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AJBC Applauds Stockley Davis and UWA Judo Club

Japanese in Origin, Global in Enjoyment

Soft diplomacy, particularly with connections to sport, is a well-established means of opening doors
to business and cultural interests. For Japan, Judo is such a sport. The martial art was born in Japan
in 1882, becoming an Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Drawing from historic Japanese
disciplines – such as ju-jitsu and sumo wrestling – modern judo is recognised for its practical fighting
techniques with an emphasis on self-defence with due consideration for an adversary or competitor,
and which also offers healthy physical and mental benefits.

Today more than 200 countries and regions are members of the International Judo Federation, but
in Australia it remains a niche sport with 6800 participants and 187 clubs. The University of Western
Australia Judo Club (UWAJC), established in 1988, it is currently the second largest Australian Judo
club. A volunteer-based organisation, it has regular Japanese coach exchanges on rotation every two
years thanks to a partnership to the private Kokushikan University in Setagaya, Tokyo.

Student exchanges have also taken place with the following Japanese universities – Keio (Tokyo),
Kokushikan (Tokyo), Komazawa (Tokyo), Konan (Kobe), Nagoya and Tokyo, with efforts underway to
formally link with the University of Tsukuba (Ibaraki). Western Australia’s Sister State Relationship
with Hyogo Prefecture (established in 1981) has also proven a valuable conduit for the UWAJC.
In addition to increasing WA’s medal and championship tallies, UWAJC has worked to establish a
Schools Judo Program, leading to Shenton College exchanges with Komazawa University High School
. And in addition to increasing student exchanges between WA and Japan, it is also introducing a
formal exchange program called ‘Judo plus Education’. For participants with a common interest in
judo it combines reciprocal language immersion (where students learn/improve, respectively, their
Japanese or English skills).

UWAJC maintains close relations with the broader Japanese community in Western Australia,
performing for the Japanese Consul-General and at the Japanese Film Festival, Japanese and multi-
cultural festivals, and for visiting Japanese ships.

A driving force behind the UWAJC is Stockley Davis who was one of its founders in 1988, and is
currently President as well as a coach. For his services to judo in Australia in 2020 he received a
formal commendation from the Japanese Foreign Minister. Beyond judo he was Corporate Manager
at Alto Capital (investment and corporate advisory firm for capital raising including venture capital)
for 16 years and is a co-founder of Ex Planta, a company bio-prospecting and bio-engineering plant
compounds; and also a Director of Aboardly a Company providing social connection for backpacker
and International visitors, 18 to 25 years, to local community. Stockley’s passion for judo has
provided a soft diplomacy link between Japan and Western Australia, but it wouldn’t surprise if
business connections were to follow.

WA-Japan Sundowner Series: Whiskey & Chocolate Masterclass

Please join us at Whipper Snapper Distillery, home of the world’ best corn whisky:

WA-Japan Sundowner Series:
Whiskey & Chocolate Masterclass



The Australia Japan Business Council (AJBC) WA has the pleasure of inviting you to our WA-Japan Sundowner Series Event.

Please join us for an Autumn drink at Perth’s very own award-winning distillery, Whipper Snapper as we celebrate an exciting 2024 for AJBC!

About Whipper Snapper Distillery

Established in 2014 by two young passionate whiskey drinkers, brother in-law’s Alasdair Malloch and Jimmy McKeown. WSD was born from an idea shared that a new era of Australian whiskey could be crafted with its own identity, redefined, whilst still being authentic, quality whiskey helping to shape the future of the Aussie distilling industry.

Our journey starts with the relentless pursuit to create the perfect Australian whiskey. As pioneers in this field, Whipper Snapper Distillery hand-craft a range of premium, authentic craft whiskeys, set to redefine our perception, and inspire a new generation. As Western Australia’s first urban distillery, we are passionate about using local West Australian grains and highlighting innovation and sustainability.

The significance of provenance shapes our award-winning and now world’s best whiskies. As a true craft distillery, everything is created on-site in East Perth. We also boast a specialty coffee bar, an eclectic tasting room and a team of passionate whiskey lovers who are excited to share their stories with you. Open seven days visit us or book a tour or masterclass experience online. Share our passion and join the journey of local craft whiskey.

“The future of Australian whiskey is ahead of us, and we plan to be at the forefront, embracing innovation while respecting tradition.” Founders – Jimmy and Al.


About Chocolatier Nakamura

When I was a girl my father returned from Paris to Tokyo bearing a gift of chocolates. Sharing them with family and friends was a joy I will never forget. I want others to have this experience: setting eyes on a beautiful box, opening it to marvel at the exquisite jewels within and then tasting wonderful flavours that give pure pleasure. I hope to bring you some happiness.

“Chocolate making is my craft and the act of making each individual piece with my own hand means I can share my passion with you.”

Chocolates are a joy of life.  Each piece embodies centuries of tradition, expressed by the skill and personal touch of the chocolate artisan. The experience of a chocolate is not only of luxury and superb ingredients, but also of beautiful packaging and the practice of true service. So much do I believe in these values as a chocolatier, that I have used my most precious symbols to guarantee them: my family name and crest.

Thursday, 13th June
5.30 pm-7.30 pm
$65 for members and $85 for non-members
Included in the ticket:
3 x Upshot whiskies (Barrel Aged, Bandit, Upshot) 15ml pour tasting
paired with Nakamura chocolates with charcuterie boards supplied by AJBCGuests can also purchase Whipper Snapper’s usual selection of whiskies and an exclusive Japanese-inspired cocktail at the barVenue
Whipper Snapper Distillery, 139 Kensington Street, East Perth WA 6004

Friday, 7th June

Post Event Update: WA-Japan Conversations Series: May Networking Event with The Hon. Madeleine King, MP

It was an incredible night of collaboration and insights at our WA-Japan Conversation Series Networking Event! 🌏🤝

Last night, AJBCWA in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) drew guests from across the energy and mining spectrum to promote the WA-Japan relationship in the context of critical minerals.

Here’s a snapshot of what you missed at the WA-Japan Conversation Series Networking Event:

🎙️ **Speeches:**
It was a pleasure to hear from the Hon.
Madeleine King, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and Mr. Naito Yasushi, Consul-General of Japan in Perth, who both shared invaluable perspectives on how to enhance critical minerals cooperation between WA and Japan.

🖊 **Q&A:**
The Q&A with Minister King sparked some insightful discussions on critical minerals cooperation and more, providing a deeper understanding of the bilateral landscape.

🙏 **Recognition:**
Thank you to all our distinguished guests, including AJBCWA board members, partners, and friends. Your presence and contribution made the evening one to remember.

Special thanks to Graeme Gamble for supporting the Event and to HSF for being such fantastic hosts.

🥂 **Networking:**
The conversations didn’t end with the speeches! Guests enjoyed networking opportunities galore while savoring the refreshments on offer courtesy of HSF.

📅 **Save the Date:**
Mark your calendars for our next Sundowner Series Networking Event in June. Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to everyone who made the night a success. Together, we’re strengthening ties between WA and Japan and paving the way for an exciting future. 🇦🇺 🤝 🇯🇵