THE GREAT CROATIAN JUDOKA ZDRAVKO BARSNIK PASSED AWAY

With sadness in our hearts, we announce the sad news that the true great man of Croatian judo, Zdravko Baršnik, passed away today (March 9, 1938 – October 30, 2020). Zdravko Baršnik is among the first in Croatia and South East Europe, who really lived judo 24/7. He was also…

30 October 2020

Happy World Judo Day!

Dear Judo Family! On the occasion of Kano Sensei’s birthday, we are proud to celebrate our joy of judo, our love of competition and our respect to judoka, coaches and referees around the world. Fighting against challenges, respecting strict rules and each other, managing in unexpected circumstances are in the…

28 October 2020

World Judo Day 2020 - Stronger Together

The year of 2020 was not what any of us expected, with judo taking a hiatus around the world, with some nations still unable to return to contact sport. It has taken its toll, with many judoka missing the tatami and their friends’ company, but fortunately we live in an…

28 October 2020

EJU WEBSITE REFRESH

As we reintroduce our athletes on the IJF tour, we would like to reintroduce you to the refreshed European Judo Union website. Behind us are almost 6 months without competitions, so we used this long break to refresh our website. The main aim was to recreate the design and to…

27 October 2020

TRIBUTE TO ANTON GEESINK

56 years ago the Dutch Judo legend Anton Geesink wrote history and won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in the Japan, as the first European. It is also ten years ago that the EJU Honorary Member passed away at the age of 76 years. A perfect moment to…

26 October 2020

RUSSIAN WAVE STRIKES GOLD SPIKE IN BUDAPEST

The third and final day of competition of the Budapest Grand Slam saw the Russian team claim top spot on the medal tally as they finished with an impressive five gold, four silver and one bronze. Perhaps most impressive of all was that of Mikhail IGOLNIKOV (RUS) whose win sees…

25 October 2020

FIRST EVER GRAND SLAM GOLD FOR UNSEEDED MATIC

Day two of the Budapest Grand Slam saw Barbara MATIC (CRO) take the gold medal in the -70kg category. The unseeded Croatian downed four seeds on her way to taking top spot on the podium and she did so without giving up a single score. Among those to fall to…

25 October 2020

CLINICAL PERFORMANCE BY CLASSY KRASNIQI IN BUDAPEST

Day one of the Budapest Grand Slam saw Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) take the gold medal in the -48kg category. Beginning the day as the number one seed Krasniqi picked up exactly where she had left off in Paris where she had also topped the podium. After a first round bye…

24 October 2020

HUNGARY HOSTS THE RETURN OF THE IJF TOUR

We have been delighted to welcome back competition on a European level, and now we can look forward to the exciting return of the IJF tour, starting in Hungary this week with the Budapest Grand Slam.  With almost 500 athletes registered to compete in Budapest, and the top 55 athletes…

23 October 2020

NEW PRESIDENT IN UKRAINE ELECTED

The Ukrainian Judo Federation held their committee elections and have announced a new President of the federation, who will lead for the next four years up until Paris 2024. Mykhailo Koshlyak was elected as the new President and will be the leading role for the Ukrainian team in to the…

22 October 2020

PORTUGUESE PRESIDENT RE-ELECTED FOR 2024

Jorge Fernandes has successfully led his federation through the current Olympic cycle and has been re-elected in his position. During the Senior National Championships, the Portguese voters turned up to show their confidence in Fernandes. Though he was the only candidate, it was a show of commitment and belief with…

19 October 2020

EXTRA SPECIAL PERFORMANCE NEEDED TO SEE OFF TAKATO

There is unlikely to be a more difficult task in judo than to face and defeat the Japanese number one in Japan at an Olympic Games. If ever there was a moment for the saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” then this scenario will probably be…

17 October 2020

'IMPROVE YOUR CLUB' SEMINAR RETURNS IN SAINT-AVOLD

For the first time since lockdown in Europe began, the EJU were able to hold a face to face seminar.  Co-organised by the Luxembourg Judo Federation, the french regional federation, Ligue Grand Est de Judo and the Judo-Confederation of the Greater Region, Interreg Judo Cooperation, the seminar was a great…

12 October 2020

POLAND TOPS THE MEDAL TALLY IN CADET EUROPEAN CUP

Yesterday saw the cadet athletes return to competition in Bielsko-Biala, Poland for the European Cadet Judo Cup 2020. Though all the athletes participating put in maximum effort, clearly happy to be back in a competition setting, the home nation representative, Wojciech KOZIOŁEK in the -66kg category shone.  I am so…

11 October 2020

WORLD JUDO DAY: STRONG TOGETHER, STRONG APART

The 2020 World Judo Day will be celebrated on the 28th of October with the theme, ‘Strong Together’. As a judo family, we know how important global cooperation and unification is in sport, it brings us together for a shared purpose. Usually we would have a whole twelve months of tournaments,…

8 October 2020

CALENDAR UPDATE: COVID19

We must unfortunately announce the cancellation of more future 2020 events. As the second wave of infection has gradually crept across the continent and various countries are going back to stronger restrictions, it is becoming difficult for athletes to travel and attend a tournament without first adhering to quaratining procedures. …

7 October 2020

BIELSKO-BIALA WELCOMES BACK CADETS

With 9 countries sending 139 competitors, we may be seeing some new faces on the circuit! The host nation has the lions share of entries with Slovenia (26), Czech Republic (29) and Belgium (18) sending plenty of medal hopefuls as well. The remaining countries involved are Estonia, France, Germany, Kosovo…

6 October 2020

5th EJU Judo Festival - Porec, Croatia

SERBIA TOP MEDAL TABLE WITH KUKOLJ IN NEW CATEGORY

Concluding the second day, the home team managed to take a handful more medals to put them in second place to Serbia on the medal table.  Yesterday we saw the 18 year-old Veronica Toniolo move up a weight category and take gold in the -57kg category, and today we saw…

4 October 2020