The Education sector of the European Judo Union is here to function as an important tool for educators and athletes alike. Through this restrictive time in the world, we have seen the culmination of social media leaders bringing together judoka of all ages.
Though we were unable to host our annual Judo Festival on the idyllic coast of Croatia, our incredible team of EJU Experts and international coaches took to their webcams to lead our community through live streamed lessons over a three week period to support those at home.
Now that restrictions are easing on the European continent, some of our team members were able to come together in Cadiz, an ancient port city in the Andalusia region of southwestern Spain to create new content for the Judo School League Project.
EJU Vice President and lead of Education, Jane Bridge was in attendance of this collaboration, organised by Assistant to the Vice President of Education and Events and Communication Manager for the Spanish Judo Federation, Carmen Calvo Fernandez. The pair were responsible for the preparation of this manual, and for the study of the exercises and their development. Fortunately, photographer Gabriel Juan and videographer Victor Garcia Osado were able to travel in their home country to produce this material. In order to produce this content, children from the city of Cadiz were invited to demonstrate.
Over the course of this project, numerous clips were arranged and recorded to assist teachers, coaches and referees of this competition to help them understand what is and isn’t accepted. Depending on the age group, different movements were demonstrated to go alongside the details that will mark the perfect execution of the exercise. Carmen explains the importance of this,
the written explanation of the exercise itself, in many cases is not enough, since they are new exercises applied to a competition. It is not the same to read it, compared with reading and also seeing it in detail.
In addition to everything mentioned above, we also recorded what would be the pilot lesson, of the e-learning material that will also form part of the training of the teachers who participate in the project.
This particular recording has also been a showcase for the Community of Andalusia and its sport, specifically judo and its judokas, and that the end of it is also an advertisement for our sport.
The EJU are working and moving in a positive direction to enable judoka who are at home or able to return to the tatami under government guidance and hope to continue these efforts in the reintegration of our sport to daily life.
Helping to develop all the material for the project was Carlos Calvo, who also had a hand in supporting the filming aspect, training the children involved.
These clips and images will be worked in to a pdf manual and published on the project website.
Author: Thea Cowen