IJF/International Judo Federation



Barnes, John G. (1952, October). International Judo Federation and European Judo Union.  Budokwai Quarterly Bulletin (pp. 13-19).

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The foundation of an International Judo Organization was proposed by JIGORO KANO in the thirties. They were dark times in Japan, however, as militarism was on the rise. KANO was attempting to get the OLYMPIC GAMES held in Tokyo in 1940 and this occupied his errorts which were successful. His untimely death in 1938 derailed his efforts to organize JUDO internationally, and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 put a hall to any Japanese activity in international organizations. However, due to several reasons. It was not finalized until July, 1951, when the Congress of the EUROPEAN JUDO UNION established the IJF. In 1952, at the Congress of IJF in Switzerland, Mr. Risei KANO was appointed as President. IJF was composed of 13 member federations only from European countries.


The present IJF consists of 198 National Federations, grouped in 5 Continental Unions – EUROPEAN JUDO UNION 49, PanAmerican Judo Union 40, African JUDO Union 37, Judo Union of Asia 36, Oceania Judo Union. The first WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS was held in May 1956 in Tokyo, with 31 participants from 21 countries. Thereafter the Champions was held once in two or three years, and later-on every two years. JUDO, a sport in the OLYMPIC GAMES was admitted as an official sport for the Summer Games at the 57th IJF Session held in August 1960 in Rome. The first JUDO matches in the history of the OLYMPIC GAMES were held at the 18th Tokyo OPYMPIC GAMES in 1964.


Since 2009, IJF has organized yearly World Championships and the World Judo Tour consisting of five Grand Prix, four Grand Slams, a master tournament and a Continental open tournament


IJF Presidents

Aldo Tordi, Italy      1951-1952

Risei Kano, Japan   1952-1965

Charles PALMER

Great Britain           1965-1979


Matsumae, Japan    1979-1987

Sarkis Kaloghian

Argentina                 1987-1989

Laurie Hargrave

New Zeland              1989-1991

Louis Baguena

Salvador, Spain       1991-1995

Yong Sung Park,

Korea                       1995 -2007

Mr Marius L.

Vizer, Austria          2008- till Present


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