Freestyle Judo South Africa Organization Alliance is proud to now announced that we are accepted as an international affiliated member to the Judo For All UK (JFAUK).
What is JFAUK:
Judo For All UK (JFAUK), is the national governing body for traditional Judo in the U.K. recognized by the World Judo Federation (WJF) and supported by 52 countries worldwide.
JFAUK was founded in December 2010 in order to preserve traditional judo in a landscape where modern judo has been diluted to the point of non-recognition. JFAUK aims to provide an independent associations to support the teaching, practice and development of Judo along the Japanese tradition, working to re-ignite judo as a martial art and pure fighting form through the allowance of traditional techniques, leg grabs and by placing a strong emphasis on ne-waza.
The JFAUK, FJSAOA, IFJA and WJF provide opportunities to train and compete across the globe, including at World and European Championships.
Despite being a new organization, Judo for All UK has established long lasting international links across the globe.
Shortly after our founding, they became the recognized national governing body for Traditional Judo in the U.K under the World Judo Federation (WJF), backed by 52 countries worldwide.
Due to their status, they regularly participate in international training courses and competitions in various countries, including participation at the WJF European and World Championships, as well as other international and world stage competitions such as the CSIT World Sport Games.
The JFAUK and Our integration is not purely focused on competition however.
The JFAUK and our involvement within the WJF is a major attempt to reclaim and preserve the original values of Judo. The WJF aims to create a movement that is based on the concept of Judo for all, taking a holistic and traditional approach to training and contest, and Judo for All UK and the FJSAOA extends and champions these values within the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Further to this, Judo for All UK is involved with various charitable initiatives including the Kalithea Rehabilitation Programme in Thessaloniki, Greece, which uses Judo as a platform for personal development, aiming to assist the rehabilitation of individuals struggling with alcohol substance abuse.
Judo as an Education:
The JFAUK have created a structured teaching methodology, encouraging and facilitating the ongoing development of judo.
Traditional Japanese Judo
JFAUK was formed on solid grounds from past experience, and our goal is to maintain the fundamentals of traditional Japanese Judo and for all who wish to practice it.
Bureaucratic policies within the existing governing bodies of judo and the constant interference in the running of clubs have resulted in a decline of Judo clubs around the UK and the globe.
They have all witnessed the decline in the numbers around the UK. The teaching of Judo has become more difficult or troublesome adversely affecting the running of Judo clubs and this is now the same all over the world. This has created a situation that more and more clubs are closing or remain dysfunctional. Poor policies and illogical expectations have faded people’s morale and faith in Judo has been lost.
We believe that many frustrated Judoka’s are not happy and are looking for alternative solutions so that they can continue to practice and develop Judo on a realistic level. Clearly, there is a need for a lifeline to revive and revitalize judo in the UK , SA’s and the Globe and JFAUK was founded precisely with the aim of providing such a lifeline.
FJSAOA and the JFAUK is working hard to preserve the vital values held in Traditional Judo in order to radically change the way that people are recognized and treated within the sport. We aim to support and promote Judo in a more straightforward way, encouraging new, existing and old clubs to follow innovative ideas which will help everyone see growth without compromising Traditional Judo. We aim to restore faith and trust in the Sensei, providing them with authority, recognition and access to a support network that has them and their students in mind so they can sustain their clubs in a functional manner.
FJSAOA with the help, guidance and support of the JFAUK has developed a comprehensive grading structure that relates to the everyday Judo practice in the dojo and is the result of a 45-year long examination of Judo. It embraces the important aspects of Judo while underlining its fundamentals. The syllabus is geared to enhance a deeper understanding of the techniques of judo. It represents a simple coaching programs that is easily understood and is used by many coaches and students across the world.
We welcome everyone to join us in this endeavor. If you want to find out more about why FJSAOA, JFAUK, IFJA and WJF would work for you, your club and your students then please contact us at any time.
We look forward to working with you.
Traditional Contest Ruleset are followed.
JFAUK and FJSAOA follows contest rules established by the World Judo Federation European Technical Committee. To download the JFAUK contest rules, please click on the image on the left.
The Contest Rules approved and ratified by the WJF European Technical Committee were first published on February 1, 2013.
It is formally entitled: “Traditional Kodokan Judo Competition Rules”. To download the WJF EU contest rules, please click on the image on the below.
The WJF European Technical Committee was established at the behest of the WJF President for Europe, Dr P Hogland, with a mission to put together common ideas and formally produce the contest rules for WJF that conform and are in line with its mission statement. The present document successfully outlines a well thought-out and detailed set of contest rules that uphold all the values and concepts of Traditional Kodokan Judo as perceived by its founder Dr Jigoro Kano. It charts a practical way to promote the concept of Judo For All, which is embedded in the document. It devises a distinct course of action for the growth and wider participation of the public in judo that is based on the experience of judo practitioners and teachers.
This new document was produced by the WJF European Technical Committee who chose to produce it in consultation and with the authority and expertise of 19 masters that include 2 grandmasters, and 16 instructors ranking from 3rd to 9th Dan. It is an authoritative document that is the product of views and experiences of masters from 3 European countries and many clubs and associations.
This document carries that authority and the wisdom of some of the highest and most experienced ranks in the WJF and is in complete accordance with the concepts and mission statements of the World Judo Federation.
WJF – Traditional Kodokan Competition Rules 2012-13.
The competition rules apply to all regional and national competitions. It is further applicable to the examination of grades. These rules originate from the Traditional Kodokan Judo and support the philosophy of judo that we practice in our dojos.
The rules correspond with the way we practice and teach our Judo
The contest rules were established by the following members of the World Judo Federation:
|Alfredo Vismara – 9th Dan||Ettore Franzoni – 7th Dan||Mazzola Celso – 6th Dan|
|Giuseppe Vismara – 9th Dan||Luigi Moscato — 7th Dan||Robert Bushnell – 6th Dan|
|Sampson Sampson – 8th Dan||Valter Scolari – 7th Dan||Samuel Betu – 6th Dan|
|Giacinto Pesce – 7th Dan||Livio Beretta – 7th Dan||Dave Hammond – 5th Dan|
|Luca Castelnuovo – 7th Dan||Antonio Capasso – 6th Dan||Magro Nixola – 5th Dan|
|Sergio Bertozzi – 7th Dan||Meme Velledru – 6th Dan||Miranda Eliodoro – 3rd Dan|
• To practice Traditional Kodokan judo with values such as traditions and formalities for a better education.
• Allow and encourage the integration of groundwork in competitions.
• Encourage upright judo with normal traditional lapel sleeve hold and Shizen hontai (Basic natural posture)
• Encourage the use of “randori no contest” that is to encourage the use of judo cunningness and skill rather than brute force.
• Simplify the contest rules of judo, helping the competitor and the referee to further understand the concept of traditional judo.
• We aim to discourage negative stiff upper arms.
• Stamp out leg grabbing, to dissuade holding around the neck, pulling opponent onto the mat, and dropping on both knees.
• Stamp out cheating and bar side mat coaching.
• We aim to impose order to the public from unnecessary shouting and coaching.
• Our aim is to reinstate and promote judo discipline, tradition, and formalities, treating judo as a martial art Ruther than a sport
• We aim to place trust and respect back to the referee and its judo organizations.
• Uphold the concept of traditional Kodokan judo and restore faith in our teachings.
• It is hoped that all WJF countries adopt and accept a contest system that is of tradition and value; it raises the standard and expectations of judo as taught by Professor Jigoro Kano and many past masters. At the same time the rules represent a true guide for the way we must teach, train and educate our students reflecting the true aims and objectives of judo.
• In short, we aim to create a more level playing field for all judoka, to experience and enjoy all that judo has to offer.