About the European Judo Union

The EJU is comprised of 51 national Judo federations/associations, and is itself recognised by the IJF as one of five continental unions. The organisation of the administration of Judo is based on a pyramid system of regulations, with the IJF the world governing body, the EJU the European governing body and national Judo associations the governing bodies at domestic level.

The History of Judo

The origin of Japan’s martial arts

The takenouchi-ryu martial art system founded in 1532 is considered the beginning of Japan’s Jujitsu forms. Judo was derived from Jujitsu, the art for either attacking others or defending oneself with nothing but one’s own body.

The Kodokan Judo

In 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano (The Father of Judo) made a comprehensive study of the ancient self-defence forms and integrated the best of these forms into a sport which is known as Kodokan Judo.
The term Kodokan breaks down into ko (lecture, study, method), do (way or path), and kan (hall or place). Thus it means “a place to study the way”. Similarly judo breaks down into ju (gentle) and do (way or path) or “the gentle way”.

Prof. Kano adopted the superlative parts of all the Jujitsu schools, got rid of precarious parts and the Kodokan Judo was recognized in a few years to be excellent since its students overwhelmed the Jujitsu athletes at the Police Bujitsu Contest.

The categorisation of Kodokan Judo was completed about 1887. The Kodokan had three broad aims: physical education, contest proficiency and mental training.

The Olympic Sport

Proceeding with the organisation of the Kodokan and enacting the regulations of Judo, Prof. Kano became the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee in 1909 and worked for the spread of Judo world-wide. Judo became an official event in the Olympic Games of Tokyo in 1964, backed by Judo fans and sport promoters all over the world.

Jigoro Kano

In his lifetime, Jigoro Kano attained a doctorate degree in Judo, a degree equivalent to the twelfth dan, awarded to the originator of Judo only. He constantly worked to ensure the development of athletics and Japanese sport in general, and as a result is often called the ”Father of Japanese Sports”. In 1935 he was awarded the Asahi prize for his outstanding contribution to the organizing of sport in Japan during his lifetime.

Main Events

European Judo Championships
European Judo Club Championships
European Judo Club Championships Golden League
U23 European Judo Championships
Junior European Judo Championships
Cadet European Judo Championships
Veteran European Judo Championships
Kata European Judo Championship
European Judo Open
European Judo Cup
Junior European Judo Cup
Cadet European Judo Cup
Judo Festival
OTC Going for Gold
EJU Training Camp
EJU Cadet Training Camp
EJU Junior Training Camp

European Judo Union

Judomen from Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland gathered to form the European Judo Union (EJU) which was formed in London at 28 July 1948. Later more nations joined and the inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned.

European Judo Foundation

It was established in 1999 to popularize our loved sport and to support competitors and countries to achieve successful results.
Jigoro Kano

Jigoro Kano