For the third year in a row, the judo family has celebrated World Judo Day on 28 October, a day dedicated to the values of our sport all over the globe. We hold the World Judo Day on this date as it is the birthday of Master Jigoro Kano who showed ‘Perseverance’ to develop judo as more than a sport. He wanted to enrich people’s lives and societies around the world using judo as a method of self-development and physical activity. ‘Perseverance’ was the theme of the 2013 World Judo Day and is one of the core values of our sport. It is a quality required at all levels of judo and in life. I am very proud of your tireless efforts to promote judo and its values by hosting a special World Judo Day event. It is vitally important to recognise and think about the values judo has transferred into your everyday life and to share your experiences with your fellow judoka, friends and family. The values of judo are ingrained in dojos around the world and are exhibited by people of all ages, abilities, races and from all walks of life on a daily basis. I thank you for your participation in the 2013 World Judo Day and your continued contributions the global development of judo.
Previous themes were 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.
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It is really simple. Based on this year's theme (i.e. PERSEVERANCE), organize an event gathering all the judoka of your club, province, region, country, continent... Just before you can already send us a short presentation of the event. As soon as it is over, send the pictures, the videos, the press releases... to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the programs will be published on the WJD website, the IJF home page, the Facebook page, the twitter account and we will widely spread the information throughout the planet.