Judo Exchange Project, “Japan-ASEAN JITA-KYOEI PROJECT” leader training

Time Period
6th-12th Dec,2017(Thailamd)
21th-28th Feb ,2018(Laos)
24th-30th May 2018(Philippines)
28th June to 8th July,2018(Cambodia, Bhutan)
Cambodia・Phnom Penh
Sport/Programme Category
Japan Foundation ASIA CENTER
Recipient Organisation
Thailand Judo Federation
Laos Judo Federation
Philippines Judo Federation
Cambodia Judo Federation
Bhutan Judo Federation
Tsuda University
Number of Individual Beneficiaries
286 people

The leaders of this project will spend three years from 2017 through 2019 training leaders from nine countries in the ASEAN region. While cooperating with the judo federations in each country, judo seminars are held with the aim of strengthening exchanges, developing human resources, and promoting network-building.

Thai trainees and students from as far as 1,000km away gathered to take part in the seminars and Shodan test.
The participants have been very passionate. During breaks, they keep practicing what they have learned. They ask questions when they don’t understand something. About half of them are instructors who teach judo to anywhere from 50 to 200 students. They digested the new lessons and planned to teach them to their students.

This was mainly a courtesy call to the Laos Education & Sports Ministry to hold judo seminars, Shodan tests and Shodan judging practice.
For the judging practice, four people from the Laos Judo Federation tried to judge the Shodan tests. Then they got feedback from the visiting leaders on their grading methods.

(The Philippines)
This time, we spread out tatami mats in a vacant part of a shopping mall and held judo seminars and Shodan tests. A lot of people unfamiliar with judo came to watch, making it a great opportunity for more people to get to know judo. The chair of the Philippine Judo Federation, head coaches, national coaches, and international judges who made up the group of participants vowed to continue to lead Filipino judo in the future.

(Cambodia, Bhutan)
Judo seminars and Shodan tests were held in both Cambodia and Bhutan. In Cambodia, several participants came from the regional city of Siem Reap. They advised that putting efforts into the regional cities will raise the level of judo. In Bhutan, the second Shodan test in their judo history was held, attracting 12 participants.

Feedback from Local Contacts :

・In the Thai Judo Federation sponsored seminar, there were never so many students coming from far away. That’s because sensei from the Kodokan came this time.
・Instructions on some of the finer technique points were given.
・They were instructed on the importance of precise preparation before practice.
・This visit was very special. I felt something I haven’t felt coming to these events for decades. I felt the connection to Japan like in the old days. I thankful from the bottom of my heart.
・Through the technique applications, I learned about the many roads that life-affirming judo offers. I am thankful that I was able to learn with others about the meaning of proper judo, the goals of judo, etc.
・Thank you for coming to our country and sharing your knowledge of judo, which I love. In the future, I hope there are a lot of joint projects with the Philippines. Someday I hope to practice at Kodokan.
・This was a very important seminar for the future of judo in Cambodia. I am thankful for the opportunity.
・The various pieces of advice and short technique classes were very easy to follow.

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