‘Judo For All’ Educational Journey through Australia
The Judo Federation of Australia (JFA) recently delivered a project called the ‘Judo For All’ Educational Journey through Australia.
Working in conjunction with the International Judo Federation and Member States, the purpose of the project was to promote the educational values and the philosophy of Judo, to focus on the young generations and to show how Judo can teach them skills for life to become better citizens. It was also to highlight that Judo truly can be a sport for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
The journey made several stops including Brisbane to Bamaga at the tip of QLD, Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, Melbourne and Geelong and finally Sydney.
In Brisbane, a judo demonstration was organised inside QLD Parliament House on the lawns with young girls who were experiencing the sport for the first time under the leadership of a master Japanese coach. In Bamaga, the tour visited a remote Aboriginal community, where there is a Judo club established and the sport is well known as the sport which has the capacity to bring people together in a peaceful way and deliver beneficial social outcomes for young Indigenous children.
In Victoria, there was a successful demonstration on the waterfront of Geelong involving toddlers right through to our Rio bound Olympians.
In the picturesque Barossa Valley the journey took place in the middle of the vineyards, where the JFA has just established the newest Judo club.
The journey concluded in Sydney with events around the harbour and city and a tour of the Sydney 2000 Olympic venue.
Overall this was a hugely successful educational and promotional project for sport of Judo.
A brief movie of the journey, which ‘tells the story’ of Judo from individuals at the local level, is available here: Journey Movie (6min)
The JFA would like to acknowledge and thank the Member States involved for their commitment and contribution to this project.