NEW CHALLANGE FOR ROK DRAKSIC IN FINLAND

Former IJF-ranking number one judoka Rok Draksic has been chosen as the new head coach of Finland. The 33 year-old Slovenia commented: My goal is to bring Finnish judokas “back to the game”. I look forward to my new job.  Since last autumn the Finnish Judo Association have been searching…

26 May 2020

IJF JUDO FIT CHALLENGE GOES LIVE

Are you missing the competitive nature of judo? Do you want to compete again? Well here’s your chance. The International Judo Federation has launched its new platform; IJF Fit. The IJF is offering all judoka an elite challenge, to test yourself against the abilities of athletes from around the world, not…

23 May 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

BILODID STILL THE STRONGEST AMONG SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHTS

In the history of super-lightweight judo there have been two truly great champions and both have been duly inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame. Whilst Jane BRIDGE (GBR) may have won the first ever world title at -48kg it was her countrywoman, Karen BRIGGS (GBR) who went on to…

23 May 2020

BEST PRACTICE WITH MARIO SIERRA

The judo community has rallied together over the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has really highlighted the connections and dedications from clubs, coaches and athletes all over the world.  Due to the circumstances, club coaches in particular have really pulled through for their younger athletes and families who are…

21 May 2020

UPDATE - CALENDAR 2020

Last week we published the updated calendar for autumn. Today we have again some new information. The Veteran European Judo Championships 2020 have been cancelled after thorough analysis together the organiser. The Greek Judo Federation keeps the right for hosting the event in 2021. The Kata European Judo Championships 2020…

19 May 2020

JUDO AT SCHOOL THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN

It is with great pleasure that the results from the Judo Schools League Illustration Competition can finally be announced. There was a vast entry, requiring further discussion and concluding that the group of awardees were to be divided in to age categories.  The judging panel was extremely impressed with the…

19 May 2020

BEHIND THE LENS: RUI TELMO ROMÃO

Like many of our team, Rui is an active judoka and teacher of a club in Lisbon, Portugal. Though he is a valued photographer on our talented team, he has an impressive background in film making, productions, commercials and feature films, offering yet another distinction to the talent in EJU. …

15 May 2020

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK 5: VITALY MAKAROV

The European Judo Union want to help you all at home with some training plans from coaches in the across the continent! World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Vitaly Makarov of Russia is closing off with his final session to you all in this fifth week to provide you with…

14 May 2020

WALL OF RESPECT, BY THE JUDOKA, FOR THE MEDICAL WORLD.

The Covid-19 pandemic took centre stage of the news from the end of 2019 but few would have imagined the reckoning it would have on the globe, still with nations in its clutches, affecting medical structures everywhere. To pay respect to our frontline workers, former GBR international Dawn Netherwood initiated…

14 May 2020

RECOMMENDED PROTOCOLS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The International Judo Federation has established a document entitled, ‘Recommended Protocols for the Resumption of Judo Activities under Safe Conditions during Covid-19 Pandemic’. It is a collective contribution between the IJF and EJU Medical Commissioners as well as safety protocols from both France and Portugal that have built the foundation…

12 May 2020

EJU PUBLISHES PROVISIONAL CALENDAR FOR AUTUMN 2020

On behalf of EJU Sport Commission we can provide the following updates on the calendar for the remainder of 2020. Today, on behalf of the EJU Sports Commission, nations were informed that no EJU events will be held in August 2020. There are hopes that the situation will normalise over…

11 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

I’M HAPPY TO BE IN JUDO FOR THE LONG TERM

Surrounded by heavily forested hills and five major mountains, Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s where Larisa CERIC (BIH) calls home and, during the current Covid-19, the proximity of the mountains comes in very useful for exercise. How are things working for you at…

9 May 2020

BEHIND THE LENS: RAFAL BURZA

Without attending a tournament or major competition, our only insight is through the lens of the camera. Our photography team give our EJU family the opportunity to see those magical moments and feel the emotions of the athletes. Name: Rafal BurzaAge: 55Nationality: POLResidence: CanadaWorking for EJU since: 2016Equipment: (Camera) Canon…

8 May 2020

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK 4: VITALY MAKAROV

The European Judo Union want to help you all at home with some training plans from coaches in the across the continent! World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Vitaly Makarov of Russia is continuing in our second week to provide you with some great ‘at-home’ options.  Make sure you warm…

7 May 2020

BEHIND THE LENS - ANNA ZELONIJA

With almost ten years under her belt working for the European Judo Union, Anna Zelonija has always been engrossed in photography and continuously produces incredible work, capturing the raw talent and emotions of athletes.  Name: Anna ZelonijaAge: 40Nationality: LatvianResidence: LATWorking for EJU since: 2011 (next year will be my 10 year…

3 May 2020

POSTPONED SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH GIVES RINER TIME

There was hardly enough time for the dust to settle after the defeat by KAGEURA Kokoro (JPN) of Teddy RINER (FRA) in Paris in February before the global shutdown ensued. Riner, as many speculated at the time, was ill prepared and, with hindsight, possibly ill advised to compete in Paris.…

3 May 2020