Fredericton, New Brunswick
Chairman of Aboriginal and Territorial Affairs
My name is Matthew Hurst and my judo Career did not begin until my early 20’s. I was a competitive powerlifter until I was told about judo by a university professor. I arrived at my first practice weighing 230lb. I was immediately held down by a 160Lb black belt. Strength is great but it is much more rewarding to know how to use it. Since beginning judo I have had the opportunity to compete, apply my strength to a sport and make lifelong friends. I would like to give everyone the opportunity that my university professor gave me. I would like everyone in Canada to take part in the amazing sport of Judo.
Please contact me with any inquiries surrounding aboriginal or territorial judo affairs. I am available to discuss funding needs, the planning of facility demos, training camps and any other Judo needs.
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Ude hishigi ashi gatame
I Started judo in 1984, after hearing Alwynn Morris speak about the Olympics. Since this time I have had many accomplishments that I am proud of, some of the more prestigious include:
- 2004 Bronze medalist, senior men’s -90KG national championships, Team Manitoba
- 2011 Gold medalist, Veteran 35-39, -100KG national championships, Team Alberta
- 2016 Bronze Medalist, Veteran 40-50 heavy, national championships, Team Manitoba
- 2016 Silver Medalist, senior men’s -100KG Ontario open, Team Manitoba
- 2017 Gold -100 senior men, Silver +90 Veterans, Saskatchewan open, Team Manitoba
Please contact me with any inquiries. I am open to facilitating demos and running demos for judo in communities. Mentor up and coming athletes where needed. Liaison between communities and clubs or provincial organizations as required.
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867-821-3127 or cell: 867-332-1031 (has voice mail)
I started judo in 1966 at the YMCA in Saskatoon. Since that time I have taken Judo on and off for 50 years:
- 1966-69 attended Judo in Saskatoon at YMCA
- 1970-82 attended Judo in Whitehorse
- 1976 our sensei, Chuck McKenzie, took me and 2 other women to fight in the first Canadian Women’s tournament in Ontario. We were one of the sports chosen to test the Olympic facilities. I didn’t place but had a great experience
- 1982-83 I taught in Haines Junction, Yukon for one year and helped instruct Judo there
- 2002-2004 helped instruct children’s Judo in Whitehorse because my two granddaughters joined Judo
- 2005-2006 my granddaughters moved to Alberta. I continued to participate in adult Judo in Whitehorse
- of 2012 I started helping with children’s Judo in Whitehorse because my two grandsons wanted to start Judo.
- November of 2012 to the present Sensei Robert and I started a Judo Club in Carcross, Yukon where I live
- 28th, 2016 I received an honorary black belt
I became a status First Nations citizen of the Carcross/Tagish First Nations in August of 1983 when I married my First Nations husband. I taught elementary school for 35 years until I retired in 2005. I enjoy working with children and would like to help further First Nations Judo.
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Aboriginal form registration