Selkirk Judo Club

Julien Mitchell Wins Canadian Judo Championship

It has been an eventful month for Julien Mitchell. 

On June 11, the Selkirk Judo Club member was graded to his Shodan (first degree black belt) by Manitoba’s Provincial Grading Board.

On June 29, Julien graduated from Grade 12 at the Lord Selkirk High School and was awarded the Program Major Award in Machine Technology at the grad ceremony. 

At 5:30 a.m. the next morning, he was at the airport to fly out to Sept-Iles, Quebec for the national judo championships, where he would cap his Grade 12 year with a gold medal.  Julien competed in the under 100 kg weight category in the U20 Canadian National Judo Championships held at the Centre Socio-Recreatif in Sept-Iles.  He turned in a dominant performance, finishing with a record of 4 wins and no losses.   

Julien defeated Jean-Simon Blouin from Quebec in his first round match by ippon (full point) at the 55 second mark.  In the second match, he beat William Dwyer from Ontario one minute and 17 seconds into the bout.  His third match ended in just 24 seconds, with another full point victory over Jean-Francois Ouellet from Quebec.  His final match against Josh Jensen from British Columbia ended with an ippon score a mere 9 seconds into the match.  

Julien began his judo career in September 1999 at the age of 6.  Now just shy of his 18th birthday, he has won his first national championship.  In three previous appearances at the junior nationals, Julien had earned 2 – third place finishes (2008 and 2009) and 1 – 5th place finish (2010). 

Julien’s other accomplishments this year include a gold medal at the Edmonton International Judo Championships and a bronze medal in the Men’s Team Competition at the Canada Winter Games held in Halifax in February.  While Julien finished out of the medals in the under 100 kg individual event at the Winter Games, it was a different story at the nationals.  En route to his Canadian title, he defeated the competitors who had won gold, silver and one of the bronze medals at the Winter Games.

“Julien is a very strong competitor with great technique and an excellent work ethic,” said one of the club’s coaches, Brian Jones.  “He had an impressive performance at nationals this year.  This result not only rewards years of hard work but also demonstrates the tremendous potential he has going forward.”