New Executive Director

I’d like to welcome Peter Grenfell as the Executive Director for Judo Manitoba, effective December 17th.  Peter brings a great deal of experience to the position, having served as the Treasurer and the Secretary for Judo Manitoba for 30 years.  On behalf of the executive and membership of Judo Manitoba, I’d like to thank Oscar Li for his many years of service as our Executive Director and his efforts in supporting our organization.  We wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Milton Good

President, Judo Manitoba​

Legion Athletic Camp

The 2018 Legion Judo Camp sponsored by Judo Manitoba will feature current successful strategies in international tournament competition and judo fundamentals during the week of July 29-Aug 4, 2018 at the International Peace Gardens Sport’s facilities. Head coach Gary Sova (6th degree black belt) is excited to announce that this year our coaching staff will again feature many other top coaches such as Kevin McIver, Aaron Pfeffer, Cole Hunt, Airton Nakamura, Jeff Oduca, Patrick TremblaySabourin, Bryant Huynh, and May Baldo-Oduca, in addition to our Guest Coach, Olympian Sergio Pessoa. Experienced coaches will teach athletes and coaches to develop top skills in gripping, dynamic throwing techniques, fundamentals, drills, counter throws, armlocks, changing directions, action/reaction, transitioning into various techniques, strangulations, pinning manoeuvres, mental preparation, and training techniques.

Many past athletes who have participated in the Legion judo camp have risen to provincial, Canada Winter Games, and national team status in judo.  This year’s Legion Judo Camp will have a developmental and training camp focus for athletes 10 to 17.

Coaches or parents of interested judo athletes who are between the ages of 10 -18 years of age can contact their local Royal Canadian Legions for possible financial support. Interested athletes, parents, or coaches can also apply to local Royal Canadian Legions and their schools for possible financial assistance to attend this year’s camp. Legion Camp Brochures are also available through Gary Sova.  Any questions about this Judo Camp can be directed to either Head Coach Gary Sova 204-479-8571.

December 2016 Grading

The following candidates who were examined on Dec. 10/2016 by the Judo Manitoba Grading Board have now had their applications ratified by Judo Canada’s National Grading Board.


  • Ray Thongpheng (Inner City)
  • Rodney Olson (Selkirk)
  • James Colp (Selkirk)
  • Britni Trombo (Balmoral)
  • Emily Trombo (Balmoral)


  • Julien Mitchell (Selkirk)

August 2016 Grading

Congratulations to the following candidates who successfully passed the examination for their respective dan grades and now fully ratified by Judo Canada:


  • Natasha Burton(Portage)
  • Thessa Baldo-Oduca(Inner City)
  • Damien Ekosky(Selkirk)
  • Pinto Town(Portage)
  • Ryan Walker(Portage)


  • Gary Robinson(U of Man)
  • Brent Thompson(Inner City)

Sboto Award 2015 Recipient: May Baldo-Oduca

Congratulations to May Baldo-Oduca for being awarded the Silvio Sboto Award for Excellence in Coaching at the Brandon tournment.

About May


  • 35 years member of Inner City Judo Club
  • original member of Inner City Judo Club
  • National medalist in both 1992- bronze and 1993- silver medal
  • NCCP level 3 Coach
  • Entire family is involved in judo: May, Jeffrey,  Sharmayne, Thessa, and Jackie
  • May was the female provincial Judo Mb. coach with Mark Berger at the 2015 Western Canada Games
  • May was the female coach with Gary Sova of Judo Mb’s team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games
  • May has coached at the Legion Athletic Judo Camp for 16 years
  • May has instructed judo at Greenway School, King Edward School Light House Program and Victoria Albert’s Inner City Judo Club
  • May was Nationally carded by Judo Canada in 1992 with a C card and in 1993 with a B card
  • May lost a tough bronze medal match in the 1987 Canada Winter Games
  • May won a silver medal at the 1987 Western Canada Games
  • May’s daughter Thessa won a bronze medal in the 2015 CWG and she won 2 bronze medals in the Jr. U.S. Open Judo Championships
  • May’s daughter Sharmayne is a Shodan black belt and she has won 2 bronze medals in U21 and U18 Nationals.