21 May 2014


First EJU Judo Festival is over


The EJU Judo Festival in Antalya is over. Ten days of judo activities have left behind a wonderful collection of memories, experiences and highlights. The majority of participants have left the Pine Beach Resort and returned to their home countries.

EJU Vice-president Michal Vachun was absolutely delighted with the outcome of this major event: “My impression like many others is very positive. We came up with what we considered to be a very good idea and I believe that we’ve proved that Judo can offer incredible opportunities and possibilities. This has been quite a successful test.” Of particular note has been the success of the education part of the Festival. “There was the opportunity to see the experts from the Kodokan working alongside the EJU experts for our project “Improve your Club”. They’ve been extremely helpful in supporting the development of knowledge, demonstrating fine technical skills for an age range from children age six to veterans”, said Michal Vachun.

The Olympic Training Camp has also come to a close and some of the athletes, having enjoyed the sun and the beach before leaving are now in good shape for the forthcoming Grand Prix in Cuba in a few weeks time. The OTC was very successful both in terms of participation and quality.

Michal Vachun is confident for next year: “At this moment I am almost certain that there will be a Judo Festival here 2015. What happened here this year looks very promising and I am very optimistic for next year.”

Watch the final video with some impressions and what the athletes think about the OTC and the Judo Festival in Antalya: