Grand Slam - Antalya, Turkey

KRPALEK CHOOSES ANTALYA TO GET EVERYTHING IN PLACE

It has been said often enough before; timing is everything. For those who have chosen to compete at the Antalya Grand Slam that begins on Thursday it is another opportunity to gain points toward qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. For others, this next stage on the IJF World Tour is…

31 March 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: SHIRINE BOUKLI VS MELANIE CLEMENT

It is no secret, Shirine BOUKLI arrived on the senior circuit with purpose after an impressive performance as a junior, it seemed all too easy. While we celebrate her successes it has become evident that she has become a contender for Tokyo 2021 which once again has put France in…

30 March 2021

Grand Slam - Tbilisi, Georgia

STORY BOOK ENDING FOR GIANT SLAYER ZAALISHVILI

And so, it came to the “showdown”. The final of the +100kg category, so often over the years the focus of home-crowd attention as whomsoever the Georgians had prepared for the task set about ending their event on a high note. This time the role of Georgian hero fell to…

28 March 2021

Grand Slam - Tbilisi, Georgia

IMPRESSIVE CHOUCHI TAKES TOP SPOT IN TBILISI

Things did not go quite to plan for Georgia’s headline maker and current European champion at -81kg category Tato GRIGALASHVILI (GEO). In the semi-final it was Sami CHOUCHI (BEL) who with one minute left on the clock put out the Georgian favourite by throwing him with ura nage for ippon.…

27 March 2021

Grand Slam - Tbilisi, Georgia

GIUFFRIDA FINDS WAYS TO KEEP OFF ALL CHALLENGERS

Not without the odd hiccup, number one seed in the -52kg category Odette GIUFFRIDA (ITA) nevertheless made her way to the final where she faced Chelsie GILES (GBR). The British athlete was hoping to maintain the momentum that took her to her first ever Grand Slam gold medal a little…

26 March 2021

Online Forum - Veteran Vibes - Online Event

VETERAN VIBES SEMINAR FAST APPROACHING

In three short weeks on April 10th, we will be welcoming site guest speakers from across Europe representing the veteran judoka of our community. The following will conduct an open discussion with participants, giving advice and positive points for staying healthy through a pandemic; Phillipe TAURINES (FRA), Joyce MALLEY (GBR),…

26 March 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: ORKHAN SAFAROV VS NIJAT SHIKHALIZADA

Azerbaijan boast yet another fantastic pair of athletes competing for their place at this years Olympic Games in Tokyo, this time in the -66kg category. First up is Orkhan SAFAROV, the two-time World medallist in the -60kg category has in the past cycle found his place in the -66kg category.…

25 March 2021

Kata Tournament (online) - Pordenone, Italy

UNEXPECTED ENTRY SUCCESS FOR KATA

Not only do we have the Tbilisi Grand Slam to look forward to this week, but also a live streamed event for Kata. The tournament, originally set to be hosted by Italy in Pordenone has inevitably been cancelled, along with the 2020 event due to Covid-19, however, this year we…

25 March 2021

DR HANS MÜLLER-DECK PASSED AWAY

Dr. Hans Müller-Deck died on Wednesday at the age of 84 in his home town in Germany. From 1991-2000 he was sports coordinator of the Austrian Judo Association. He came from the German University for Physical Culture (DHFK) in Leipzig, one of the world’s leading sports universities at this time.…

24 March 2021

Grand Slam - Tbilisi, Georgia

SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN TBILISI

It is not often that the Super-Heavyweight women’s category takes top billing at a Grand Slam. But, for several reasons, the +78kg will attract the attention of judo fans as some of the world’s best continue on the road to Tokyo. For some of the 513 athletes (284 men, 229…

23 March 2021

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: TÓTH LÁSZLÓ

This week in Through the Keyhole, we’ll be delving in to the judo past of Dr Tóth László, the General Treasurer of the EJU and President of the Hungarian Judo Association.  László has been leading the Hungarian Judo Association since 1998 and continues to be voted to continue in his…

21 March 2021

European Championships senior Lisbon - Lisbon, Portugal

SUN SHINES ON PORTUGAL AS COVID CASES PLUMMET

The 2021 Senior European Judo Championships in Portugal is less than four weeks away. With final preparations in place to welcome athletes from across the continent, it looks set to be a resounding success as the Covid-19 cases take a dive following a stark rise during winter.  Hosting one of…

18 March 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: MARHINDE VERKERK VS GUUSJE STEENHUIS

The formidable duo of Marhinde VERKERK and Guusje STEENHUIS of the Netherlands, both in the race for a place in the 2021 Olympic Games.  Though the latter is currently in the lead on points in the -78kg category, both athletes sit, impressively, in the top 20 in the WRL. Verkerk…

17 March 2021

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

COZMIN GUSA RE-ELECTED AS ROMANIAN PRESIDENT

The Romanian Judo Federation have announced that as a result of their general elections which took place on the 24th of February, Mr Cozmin GUSA has been re-elected as president for the next term.  Members of the Executive Committee are as follows:  Vice-presidents: Florin BERCEAN, Aurelian BADULESCU, Lucian BARNA, Ioan…

11 March 2021

ITALIAN ELECTIONS SEE FALCONE AS PRESIDENT OF FIJLKAM

On the 27th of February, Italy held their National Ordinary Elective Assembly and have announced the results.  Domenico FALCONE was elected as the president of FIJLKAM (Italian Federation of Judo, Karate and Martial Arts) for the period 2021/2024, taking 60% of the votes.  The Executive Board has been elected as…

11 March 2021

REFEREEING WEBINAR CONTINUES

For all those interested in keeping up to date, and testing their refereeing knowledge the EJU will be hosting a Referee Webinar each Tuesday. Participants will be able to view five examples from selected situations (each week a different situation). Every Friday an explanatory video with the qualified answer from…

11 March 2021

Kata Tournament (online) - Pordenone, Italy

EJU TO HOST FIRST ONLINE KATA TOURNAMENT

The EJU is, for the first time, hosting an online Kata tournament, whereby the participants will be required to send in video footage for analysis.  Those wishing to be a part of the event will send in said footage by midday on the 20th of March, however, the online tournament…

9 March 2021