- Estelle Hjertaas
- June 25, 2014 - 20:34
As a member of the PA judo club, I feel quite strongly about keeping this facility open. From my experience doing judo across the country, this is one of the best if not the best facility in the country in terms of mat size (two full size mat areas). This is a huge resource for Prince Albert, but also Judo Saskatchewan - I remember attending the training camp following the 2003 Senior Nationals in Prince Albert that was held at the dojo, as opposed to renting a space as is normally done. Given that the judo club has paid its own utilities and managed the use of the space for many years (and kept it full most of the time with the ju-jitsu club, correctional officers, conservation officers, and police officers), there would be no benefit to the city in closing it down, and considerable disadvantage to the city in doing so! I hope the city considers all these issues carefully.
- Cole Manz
- June 24, 2014 - 18:49
This club has played a very vital role in both instilling judo as a sport of this province, and a set of good values in youth. Judo teaches discipline, respect, and self control better than any school can. To allow the PA judo club to stay open would be to allow these values to continue being taught. To close the club would serve no purpose besides removing these values. This club is a home to athletes, coaches, and entire families. This is where they come to live, and reach their potential. There is no justice in taking that away from them.
- Jim Wiens
- June 24, 2014 - 09:42
I hope the city realizes how big of a roll this dojo has played in the development of this sport in this province. This is a club that has given back way more than it has ever used. Champions have trained there and good citizens have come to see what it takes to be a vibrant part of a community. Dont let this legacy end. The next generation needs a community group like the PA Judo Club more than any one before!