October 28th is World Judo Day

Today the International Judo Federation hosts its fifth annual #WorldJudoDay. The IJF picks October 28th as it is the birthday of Jigoro Kano – the founder of Judo. This year’s World Judo Day theme is Unity.

It is a fitting time for the celebration of the sport as one of the world’s biggest athletes, Ronda Rousey, is a Judo champion. Rousey fights Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15.

Here is more from World Judo Day:

Today, more than 20 million people practice judo around the world on a daily basis. The IJF counts 195 national federations and 5 continental unions as members. The #WorldJudoDay is our showcase of the sport’s values and our spirit as judo is more than a sport. Judo is an educational tool that can help people to live together and to respect one another. The objective is to increase the number of judo players around the world and to help change people’s lives with the power of judo.

Mr. Marius Vizer, IJF President, said: “Dear judoka and judo lovers, with the occasion of the World Judo Day, I ask all judoka and judo communities in the world to follow, defend and promote the Olympic spirit and values which are also the values of our sport. I ask for unity and solidarity and through the energy and spirit of the judo to increase our community and build a better world.”

IJF Hall of Famer and double Olympic silver medallist Neil Adams said: “Unity is about bringing people together. Judo and sport in general is an unconscious, unselfish happening of this very thing. Uniting people, who in other situations or environments, may never have met or interacted, or had the chance to become friends, grow from each other’s experiences and life stories. Unity is possible. Judo and its story is one great example of that."

#WorldJudoDay will be celebrated around in every corner of the world and Brazil, who will host the greatest judoka in the world at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next summer, is tipped to be one of the most active regions once again on 28 October. In Maringá, a municipality in southern Brazil, Bruna Nascimento, 13, trains under Pedro Dias, Olympian and former European bronze medallist and is looking forward to celebrating #WorldJudoDay with his fellow judoka. I begin practicing judo two years ago, when my sensei Pedro Dias started with a social project in my city, Maringá. Since then my whole life changed. Judo gave me the opportunity to be what I never dreamed of. I’m just in the beginning of a big and hard journey, but I’m anxious to see what the future holds for me. Maybe I don’t get to the top, but it will always be worth it to try.

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