European Judo Union

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European Judo Union
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Formation28 July 1948; 73 years ago (1948-07-28)
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Region served
51 Judo federations
Official languages
Sergey Soloveychik Russia
Michal Vachun Czech Republic
Otto Kneitinger Germany
Jane Bridge United Kingdom
General Secretary
Ezio Gamba Italy
General Treasurer
László Tóth Hungary
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).[citation needed] 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.[3] 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.[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.

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 Romania Romania
2007–present Sergey Soloveychik Russia Russia

EJU Awards[edit]

Nomination Nominees 2010 Nominees 2011 Nominees 2012 Nominees 2013 Nominees 2014 Nominees 2015 Nominees 2016 Nominees 2017 Nominees 2018 Nominees 2019 Nominees 2020
Best European Male Judoka Ilias Iliadis Greece Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Avtandili Tchrikishvili Georgia (country) Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Teddy Riner France Nikoloz Sherazadishvili Spain Lukhumi CHKHVIMIANI Georgia (country) Peter PALTCHIK (ISR) Israel
Best European Female Judoka Lucie Decosse France Gevrise EMANE France Lucie Decosse France Majlinda Kelmendi Kosovo Majlinda Kelmendi Kosovo Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Tina Trstenjak Slovenia Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France Clarisse Agbegnenou France
Best European Junior Male Judoka Marcus Nyman Sweden Khusen Kharmurzaev Russia Damian Szwarnowiecki Poland Beka Gviniashvili Georgia (country) Krisztián Toth Hungary Beka Gviniashvili Georgia (country) Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan Hidayet Heydarov Azerbaijan Manuel Lombardo Italy Lasha BEKAURI Georgia (country) Richard SIPOCZ Hungary
Best European Junior Female Judoka Abigel Joo Hungary Bernadette GRAF Austria Dilara Lokmanheki Turkey Barbara Matic Croatia Amandine Buchard France Szabina Gercsak Hungary Marie Eve Gahie France Amber Gersjes Netherlands Daria Bilodid Ukraine Eteri LIPARTELIANI Georgia (country) Andrea STOJADINOV Serbia
Best Judo Personality - Ilias Iliadis Greece Alina Dumitru Romania Lucie Decosse France Ilias Iliadis Greece & Teddy Riner France - - - -
Best Team Men - - Russia Russia Georgia Georgia (country) - Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia Georgia (country) - - -
Best Team Women Netherlands Netherlands France France - - France France GermanyGermany Poland Poland France France - - -
Best Mixed Team - - - - - - - - - - France France
Best European Men's Coach Benoit Campargue France Vitaily Dubrova Ukraine Ezio Gamba Russia Irakli Uznadze Georgia (country) Irakli Uznadze Georgia (country) Franck Chambily France Dmitry Morozov Russia Ljubisa Majdov Serbia Bato Jikuri Georgia (country) John-Paul BELL Netherlands Khasanbi TAOV Russia
Best European Women's Coach Florin Bercean Romania Martine Dupond France Martine Dupond France Shany Hershko Israel Martine Dupond France Marjan Fabjan Slovenia Martine Dupond France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France Larbi Benboudaoud France
Best European Event European Judo Championships in Vienna Austria U23 European Judo Championships in Tyumen Russia European Judo Championships in Chelabinsk Russia European Judo Championships in Budapest Hungary 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 European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv Israel European Judo Championships / 2nd European Games in Minsk Belarus European Judo Championships in Prague Czech Republic
Best European Organiser Czech Judo Federation Czech Republic Belgium Judo Federation Belgium Czech Judo Federation Czech Republic Estonian Judo Federation Estonia 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 Russian Judo Federation for Mixed Team European Judo Championships in Ekaterinburg Russia Portuguese Judo Federation for European Club Championships in Odivelas Portugal Croatian Judo Federation for Junior and U23 Judo Championships in Porec Croatia
Most Progressive European Female Referee Cathy Mouette France Ioana Babiuc Romania Ioana Babiuc Romania Cathy Mouette France Annamaria Fridrich Hungary Annamaria Fridrich Hungary Heather Lootjens Belgium Roberta Chyurlia Italy Roberta Chyurlia Italy Hana SAFARIKOVA Czech Republic Roberta Chyurlia Italy
Most Progressive European Male Referee Franc Ocko Slovenia Vladimir Vostrikov Russia Vladimir Vostrikov Russia Manuel Cortes Spain Vincent Druaux France Vladimir Hnidka Czech Republic Artur Fando Belarus Vladimer Nutsubidze Georgia (country) Raul Camacho Spain Vasily SMOLIN Russia Mathieu BATAILLE France

Main Events[edit]

Tournament Place Date
European Judo Championships Lisbon, Portugal Portugal 16-18 April 2021
U23 European Judo Championships Budapest, Hungary Hungary 05-07 November 2021
Junior European Judo Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg Luxembourg 09–12 September 2021
Cadet European Judo Championships Riga, Latvia Latvia 17–19 August 2021
Veteran European Judo Championships Gran Canaria, Spain Spain 25–28 July 2019
Kata European Judo Championships Warsaw, Poland Poland 03-04 July 2021
European Club Championships - Champions League TBA, TBA 11 November 2021
European Club Championships - Europa League Prague, Czech Czech Republic 11 November 2021

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
  • North 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]

Premium Partner Team Wear & Judogi[edit]

  • Ippon-Gear
  • Adidas

Premium Partner Judogi[edit]

  • Essimo

Premium Partner Tatami[edit]

  • FUJI Mats
  • Agglorex

Official Supplier Judogi[edit]

  • Mizuno
  • Greenhill

Official Supporter Judogi[edit]

  • Fighting Films

Official Sponsor[edit]

  • DanRho
  • International Judo Fund


  1. ^ Guttmann, Allen (6 September 2017). Japanese Sports: A History. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824824648. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Blanpain, Roger (6 September 2017). European Labour Law. Kluwer Law International. ISBN 9789041127679. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Judo Union.
  4. ^ Green, Thomas A.; Svinth, Joseph R. (6 September 2017). Martial Arts in the Modern World. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275981532. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.

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