History of EJU

The European Judo Union (EJU), was founded on on 28th July 1948 in London. It is one of the five Continental Unions forming the International Judo Federation (IJF). It is a non-political and a non-profit organisation that represents one of the five continental unions inside the International Judo Federation (IJF). The EJU is composed of 51 national judo federations or associations officially recognized through their National Olympic Committees. As a continental union it is in charge of implementing the policies of the IJF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Europe.
 

Values of Judo

Judo was created in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano. As an educational method derived from the martial arts, judo became an official Olympic sport in 1964. Judo is a highly codified sport in which the mind controls the expression of the body and is a sport which contributes to educating individuals. Beyond competitions and combat, judo involves technical research, practice of Kata, self-defence work, physical preparation, sharpening of spirit. Judo is the way of the highest or most efficient use of both physical and mental energy.

Through training in the attack and defence techniques of judo, the practitioner nurtures their physical and mental strength, and gradually embodies the essence of the Way of Judo. Thus, the ultimate objective of Judo discipline is to be utilized as a means to self-perfection, and thenceforth to make a positive contribution to society. As a discipline derived from ancestral traditions, judo was designed by its Master Founder as an eminently modern and progressive activity. 
 

Administration (Offices in Vienna, Moscow and Malta)

The affairs of the EJU are run from the EJU administrative Head Office or Bureau at the body's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The Head Office is responsible for the organisation, management and direction of the administration. The EJU President maintains a Presidential Office currently located in Moscow, Russia. The EJU is a non-political and a non-profit organization. It does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, gender or politics. The EJU is incorporated under the Second Schedule of Chapter 16 of the Laws of Malta. The liability of the EJU as an IJF member is limited. 
 

EJU Executive Committee

The EJU is governed by the Team of President and EC members elected every 4 years at the EJU Congress. The current composition of the Executive Board elected in December 2016.
 
The Executive Committee (EC) consists of the President, the Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, General Treasurer and representatives of the Sport, Refereeing, Education and Marketing commissions. 
 

List of Presidents

1952–1957 Jaap Nauwelaerts D'Agé (NED)
1957–1960 H. Frantzen (GER)
1960–1984 A.J. Ertel (FRA)
1984–1996 Kurt Kucera (AUT)
1996–2000 Frans Hoogendijk (NED)
2000–2007 Marius Vizer (AUT)
2007–present Sergey Soloveychik (RUS)
 

Commissions

Members of the commissions and sectors are involved in shaping EJU policy across the broad range of EJU responsibility. The commissions discuss a variety of issues relating to medical, refereeing, finance and competitions, and submit advice, proposals and recommendations to the EJU Executive Committee, which may also delegate some of its duties to a commission. EJU commissions and expert panels have an advisory function, unless the EJU Executive Committee grants them decision-making powers. 
 

Members

There are currently 51 member nations of the EJU. Membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe. Some EJU members are transcontinental states (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Russia) and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically (Armenia, Cyprus Israel).
 

EJU AWARDS

Best European Junior Player 2017 - Hidayet Heydarov

Every year the EJU gathers its member federation presidents, partners and honorary guests at the Festive Gala Dinner to cherish the best athletes, coaches, referees, organisers of EJU events and other contributors to the judo development in Europe. For more information please visit the Wikipedia page of the EJU
 

EUROPEAN JUDO FOUNDATION

The EJU is incorporated under the Second Schedule of Chapter 16 of the Laws of Malta. The European Judo Foundation was established in 1999 to popularise our sport and to support competitors and countries to achieve successful results. 
 

The EJU has the following aims, without this constituting an exhaustive list:

  • To implement the IJF and IOC policy in Europe.
  • To unite all the European Judoka and to promote cordial and friendly relations between its Member National Federations and to supervise judo activity throughout Europe - to protect the interests of judo throughout Europe.
  • To organize and/or supervise European events, events organized by its members and to support IJF in the organization of other Continental, International and Olympic events.
  • To develop the practice of judo throughout Europe amongst all categories of the population, particularly amongst youth.
  • To improve the quality of judo training.To supervise the awarding of grades, including “Dan” ranks, and their compliance with EJU and IJF rules.
  • To promote the ideals and objectives behind the Olympic movement in collaboration with the IJF, to determine the technical, sporting and organizational regulations and to ensure their enforcement; to study and submit proposals to this effect to the IJF. 
  • To protect ethics in sport.
  • To represent European Judo before third parties and to arbitrate in any possible disagreements between Member National Federations.

MAIN EVENTS

The EJU is proud of its flagship events such as European Judo Championships Individual, Team European Judo Championships and European Club Championships “Champions League”. Together they form high class tournaments with elite judoka that are being broadcasted on TV.
 
The official EJU calendar consists of more than 50 events per year featuring Olympic Qualification events, prestigious championships and sport tournaments, education seminars for coaches and referees, Judo Festival for judo lovers of all ages and levels.
 

EJU RESULTS AT OLYMPIC GAMES

All member federations of EJU and Team of Executive Committee are working hard to keep the level of the leading continental union of judo. The EJU is proud of 4 Olympic champions and 25 medallists at the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janairo.
 

EJU PROJECTS

The motto of the EJU is “Judo - more than sport” so in addition to the vast event calendar the EJU is offering different programmes as a means of support to its member federations.
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