Grand Prix Portugal 2022 - Almada, Portugal

YOUTH DESTROY WORLD RANKING ASSUMPTIONS ON GRAND PRIX DAY ONE

Welcome back to the IJF World Tour! The Portuguese federation are off to a brilliant start hosting their first ever IJF World Tour grand prix event and as they hoped, have some medals to celebrate including an impressive gold from Catarina COSTA in the first final of the tournament in…

28 January 2022

Grand Prix Portugal 2022 - Almada, Portugal

TALENTED YOUNG ENTRY COULD SURPRISE IN ALMADA

This weekend Portugal will be ready to host athletes from 44 nations for their first ever Grand Prix event, cementing their new status on the IJF World Tour.  As the first event of the year, the judo community is abuzz with the return of the top athletes to the tatami…

26 January 2022

Grand Prix Portugal 2022 - Almada, Portugal

IJF WORLD TOUR COMMENCES WITH NEW HOSTS PORTUGAL

It is the week we have all been waiting for as the IJF World Tour is set to start again. To kick it all off is a brand new event host, Portugal. Whilst the Portuguese federation are certainly no strangers to hosting tournaments; European cups, European opens, senior European championships,…

24 January 2022

Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

COACH SUPPORT FOR THE NECESSITY OF THE OTC INITIATIVE CONTINUES

Samorin, Slovakia, are currently hosting the first OTC of the year in the absence of the traditional Mittersill training camp, providing the best situations for our professional judoka. The OTC purpose stemmed from the EJU Presidential support for national federations to succeed at the highest level. Top-level international training is…

20 January 2022

Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

UPDATED IJF RULES PRESENTED AT THE OTC IN SAMORIN (SVK)

It hasn’t been long since the International Judo Federation released the new rules for the Olympic Games Cycle 2022-2024. The European Judo Union Referee Commission therefore used this opportunity to attend the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) training camp in Samorin, Slovakia. Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still ‘hitting us’ from…

19 January 2022

Samorin EJU OTC "Going for Gold" 2022 - Samorin, Slovakia

EJU CONTINUE TO HOST ATHLETES FOR MAJOR PREPARATION IN OTC

It was only last week that athletes were hard at work in Antalya, and now we move to Samorin, Slovakia for the EJU OTC ‘Going for Gold’. With the cancellation of Mittersill, it has been fantastic that neighbouring Slovakia could open their doors and provide a place for some much…

18 January 2022

Antalya EJU Training Camp 2022 - Antalya, Turkey

ANTALYA WELCOMES ATHLETES FOR TOUR PREP

In the absence of the traditional Mittersill OTC, athletes have been in search of a new camp to increase their randori and make sure they are fully prepared as the IJF Tour will begin in only two and a half weeks. There are 258 athletes who will take part in…

12 January 2022

COMPULSORY BREAK FROM MITTERSILL

If you happen to need something from the Austrian Judo Federation these days, it might be difficult to reach them. For 28 times in a row, they have organised the Olympic Training Camp at Mittersill in January. What started in 1993 with a couple of hundred judoka, turned into the…

10 January 2022

AN INTERVIEW WITH DRITON KUKA

Driton ‘Toni’ Kuka is a highly commended coach. Once a promising athlete but derailed by war, he returned to the sport to help the children in his street become involved in sport he loved. In an incredible turn of events, some of the few small children within their winding streets,…

8 January 2022

GREECE CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THEIR KATA STRUCTURE

On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of December 2021, Greece organised its national kata tournament. This kata event was combined with the ne-waza championships. This kata championship was open to the different categories; youth and senior and no less than 56 couples demonstrated with the aim of reaching…

3 January 2022