JudoVision 2000


I have summarized an IJF document which is called JudoVision 2000. As the name implies, it is a blueprint of where Judo is to be heading in the near future. From my understanding, the document's primary author is the IJF President, Mr. Park. As you will see, many of the ideas have long been requested by coaches at the local level.

It is interesting to note that this document was passed out not too long ago at an IJF seminar. Participants were encouraged to respond and comment. Unfortunately, little feedback was received. Fortunately for the coaches of the IJCA, this is an excellent opportunity for us to start voicing our opinions. As such, I am encouraging each of you to send your comments to Mr. Park at yspark@ijf.org. These comments should include praise and support for trying to move Judo out of the stone age, as well as specific comments regarding the various ideas and proposals. To help us position ourselves for future input, please introduce yourselves as members of the International Judo Coaches Alliance.

What aspects of judo make it complicated for the average spectator to enjoy?

Hypothesis: The rules of judo are too complicated for the average spectator.


  • Revise the judo rules to make them easier to understand
  • Introduction of a Point System
  • Increase the speed of matches
  • Introduction of a smaller sized mat
  • Decrease action from referee stopping matches
  • Prevention of "Negative Judo"
  • Decrease the duration of competition matches
  • Simplification of gestures

Issue: Why has the performance of referees deteriorated?

Hypothesis: Lack of education seminars and meetings for referees.


  • Increase the frequency of referee seminars and workshops
  • Clear delineation within the level of referees
  • 1996: 0 referees suspended
  • 1997: 6 referees suspended

Issue: Why have the popularity and attractiveness of Judo declined in the recent past?

Hypothesis: Lack of modern development within the sport of judo.


  • Introduction of color in judo
  • Introduction of a World Judo Tour
  • Introduction of a World Ranking System
  • Re-Introduction of the Open Category at the Olympic Games
  • Improve the information systems at the venue during a competition
  • Public address introduction of a judoka before the start of a match
  • "Jumbo screen" video displays for spectators
  • Increase the size of the scoreboard
  • Post the competition draw for the information of the spectators

Issue: Why has there been a recent increase in the frequency of doping cases?

Hypothesis: There is a need to enforce strict anti-doping policies in conjunction with the IOC.


  • IJF Doping Procedure: Currently in cooperation with the IOC Doping Policy.
  • IJF will adopt the universal IOC Doping Policy developed for the International Federations.
  • Enforce the anti-doping policies within the IJF Events:

Issue: Why is there such a discrepancy in the organization procedures throughout the world?

Hypothesis: There is a lack of education throughout the different Continental Unions on the organization procedure for judo competitions.


  • Organization seminars including on-the-job training during judo competitions
  • Distribution of the draw system software developed by the French Judo Federation
  • Scheduled distribution through the IJF Internet Web Site in June '98

Issue: Why is there a decrease in the participation of juniors in recreational and competition judo?

Hypothesis: There is a lack of educational and developmental programs for juniors and junior judokas throughout the world.


  • Improve relations with youth organizations such as UNESCO, United Way, etc.
  • Junior Development Programs for promising judokas
  • Rotating seminars and clinics for juniors
  • Creation of the IJF World Junior Judoka of the Year

Issue: Why is there a lack of women participants in tournaments, refereeing and officials on the administrative level?

Hypothesis: There is a lack of educational and promotional programs for women in the sport of judo.


Increase the number of women participants in IJF Meetings and Seminars. The International Judo Federation is well informed of the IOC's desire for development of women's participation in the decision-making structures of the Olympic Movement. One half of all of the medals in IJF Championships and the Olympics are awarded to female competitors, however within the decision-making bodies of the IJF, the participation of women is embarrassingly low.

The IJF must increase the number of women referees and in the decision-making structures. In the IJF, at present:

  • 4.7% of IJF International Referees are Female
  • 4.3% of IJF Continental Referees are Female
  • 5% of total IJF Referees are Female
  • 0% of IJF Executive Committee Members are Female.

As a result, the IJF has made great efforts and policy decisions to directly change the structure of the IJF. The following are a sample of the programs that we have instilled within the IJF: At present, from a total of 274, there are only 13 female International Referees within the IJF. With the assistance of Olympic Solidarity, the IJF has set the goal of increasing the total number of female top-level referees in the IJF to at least 10% by the 2000 Sydney Olympics through a series of IJF Referee Seminars for women.

The IJF is in complete support of the IOC's goals for women's participation into the 21st century and furthermore pledge to do everything within our ability to contribute to promote women's participation in the administrative structures of the IJF. October 1997: Nomination of the first female IJF Medical Commissioner, Dr. Helen James. For the first time in the history of the British Judo Association, a woman has been elected to the highest post of President.

Issue: Why is there a general lack in the knowledge and spirit of judo?

Hypothesis: Recently there has been a scarcity of educational programs for perpetuating the spirit of judo.


  • Increase the knowledge of judo through training camps, seminars, and coaching.
  • Perpetuate the spirit of judo "Ippon Trophy" for the highest percentage of ippons
  • Strict enforcement of the "Bowing Procedure" in all IJF Events.
  • Increased distribution of audio and visual judo materials
  • Distribution of the "Legend of Judo" video during the '98 Meetings & Seminars in Munich.
    • Scheduled distribution of "Legend of Judo" video at the '98 JWC, Cali
  • Production of the "Introduction to Judo" book
    • Proposed during the '97 Technical Director Meeting, Seoul
    • Approved at the '98 EC Meeting, Munich
    • Scheduled draft completion, '99 Meetings & Seminars, Birmingham
    • Scheduled distribution date, '99 WC, Birmingham
  • Simplification of the Judo Terminology Education
  • Commission begins to study the simplification of terminology and elimination of outdated terms at the '98 Education Commission Meeting, Munich.

Issue: Why is there a scarcity of public-relations awards for judokas in the media?

Hypothesis: The scarcity of international awards in competition judo prevents judo from maximizing its publicity and "star" potential.


Creation of the IJF "Judoka of the Year" Award

In order to promote Judo, IJF should create "star" in our sport and try to maximize their publicity. Currently there are no major IJF awards for outstanding judokas. These selected outstanding judoka has a good chance to become judo "Star". In order to further promote the sport of Judo throughout the world, proposal for the creation of the most prestigious award in the world of Judo, the IJF World Judoka of the Year for Men and World Judoka of the Year for Women.

The qualifications and nomination procedure will be the same as that for the IJF World Judoka of the Year. This award will be given during the years in which an IJF Junior World Championship occurs and there are no World Championships or Olympics.

Title: IJF World Judoka of the Year (Male and Female)

Nomination Procedure:

  • Each coach and press member will name the three best judokas in their opinion
  • Ranks them first (which earns the judoka 5 points), second (3 points) and third (1 point)
  • The judoka with the highest number of points is declared IJF World Judoka of the Year.

Awards Ceremony: He/she will be invited to attend the next IJF Meetings & Seminars or IJF Event for a special awards ceremony in honor of this award.

Prize: Each winner will receive a trophy and an IJF certificate in a special awards ceremony. As a symbolic gesture, a US$ 1000 prize will also be awarded. The IJF will bear the winners' costs of transportation and accommodations.

Sponsorship: It is our hope that we will find a partner or sponsor for this venture within our IJF Official Suppliers, various Judo publications, media companies, etc. The sponsor will be asked to provide the World Judoka of the Year trophy and perhaps help to subsidize some of the travel or accommodation costs of the two winners.

Approved during the 1998 Garmisch EC Meeting to be overseen by the IJF Media Commissioner.

Introduction of Prize Money in Competition Judo At present, there are no methods of compensating Senior or junior judokas for their future development as world class judokas.

Through corporate and commercial sponsorships, provide prize money for senior and scholarships to outstanding junior judokas who perform well in IJF Events.

For the first time in the history of the IJF, 1996 Porto Junior World Championships scholarships were distributed to the medallists:

  • Gold: US$ 750
  • Silver: US$ 500
  • Bronze: US$ 250
  • Total Scholarships: 20

Creation of the IJF "Hall of Fame"
Aside from a list of IJF Award Winners, the IJF does not have an IJF Hall of Fame to eternalize the memories and achievements of outstanding individuals who have contributed their lives to the spirit and development of the sport of judo. Investigate a nomination and election procedure to the IJF Hall of Fame based on Hall of Fames from different International Federations, sporting bodies and National Federations. Propose to the All Japan Judo Federation and Kodokan as the birthplace of Judo to place the IJF Hall of Fame in Japan. If the proposal is declined by Japan, propose to an alternate National Federation to host the IJF Hall of Fame.

Proposed by Lawrie Hargrave during the IJF Seychelles DC Meeting, 1997. Start a study of Hall of Fame from examples of other sports Selection Criteria and method under investigation with data from the Judo Canada Hall of Fame

Issue: Why is there a scarcity of judo-related information in the general public, new publications, television, radio, etc.?

Hypothesis: The methods for releasing judo-related information to the general public have been undefined. The IJF should inform such sources as the IOC, ASOIF, GAISF, Sport Intern, AP, UPI, etc. of current developments in the IJF.


  • Compile a list of major sport magazines and newsletters for distribution of IJF related information.
  • Production of an IJF magazine for the member National Federations
  • Production of an IJF Media Guide/ Fan book for distribution to press members during IJF Events and Olympics.

Issue: Why is the IJF not as profitable as other International Sports Federations?

Hypothesis: The IJF has not yet maximized revenues in television, commercial sponsorship and worldwide marketing.


Maximize revenues from television broadcasts and video.
Currently, the IJF receives approximately US$ 1 million per World Championship and is in the lowest distribution bracket for television broadcast revenues during the Olympic Games.

Expand the broadcasting of judo by reaching underdeveloped and developing judo countries. Increase the popularity of judo in order to receive a increased payment for the television broadcasting rights after 2001.

  • '93 World Championships in Hamilton (NHK + Hakuhodo): US$ 660,000
  • '95 World Championships in Makuhari (TV Asahi + Hakuhodo): US$ 1 million
  • '97-2001 Marketing Rights Agreement between the IJF and Diamond/ Hyundai for the World Championships, Jr. World Championships, and World Cup by Team of Nations: US$ 3.07 million

Increase the commercial sponsorship in judo. At present, the commercial sponsorship in judo is relatively week. Aside from Official Judogi and Tatami Suppliers, the IJF does not have any additional corporate sponsorship.

Investigate new possibilities for the commercial sponsorship of judo aside from official suppliers such as multinational corporations and industries that are investing sponsorships in sports.

  • October 1996: Jr. World Championships in Porto: Coca-Cola Company sponsorship for US$ 100,000.
  • Marketing Rights to Diamond Ad/ Hyundai from 1997 through 2001.

Improve the worldwide marketing of judo. At present, the worldwide marketing of judo is very weak and there were no contracts for the intellectual rights of the IJF.

IJF should make bench marketing to the other IF or National Federation where judo is very popular sport.

Award the intellectual rights of the IJF to the Official Videographer and Photographer

IJF Official Videographer and Photographer Agreements - approved by the EC during the 1998 Munich EC Meeting. Signed in April of '98.

Martial Arts CD ROM: currently under production by the IJF Official Videographer, Fighting Films.

Increase overall income of the IJF

  • 1993-1997 IJF Income: US$ 5.6 million
  • 1996-2000 IJF Income: US$ 7.2 million

Increase in income from the past due to:

  • Olympic dividend increase in payment
  • Television broadcasting and advertising rights payment increase

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