THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: ROUMEN STOILOV

The recently appointed, Roumen STOILOV, now holds the title of Director of Education serving under Vice President, Ms Jane Bridge. The President of the Bulgarian Judo Federation has ample experience and will undoubtedly do a fantastic job within the EJU team as he is already a fond friend of the…

13 March 2021

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: SHELDON FRANCO-ROOKS

Sheldon Franco-Rooks, at this point, is part of the furniture when it comes to the home we call the judo tour. We see him in the warm up area catching up with the most elite athletes, coaches, delegations and then we hear him on our live stream. Sheldon’s is a…

30 January 2021

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: FRANKY DE MOOR

Many of our international coaches and former athletes will know EJU Head Refereeing Commissioner Franky De Moor from their experiences on the tatami, whether it win or lose, he has a reputation as a fantastic, world-class referee. But where did it all begin? In one of the oldest judo clubs…

24 January 2021

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: WIESLAW BLACH

The judo values are applied in our lives in many ways, for this man, courage played a huge role in his success within the sport. Without it, we might not know Wieslaw Blach as a European Champion, World medallist, President of the Polish Judo Federation or EJU Sports Director. We…

17 January 2021

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: ANNETT BÖHM

Many will already know this weeks EJU ‘Through the Keyhole’ team member, Annett Böhm as a former Olympic medallist and a member of our media team.  At the age of seven, Annett took up judo with a friend, Heidi Laue, following a stint of badgering her parents till they finally…

12 September 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: JANE BRIDGE

This week, ‘Through the Keyhole’ looks in to the life of a former World Champion, national coach, bodyguard to the stars and current Vice President of the European Judo Union, Jane Bridge.  Stepping on the tatami in Bolton, United Kingdom in 1970 at the age of 10, Jane was first…

21 August 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: CATARINA RODRIGUES

Portuguese Judo has consistently produced talented judoka since the late 80’s, most recent to make their marks are 2019 World Champion Jorge Fonseca and silver medallist, Barbara Timo. Their current national team certainly isn’t in short supply with a range of European, World and Olympic medals.  It wasn’t always like…

1 August 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE - MICHAL VACHUN

Vice President Mr Michal Vachun has a mission for the European Judo Union, and in his esteemed position within the organisation, sets about this daily. The impact judo has had on his life is profound, but he didn’t step on the tatami as a young child as many judoka do…

12 July 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE - ALEXANDR NAGIBIN

Through the Keyhole continues by taking a look at Alexandr Nagibin from our Marketing team. The friendly giant that is Alex works to run the successful marketing department and you will regularly see him at tournaments as well as leading us through the competition draw.  Starting judo back in 1977…

23 May 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: EDDY KOAZ

Many of you may know Eddy Koaz as one of our marketing directors, however as many individuals on our team, Eddy has an extensive history in judo and successes under his belt. Exactly 51 years ago, a 10 year-old Eddy took up judo at the Hapoel Petach Tikva Judo Club…

10 May 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: ÁKOS BRAUN

When they say you either get brains or Braun, they forgot about Ákos.  The World and European Champion, Ákos Braun not only boasts a series of accolades within his competitive career but is highly educated, using his academic achievements in all aspects of his work within the judo community to…

26 April 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: ALEXANDR JATSKEVITCH 

A smart suit may be all you see when attending an EJU tournament from the other side of the tatami, a line up of important individuals deciding the fate of the judoka on the tatami, amongst them is Refereeing Director, Mr Alexandr Jatskevitch.  Alexandr is unmistakable, he has graced the…

19 April 2020