International Students

Parkland Secondary is located in the beautiful town of Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Sidney is a quiet sea-side community on the Saanich Peninsula, conveniently located about 30km from the provincial capital of Victoria and is moments away from the BC Ferry Terminal which can provide transportation to Vancouver and the surrounding islands. International students will find welcoming accommodation with a host family in the Sidney area.  Parkland is a smaller high school in the district and has earned a reputation for having a caring staff who take a genuine personal interest in their students’ successes. Students who enroll in the Parkland Judo Academy will benefit from the individual attention that is part of the Parkland tradition.  Parkland has a dedicated international councilor, Mr. Jose “Papa” Tudela, who is also an assistant coach with the Judo Academy. In addition to the dedicated regular staff at Parkland, Mr. Tudela is available everyday to help international students with both their academic and cultural experiences.  Students will also benefit from the safety and ease of staying in a small community while still enjoying the relative accessibility of near-by Victoria, Vancouver and the surrounding islands.

Whether you are a beginning or advanced Judoka, the Parkland Judo Academy will provide an invaluable life experience.  In addition to earning credit toward graduation in the BC school system, all Academy participants will have the opportunity for personalized training and learning designed to meet their individual needs and experience.  The beginning Judoka will find a positive, mentoring atmosphere designed to help students grow into the rigor and discipline of studying Judo.  Advanced students will be able to push their personal and competitive goals through individual training programs and one-on-one instruction.  Head instructor Mr. Mickey Fitzgerald has practiced Judo for over 40 years in both Canada and Japan and has over 20 years coaching all levels of Judoka from recreational to international competitors.  Students who have earned the rank of brown belt or higher will have the additional opportunity to practice their English while assisting beginning Judoka and earning credit toward their Canadian Coaching Certificate (NCCP Level 1).

The Parkland athletic facilities provide excellent opportunities for training and personal development and include a 400m outdoor track, fully equipped weight-room, Olympic wrestling mats (for additional Newaza practice) and over 40 tatame mats (for Tachiwaza and Randori).  In addition to the regular 3-4 days of indoor training, the mild climate of BC will allow students to benefit from the nearly year-round opportunity to pursue their fitness goals in the beautiful outdoors of the Saanich Peninsula.

Experience the benefits and well-being that come with studying Judo.  Develop respect, confidence and discipline.  Be part of this unique opportunity in Western Canada.  Be part of the challenge.