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British Judo Team Prepare for World Championships






The World Judo Championships will be held from 13th to 16th September in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World of Judo Magazine wishes them the best of luck!


New Presidents for IJF and EJU

As a result of the events at the IJF 2007 congressMr Marius Vizer has been elected to the position of President of the International Judo Federation. Initially for the 2 years left on the presidential term of Mr Park, the congress then unanimously voted for him to stand for 6 years before restanding for election. As a result of this the position of European Judo Union President will be filled by Sergei Soloveychik of Russia.




Rio de Janeiro World Judo Championships 2007

Mr YS Park, President IJF resigns!

President of the International Judo Federation Mr Young Sung Park has decided to resign, his office said today, (Friday 7th September). According to the IOC charter, the resignation means Park loses his IOC membership.
Mr Park decided to quit after 12 years in office following disputes with executives of the European Judo Union, who have complained of Park's long-term leadership, the office said in a statement.

Elections for the positions of General Secretary, Treasurer and Education Director will now be joined by a Presidential election in Mondays IJF congress to be held in Rio.



Book Launch at University of Bath Debate 2007

'The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat' is now available. The launch took place at the occasion of the University of Bath Debate on Video Refereeing. The proud purchaser of the first book was Team Bath member Daniel Lascau, World Champion and Swedish Technical Director who said, " People have to realise that for quality like this you have to pay".


Free webcast of the Bucharest World Cup – 19th May 2007

The European Judo Union is working at making available for FREE all the important Judo Competitions.For this we need the support of every Judo Lover around the world. The key to making this work is having sufficient visitors to view the broadcast.
The next competition is the World Cup from Bucharest. Click below for more details:-



Free webcast of the Moscow Super World Cup – 5th & 6th May 2007

The European Judo Union is broadcasting the Moscow Super World Cup free this weekend.
For further information visit www.eujudo.com where you can also see broadcasts from previous tournaments.
There will be three broadcasts every day, so go to the homepage for the schedule.


Hundreds pay homage at Simon Hicks' Funeral


Friends, family and the judo world paid a fitting tribute to the late Simon Hicks on Friday at a stunning funeral service at Bristol Cathedral. Around 400 mourners turned out in force to say one final goodbye to a talented man who had given so much to judo and was an integral component of competitions at home and abroad for many years.
Simon's father Jerry Hicks, his son Danny and two of his most successful athletes Winston Gordon and Eric Bonti made emotive speaches during the service while his sister Kim read a poem she had adapted specially for her brother.
Mourners came from as far afield as the United States to attend the service.
And in true excentric style - which no doubt would have pleased Simon - the funeral procession held up traffic on Bristol's busy Park Street for several minutes as it made it's way from the family home to the Cathedral.
A reception was then held at the Mandrake club where an emotional film of Simon's life was showed to guests, in which there was also a personal message from Simon to some of his nearest and dearest.
The bar was decorated with paintings of Simon, by Jerry and Anne Hicks while there were also message form a variety of people, including the great Yasuhiro Yamashita and YS Park IJF President posted around the walls for all to read. It was a day that paid appropriate hommage to a man who could not be ignored.




Asian President Yoshinori Takeuchi passes away

SEOUL May 18 - The judo world has been in mourning this week after the sudden death of Judo Union of Asia president Yoshinori Takeuchi.
Mr Takeuchi passed away at the age of 69 on May 14th while attending the 2006 Junior Asian Judo Championships in Jeju, Korea.
Mr Takeuchi had served as the Asian president and International Judo Federation vice-president since 1999.
Paying tribute to his colleague and friend, IJF president Mr Park Yong-sung said: "Mr. Takeuchi was a most distinguished world leader in the international sport of Judo, not only at the national level, having served as the Vice President of the All Japan Judo Federation since 2002, but also on the international level as the JUA Refereeing Director (1982-1999) and then JUA President and IJF Vice President from 1999 to 2006.
"He will be truly missed and remembered by all who have known him throughout his leadership and activities within Judo Union of Asia and International Judo Federation."
Mr Takeuchi's funeral service was held on Thursday May 18 with Mr Park among a number of notable figures form the judo world in attendance.
Any messages of condolence can be sent to either of the following email addresses: h.ohtsuji@kodokan.org, intl@kodokan.org.


Iranian women to wear head scarves in competition

TEHRAN, May 15 - The Judo Union of Asia (JUA) has backed a controversial request from the Iranian Judo Federation to allow its female athletes to wear religious headscarves during contests, according to the Iranian Student News Agency.
Any form of headware is banned by the International Judo Federation for safety reasons. But the headscarves were due to be permitted at the Asian Youth Championships, a competition that comes under the control of the JUA.
It will be the first time Asian women have competed internationally as the hardline Islamic Republic bans its women from competing in any sporting events that may expose any of their skin other than their faces and hands.
Women are not allowed to attend sporting events in Iran for fear they may be corrupted by the sight of male flesh.


Olympic champion to headline Bushido event in June

TOKYO, May 15 - Japan's Olympic Judo champion Makoto Takimoto, who was a shock champion in Sydney 2000, will headline a Bushido Grand Prix mixed-martial arts event in Saitama on June 4.
Takimoto, who trains at the dojo of 1992 Olympic champion Hidehiko Yoshida, will tackle Dutch fighter Gegard Mousasi.
Takimoto, who like Yoshida fights in his judogi, has a win-loss record of 2-2 from his four fights so far.
Two more former international judo players will be on the same bill although no opponents have yet been finalised for Cuba's Hector Lombard and South Korea's Yoon Dong-sik.
Lombard, a nine-time judo champion of Cuba has compiled an impressive 9-0 record in mixed martial arts and is renowned for his sheer aggression and brutality.
Yoon is a former Asian champion in judo but has lost all three of his MMA fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Takimoto last year.


USA Judo name team to compete at Pan-Am champs

COLORADO SPRINGS, USA, May 10 - USA Judo have named their team to compete at the Pan-American Championships in Buenos Aires at the end of the month.
The team was made up of the winners of the US national championships and trials which took place last month.
In the US system, if a no. 1 ranked fighter won the national championships, they were automatically selected. If the no. 1 did not win the nationals, they fought a best-of-three fight-off with the nationals champion to determine who would take the senior team place in Argentina.

The team is as follows:

-44kg: Veronica Prado
-48kg: Sayaka Matsumoto
-52kg: Carrie Chandler
-57kg: Valerie Gotay
-63kg: Ronda Rousey
-70kg: Katie Mocco
-78kg: Nikki Kubes
+78kg: Eva Smith
Open: Nina Cutro-Kelly

-55kg: Hiram Cruz
-60kg: Jeremy Liggett
-66kg: Taylor Takata
-73kg: Ryan Reser
-81kg: Aaron Cohen
-90kg: Garry St. Leger
-100kg: Djamaldin Aliev
+100kg: Kirk Hoffmann
Open: Jonathan Leonhardt


Miracle marathon boy practices judo in music video

BHUBANESWAR, India, May 10 - A five-year-old boy who confounded reason and physiological normality to run 65km in just over seven hours, has now appeared in a music video, practising his judo skills.
Budhia Singh has been the centre of a media and political storm these last few weeks as a debate about his extraordinary feats has raged across India.
Some have accused his coach of exploiting the boy for personal gain, others have hailed Singh a phenomenon destined for glory.
And jumping on the bandwagon, a music video has hit television screens in Singh's home town of Orissa.
Entitled 'Bughiare, Budhiare', the song shows Singh practising judo and running while lauding his achievements and praising his homeland.
Singh's coach is a judo instructor and he has been criticised for trying to coach long-distance running to a boy without the necessary experience.


China on top in Vietnam judo meet

HA NOI, May 10 - Chinese team Tiatan took the team title in the 3rd International Judo Tournament here in Ha Noi, Vietnam at the weekend.
Tiatan, which was comprised of many national team fighters, pipped South Korea to the team title with Vietnam's first team taking third place.
One of the highlight's of the competition, which featured teams from Thailand, Laos, Japan, China South Korea and Vietnam, was a winning appearance by Athens Olympic silver medallist Jang Sung-ho in the men's -100kg category.


Pakistani judo to benefit from multi-million rupee investment

ISLAMABAD, May 6 - Judo is among a dozen sports that will benefit form a 370,000 US dollars investment from the Pakistani Government, the Daily Times in Pakistan reported.
The Pakistani Sports Trust (PST) pledged more than 20 million Pakistani rupees, around 370,000 US dollars, to a number of mostly Olympic sports to try to improve their results in those disciplines.
Pakistan's PST chairman and Olympic Committee president Syed Arif Hasan said: "The grant of an additional 22.10 million rupees will be released in different phases among the federations of wrestling, weightlifting, judo, karate, cycling, table tennis, badminton, squash, boxing, shooting, athletics, taekwondo, wushu, kabaddi and volleyball. This support will help federations to lift the standard of the games."
Pakistan is famous for its cricketing success - cricket is a national obsesion - but has not enjoyed a great deal of glory in other sports.
Hasan said the funds should help secure success in the forthcoming Asian and South Asian Games, however he warned sports federations who failed to produce results that their funding would be stopped.


Brazil Announces Team for Pan-American Championship 2006
By Manoela Penna

Rio de Janeiro, May 3 - Brazil have welcomed back a number of Olympians but also sprang a few surprises in naming their team to compete in this month’s Pan-American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina from May 27-29. Team coaches Rosicleia Campos (women) and Luiz Shinohara (men) are expecting good results in the tournament which counts towards Beijing Olympic 2008 qualification. Olympic bronze medallist Leandro Guilheiro (-73kg) is suffering from an injured shoulder so his place is taken by Moacir Mendes Jr. But fellow Athens bronze medallist Flavio Canto returns to the fold after missing last year with a knee injury. Canto proved he is in even better form than ever earlier this year, winning two European World Cup events.

Olympians and Pan-American Games gold medallists Mario Sabino (-100kg) and Daniel Hernandes (+100kg) also return to the team after winning a qualification tournament in January. But Sydney 2000 silver medallist Carlos Honorato (-90kg) misses out after he was beaten in the tournament but 19-year-old Hugo Passanha who went on to take a creditable 7th place at the Tournoi de Paris in February. In the women’s team Olympian Danielle Zangrando, a former world championship medallist, returns to the team at –57kg while Junior world bronze medallist Aline Puglia caused a surprise in January by beating Priscila Marques to take the +78kg position. Edinanci Silva, a former Tournoi de Paris champion and Pan-American Games winner, showed she was in top form last month, beating world champion Yurisel Laborde of Cuba by ippon in a tournament in Ecuador. It was a tournament that proved very successful for the women’s team with most of the team picking up medals.

The full team line-up is:

Daniela Polzin (-48kg)
Erica Miranda (-52kg)
Danielle Zangrando (-57kg)
Vania Ishii (-63kg)
Kelly Silva (-70kg)
Edinanci Silva (-78kg)
Aline Puglia (+78kg)
Rosicleia Campos (coach)

Denilson Lourenço (-60kg)
Joao Derly (-66kg)
Moacir Mendes Jr (-73kg)
Flavio Canto (-81kg)
Hugo Pessanha (-90kg)
Mario Sabino (-100kg)
Daniel Hernandes (+100kg)
Luiz Shinohara (coach)


IJF meets Beijing organising committee

BEIJING, April 26 - A delegation of International Judo Federation representatives headed by sports director Francois Besson met with Beijing 2008 Olympics organising committee members on Tuesday, according to noticias.info.
Mr Besson and the team were taken on a tour of the Olympic judo venue and held discussions with the Chinese Judo Association about the preparatory work for the judo competitions.


Fallon to make first Europeans appearance in three years,
By Emma Reed

LEICESTER, England, April 26 - British Judo has announced an experienced team for the 2006 European Championships, which will take place in Tampere, Finland from 26th – 28th May 2006.
A European title will be in the sights of Craig Fallon who won the –60kg World title in September last year. The 23-year-old has not competed in a European Championships since he clinched silver in 2003.
Four times European Champion, Karina Bryant will be looking to hold on to her current European +78kg title.
At the 2005 European Championships the heavyweight took gold beating Tea Donguashvili of Russia in the final. However, when the pair met again in the final of the recent 2006 GB World Cup in Birmingham, the medal placing was reversed when Donguashvili stole the gold in the closing seconds of the match. In Tampere the Brit will be looking to prove she still reigns supreme in Europe.
Sarah Clark, 2004 European bronze medallist, will also be a female medal hope in the –63kg after taking bronze at the GB World Cup earlier this month.
Michelle Rogers will appear in her first European Championships since 2001. The 29-year-old Atlanta Olympian appeared at three European Championships between 1996 and 2001 and medalled at all three.
2005 European bronze medallist Euan Burton appears in the –81kg weight category. The 27-year-old Scot rose to the occasion at both the 2004 and 2005 Championships, so there will be hopes that he can do the same again this year in Finland.
Winston Gordon, who placed 5th in the 2004 Athens Olympics, aims to take his first European Championship medal. He recently finished 7th at the 2006 Moscow World Cup and earlier in the season won silver at the Swedish World Cup.
For the second consecutive major Championships former junior European Champion Peter Cousin’s steps up to the –100kg category, from his usual –90kg spot.
Sophie Johnstone (-52kg) and Colin Oates (-66kg) will both make their European Championship debut.
No selections have been made in the –48kg weight category, -57kg weight category, or +100kg.
Commenting Colin McIver, British Judo High Performance Director said, “We have been able to select our number one player in each weight category but they still face the ever strong European competition for medals.
“Europe is no doubt the most difficult continent to qualify from for the Olympics Games, with so many quality players chasing few qualification spots. These Championships will give us an indication of the task ahead as we move towards the qualification events next year on the road to the Beijing Olympics”.


Vietnam announces third international tournament

HA NOI, Vietnam, April 25 - More than 100 judokas, including teams from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, China and Laos will compete in the third Ha Noi International Judo Tournament, the organising committee announced.
Ten teams have entered for the tournament at the Ha Noi competition hall from May 6-7, making a total of 107 competitors.
Vietnam's first and second teams as well as teams from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City will tackle the international fighters over 16 weight divisions (eight each for men and women).
Three provincial teams from China - Tianjin, Guangxi and Hebei - will be among the participants.


Teenager wins US Nationals

HOUSTON, Texas, April 24 - Jeanette Rodriguez shocked the the foundations of USA Judo Saturday by upsetting six-time national champion Sayaka Matsumoto in the final of the -48kg division, according to USA Judo.
The 15-year-old threw Matsumoto, a former Pan-American championship silver-medallist for ippon with osoto-gari in the dying seconds as the favourite chased a yuko to koka deficit.
Matsumoto gained a speedy revenge, though, beating Rodriguez in the best-of-three trials for a place on the national team for next month's Pan-American championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Matsumoto scored ippon with juji-gatame in the first fight and won the second with osaekomi-waza to ensure she kept her place on the senior team ahead of the girl who has been dominating the junior ranks recently.
Rodriguez was still delighted with her result, though.
"Amazing. That’s how I would describe winning Nationals," said Rodriguez. "I was nervous before the final, but you can’t respect anybody on the mat because in the end they’re just another competitor. She was the number one girl, but she’s still just another athlete."
Rodriguez was not too disappointed at missing out in the trials and came away with the award for most inspirational athlete.
"Of course I was disappointed to lose in the Trials, but it still feels great knowing that I won Nationals and now I know that I can beat her so I’ll just keep training for next time," she added.
Meanwhile, Ryan Reser needed just 30-seconds to win the men's -73kg division, throwing Radu Brestyan with te-guruma in the final and also picking up the outstanding male competitor award.
Reser has enjoyed a stunning season in the European World Cup series, winning two silver medals to rank eighth on the unofficial EJU world rankings.
As he was already the number one ranked fighter in his weight he qualified directly for the Pan-Ams. Fighters only fight off for the national team slot if the top rank fighter in any division fails to win their category in the nationals. In that case they have a best-of-three trial against the national champion.
Veteran Valery Gotay overcame bruised ribs to triumph at -57kg and avoid a trial for her Pan-Am place.
Top-ranked Taylor Takata similarly triumphed at -66kg while 17-year-old Jeremy Liggett, a junior who was top-ranked at -60kg, bombed out in the first round but still qualified for the Pan-Ams team, beating new champion Rafael Ramos in the trials, although his opponent won the most inspired male performance award.
Carrie Chandler beat Gotay's younger sister Nathalie Lafon in the -52kg final to win the national title and secure her Pan-Am place.
Hicham Cruz won the men's -55kg division beating top-ranked Andre Taylor and then defeating him 2-1 in the Pan-Am trials as well.
Veronica Prado, 15, the reigning -44kg women's champion and recent Pan-American Juvenile champion, lost to club team-mate Daimisy Porras, also 15, for the title but reaped her revenge in the trials to earn a senior Pan-Am slot, without having even competed at Junior Pan-Am level yet.
The open divisions were both won by foreign nationals who could not then represent USA at the Pan-Ams, with Turkey's Zarife Yildirim winning the women's and Poland's Sylwester Gawel taking the men's title. Nina Cutro-Kelly and Jonathan Leonhardt will represent USA in the open events in Buenos Aires.



Judo therapy helping US soldiers in Iraq

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 23 - A 22-year-old Army company clerk and brown belt is helping her fellow US soldiers in Iraq unwind with judo classess, according to The News-Times.
Sheila Pereira, who is stationed in Tikrit, comes from a judo-mad family and after being stationed out in Iraq, she decided not to let her training waiver.
"I wanted to continue training in Iraq, and I also wanted other soldiers to benefit from judo," Pereira said in an interview with a military newspaper. "So, I figured I'd start up the class, and soldiers could learn something new if they wanted."
Life is tough on and away from the front line in Iraq and Pereira decided she needed to do something for herself but also something to help her colleagues let off steam.
"If something makes you upset, just blow it off and say 'OK, judo is my therapy,'" she said. "Once you get on the mat, you're not thinking about work anymore. Everything is judo then."
Pereira hails from Danbury in Connecticut, where her family own a judo dojo at the War Memorial in Danbury. Her father, John, is a fourth dan black belt and she was a national champion in 1993 at just eight years old.
She has amassed more than 200 medals in judo.
According to her 25-year-old sister Sharon, Sheila likes judo because it gives her confidence.
"If you lose to a guy the first time, don't worry about it. You're not going to win every fight, and that goes for males and females. Test yourself as a female and represent for all the females," added Sheila, who wants to study international business when she leaves the Army.
If Pereira's teaching in Iraq does not surprise her family, her decision to join the Army while a freshman at the University of Miami certainly did.
"She has always been very independent, and I had a hard time seeing her following the authority," said 28-year-old brother Jason.


Olympic champ Tsukada wins Fifth Japan title

TOKYO, April 23 - Athens Olympic champion Maki Tsukada claimed her fifth successive Japanese open-weight national title Sunday at the Budokan in Tokyo with an ippon victory in the final against Mai Tateyama, according to the Japan Economic Newswire.
The +78kg gold medallist from the 2004 Games defeated fellow Olympic champion Masae Ueno in her first bout, although the -70kg Athens winner and twice world champion was giving away a lot of weight.
Tsukada's victory was the best sequence in the competition since Yoko Tanabe won six straight titles from 1987-1992.
The victory gave Tsukada a place on the Japaense team for the World Championships by Team of Nations in Paris in September, with Tateyama joining her as back-up.
There was bad news for the open-weight world champion Midori Shintani, though, as she crashed out at the quarter-final stage to Kumiko Horie.Paralympians claim US medals

London, April 12 - British Paralympians enjoyed a succesful run-out in the US recently, winning three medals at the Northglen Judo Championships in Colorado, according to BBC Sport.
Athens silver medallist Ian Rose won silver in the -100kg division, beating American Myles Porter in a play-off.
Four-time Paralympian Simon Jackson won bronze at -73kg while Maxine Ingram won the only women's medal with bronze at -63kg.
The tournament was a warm-up for the fothcoming World Championships in France in June.


Madonna stressed by Ritchie's de-stressing

British film director Guy Ritchie is on collision course with pop star wife Madonna over his new found obsession with judo and jujitsu.
According to the British media, Ritchie could be facing both smoking barrels from Madonna after spending most of his spare time training in the two Japanese martial arts.
The Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director claims the only way he can unwind is by turning up to the randori classes of his local clubs.
A source close to the couple told the press: “Guy says Madonna always complains that he spends every spare second down at his local centre fighting - but he’d never give it up.
“He turns up at the martial arts centre at the end of the very hardest class - just for the fights. He says it’s the only thing that de-stresses him.”
Madonna is famed for her remarkably toned figure and is a big fitness fanatic herself but prefers gentler past times such as yoga.
“I tried yoga for six months and it’s not for me,” said Ritchie, who also made Snatch starring Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt, in a previous interviews.
Ritchie is not the only flm celebrity making the news for their judo exploits. Recently, Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie, who is tied to Pitt, stunned locals in her home city of Paris by climbing on the tatami to help adopted son Maddox with his judo classes.


Armenia to host 2007 Grand Prix finals

Yerevan, April 14 - The prestigious 100,000 dollar Grand Prix finals will be held in Armenia in 2007 according to the Armenian Press Agency on Friday.
European Judo Union president Marius Vizer announced the news on a visit to the capital Yerevan at the invitation of the Armenian Judo Federation.
A total of 250,000 dollars, including a 100,000 prize fund will be spent on the event which brings together the top eight performing fighters in each weight category.
As host nation, Armenia will be entitled to field a fighter in each division. Previous Grand Prix finals have been held in Romania, Russia and Spain.


Old Judo News up to April 2006


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