Sensei Earl O’Blenis is a longtime Judo teacher and longer-time Judoka (Judo competitor). As an instructor, he is certified with Judo Canada and also sits on the board of directors of the Province of New Brunswick’s official Judo affiliate and regulatory body, Judo NB as the Director, Moncton Zone.
He began training in Judo at the age of 19 and has spent the past 15 years teaching Judo in the Greater Moncton area.
As a competitor, his tournament history includes participation and wins in elite-level Judo tournaments on the Provincial (NB & NS cups), National and International scales. As a coach, he has also mentored students to wins in over 200 tournaments during his 15-year coaching history.
Initially, the club practiced out of Wynwood School (1998-2006) next to the old Kay Arena. When the school was torn down to make way for the current Crossman Community Center and Kay Arena complex, classes were relocated to the Moncton Lions’ Center (2006-2008). From 2009 to present, the home of the Musa Betsu Kyu Judo club has been the new Kay Arena building on Mondays and Thursday nights, as well as the NBCC/CCNB Dieppe campus, which has held classes on just about every Tuesday night since 2003 (except when special NBCC/CCNB school events such as the annual booksales or Tree-Of-Hope prohibit).
Sensei O’Blenis also teaches a class which has become a core part of the NBCC/CCNB Dieppe Criminology degree-programme, a course which he has structured to introduce the main concepts of Judo – namely, using an opponent’s force against them and application of techniques of restraint without causing injury – and how those can be used to safely protect oneself from and subdue an attacker or aggressive person. The use of minimal force to subdue an opponent without killing or injuring them excessively is one of Judo’s key characteristics. This is particularly useful and field tested for applications of Judo within:
- Corrections Services
- Criminal Investigations
- and for other Security-related fields or personnel
On top of that, over time Judo has also proven to be useful to people of all backgrounds and fitness levels for the following reasons:
- excellent exercise
- friendly way to learn discipline
- fun and rewarding challenge (as you learn and progress through the nationally & provincially certified rankings)
- tool for improving hand-eye coordination & motor skill
- able to be practiced by and inclusive of those with disabilities
- a great way to be part of a club/team and meet new people
- an Olympic sport (yes gold medals and national fame are possible in this sport)
- an opportunity to travel and take part in competitions (if desired by the student)
In 2013, the club offered charity seminars for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) via their Kicks for Cancer fundraiser, as well as began doing introductory Judo with youth organizations such as the Greater Moncton Boys’ & Girls’ Club (BGC).
In 2014, the club began offering special classes for those with disabilities, including classes in conjuction with Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) – Visually Imparied Unit, as well as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
In 2015, the club expanded to Sackville by associating with the long-running Mount Allison student run Judo club.
In 2016, the club will continue expanding by re-introducing its Elementary school programs and offering Judo instruction as part of select schools’ Physical Education (PE) classes and extra-curricular activities. Also, look for our participation in some of the city and region’s events with public demonstrations and seminars. We also act as host to several high-level Provincial training camps throughout the calendar year.
More photos of past students and school competitions will likely be added, so be sure to check back later!