This weekend in Belgium the EJU Kata Judges Seminar & Examination took place, followed by EJU Kata Tournament Marcel Clause. Friday the seminar started with the following topics: analysis of the Championships 2013, scorecard, organization, attitudes and c
The Saturday session was dedicated to exercises for “Kata Evaluation with Scorecard” and both written and practical examinations. Four out of ten candidates successfully passed the examination in Katame-no-kata and six out of ten passed in Kime-no-kata. Four are new judges with European license. The vice-President of the EJU, Mr Franco Capelletti, together with the EJU Kata Commissioners, Mr Cataldo d’Arcangelo, Mr. Shoji Sugiyama, Mr Michel Kozlowski, Mr. Eric Veulemans and Mr. José M. Larrañaga, congratulated the successful candidates from 14 nations and EJU vice-President Capelletti emphasized that the level of Kata in Europe is very high, thus the importance of having high quality judges for this type of competition.
The EJU Kata Tournament Marcel Clause takes place Sunday in Rixensart (Brussels, Belgium). This 8th edition is for the 4th time recognized by the EJU and has become a must for practitioners of judo kata, in Belgium but beyond our borders as well.
The participating pairs will be worthy of a Championship, 80 couples from thirteen nations, is a sign of the quality of the competition as well as its organization. “To welcome so many people and some 120 performances within one day is a real challenge,” emphasizes Michel Kozlowski, EJU Kata Commissioner and Technical Director of the French-speaking Federation (FFBJ). “But the panel present at this event will put the level higher than previous Euro’s. We are both very happy and very proud.”
This discipline, which consists of stylized exercises pre-established tending towards the perfection of gesture, then receives here a great showcase, which often lives in the shadow of combat judo form. “By definition, the kata is crucial for judo. It is the basis of our sport,” said Michel Bertrand, President of the FFBJ. “The organization of such a competition is a great showcase.”
This tournament, which is one of the best in Europe, attracts the best judges and the best kata competitors of the old Continent.
Watch great photos of the seminar by EJU photographer Carlos Ferreira:
Also watch the special KATA page: