GERMANY SUCCEED OVER HOSTS AUSTRIA

Yesterday evening, Team Austria and Team Germany went in to a head to head tournament. In the build up to the event, the stage was set, the bright tatami against a black back drop, national flags hanging behind the coaches chairs and the sole mat under spotlights. Austrian host, Andreas…

28 August 2020

IJF TOUR RETURN ANNOUNCED

The return to competitive judo and the IJF tour has been greatly anticipated, now we can announce the intentions of the International Judo Federation. President of the IJF, Mr Marius Vizer, informed all IJF Member National Federations this week that the return to the tatami for our professional athletes is…

28 August 2020

TEAMS EVENT LINE UP CONFIRMED

Tomorrow, the German team will face their Austrian counterparts in Studio 3 of the ORF Centre at 20:15 CEST. This highly anticipated event calls upon some of Austria and Germany’s top athletes for a head to head, kickstarting what could be the return of competitive judo in Europe. There will…

26 August 2020

FILMING FOR JUDO SCHOOL LEAGUE COMMENCES IN CADIZ

The Education sector of the European Judo Union is here to function as an important tool for educators and athletes alike. Through this restrictive time in the world, we have seen the culmination of social media leaders bringing together judoka of all ages.  Though we were unable to host our…

25 August 2020

COUNTDOWN FOR AUSTRIA-GERMANY BATTLE CONTINUES

There is less than a week to go before the German team arrive in Austria for the much anticipated team event to kick start competitive judo once again.  A total of 12 contests will be staged, six men and six women, in Studio 3 of the ORF Centre at 20:15.…

23 August 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

INTERVIEW WITH OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER: FOX FLY FILM

In 2014, EJU Official Media Partner, Fox Fly Film was established by the company Director, Marianna Shestakova. I managed to bring together a team of professionals who had the same passion for their work as me, and so we launched a new media project called Fox Fly Film. Today Fox Fly…

17 August 2020

JUDO FAMILY FAN CAMP PRAGUE: CANCELLED

The European Judo Championships 2020 in Prague is still set to go ahead in November, however, we regret to inform our community that the Judo Family Fan Camp will ultimately be cancelled.  The health and safety of both our judoka and fans are of the utmost importance, as is abiding…

17 August 2020

CROWDED HOUSE LEAVES LITTLE SPACE FOR NEWCOMERS

Getting to a World Championship or Olympic podium is something that very few athletes ever achieve. It is not surprising that getting there more than once is a rarity. So when Noel VAN T END (NED) stood atop the podium at the World Championships in Tokyo in 2019 one may…

15 August 2020

TEAMS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD AMID COVID19 PANDEMIC

It seems like an eternity since we last saw professional judoka step on the tatami, but that time has come to an end. On Thursday, 27th of August, Team Austria and Team Germany will revisit their 2019 European Games face off as the pair come together in the ORF Center.…

13 August 2020

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020

Today we celebrate International Youth Day. The European calendar is usually brimming with events for cadet and junior athletes, be that camps, Cup tournaments or the annual highlight, the European Championships.  Unfortunately, 2020 has seen the cancellation of many events for the up and coming athletes at both cadet and…

12 August 2020

COIMBRA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMP

Incredibly, despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus across the globe, the Portuguese Judo Federation have been able to welcome a number of international athletes for a training camp in Coimbra, Portugal. This international training camp is taking place until the 26th of August and is inclusive, not only of European…

11 August 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

The European Judo Family is looking forward to restart the calendar and is carefully weighing in all possibilities. The EJU COVID-19 Task Force team was created, comprising members from all departments under the lead of EJU President Sergey Soloveychik. It observes and discusses the current development in Europe on a…

10 August 2020

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: OTTO KNEITINGER

The last time Otto Kneitinger was profiled by the European Judo Union was in 2009 when he was the acting Marketing Director and Vice President. Much has evolved in his career since then, though hard to believe as at the time he had many successes under his belt. Many will…

8 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