Kugatsu Judo Club was established by Charlie Mileto in September 1967 after a split from the Samurai Judo Club in Canley Vale.
The most respected name in Australian Judo – Mr Jim Robinson (7th dan) was the highest grade in Australia and a foundation member of Kugatsu until he passed away in 1988 Mr Robinson was recognized as the grandfather of Australian Judo and was well respected by the Japanese establishment. He was personally invited to attend the Kodokan Centenary celebrations in Tokyo in 1982.
Over the years the club moved from the Liverpool YMCA to a factory unit in Lurnea then moved to Parramatta PCYC, Guildford Soccer Club, Parramatta Speedway where dormitory accommodation was established for the teenage players to live and train. It was probably during this period, during the 1980’s that the club was at it’s strongest, producing a vast number of international level athletes. After redevelopment of the speedway the club moved to the State Sports Centre for a short period before moving to the University of Western Sydney – Milperra Campus in 1992. During this time Kugatsu Judo Club, integrated as part of University sport won the University Games Teams championships in 1994 and 1996 and was a consistent contributor to the University’s medal tally at the University games in the individual and team events.
During the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Kugatsu Judo Club was represented by Rob Ivers who competed in the -90kg division. Many club members were also heavily involved in the organisation of the games and we had the privilege to host various international tams in preparation to the Olympic Games.
In 2006 the club moved to the Olympic Cycling Velodrome at Bass Hill and the Kugatsu juniors have been established at the Winston Hills Public School. During this time the club has been supporting the Bankstown council in their Sport’s a Month activities on a regular basis. In 2011 the club moved to Bas Hill Public school maintaining a strong link to the Bankstown area.
Kugatsu has had a number of branches, over the years with two in Sydney at one time (Liverpool & Parramatta), and another two branches located at Forbes and Parkes, in western NSW in the 80’s. Currently as well as the Bass Hill & Winston Hills branches the club has a sister club of the same name in Hobart Tasmania,
Kugatsu has won more annual Mens Open Team Championships titles than any other club in the state (16 times), and also our fair share of junior, womens, mens kyu grade and masters titles. A number of players keep coming back from retirement to assist in returning the teams titles back to the club. Kugatsu Judo Club was the first club in Australia to introduce the coloured judogi for teams competitions in 2005. Kugatsu has had many former and current club members compete at national and international competitions, World Championships and Olympic Games.
Kugatsu is currently the 5th largest registered club with Judo NSW. Our club coaches are all qualified and recognised by the Judo Federation of Australia. Our coaching and senior staff have vast experience in Coaching, refereeing and competition management at both national and international level.