To quote Ron Angus: "Judo is known as the gentle martial art" but you would never know it when Ron and an opponent engage in battle. Having competed all over the world on every continent, in more than 15 countries, in a career spanning more than 42 years, Ron to many is the face of Judo in Canada.
Not only has he competed and continues to compete, but he has taught, coached, authored a comprehensive book on Judo, administered in many aspects of the sport, and above all, inspired each and every individual that knows him and has had the good fortune to be associated with him.
His list of accomplishments and credentials is outstanding. Here is an abbreviated list:
- Canadian Junior and Senior Judo Champion
- 10-time world Masters Champion and as recently as last year Ron competed in the World Masters in Germany placing 2nd.
- 8 times Canadian National Exhibition Champion
- Competed in 22 Canadian National Championships
- Represented Canada at the 1986 Commonwealth, 1989 Francophone Games and 1989 World
- World Kubudo Grappling Champion
- World Games and World Championships Bronze Sambo Wrestling
- Diploma in High-Performance Sport and NCCP Level 5 Certified
- 1996 Atlanta Olympic Coach - New Zealand
- Canadian Team Coach - 1997 Francophone Games
- Head Coach of Judo Canada National Team Developmental Centre
- 2010 Ontario Coaching Excellence Award Ontario Coaching Ass.
- Burlington Athlete of the Year
- Burlington Master Athlete of the Year 2006
While committing to a rigorous training and practice schedule, as well as demanding coaching responsibilities, Ron found time to write a book on the fundamentals of competitive judo. As well, he is the founder of the Full Circle Judo Club which opened in 1992, where he coaches novice children and adults, recreational participants, provincial and national team athletes. The Full Circle Judo Club has produced National Team members for 15 consecutive years.
As well, Ron is the founder and developer of the Active Aldershot Society whose mandate is to bring more grassroots community sport and recreation to the Aldershot community. He has linked the organization and its' activities to the Children's Aid Society and the United Way, running affordable and accessible multi-sports camps for children that have little or no experience in the sport.
As you can see, Ron Angus is a very unique and special individual. He had a goal for himself and dreams for our City. To any young person, he is a shining example of what will be achieved with hard work and perseverance. Congratulations Ron.