The International Judo Federation will host the fifth and most anticipated edition of the annual #WorldJudoDay on 28 October, 2015 with UNITY selected as this year’s theme. Previous themes were HONOUR (2014), PERSEVERANCE (2013), JUDO FOR ALL (2012) and RESPECT (2011) for the day which is dedicated to coaches, fans, judoka and everyone with a passion for one of the world’s most widely practised sports. The #WorldJudoDay takes place on the same date every year as 28 October is the birthday of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo.
Today, more than 20 million people practice judo around the world on a daily basis. The IJF counts 195 national federations and 5 continental unions as members. The #WorldJudoDay is our showcase of the sport’s values and our spirit as judo is more than a sport. Judo is an educational tool that can help people to live together and to respect one another. The objective is to increase the number of judo players around the world and to help change people’s lives with the power of judo.
Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, said: “Dear judoka and judo lovers, with the occasion of the World Judo Day, I ask all judoka and judo communities in the world to follow, defend and promote the Olympic spirit and values which are also the values of our sport. I ask for unity and solidarity and through the energy and spirit of the judo to increase our community and build a better world.”
IJF Hall of Famer and double Olympic silver medallist Neil Adams said: “Unity is about bringing people together. Judo and sport in general is an unconscious, unselfish happening of this very thing. Uniting people, who in other situations or environments, may never have met or interacted, or had the chance to become friends, grow from each other's experiences and life stories. Unity is possible. Judo and its story is one great example of that."
#WorldJudoDay will be celebrated around in every corner of the world and Brazil, who will host the greatest judoka in the world at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next summer, is tipped to be one of the most active regions once again on 28 October. In Maringá, a municipality in southern Brazil, Bruna Nascimento, 13, trains under Pedro Dias, Olympian and former European bronze medallist and is looking forward to celebrating #WorldJudoDay with his fellow judoka. I begin practicing judo two years ago, when my sensei Pedro Dias started with a social project in my city, Maringá. Since then my whole life changed. Judo gave me the opportunity to be what I never dreamed of. I’m just in the beginning of a big and hard journey, but I’m anxious to see what the future holds for me. Maybe I don’t get to the top, but it will always be worth it to try.
“The #WorldJudoDay has a special role in my life because here we celebrated with a tournament and it was my first competition, which I repeated last year. This year I will be in the organisation, but always with the same commitment so other children can have as much fun as I did. Judo may be an individual sport, but the UNITY between us is what make us stronger.” Following on the success of previous editions, the 2014 #WorldJudoDay was a worldwide movement as the judo family showed their unparalleled passion for the sport and its values.
The #WorldJudoDay is an opportunity for judo lovers to share experiences and promote the sport in their region with activities such as demonstrations, competitions, inter-club training sessions and taster sessions. A communications tool kit (press releases, posters, banners, flyers) is available on the official website (www.worldjudoday.com) that you can use freely to promote your own event.
This website is the main communication tool that we will use to promote all the activities throughout the world. Please send us your pictures and comments about your own event and we will share it with the whole judo community. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
#WorldJudoDay posters are now available at www.worldjudoday.com. Print and display them at your dojo with details about your activities.
Previous themes were HONOUR (2014), PERSEVERANCE (2013), JUDO FOR ALL (2012) and RESPECT (2011) for the day which is dedicated to coaches, fans, judoka and everyone with a passion for one of the world’s most widely practiced sports.The World Judo Day takes place on the same date every year as 28 October is the birthday of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo.Today, more than 20 million people practice judo around the world on a daily basis. The IJF has 200 national member federations and five continental unions.
This kanji represents the unity of the mind and the body as detailed by Jigoro Kano.