European Judo Union

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European Judo Union
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Formation28 July 1948; 70 years ago (1948-07-28)
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Region served
51 Judo federations
Official languages
Sergey Soloveychik
Vice Presidents
Hans Paul Kutschera (AUT)
Michal Vachun (CZE)
Jane Bridge (GBR)
General Secretary
Ezio Gamba (ITA)
Main organ
EJU Congress
Parent organization

The EJU consists of 51 national Judo federations/associations, and is itself recognised by the IJF as one of five continental unions. The organisation of the administration of Judo is based on a pyramid system of regulations, with the IJF the world governing body, the EJU the European governing body and national Judo associations the governing bodies at domestic level.[1][2]

The first meeting was held on July 26, 1948 in London to form the European Judo Union (EJU).[3] Representatives from Great Britain, Austria and The Netherlands took part of this first general meeting. The meeting was adjourned until the following Wednesday. On July 28 finally, Great Britain put forward the motion: "That the European Judo Union be now formed on the basis of the Constitution as approved, and that all other European countries be circulated with a copy of it and be invited to join." This was seconded by Holland and approved unanimously.[4] France, who was allowed to express opinions but not to vote.

The object of the proposed Union was the standardisation of judo rules and procedures and the establishment of an international body for arbitration. Inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned in this meeting.[5]

Young French publisher Henry D. Plee suggested that he print a translation of the Kodokan’s monthly magazine in English and French; the EJU agreed to make it an official organ of the EJU.

Presidents of the EJU[edit]

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Date Name Country
1952–1957 Jaap Nauwelaerts D'Agé Netherlands Netherlands
1957–1960 H. Frantzen Germany Germany
1960–1984 A.J. Ertel France France
1984–1996 Kurt Kucera Austria Austria
1996–2000 Frans Hoogendijk Netherlands Netherlands
2000–2007 Marius Vizer Austria Austria
2007–present Sergey Soloveychik Russia Russia

EJU Awards[edit]

Nomination Nominees 2014 Nominees 2015 Nominees 2016 Nominees 2017
Best European Male Judoka Avtandili Tchrikishvili Georgia (country) Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France
Best European Female Judoka Majlinda Kelmendi Kosovo Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Clarisse Agbegnenou France
Best European Junior Male Judoka Krisztián Toth Hungary Beka Gviniashvili Georgia (country) Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan
Best European Junior Female Judoka Amandine Buchard France Szabina Gercsak Hungary Marie Eve Gahie France Amber Gersjes Netherlands
Best Team Men - Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country)
Best Team Women France France GermanyGermany Poland Poland France France
Best European Men's Coach Irakli Uznadze Georgia (country) Franck Chambily France Dmitry Morozov Russia Ljubisa Majdov Serbia
Best European Women's Coach Martine Dupond France Marjan Fabjan Slovenia Martine Dupond France Larbi Benboudaoud France
Best European Event European Judo Championships in Montpellier France Junior European Judo Championships in Oberwart Austria European Judo Championships U23 in Tel Aviv Israel Golden League in Ankara Turkey
Best European Organiser Polish Judo Association for European Judo Championships U23 in Wroclaw Poland Austrian Judo Federation for Junior European Judo Championships and Golden League in Vienna Austria Russian Judo Federation for European Judo Championships in Kazan and Golden League in Grozny Russia Lithuanian Judo Federation for Upgrading Junior EJC and Cadet EC Kaunas Lithuania
Most Progressive European Female Referee Annamaria Fridrich Hungary Annamaria Fridrich Hungary Heather Lootjens Belgium Roberta Chyurlia Italy
Most Progressive European Male Referee Vincent Druaux France Vladimir Hnidka Czech Republic Artur Fando Belarus Vladimer Nutsubidze Georgia (country)

Main Events[edit]

Tournament Place Date
European Judo Championships Tel Aviv, Israel Israel 26–28 April 2018
Russian Coper Company European Mixed Team Judo Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia Russia 18 July 2018
U23 European Judo Championships Gyor, Hungary Hungary 02 - 4 November 2018
Junior European Judo Championships Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria 13–16 September 2018
Cadet European Judo Championships Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 28 June - 1 July 2018
Veteran European Judo Championships Glasgow, Great Britain United Kingdom 14–17 June 2018
Kata European Judo Championships Koper, Slovenia Slovenia 19–20 May 2018
European Club Championships - Golden League TBC 8 December 2018
European Club Championships - Europa League TBC 08 - 9 December 2018

Members of the EJU[edit]

  • Albania Albanian Judo Federation
  • Andorra Andorra Judo Federation
  • Armenia Armenian Judo Federation
  • Austria Austrian Judo Federation
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Judo Federation
  • Belarus Belarusian Judo Federation
  • Belgium Belgium Judo Federation
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Judo Federation
  • United Kingdom British Judo Association
  • Bulgaria Bulgarian Judo Federation
  • Croatia Croatian Judo Federation
  • Cyprus Cyprus Judo Federation
  • Czech Republic Czech Judo Federation
  • Denmark Danish Judo Federation
  • Netherlands Dutch Judo Federation
  • Estonia Estonian Judo Association
  • Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Judo Federation
  • Finland Finnish Judo Association
  • France French Judo Federation
  • Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Judo Federation
  • Georgia (country) Georgian Judo Federation
  • Germany German Judo Federation
  • Greece Hellenic Judo Federation
  • Hungary Hungarian Judo Association
  • Iceland Iceland Judo Federation
  • Republic of Ireland Irish Judo Association
  • Israel Israel Judo Association
  • Italy Italian Judo Federation
  • Kosovo Kosovo Judo Federation
  • Latvia Latvia Judo Federation
  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Judo Federation
  • Lithuania Lithuanian Judo Federation
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg Judo Federation
  • Malta Malta Judo Federation
  • Moldova Moldova Judo Federation
  • Monaco Monaco Judo Federation
  • Montenegro Montenegro Judo Federation
  • Norway Norwegian Judo Federation
  • Poland Polish Judo Association
  • Portugal Portugal Judo Federation
  • Romania Romanian Judo Federation
  • Russia Russian Judo Federation
  • San Marino San Marino Judo Federation
  • Serbia Serbia Judo Federation
  • Slovakia Slovak Judo Federation
  • Slovenia Slovenian Judo Federation
  • Spain Spanish Judo Federation
  • Sweden Swedish Judo Federation
  • Switzerland Swiss Judo Federation
  • Turkey Turkish Judo Federation
  • Ukraine Ukrainian Judo Federation

Current Sponsors[edit]

Diamond Supplier[edit]

  • Ippon-Gear
  • GreenHill

Gold Supplier[edit]


Silver Supplier[edit]

  • SFJAM Noris
  • Daedo

Bronze Supplier[edit]

  • adidas
  • Kappa
  • Fighting Films
  • Mizuno
  • Matsuru
  • adidas


  1. ^ Guttmann, Allen (6 September 2017). "Japanese Sports: A History". University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Blanpain, Roger (6 September 2017). "European Labour Law". Kluwer Law International. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Watson, Brian N. (25 July 2012). "The Father of Judo: A Biography of Jigoro Kano". Trafford Publishing. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.[self-published source]
  4. ^ Judo Union.
  5. ^ Green, Thomas A.; Svinth, Joseph R. (6 September 2017). "Martial Arts in the Modern World". Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.

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