Judo at school through the eyes of children

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Winners will be announced on 18th May!

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Illustration Gallery is In - the Jury is Out

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Drawing contest for U13 school children

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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 Updated 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 School Sport 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, Spain, 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 11 European Countries

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

Project Road Map*

*The dates may be subject to change due to circumstances of the pandemic.
  • 1

    Cooperation Agreements with EJU national member federations & ISF school federations

    March 2020 - May 2020
  • 2

    National Judo Schools League - Pilot Projects in 11 countries

    September 2020 - May 2021
  • 3

    European Judo School League Finals

    May 2021

Rules*

*Updated 20.04.2020

CONCEPT

  • The project is made for children practising judo at school. Judo is taught in schools - during physical education lessons or as an after school activity. School children that train in a club can be part of the Judo Schools League competitions. 
  • The introduction of judo in the school environment should be a positive experience for everybody. Those wishing to pursue judo at a more advanced level can be introduced into the clubs. Those practising judo not only at school, will be invited to compete according to different Outlines.
  • Parents and family members should be encouraged to attend the event and be the support force. 
  • Team composition: 4 children per activity (any permutation: 3 girls 1 boy, 2 boys 2 girls, etc), maximum 16 children per team.
  • No weigh categories, it is important that the age groups are respected. 
  • The participating schools become members of the Judo Schools League. The school team winning the local level is qualified to the next level. 
  • A school competition consists of 4 activities - theoretical, physical, technical and opposition game - depending on age group. The points achieved in each activity are accumulated to select the winner.
  • A positive environment must be created: PARTICIPATION is more important than ELIMINATION, a TEAM work rather than an INDIVIDUAL effort needs to be prioritised.
  • Maturity levels need to be taken into consideration so the rules need to be adapted to allow all levels of maturity to participate. Coaches must always beware and take into consideration differences in maturity between chronological and biological age (how old the child is and how old the child seems).

 

AGE GROUPS

G1 - 7/8 y.o.

G2 - 9/10 y.o.

G3 - 11/12 y.o.

 

GROUP 1 (7-8 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test

A3 - Break falls and Technical test

A4 - Opposition game (grab the belt)

 

GROUP 2 (9-10 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test 

A3 - Break falls and Technical test 

A4 - Opposition game (sumo)

 

GROUP 3 (11-12 y.o.)

A1 - Theoretical test

A2 - Physical test 

A3 - Break falls and Technical test 

A4 - Opposition game (Shiai Ne Waza)

 

REGULATIONS FOR TEAMS

  • Schools can have a minimum of 4 children and maximum of 16 per team. 
  • A team consists of 4 children per activity. Can be any permutation: 3 girls + 1 boy, 4 boys, etc.
  • The school can enter up to 4 different teams of children per age category. Meaning that one team of 4 can participate in the theoretical test, another team of 4 can participate in the physical test, etc. Age groups must be strictly obeyed. 
  • Nomination of names will be given before each evaluation.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS AND SUPPORT FORCE (FAN GROUP):

  • making of cheering posters,
  • flags,
  • songs, cheers and chant,
  • “musical accompaniment” (party blowers, drums, clicks, etc),
  • common uniform to identify the team,
  • family members can be invited to bake a cake that will be presented after the competition at the awarding ceremony. 

 

The following documents will be available soon:

  • Outlines suggestion with recommendations for Competition mode, Refereeing&scoring rules, Coaching, Draw, etc.  
  • Recommendations for materials and equipment
  • Application form templates
  • Guidelines for school event organisation

News

Judo at school through the eyes of children

As a result of the drawing contest that lasted two weeks from 20th April till 4th May, the EJU received 176 drawings from 162 participants representing 11 nations: BLR, BUL, CRO, CZE, FRA, LAT, LTU, LUX, MDA, POR and RUS.

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Winners will be announced on 18th May!

Due to the vast amount of entries in to the illustration contest, the results will now be announced at a later date of the 18th of May.

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Illustration Gallery is In - the Jury is Out

We would like to thank all of the children and their families who took part in the drawing contest and sent us their pieces of work and imagination!

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Drawing contest for U13 school children

The European Judo Union invites school children under the age of 13 years old to take part in a drawing contest entitled, ”What does judo at school mean to you?”

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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

Schools can register, compose their teams and 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, address and contact details in its profile. The school should specify age groups of the teams willing to compete: 7-8 y.o., 9-10 y.o., 11-12 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 four activities: THEORETICAL, PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL and OPPOSITION GAME / NE WAZA SHIAI. 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 Schools Ranking list and receives a participation certificate that is uploaded into the school’s profile. The school that wins a local event is qualified to the next level.

  • 4

    National League Finals

    The national league competition also consists of four activities: THEORETICAL, PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL and OPPOSITION GAME / NE WAZA SHIAI. Each nation decides the competition levels inside its country. The National Schools League Finals are staged with the support of country’s education governing bodies according to the official Outlines approved by the National Judo Federation and ISF. The best school team of each nation qualifies 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.

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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