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International Judo Federation Academy Foundation

By August 24, 2018 April 7th, 2020 Judo Federation, News

Next Monday 27th August , the Malta Judo Federation, on behalf of the International Judo Federation, is hosting a press conference to celebrate the occasion of the International Judo Federation Academy Foundation qualifying as a Higher Education Institute.

This press conference will be held at at 11.15 at the San George Corinthia Hotel. A draft program is in attachment.

Attending this press conference will be several International Judo Personalities, amongst them six Olympic Medallists, amongst them three Gold, world champions and members of the IJF Executive. The ceremony will be under the patronage of Hon Dr Clifton Grima Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport.

This press conference is being organised during the Olympic Solidarity Regional Coaching Course being organised by the Academy, in collaboration with the Maltese Olympic Committee and the Malta Judo federation, in Malta between the 26th and the 31st of August. Should you be interested in visiting us at the National Dojo during this event, you can email us or call me so I give you further information about the program.

We are enclosing some information on the background on the Academy and the event:

The IJF Academy was established in 2013, to serve as the teaching arm of the International Judo Federation. The IJF Academy teamed up with The University of Physical Education of Budapest and their best lecturers prepared dedicated sport science lectures for Judo. The best Judo Experts on the other hand prepared the “Judo” content. Thus the Academy launched two programmes:

  • Level 1 Instructor
  • Level 2 Coach

These courses were delivered in an innovative “blended” system where the theory was studies online during 1 semester and the practical assessment at the state-of-the-art Olympic Centre of Tata in Hungary.

As the Academy evolved, it moved from the University online platform run on “Moodle” and developed with the assistance of GC Academy a dedicated Teaching Platform

As the numbers of students from all over the world increased, the delivery of the practical examinations started to be delivered closer to where the students were in the 5 continents.

Today the Academy delivers the courses in 10 languages, has more than 1,800 Alumni from more than 100 countries and has added a Management course fully online.

After 5 years in existence the Academy wanted to review its courses and improve the quality of her product.

The International Judo Federation made us the honour of choosing Malta to incorporate the IJF Academy. The IJF has investigated other European Countries to incorporate the Academy with the intention of obtaining the status for the Academy as an Autonomous Teaching Institution. The IJF was looking for a European country for this purpose as presently the IJF is incorporated in Switzerland a non-EU country.

Malta with its comprehensive education qualification system qualified best for this purpose. After incorporating the Academy as a Maltese Not for Profit Foundation, the Academy applied with NCHFE for a teaching licence. After undergoing the rigorous screening policy of NCHFE, the IJF Academy Foundation qualified as a Higher Education Institute.


The legends amongst us for this event will be:

Daniel Lascau – 1991 World Champion

Mark Huizinga – 2000 Olympic Champion, Double Olympic Bronze Medallist, World Bronze Medallist, and 12 time European Medallist, including 5 Gold

Giuseppe Maddaloni – 2000 Olympic Champion and 6 time European Medallist, including 2 Gold

Giulia Quintavalle – 2008 Olympic Champion

Lucia Morico – 2004 Olympic Bronze Medallist and 4 time European Medallist, including 1 gold

Rosalba Forciniti – 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist and Silver European Medallist

Ruben Houkes – 2007 World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist who is here in his capacity of the Chairman for the Judo for Children Commission.

Denis Braidotti – 2001 Silver European Champion, who has just started the course.

Inauguration schedule – press