Judo Schools League as a New Initiative of EJU & ISF

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Judo School League Test Event

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Judo Schools League Rules

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About

The Judo Schools League is a new initiative of European Judo Union launched in 2020 in cooperation with the International Sport School Federation. Our aim is to develop and establish a successfully supported programme between all of our European Judo Family for children in schools. Promoting sport through education is a strong ethos which we hold and believe is instrumental in personal development, both on and off the tatami.

We invite all schools to join this project. Each European Judo Federation is supposed to create a National Schools League and to organise the final annual event for the best teams of each region. In 2020 the project will be launched in various European countries including: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland. The best schools of each nation would eventually come together for the European Judo School League Finals.

Judo has a great educational potential and though not all of the young boys and girls going on the tatami will become great athletes, the Judo Schools League project will allow each child to receive valuable training which will set him or her up for life. We hope many schools will take advantage of this initiative.

Benefits of Judo

Test Event

Pilot Projects in 10 European Countries

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland

Project Road Map

  • 1

    Cooperation Agreements with EJU national member federations & ISF school federations

    March 2020 - May 2020
  • 2

    National Judo Schools League - Pilot Projects in 10 countries

    September 2020 - May 2021
  • 3

    European Judo School League Finals

    May 2021

News

School Judo League Test Event

The first ever school team competition under the auspices of the EJU National Federation was staged in Moscow, Russia on the 18th January 2020 as a test event for the Judo Schools League.

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Join the League

The participating schools become members of the Judo Schools League. The school team winning the local level is qualified to compete in the national level. The long term goal for each school is to qualify to the European Judo Schools League finals.

  • 1

    Registration

    The school has to register at the JSL web site specifying its name and address in its profile. The school has to compose a team. Each team should consist of 5 boys or 5 girls only practising judo at school, the age groups eligible to compete are 6-8 y.o, 9-11 y.o., 12-14 y.o..

  • 2

    Vis-A-Vis Selection

    The school selects its vis-a-vis among other schools registered.

  • 3

    Local Competition

    The schools take part at a competition consisting of there parts: physical test, technical test and shiai - team judo match. The points/scoring are accumulated to select the winner. The competition is held amongst the school environment and includes teachers, parents and school head masters. After the competition each school is added to the European School Ranking list and receives a participation certificate that is uploaded at the school’s profile. The school that wins a local event is qualified to compete at the National Judo School League finals. The date and place of the NSL is appointed by the National Judo Federation and is organised with the support of country’s education governing bodies.

  • 4

    National League Finals

    The national league competition also consists of three parts: physical (relays, tug of war, jumping, running), technical (kyu and ukemi demonstration) and shiai (judo team contest). The completion is held according to the official Outlines approved by the National Judo Federation. The best school team of each NF qualify for the participation at the European Judo Schools League finals.

  • 5

    European School League Finals

    The event is held every year. The date, place and event Outlines are decided and appointed by the European Judo Union.

Rules

CONCEPT

  • The project is made for children only practising judo at school. Judo is taught in schools - during physical education lessons, after school, in nearby dojo.
  • School age groups inside the project: 6-8 y.o., 9-11y.o., 12-14 y.o..
  • Team composition: 5 boys in one team / 5 girls in one team.
  • Weigh categories: TBD.
  • The participating schools become members of the Judo Schools League. The school team winning the local level is qualified to compete in the national level. The long term goal for each school is to qualify to the European Judo Schools League finals.
  • 3 parts for the competition: physical (relays, tug of war, jumping, running), technical (kyu and ukemi demonstration) and shiai (judo team contest). The points achieved are accumulated to select the winner.
  • Within a school environment PARTICIPATION is more important than ELIMINATION.
  • TEAM work rather than INDIVIDUAL effort needs to be prioritised.
  • Maturity levels need to be taken into consideration so rules need to be adapted to allow all levels of maturity to participate.

 

CRITERIA FOR ENTERING INTO COMPETITION

  • participants have to submit an application form where his or her sport level (belt, experience) and health condition are specified. The application form has to be signed by the applicant‘s coach, school principal and parents who have given their consent for participation.

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES

  • Always beware and take into consideration differences in maturity between chronological and biological age (how old you are and how old you seen). (especially in case of exercises in 2’s).
  • Create a positive environment (participation rather than elimination).
  • Protection of head, neck and spine in all exercises.

 

RESPONSIBILITY of EJU NATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION AND SCHOOL

  • Adapt the program to suit their situation.
  • Provide certified judo teachers and coaches to work with school children.
  • Report, record, re assess.
  • Organise internal meetings with other schools in their region and nation.

 

RESPONSIBILITY OF EJU

  • Provide competition rules and pedagogical materials.
  • Offer the education programme for coaches (e-learning).
  • Bring together champions to compete on European level (regional Europe then champions of European regions).
  • Negotiate participation with schools/NF together with ISF.
  • Recommend equipment to be used at schools.

 

MODEL

  • 6-8 years old (Group 1 - G1) - preparation stage, no competition
  • 9-11 years old (Group 2 - G2) - team school competition can be organised
  • 12-14 years old (Group 3 - G3) - team judo competition can be organised
  • 15-16 - see ISF Gymnasiade

 

GROUP 1 (6-8 y.o.)

Meets will consist of:

  • Games linked to judo (sumo, grab the belt, tug of war, on the ground (like ne waza) games (take off belt of other)
  • With parents (option if there is a family program running in the school)
  • Team relay race
  • Breakfalls - Ukemi (side, rear, forward, front and in 2’s)
  • Japanese terminology (linked to judo) mattei, hajime, rei, tatami, judogi, Jigoro Kano, dojo

 

Groups to compete against each other will be at the discretion of the coaches/teachers. Safety, fairness and good fun and camaraderie should be priority when organizing the groups. All children should receive medal, certificate, soft toy, etc. 

Points will be added and overall score for each school will determine the winning school. 

 

GROUP 2 (9-11 y.o.)

Meets will consist of:

  • Breakfalls - Ukemi (side, back and forward and front and in 2’s more complex than group 1)
  • Team relay
  • Moving with partner (judo)
  • Demonstration of techniques (TBD)
  • Japanese terminology and basic judo history
  • Ne - Waza (TBD)

 

Groups to be made by coaches/teachers. Different maturity levels should be taken into account for safety and fairness.

 

GROUP 3 (12-14 y.o.)

  • Team event
  • EJU U15 rules are applied
  • Kata TBD
  • Judo history
  • Speed/coordination/strength tests (burpees, leap frog, relay)

E-learning

This is a portal where the training programs, materials prepared by EJU experts as well as information about the certification and education courses for coaches can be found. The portal is under development and will be constantly updated.

Shop Equipment

Judo lessons at school should take place on real judo mats and in real judo suits.

Each child should be able to get a true experience of judo as it is meant and designed to be. The equipment should be available at the teaching locations before the start of the programme. As a matter of hygiene, it is important to use clean suits and for children to wear footwear when walking around the venue.
The necessary equipment could be purchased at the following providers:

Tatami

Density Thickness Color Size Price Link
50 mm black, blue, green, grey, red, yellow 1x1 m
2x1 m
€ 69,95
€ 124,95
https://www.ippon-shop.com/
200 kg/m3 40 - 50 mm blue, dark blue, yellow, red, grey, green,
lime, black, orange, sand, grass green
1x1m (40 mm)
1x1m (50 mm)

2x1m(40 mm)
2x1m(50 mm)
CHF 99
CHF 109

CHF 198
CHF 209
https://www.budo.ch/
40 mm blue, green, red, black 2x1 m € 89, 95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
160-240 kg/m3 40 mm blue, yellow, red, olive, black, white, grey, green 1x1 m

2x1 m
2750₽ - 3300₽

4450₽ - 5400₽
http://tatami.ru/product/
160-240 kg/m3 40 mm blue, yellow, red, green, white, grey, black 1x1 m
2x1 m
1950₽
3850₽
http://tatami.ru/product/
160-240 kg/m3 40 mm blue, red, yellow, olive 1x1 m
2x1 m
2450₽
4900₽
http://tatami.ru/product/
160-240 kg/m3 40 mm blue, yellow, red, olive, black, white, grey, green 1x1 m 2x1 m 3000₽
5950₽
http://tatami.ru/product/
140 kg/m3
160 kg/m3
40 mm blue, yellow, red, green, orange 2x1 m 2000 RUB
2400 RUB
Tatami Junior
140 kg/m3
160 kg/m3
40 mm blue, yellow, red, green, orange 2x1 m 2400 RUB
2800 RUB
Tatami Junior with antislip
160 kg/m3
160 kg/m3
40 mm blue, yellow, red, green, orange 2x1 m 3450 RUB
3000 RUB

without antislip

Puzzle Mats

Density Thickness Color Size Price Link
22 mm green/red 1x1 m € 24,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
35 mm black/grey/red 1x1 m € 34,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
40 mm blue 1x1 m € 34,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
30 mm red/blue 1x1 m € 34,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
40 mm green/red 1x1 m € 44,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
20, 25, 40 mm red-blue, yellow-blue, yellow-green 1x1 m 1250₽ – 1800₽ http://tatami.ru/product/

Roll Mats

Density Thickness Color Size Price Link
30, 40, 50 mm black, blue, green, red, yellow 4x1 m € 149,95 – 179,95 https://www.ippon-shop.com/
180 kg/m3 20, 40, 50 mm blue, yellow, red 6x1m RUB 1641 - 2244
140-160 kg/m3 20, 40, 50 mm blue, yellow, red 6x1m RUB 1529 -1825
160 kg/m3 25 mm green, black, blue, red, yellow 2m RUB 1600 https://www.greenhillsports.com/ with of the roll 1,5 m

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