The EJU project Judo for Schools opened in another country, the Czech Republic, by EJU seminar held from Friday 21st till Saturday 22nd of March in city of Olomouc.
Based on Memorandum of Understanding signed by EJU President Mr Sergey Soloveychik, Governor of Olomouc Region Mr. Jiri Rozboril and CJF President Mr. Jiri Dolejs during Prague EO, the Olomouc region will support this project in six schools from September 2014 until June 2016. Additional elementary schools in region are expected to join project through the period. Using the experience from this pilot edition the Czech federation is determined to continually develope network of primary schools offering judo introduction in PE programmes for kids 6 – 8 years.
The seminar was coordinated by EJU Vice President Michal Vachun and conducted by EJU Experts Jean Pierre Gibert and Patrick Roux. On Friday morning Patrick and Jean Pierre took over two consecutive PE lessons of classes aged 7 and 8 years in one of local primary schools. They introduced bases of behaviour in judo practice and won attention and excited response of children by sets of various excercises and games related to judo. At closing some children spontaneously asked “where can I practice judo?” This was the sweetest reward for both lecturers. Lessons were observed by good number of teaches from about 20 other primary schools in region who at the end got additional information by Patrick and Jean Pierre on judo history, educational values and physical development. Manager of Olomouc pilot project Jiri Stepan then offered teachers practical advise how to join the project and according to him the teachers of additional 6 schools were instantly interested to introduce judo for kids in their programmes.
Afternoon sessions were primarilly offered to students of Physical education faculty of Olomouc University. EJU experts introduced them essential fragments of teaching judo for young kids at primary schools. It was concentrated practice with good response from students. Saturday session were focused on club judo teachers and coaches who could gain new experiences from exercises showed by great former champions. These club judo teachers and coaches are expected to assist PE teachers in local schools with application of Judo for Schools project. The main objective of the seminar to explain the way of integration judo to school programmes and show judo lessons in elementary classes was successfully accomplished . For two days more then 100 teachers and students were trying to develope their skills and knowledge on tatami. Video materials of EJU expert commission and new one elaborated by Czech federation during the seminar will be provided to all participants. Very encouraging was attendance at the seminar of Governor of the Olomouc region Mr. Jiri Rozboril. “We are ready to support this project in our region”, Mr. Rozboril said. “We understand the importance of the sport and we want to get back the kids from computers to sport activities, and judo seems to be the right activity”