World Judo Day in Malta

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

For the sixth year in a row, the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion staged the World Judo Day on 28 Oc­to­ber, which hap­pens to be the birth­day of Mas­ter Jig­oro Kano - the fa­ther of Judo.

This day is ded­i­cated to the coaches, the ath­letes, their fam­i­lies, the fans, and all those hav­ing judo at heart, which is one of the most widely prac­ticed sport in the world! It is also an op­por­tu­nity for judo lovers to share ex­pe­ri­ences and pro­mote the sport.

Kano Shi­han (mas­ter) had said, “Judo in re­al­ity is not a mere sport or game. I re­gard it as a prin­ci­ple of life, art and science. In fact, it is a means for per­sonal cul­tural at­tain­ment.”

Pre­vi­ous themes for the World Judo Day were Re­spect (2011), Judo for All (2012), Per­se­ver­ance (2013), Hon­our (2014), Unity (2015), and this year’s theme was Judo for the World.

In Malta, the clubs or­gan­ised two events, where the Ju­doka brought a friend or rel­a­tive to train­ing, and opened their doors to who­ever wanted to have a taste of judo. Adults, chil­dren, judo ex­perts, be­gin­ners, Mal­tese and visi­tors to our is­land, all shared the tatami, en­joyed Judo to­gether and cel­e­brated Kano’s birth­day. As Kano Shi­han had said, “Judo teaches us to look for the best pos­si­ble course of ac­tion, what­ever the in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances, and helps us to un­der­stand that worry is a waste of en­ergy.”

This event has served as pro­mo­tion of Judo and its clubs. The Malta Judo Fed­er­a­tion is con­stantly ac­tive in ac­tiv­i­ties on and off the mat. The World Kata Cham­pi­onships have re­cently been or­gan­ised suc­cess­fully.

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