Sport History

The roots of judo can be traced to Japan's Samurai warriors. Nearly 1,300 years ago they developed the most ancient of martial arts, jiu-jitsu, as a way of fighting. In the 19th century, due to changes in Japanese society, judo emerged as an alternative to the older jiu-jitsu styles. It is the legacy of Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) who combined different styles of jiu-jitsu in a new approach to martial arts that would allow to practice it in educational and not only military institutions. 

Judo was first contested at the Canada Games in 1971 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Provinces and territories will have seven males and seven females. Athletes must be born between 2001-2004.


Both genders will have seven weight divisions. For males, the divisions are: up to 50 kg, 50-55 kg, 55-60 kg, 60-66 kg, 66-73 kg, 73-81 kg and more than 81 kg. For females, the divisions are: up to 44 kg, 44-48 kg, 48-52 kg, 52-57 kg, 57-63 kg, 63-70 kg and more than 70 kg. For full competition details, visit the Canada Games website.

Notable Alumni

  • Nicolas Gill

  • Antoine Valois Fortier

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