After a successful pilot project in Qingdao, China, the International Judo Federation (IJF) launched the Judo Education Journey through China to introduce the sport and its values to local children and youth. In cooperation with the Chinese Judo Association (CJA), Olympic Solidarity and the Chinese National Olympic Committee, the programme was taken to more than 10 different cities and was a huge success with over 5.800 participants.
In November 2012, the pilot educational programme took place in a school in Qingdao, China. With the aim of introducing Chinese children and youth to judo, the programme began with a short demonstration of students’ judo skills, continuing with a performance by Chinese champions. After the presentation, kids gathered around the athletes for a meet-and-greet. The day ended with a talk on the values of judo and the educational dimensions of it, which the attending students, parents and teachers followed with considerable interest.
With the support of several Chinese judo stars, the kids were able to show and improve their talent, meet their judo role models and enjoy a fun-filled YOG-tastic day!
Following this success, the Judo Education Journey was officially launched in 2013. Starting with Qingdao, the tour stopped in Beijing, Guangzhou and six other cities, and finished in Nanjing, where the kids got a taste of the upcoming Summer Youth Olympic Games.
The around 5,800 students, who participated in the Judo Education Journey, attest to the success of this programme. Chinese judo stars, such as double Olympic champion Xian Dongmei, 2008 Olympic gold-medallists Tong Wen and Yang Xiulio, and 2004 silver medallist Li Xian, also joined in the fun in order to help build awareness of this dynamic and engaging project.
Learn more about the Judo Education Journey here.