European Judo Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021: DAY TWO PREVIEW

It is the week of the Senior European Championships 2021 and today we will be looking at the entry for day two competitors.  -63kg Notably the entry of the -63kg category is missing fan-favourite Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) along with many of the French women given that selection for World Championships…

12 April 2021

European Judo Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021: DAY ONE PREVIEW

The Altice arena on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal is ready to welcome the European athletes hoping to take home the 2021 title and in less than a week we will already be able to name five following an exciting first day of competition.  -48kg  For Daria BILODID (UKR) this…

11 April 2021

Online Forum - Veteran Vibes - Vienna, Austria

VETERAN VIBES PROVES A HUGE SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANT TOPICS

With 118 judoka logged on for the Veteran Vibes online forum today, EJU Vice President responsible for education, Jane Bridge introduced the event and speakers, unfortunately Oksana Denisova was unable to attend. In order to make this as inclusive as possible we were fortunate to have five translators to encourage…

10 April 2021

Online Forum - Veteran Vibes - Vienna, Austria

VETERAN VIBES INVITES PARTICIPANTS TO TOMORROWS EVENT

It has finally arrived, the Veteran Vibes online open discussion will go live tomorrow between 10:30am and 12:00pm (CET) and will be held in English with translation offered for Russian, French, Spanish, Italian and German.  The purpose of this discussion is for the speakers to provide advice and positive points…

9 April 2021

European Judo Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

REIGNING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS EAGER TO RETAIN THEIR TITLES

We are officially on our week countdown to the draw of the European Judo Championships 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. Covid-19 postponed the 2020 edition which was held in November in Prague, Czech Republic so our returning champions haven’t even held their titles for an entire year yet. Will they be…

8 April 2021

HEAD TO HEAD: ROY MEYER VS HENK GROL

For many judo fans, this will be one of the most anticipated decisions to revealed. Both athletes have been on the circuit for many years, one already an Olympic medallist in another weight category, while the other realised his dream of reaching the World Championship podium in Tokyo and will…

7 April 2021

Grand Slam - Antalya, Turkey

OPPOSITION FLOORED BY IN-FORM NYMAN

In what must rank as one of the most impressive displays of ne waza Marcus NYMAN (SWE) won the gold medal in the -90kg category here in Antalya. In the final Nyman faced number two seed TOTH Krisztan (HUN) against whom the Swede had an unenviable 2-6 record. But Nyman…

3 April 2021

Grand Slam - Antalya, Turkey

BASILE ENDS SIX YEAR QUEST WITH GRAND SLAM GOLD IN ANTALYA

It took six years and travelling to ten cities but finally, Fabio BASILE (ITA) achieved one of his goals, that of winning a Grand Slam gold medal. The 26-year old Italian did so quite convincingly in the -73kg category by defeating among others current European champion Victor STERPU (MDA) and…

3 April 2021

Online Forum - Veteran Vibes - Vienna, Austria

VETERAN VIBES HOSTS SIX GUEST SPEAKERS

With only a week to go until our Veteran Vibes online event, we can introduce our six guest speakers, all of whom have varied backgrounds but are equally as devoted to the sport.  This open discussion will focus on how to stay healthy during the pandemic, though vaccines are becoming…

2 April 2021

Grand Slam - Antalya, Turkey

VERSTRAETEN HITS THE BIG TIME WITH GRAND SLAM GOLD IN ANTALYA

In the -60kg category it was a tale of two tactics; those of Walide KHYAR (FRA) up against Jorre VERSTRAETEN (BEL). The young Belgian came out on top having along the way defeated among others number three seed Eric TAKABATAKE (BRA) and number two seed YANG Yung Wei (TPE). In…

1 April 2021

Kata Tournament (online) - Pordenone, Italy

PORDENONE ONLINE KATA TOURNAMENT PROVES HUGE SUCCESS

Last week the EJU Kata Commissioners hosted the first online kata tournament, originally hosted in Pordenone, Italy. As we have seen, year upon year the pairs have increased but this year we have seen something special. This event during the Covid-19 situation has been awaited by many teams in Europe…

1 April 2021

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 - Vienna, Austria

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