted by the Judo BC NCCP facilitators. Please complete the Evaluation Registration Form and submit to the NCCP chair at to book an evaluation.
What is a NCCP #? Do I have one?
A National Coaching Certification Program, or NCCP # is the number assigned to you by the Coaching Association of Canada. It is your coach identification number. If you have taken any coaching course, in any discipline, then you have a NCCP#. CLICK HERE to find your NCCP#.
I’m not the Head Instructor or Head Sensei at my club, should I take an instructor’s course?
Yes. If you are currently instructing at any level at your club, or are interested in instructing you should take the Dojo Assistant course. Components of this course include modules focused on teaching and learning, emergency preparedness, ethical decision making and skill analysis.
If you are interested in coaching at judo competitions the Dojo Instructor course is the next step in your coach pathway. This course builds on the Dojo Instructor course by adding modules focused on supporting the competitive experience, performance analysis, and practice planning.
What is Grading?
Judo uses a progression system to promote participants who have attained specific skill and knowledge proficiencies. This progression is tracked using different colours of belts. The progression system is divided in two:
- Kyu Grades (White to Brown)
- Dan Ranks (Black)
For more information please visit http://www.judocanada.org/development/grading-and-kata/
How do I apply for a Judo Canada passport (requirement for black belt grading)?
Apply online here – http://www.judocanada.org/the-canadian-judo-federation/becoming-a-member/
Where can I learn what I need to know for black belt grading?
Talk to your sensei. If you are a brown belt, attend a few kata clinics.
How do I know when I’m ready to grade for my black belt?
Your sensei will let you know when they think you are ready for grading.
My sensei says I’m ready to grade for my Black belt, now I need to know if I have enough points to grade. Where can I find this information?
Have your sensei contact the Judo BC and request your grading forms.
Where can I find out more about the grading requirements?
Click here for the Judo Canada colour belt grading recommendation and here for the Judo Canada National Grading Syllabus
Who keeps track of my points for grading?
Judo BC has a grading database that contains everyone’s records however we depend on individuals and/or senseis to track shiai points. We strongly recommend that individuals track all their judo activities in their Judo Canada passport.