Sep 3 2016
“Everything about the IJF Academy roadshow coming to Australia has been positive” Director of Judo Australia, Shane Alvisio shared his judo history and his experience at the Level 1 Instructor Course with us.

Shane Alvisio commenced judo in 1973 when he was 8 years old, and he is involved in the sport since then. He competed at his first national championships in 1979 and was part of the Australian team from 1983 until 1994. During this period he won 10 Australian and Oceanian medals and competed twice at the World University Games, the Pacific Rim Championships, the Shoriki Cup and at many A League tournaments throughout Europe.

Upon completion of competitive Judo, Shane was elected to the State Board and served in various roles for 12 years. During this period he assisted to co-ordinate many local and international tournaments culminating in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where he was working as the judo information manager. In 2008 he was elected as a national director of the Australian federation, and is currently the secretary of the national governing body. He is taking care of participation in judo, where he has co-ordinated National Club Seminars and introduced a national incentive system for club participation.

Throughout this period Shane has also been a club coach and currently is the head coach of Kugatsu Central Coast, a club located two hours north of Sydney. The club has approximately 80 members and Shane conducts 12 classes per week.

Knowing all this, the question is given. With all his experience in judo, why did he participate in the Level 1 Instructor Course of the IJF Academy. He did it out of interest to see first-hand how the course could complement the existing Australia Coach Education program. “This course has been the toughest judo course I have completed since attaining my black belt in 1985” – he explained, adding that on a personal level, it is quite clear that he had left it too long to study judo instead of just being too busy and teaching it.

“The course is challenging mentally and physically, but so enjoyable to be part of the camaraderie with a large group of club coaches helping each other get through the week of the practical camp” – he added.

Sharing his opinion on the coaches of IJF Academy, he said that “initially they were scary, but as time progressed it was clear that they were just trying to get the best result they could from us”.

36 coaches started the theoretical part of the course, and 20 of them successfully completed the week long practical camp. All of these 20 have stayed in contact via social media and are advocates of the IJF course and the positive influence it can have on others thinking about signing up for the next one.


Shane also gave some insights about the current status of the IJF Academy qualification in Australia: “Currently Judo Australia have their National Committee’s looking at ensuring future participants can be recognised for their learning at IJF presented material for Dan Grades, Kata Examinations, Coach Education qualifications, and they are even looking at variation of some rules for junior judo competitions.”

In Australia, a country larger than Europe, there are less than 10 000 judokas, so getting to the capital, Canberra, for some participants was quite an effort, for some a 6-hour plane journey. However, Shane said: “Everything about the IJF Academy roadshow coming to Australia has been positiveWe certainly feel that future courses will be much more popular as coaches are talking to each other around the country.  Thank you IJF for the great initiative!”

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