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4Judo newsletter: Tokyo Olympics

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4Judo has been created by Fighting Films, Neil Adams, Sportif Lifestyle and Koka Kids with the aim to provide valuable judo content to grow judo.

Read the first 4Judo Newsletter.

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Welcome to the first 4Judo Newsletter

Welcome to the first (we hope of many!) 4Judo Newsletter.

This issue we focus on Judo at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

4Judo, so what’s in it?

Open the 4Judo newsletter to get four useful resources from four well known judo companies.

Koka Kids has teamed up with Neil Adams, Fighting Films and Sportif Lifestyle to provide content useful for all judoka whatever your level, whether you are a coach, a competitor, a judo parent or just starting judo.

In this first issue you will find:

Find out who and what to look out for in Tokyo

Neil Adams (world champion and double olympic silver medallist) reveals two techniques that he predicts will be winning the medals in Tokyo.

See the techniques here.

Buy an Olympic judogi

Discover how you can buy a Fighting Films Olympic specification judogi. Plus read about who made Team Superstar line-up for the Games.

Buy an Olympic specification judogi.

Up your judo skills

Up your judo skills. Bag yourself a free place at the Sportif Lifestyle 2022 Tournament and Training Camp and train with the best in the world.

Find out how you can book a place on next year’s camp.

Inspire the Kids

Inspire the Kids with free Olympic and Paralympic posters by Koka Kids. Plus use the Olympic Medal Tracker booklet to keep track of who wins the Olympic medals. Get children involved in the excitement of the Games.

Download the Be Inspired Tokyo Olympic Poster and Paralympic Values Poster


More about Tokyo 2020ne

To find out more about judo at the Olympic Games read this earlier post with information on the Olympic judo schedule and see which players have qualified to fight in Tokyo by checking out the IJF ranking qualification list.


Summer Issue of Koka Kids

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Summer Issue of Koka Kids is now out – get your copy from Fighting Films.

Summer issue of Koka Kids is now available to buy. The magazine is now designed by Fighting Films, who also deal with all subscriptions, so head over to the Fighting Films website to order. You can order individual copies or place a club subscription for all members.

We’re finally back on the mat and ready for Tokyo! Grab yourself a copy, get reading and get up to speed!

The latest issue of the Koka Kids magazine makes a perfect gift for children as we head into the Summer holidays.

There are tons of activities, judo drills and fun stuff to keep bored judoka entertained as the long Summer months without judo classes loom.

What’s in this issue?

Catch up with all your favourite Koka Kids characters, latest puzzles and competitions, technical features and judo specific articles.

This issue contains a special feature on Tokyo 2020 – who do you think will win gold at Olympic Games? Keep track of the medal winners using this handy downloadable booklet on Judo at Tokyo 2020.

Plus we remember the legendary 1992 Olympic Champion, Toshihiko Koga who sadly passed away earlier this year.

There are six new drills, plus a free certificate to download. Read how to do the drills in the magazine, then practice them. Once you have them mastered, download your certificate from the Koka Kids Coaching Resources.

Get your free judo tattoos!

Plus this bumper edition also includes a sheet of Temporary Tattoos as this months free gift! There are a couple of tattoos of Uchi Banani, and eight Kanji each showing the Judo Moral Code.

Don’t worry mum – they will wash off. These judo tattoos are not permanent but we hope the morals will be.

Choose from Friendship, Self-Control, Courage, Honesty, Honour, Respect, Modesty and Courtesy – or why not use them all!

Get your copy of the Summer issue now and make your return to judo go with an Ippon!


IJF Judo for Children Teaching Examples

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IJF Judo for Children

IJF Judo for Children and the  IJF World Teaching Tour looks at great teaching examples from all over the world. In this article, we will focus on Nicola (Nik) Fairbrother and her initiative Koka Kids.

IJF Judo for Children asks Nik about how Koka Kids helps teachers and inspires judoka, what Nik’s key to success is and Nik’s message to other judo teachers.

Read the full interview here.


Judo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Be Inspired

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Judo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – How can I watch it? Who are favourites? How can we involve our junior members, and inspire them through the Games?

If these are the sort of questions you are asking – you’ve come to the right place.

Koka Kids has trawled the net, found the info on Judo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and put it here for you.

Plus it gets better.

Koka Kids has also created a new resource to get kids involved and it’s called:


Judo Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired.

Tokyo 2020 Judo

Free to use, this judo Olympic Games Tokyo booklet is for everyone to use.

The goal is to get children excited and involve children in Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

And inspire our next generation of champions.

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo – for kids

What’s in the Judo Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired pack?

Koka Kids Judo Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired contains a booklet and two posters.


Poster of the Olympic Values (to put up on your bedroom or dojo wall)


Poster of Paralympic Values (to put up on your bedroom or dojo wall)


Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired Book (a 12 page printable booklet, to keep track of the Olympic medal winners, with questions to answer each day to inspire)

How do I download it?

Click on this link to download the Koka Kids Judo Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired pack.

Once downloaded print the pages and share with judoka at your club.

Scroll down to the end of the post to find more Judo Olympic Games Tokyo activities for kids. Go here for judo books.

Or for more tips on how to score Ippon read this post with advice from Olympic silver medallist, Gemma Gibbons and Olympian veteran Ashley McKenzie on how to throw.

Making the most of this Games

The Olympics and Paralympics will beam a media spotlight on judo.

Let’s make the most of it and build excitement so the kids are engaged.

And the time to begin is NOW! After all not long to go …

Want to know exactly how long to go until the Games?

How many days to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?

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Not long to go at all… the clock is ticking down and as each seconds ticks…

… the world’s media is buzzing, and athletes all over the world are putting their final touches to a life-time of training. So everything will be ready in time for the Games.

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony?

The Games will begin, with the Opening Ceremony to be held in the Tokyo Olympic stadium, scheduled to start at 8pm (local time) on Friday 23 July 2021.

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021, a year later than planned because of the Pandemic. Despite being held in 2021, the Games will still be known as Tokyo 2020.

More than 11,000 athletes, from over 200 nations will take part in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

When is the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games?

The Paralympics Games will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 4,400 athletes who will compete in 537 medal events.

We will update this post with more info on Paralympic judo as we get closer to the date and more information becomes available.

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo – who fights when?

What is the the 2020 Olympic judo schedule?

Judo at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will feature around 386 judoka competing in 15 events, seven each for both men and women as well as a new mixed team event.

Each country can enter only one athlete per class.

The judo competition will take place from 24 to 31 July 2021, with the mixed Team event on the last day.

Which weight divisions will fight on which days in Tokyo?

Here is the judo competition schedule and you can find more details on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games website.

Sat 24 July 2021 – u48kg and u60kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women -48 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -48 kg Quarterfinals
Men -60 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -60 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women -48 kg Repechage
Women -48 kg Semifinals
Men -60 kg Repechage
Men -60 kg Semifinals
Women -48 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -48 kg Final
Men -60 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -60 kg Final


Sun 25th July 2021 – u52kg and u66kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women -52 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -52 kg Quarterfinals
Men -66 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -66 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women -52 kg Repechage
Women -52 kg Semifinals
Men -66 kg Repechage
Men -66 kg Semifinals
Women -52 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -52 kg Final
Men -66 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -66 kg Final


Mon 26th July 2021 – u57kg and u73kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women -57 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -57 kg Quarterfinals
Men -73 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -73 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40


Women -57 kg Repechage
Women -57 kg Semifinals
Men -73 kg Repechage
Men -73 kg Semifinals
Women -57 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -57 kg Final
Men -73 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -73 kg Final


Tues 27th July 2021 – u63kg and u81kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women -63 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -63 kg Quarterfinals
Men -81 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -81 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women -63 kg Repechage
Women -63 kg Semifinals
Men -81 kg Repechage
Men -81 kg Semifinals
Women -63 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -63 kg Final
Men -81 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -81 kg Final


Wed 28th July 2021 – u70kg and u90kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women -70 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -70 kg Quarterfinals
Men -90 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -90 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women -70 kg Repechage
Women -70 kg Semifinals
Men -90 kg Repechage
Men -90 kg Semifinals
Women -70 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -70 kg Final
Men -90 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -90 kg Final


Thu 29th July 2021 – u78kg and u100kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30


Women -78 kg Elimination Rounds
Women -78 kg Quarterfinals
Men -100 kg Elimination Rounds
Men -100 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women -78 kg Repechage
Women -78 kg Semifinals
Men -100 kg Repechage
Men -100 kg Semifinals
Women -78 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women -78 kg Final
Men -100 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men -100 kg Final


Fri 30th July 2021 – +78kg and +100kg

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Women +78 kg Elimination Rounds
Women +78 kg Quarterfinals
Men +100 kg Elimination Rounds
Men +100 kg Quarterfinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Women +78 kg Repechage
Women +78 kg Semifinals
Men +100 kg Repechage
Men +100 kg Semifinals
Women +78 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Women +78 kg Final
Men +100 kg Contests for Bronze Medal
Men +100 kg Final


Sat 31st July 2021 – Mixed Team Event

Time: 11:00 – 14:30

Venues: Nippon Budokan
Mixed Team Elimination rounds
Mixed Team Quarterfinals
Mixed Team Repechage
Mixed Team Semifinals

Time: 17:00 – 19:40

Mixed Team Contests for Bronze Medal
Mixed Team Final
Mixed Team Victory Ceremony


What is the Mixed Team Olympic Event?

The International Judo Federation has officially announced the approval of the judo mixed team event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This will be the first time in history a mixed team has competed at an Olympic Games.

The mixed team will be made up with three male judoka (-73kg, -90kg +90kg) and three female judoka (-57kg, -70kg, +70kg) who will join forces to bid to become the inaugural Olympic Judo Team Champions.

What is the Olympic venue for judo in Tokyo?

Judo at Tokyo 2020 will take place at the Nippon Budokan, which was built originally for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

This stadium will also host the Paralympic Judo event.

The stadium can accommodate over 14,000 people – but there will be no foreign spectators allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics (due to Covid-19 restrictions) and it is still unsure whether local spectators will be allowed entry.

There is a possibility the Olympics might go ahead without any spectators.

How to Watch Judo Tokyo Olympics 2021 Games?

To be updated – here is the current information from Tokyo Olympics Live.

2021 Tokyo Olympics Live coverage of all matches will be available for free through CBC (Australia). There are also paid streams via ESPN+ (US), Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Canal+ (France), Sky Sport (New Zealand), and SuperSport (South Africa).

Here are the Judo 2021 Summer Olympics coverage breakdown for the different countries:

United Kingdom – Available on Sky Sports
United States – Available on ESPN+
Australia – Available on Fox Sports
Canada – Available on CBC (FREE)
France – Available on Canal+
New Zealand – Available on Sky Sport (NZ)
South Africa – Available on SuperSport

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo – who to watch out for?

Who has qualified and who are the favourites for Olympic gold?

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo hopeful Ashley McKenzie

Who has been selected for Tokyo 2020 GB Judo Team?

Here is a list of GB judoka currently in qualifying positions for the Tokyo Games.

Please note this list is likely to change and will not be finalised until 28th June 2021.

How can I see all the qualified players from all countries?

To see which judoka have qualified in each weight division see the IJF World Ranking List.

The list will likely change significantly until 28th June 2021, which is the deadline for obtaining points for Olympic qualification.

Who is the Japan Olympic Judo Team 2020?

As always Japan will be expected to win a large share of the Olympic medals – they have officially announced their team.

Ono Shohei will likely be the favourite in the -73 kg class, and is always one to look out for with his spectacular ippon-scoring judo. Watch out for his uchimata.

Hifumi Abe and Uta Abe, could make a spectacular family double gold.

Double world champion Hifumi recently took Japan’s Olympic spot in the -66 kg after beating teammate Maruyama Joshiro in an epic one-off bout.

His sister Uta is also a double world champion and has only lost once in the last three years and her range of judo throws is outstanding.

Women

-48kg Tonaki Funa
-52kg Abe Uta
-57kg Yoshida Tsukasa
-63kg Tashiro Miku
-70kg Arai Chizuru
-78kg Hamada Shori
+78kg Sone Akira

Men

-60kg Takato Naohisa
-66kg TBC
-73kg Ono Shohei
-81kg Nagase Takanori
-90kg Mukai Shoichiro
-100kg Wolf Aaron
+100kg Harasawa Hisayoshi

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo – more for kids

Activities to educate kids about the Olympics and Paralympics

What’s available for coaches to drum up interest at their judo clubs?

Researching this post, I came across the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP)

It’s a very thorough teaching resource – more aimed towards teachers and school education, but could be adapted to judo related exercises. Definitely worth a read.

The materials centre around teaching the educational values of Olympism and methods and ideas on how best to do that with different age groups.

Judo Olympic Games Tokyo Values Poster

What are the Olympic Values?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) defines the three Olympic values.

Download your free Olympic Values poster.

Excellence – someone doing the best they can, in sport and in life. It is about taking part and striving for improvement, not just winning.


Friendship – using sport to develop tolerance and understanding between all people – performers, spectators and citizens generally.


Respect – having consideration for oneself, others and the wider environment. It includes respecting the rules of sport and the officials who uphold them.

Paralympic Poster Values

What are the Paralympic values?

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) defines the four Paralympic values.

Download your free Paralympic Values poster.

Courage – someone rising above their circumstances and showing their true worth.


Determination – someone pushing themselves to the limit in order to achieve what they set out to do.


Inspiration – being a positive role model – someone using their achievements to lead the way for others.


Equality – recognising that people have equal worth whatever their differences and taking action to overcome prejudice and discrimination.

Create your own Tokyo 3D Origami Mascots

Miraitowa and Someity are the names of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic mascots and you can discover how the Tokyo is preparing at Architecture of the Games.

Tokyo 2020 has this excellent page – where children can download and make 3D Origami Mascots.

Getting kids to read more is easier if you use a subject they are interested in.

Download the Judo Tokyo 2020 Be Inspired pack – click here!


Judo Art by Children

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And the winner of this month’s Koka Kids Judo Colouring Competition is Tyra, from Metro Judo Club.

Using the skills learn in the Koka Kids book “How to Draw the Koka Kids Characters”, Tyra has gone to town drawing not one but four of the Koka Kids characters.

The judo cartoon characters are kneeling up, in their judo suits, waiting to bow. We love it! Well done Tyra.

Tyra has won a Hajime Judo Suit which is a superb quality starter judo kit especially designed by Fighting Films for children.

Want to win a prize?

Last month, the top prize was a Koka Kids Judo T-shirt and a bundle of judo books – which was won by Elwyn from St Albans Judo Club.

Why not have a go? Draw a judo picture, and enter your masterpiece: How to Enter the Judo Colouring Contest.


Win a judo suit with your art

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The results are in! April’s winner of the Koka Kids Judo Colouring Competition is Elwyn (St Albans Judo Club) with a brilliant picture of Uchi Banani.



But don’t despair. All is not lost. We have a brand new prize and a brand new colouring contest – that begins today and closes May 31st 2021.

What’s the prize?

The prize for May is a fantastic Fighting Films Children’s Judo Suit and you can enter and share the contest from this link:

Win a Children’s Judo suit


Want a free colouring page for your judoka? Download this black and white ippon to print off:

Free Colouring Page

Please let as many people as you can know about this next colouring competition for the kids!