European Judo Union

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European Judo Union
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Abbreviation EJU
Formation 15 June 1951; 66 years ago (1951-06-15)
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Region served
51 full member associations
Official languages
Sergey Soloveychik
Vice Presidents
Hans Paul Kutschera
Michal Vachun
Jane Bridge
General Secretary
Ezio Gamba
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]

In 1951 Judo administrators from Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland gathered to form the European Judo Union (EJU).[3] When EJU leaders met in London, Austria joined the organisation as well. Inclusion of judo in the Olympic Games was first mentioned in this meeting.[4] 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.

Major European judo stars[edit]



Most successful European female judoka[edit]

Most successful European male judoka[edit]

Presidents of the EJU[edit]

  • Netherlands Jaap Nauwelaerts D'Agé, Netherlands, 1952–1957
  • Germany H. Frantzen, Germany, 1957–1960
  • France A.J. Ertel, France, 1960–1984
  • Austria Kurt Kucera, Austria, 1984–1996
  • Netherlands Frans Hoogendijk, Netherlands, 1996–2000
  • Austria Marius Vizer, Austria,[5] 2000–2007
  • Russia Sergey Soloveychik, Russia, 2007–present


  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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Sportaccord - Austrian Marius L. Vizer new Sportaccord-President". CSIT. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 

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