Judo Festival 2018 Porec - 5th European Judo Research And Science Symposium & 4th Scientific And Professional Conference

The 5th European Judo Research and Science Symposium & 4th Scientific And Professional Conference was held in the past three days as part of the 2018 Judo Festival in Porec, Croatia. Several presentations took place and numbers are tripled in compare to previous years. This shows the significant improvement of not only in research groups but of the Judo Festival itself.

The President of the International Association of Judo Researchers, Dr. Mike Callan was very satisfied with the outcome of this years' meeting:

“I thought last year was amazing but actually this year laid another layer on top. There is certainly a vast benchmark been set now. Huge congratulations to the European Judo Union and to the Croatian Judo Federation. Particular credit to Prof. Sertic for the contest of the symposium and to the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb. Their effort to develop Judo research has so many ripples across the World. This conference is probably one of the best judo event in the World, so, huge congratulations to everybody.”

Altogether, 15 different lectures took place in additional to the three practical presentations. The following topics were discussed:

Dr. Ivan Segedi

Application of Research in Judo

Anastasiya Khomutova

Sport Psychology Research and Applied Practice in Combat Sports and Martial Arts

Prof. Emerson Franchini

Pacing in Judo: Relevance to Performance and Proposed Investigation

Jozaf Simenko/Ivan Segedi/Hrvoje Sertić

Correlating Movement Asymmetry with Competition Performance and Competition Volume in Youth Male Judoka

Renata Barić/Rebeka Prosoli

Psychological Preparation Program for Youth Judo Players, their Coaches and Parents

Mike Callan

Scientific Research in Judo: A Potted History

Attilio Sacripanti/Michel Calmet/Tania De Blasis/Pasculli/Emanuela Pierantozzi

Suwari Seoi Safety: From Children Dojo To High Level Competition (Biomechanical Part)

Slavisa Baric/Mike Callan

Critical Judo Elements in Self-Control Development and Emotional Control

Nemanja Stankovic/Dragan Atanasov/Nikola Milesovic

Judo For the 21st Century. How Successful was the Rule Modification?

Maria Toronjo/Luis Toronjo-Hornillo/Oscar Del Castillo-Andres

 Effect of the Safe Fall Programme on Children’s Health and Safety: Dealing Proactively with Backwards Falls in Physical Education

Robert Sigur/Mario Baic/Hrvoje Karnincic/Nikola Starcevic/Tomislan Micuda

Applicable Games for Younger Age Groups of Wrestlers and Judoka

Darren G Challis/Natasha A Collins/Michael Callan/Adrian Scruton/Michael Cole

The Awarding of Penalties in Lightweight Women’s Judo

Geert Claes/Mike Callan

The Possible Impact of the New Rule Changes of 2017 in Judo: Study Regarding the Influence the Influence on the Outcome of the Bronze medal Fight of the Women’s EJU Ranking List 2017 Compared to 2014-2016

Hrvoje Sertic/Matija Jug Dujakovic/Ivan Segedi

Following the Changes of Anthropological Status of Young Judoka During a Two-Year Training Process

Practical Presentations

George Bountakis

Judo and Rhythm: The Important Stage of the Athlete’s Development

Marko Cetinic/Ivan Segedi/Hrvoje Sertic

Construction and Validation of Measurements Instrument for Endurance Evaluation in Judo

Slavisa Bradic

Open Mind Methods of Teaching Katame No Kata 

Professor Franchini is a well known researcher, ranked 3rd across the World for all sport research. Many were amused by his present and as always, he left the lecture room in amazement. When asked about his passion, involvement and future projects of different researches, he explained;

“Well, firstly, I think there are many process that you can use to learn something and I think research is the most reliable one. The reason saying that is becuase it is not about experience, as everyone can have difference experiences of the same thing. However, when you are trying to do a particular task using reliable methods, it can be the best for one person and to the other. We can only pass on our experiences on our own way, however, with research is different, and it benefits many at once. I was a judoka myself and I love judo. When I realised I can’t compete at high level I thought maybe I could focus on researching and studying about judo.”

“I have always been interested to know more about how elite athletes win at high level and I began to do several researches. I first researched into other sports, I then adapted that into judo where I created three topics to focus on: Training Theory, Techniques and Tactics, How to Manage Judo. I believe that these researches can support the quality of the coaches and give more knowledge to the judo population. It is also beneficial for those who are not involved in judo that heavily, yet, would like to know what is going on when they practice this sport. It is like a puzzle and I believe that research can provide beneficial additional pieces to this judo puzzle.”

“At the moment, I am working on pacing in judo. I am trying to understand how athletes behave during contests, the rhythm of their attacks, defences and the control of the grips. I am looking into details if this effected by the level of fatigue for instance. I am researching to see what can we do to improve their pacing, or how pacing effects the outcome of their competition.”

Brighton University Lecturer, Anastasiya Khomutova also shared her view of the event and explained to us how she got involved with researches in judo;

“I ended up coming to Porec by chance as I have met Mrs. Jane Bridge last year when she was visiting the University of Brighton and she asked me to have a research project on retention and attraction of girls in judo and overall in combat sport. So I have begun my work and been working on my project interviewing coaches athletes to present my work here today. I was really satisfied with my lecture as I received very positive feedbacks and questions afterwards. People relate to the topic, they agree it is important and they have feedback on it so they also gave me some information to think about, to take back and research. I enjoyed all presentations across the past three days. They complemented each other very nicely. I think there is so much we can learn from each other and we can share experiences with each other. Now, what we need to do is actually implement it.”  

Dr. Ivan Segedi have been involved in research for over 13 years now. He delivered a reather interesting presentation on Application of Research in Judo. He than further explained; 

“It is a great success for us to be able to organise this conference now the 3rd time consecutively in Porec and gathered fantastic professors, researcher together. It was also a honour for me to present some of my ideas, work and researches. I think the benefit of me in these researches are also the fact that I have been an athlete myself and I have a great level of understanding on what athletes need. However, the focus not only should be on elites but also on children too. Currently, I have a PHD Student under my mentorship. He is doing biomechanics research in judo with sophisticated equipments that were not used in judo yet. So we will try to do something new and hopefully it will lead us towards something new. This is my main focus research.”

Chairman of the Organising Committee, Prof.Dr.Sc. Hrvoje Sertic concluded the event;

“I am very satisfied with the amount of ideas we received to proceed. All of these authors came and presented their work. Also we have had three great practical presentations. It was a very successful past few days. Having Prof. Emerson Franchini and Anastasiya Khomutova here was also a fantastic achievement. In addition, we saw an astonishing presentation by Dr. Ivan Segedi about the Application Research in Judo. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with our progression and looking forward to see the improvement we can make in judo in the future.”

  • Geert Claes: The Possible Impact of the New Rule Changes of 2017 in Judo: Study Regarding the Influence the Influence on the Outcome of the Bronze medal Fight of the Women’s EJU Ranking List 2017 Compared to 2014-2016
    Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Maria Toronjo: Effect of the Safe Fall Programme on Children’s Health and Safety: Dealing Proactively with Backwards Falls in Physical Education Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Dr. Slavisa Bradic: Open Mind Methods of Teaching Katame No Kata Photographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Attilio Sacripanti: Suwari Seoi Safety: From Children Dojo To High Level Competition (Biomechanical PartPhotographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio
  • Nikola Starcevic: Applicable Games for Younger Age Groups of Wrestlers and JudokaPhotographer: Emanuele Di Feliciantonio





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